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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rescue, Re-Home, Educate - We rescue dogs from “high-kill” shelters and keep them safe until a carefully matched new home can be found. We strive to educate our community about the danger of heartworm disease and the ease of prevention.

Results: Founded: Nov. 2009 Corporate Status: Not for Profit FL Corp. Non Profit Status: IRS approved 501(c)(3) Dogs Saved: 91 Dog Adopted: 76

Target demographics: Dogs in danger of being put to sleep simply because there is not enough room in the shelter to house them.

Geographic areas served: South East Florida

Programs: We are in the planning stages of our capital campaign to raise funds to purchase and our own facility.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emilio T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Debbie and her crew and staff at Have a Heart rescue the "high-kill" canines from shelters and provide them with a second chance at life. They go beyond rescuing these animals. Debbie gives them a fresh start by having them medically attended, gives them a temporary home with no rush to get them placed, and in the meantime they provide them the basic training on behavior modification so that they can become a well-mannered family member.
They take their time in matching up the "forever" families with each individual dog and have had much success. Although Debbie is a dog lover, she is not blinded by their circumstances and works very diligently to find them the perfect match for a successful adoption.
We thank Debbie and her staff at HAVE A HEART, for being so professional and so caring about canines.
After all...
"IT'S A DOG'S LIFE...MAKE IT A GOOD ONE"! ~A Leg Up Dog Services

1 Lacey G.


Rating: 5

Have A Heart goes above and beyond to ensure that their pups are happy and healthy! I am so lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer for an organization that truly cares about their rescue pups well-being, not to mention all the fun we have with the walk and wash events. Every pup that I have had the opportunity to run, walk, and/or roll around in the grass with......has been undeniably loving, and I believe this is a direct reflection of the Have A Heart team. The tail and tongue wags are never ending ~ that says it all!

Tammy R.


Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer for Have A Heart. The success I have seen just in two short years has been awesome. Every home that Have A Heart has found for these pups has been great. They receive pictures and stories from the families that say how happy they are and how happy the pups are in their new home. We have lots of fun at the adoption events and I look forward to doing it again. Especially with my new little friend "Susie" :)