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H.E.A.R.T. is a 501(c)3 organization, EIN#37-1522742. 

Passion for Pets

The Help and Education for Animal Responsibility Team (H.E.A.R.T.) was formed in 2006 by a group of shelter volunteers and employees who wanted to improve the care of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (CVACF) animals and assist our pet owning community. H.E.A.R.T.’s dedicated volunteers support veterinary, medical, adoption, community education, and spay & neuter programs in Chula Vista, National City, and Lemon Grove. We’re helping the needs of the thousands of unwanted animals that enter the facility.

Our Mission: To assist in the health and welfare of animals at the CVACF and to promote responsible pet ownership in our community. We improve animals’ quality of life by helping with needed care, sponsor and promote spay/neuter programs, increase adoptions, decrease euthanasia, and collaborate with other organizations to aid in animal welfare.


Dorothy York, DVM, MPVM

President / Treasurer – Dr. Dorothy York has been a veterinarian for over 40 years and has dedicated much of her career to caring for shelter animals. Her passion for charity work has brought her to over ten countries where she has shared her work: spaying and neutering pets for people who need assistance.

Meet Lucy. Dr. York (in pink) loves spending time with her rescued mini dachshund, Lucy – along with her daughter Venissa (in green) and her dog Oliver. They love hiking together and being in the great outdoors. (Photo taken on the Pacific Crest Trail.)

Paula Tschauner

Vice President – Paula has actively been associated with the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and the HEART organization for many years. She manages HEART’s philanthropy efforts and donations, as well as communications and outreach. She’s proud of the impression the organization has made on the community!

Meet Ginger and Moritz. Paula adopted her two cats, Ginger and Moritz, from the Animal Care Facility – and truly believes “a house is not a home without a cat.”

Jeanette Woempner, RVT

Secretary – Jeanette is a Registered Veterinary Technician with over 30 years of clinical experience.  She has been a teacher for more than 15 years, and is the former Director of Veterinary Programs for Pima Medical Institute’s Chula Vista Campus.  She managed Veterinary Assistant volunteers at the CVACF for 10 years.

Meet Eureka. Jeanette’s free time is spent with her Golden Retriever, Eureka. Eureka enjoys being wherever her humans are and stockpiling her favorite woobies (stuffed animals).

Nancy Malk (formerly Heitel)

Board Member – As a volunteer for over 18 years at two of San Diego County animal shelters (Bonita and San Diego), Nancy has seen first-hand the myriad of issues that need to be addressed – with the over-population of unwanted animals at the top of the list. She feels it’s an honor to serve on the Board of H.E.A.R.T. and to work to improve the lives of animals in our community.

Meet Pippa. Nancy and her husband, Brian, share their lives with two pooches who were adopted at the Bonita Animal Shelter when Nancy volunteered there. Wally, is a Schnauzer-Poodle mix, and Pippa is a Yorkie/Pomerarian mix.