Our Story

"There have been so many dogs over the years that have touched my heart...

I will never forget any of them and where they are now, all because

Loving Heart gave them a chance at life and love."

- Sandy Fogarasi, founder

How It All Started

In 2009, Loving Heart Animal Shelter was founded by Sandy Fogarasi and her animal-loving friends.

An animal lover since childhood, Sandy's passion to help animals carried into adulthood. After the death of her first dog, Brandon, she started volunteering at a local animal shelter. There, she experienced for the first time the harsh reality of life and death in typical shelters, and she knew she wanted to do something to change that reality.

Since founding Loving Heart in 2009, Sandy and her team of staff and volunteers have helped over 6,000 pets find love and comfort with adoptive families.


Reggie's Legacy

A true no-kill animal shelter, once Loving Heart accepts an animal into our care, the animal stays until he finds a new home or passes away.


Reggie was the face of Loving Heart for over ten years. His journey with us began in February 2010, when he was rescued from a snowy field where he had been abandoned.


Reggie quickly won over the hearts of those who cared for him. He was a sweet boy full of personality, and he loved to snuggle. As time went on, Reggie attached more and more to our founder. Because of his protective nature, Reggie never was able to be adopted.


Other shelters might have considered Reggie a lost cause and given up on him long ago, but Loving Heart was committed to providing Reggie with everything he needed.


Even though Reggie spent his life in a shelter, there was never a need to feel sorry for him. To Reggie, Loving Heart was more than a shelter - it was his home, his sanctuary, his safe place. He was deeply loved by many and his memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

Our Mission Continues

Loving Heart is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. In recent years, Loving Heart has struggled to make ends meet. Because of this, only a limited number of animals are able to be accepted into our care.

However, there are still many pets in our community in need of our help. 


Will you consider supporting Loving Heart so we can continue to provide safety and love for more homeless pets?