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Two Harts are better than one!

I met Lisa and Michael through Real Estate a few years ago when we first moved out to the country. In fact, they sold us our home! We would see one another through business and yoga when I would drag myself to class, and always at the Homeward Bound Fundraiser. I truly had no idea how involved they were with the Gardenia Janssen Animal Shelter until I started seeing them on Sunday afternoon Volunteer 3:00 walk time. We would exchange friendly hello's and then we all grab dogs available for adoption and off we go. When it was time for my next profile, I thought of Lisa and Michael right away. After spending time on the phone with Lisa, I was not surprised to learn that they were part of the group that started this wonderful place. Here is their story:


My name is Lisa Hart Corker. My husband Michael and I own Hart Land Real Estate “on the square” in beautiful downtown La Grange TX. Our shelter involvement spans decades, going back to a time when a group of like-minded animal lovers got together with the idea of starting an animal shelter in Fayette County. The rest is history and look what a “pawsome” facility we now have! The staff and volunteers do such an outstanding job every day to make sure these abandoned and neglected animals have the best chance possible for a new life filled with HOPE!



We’re the lucky parents of 4 rescues, 2 cats, Gato Negro and Lil Katsy and 2 dogs, NOD and most recently HOPE.

Many of you already know N.O.D.

(NotOurDog/NowOurDog). He is affectionately referred to as “the Main Street Mascot” and you can find him any day of the week hanging out at our real estate office.

We were dogless for a couple of years but knew the time was fast approaching to add some canine love back into our home. Heeding Michael’s wise words, “when the time is right, a dog will find you” I patiently waited. Soon after those words were spoken, on our daily neighborhood walk, a big, skinny black dog came out of the woods and followed us home. It didn’t take long for NotOurDog to become NowOurDog (NOD).


At the end of March, on a particularly emotionally rough day I found myself on the floor of a kennel at our shelter with a big headed, emaciated, scarred and scared bulldog.






As I sat there overwhelmed with anxiety, crying like a baby this pitiful looking dog crawled up on my chest and licked the tears from my face. Yep, the time was right and HOPE found me!



I like to think that all God’s creatures have HOPE and thankfully our shelter does a wonderful job providing just that!

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It's our St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption Event!

Join us for our annual St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption event being held at the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter. 

The event is Saturday, March 14 from 10am to 3pm. The shelter location is: 240 Svoboda Ln., La Grange, Texas 

Adoption fees are $50.

Volunteers Needed for Adoption Event!

Calling all volunteers! We need volunteers for the following:

Friday, March 13 at 4pm at the shelter to help set up for the Adoption event. 

Saturday, March 14 from 8am to 4pm at the shelter to help walk dogs, clean kennels, cuddle with the kitties, clean litter boxes and counter attendants. 

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