Wayne H. Hartley Jr., RVTg

Founder & CEO

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time to explore Happy Hearts and learning what the company is about.

I strive to provide the absolute best care for your pets as if you were caring for them yourself. This section is about well, me, the guy that put it all together.


My name is Wayne Hartley Jr. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician. Pet Care has always been a passion of mine. Since I was young I’ve always loved animals — both learning about and taking care of them. I have graduated from THE Fort Valley State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology. I have worked in various veterinary settings from the largest multi-specialty emergency hospital to general practices, other referral hospitals, and university settings such as the University of Georgia's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. When not working, I have volunteered my time at wildlife conservation centers, adoption agencies, dog daycare, cat sanctuaries, and with the Boys and Girls Club as well as Habitat for Humanity. Giving back and working with the community has always been another passion for me. It makes my heart happy to be able to be a blessing for someone else. (see what I did there)


After being a veterinary technician for 7 years, I began Happy Hearts Pet Care in 2016. I now have the opportunity to share my love of animals with my clients and pet owners all over the Stone Mountain and Metro Atlanta area. I hope I get the chance to meet you and your lovely pet soon.

Check out these articles to learn more about Wayne and his vision for Happy Hearts!!

Ashley Ward

Partner & COO

Ashley is a Virginia girl, living in a Georgia world!


After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, with a BA in Speech-Language Pathology, Ashley moved to the Atlanta areato discover her true passion, with hopes of turning it into a career. She had always been ananimal enthusiast ever since she was a young child; therefore, when the opportunity presenteditself, she jumped right into the pet care industry. In 2010, Ashley started working at a dogdaycare in Buckhead and has since expanded her skillset and knowledge base in the field. She gained experience working in some of the top daycare, boarding, and grooming facilities in Atlanta, as well as ventured into veterinary medicine, by taking on roles as veterinary assistant/technician in both preventative care and emergency and critical care settings. She has well-rounded capabilities and has obtained a number of positions, including but not limited to
dog handler, bather, kennel/vet tech, pet-sitter, and general manager. Over time, Ashley’s
passion for providing outstanding and personalized care for pets of all kinds has grown
tremendously and will continue to do so in future endeavors.


“Happy Hearts Pet Care is the best pet sitter I’ve ever hired. There has been other pet sitters that I was afraid of using but as soon as I came across Happy Hearts and scheduled a meet and greet, my anxiety was put at home. HHPCS has been a great help and a Godsend to take care of my pups. They love them

Quinn Davis

“My dog is a bit aggressive and usually afraid of strangers, but warmed up to Happy Hearts Pet Care who's truly has got the magic animal touch.”

Sandy Williams

“Happy Hearts Pet Care is amazing. It's not easy to find someone who is great with pets and also attuned to their owners needs.”

Casey Johnson