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Have A Heart, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rescue, Re-Home, Educate - We rescue dogs from “high-kill” shelters. provide medical care 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: 410 Dog Adopted: 400

Target demographics: Dogs in danger of being put to sleep simply because there is not enough room in the shelter to house them or because they suffer from an injury.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 68 dogs from municipal centers, provided medical, some basic training and socialization. 66 of those dogs we adopted out to loving homes in 2017.

Geographic areas served: South East Florida

Programs: An all breed rescue program designed to provide medical care, exercise and enrichment to homeless dogs. We then screen and select a great local family to provide a loving home to our rescue dogs.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Diane215


Rating: 5

I have been fostering and volunteering with Have A Heart, Inc. for 3 years. I have fostered well over 20 dogs for them all of whom needed medical care or special socialization skills. Have A Heart is the only rescue that I know of that gives EVERY dog EVERY thing they need to be successfully adopted and integrated into a new forever home. The other thing I love about Have A Heart is that they know their dogs...do they like kids, do they like cats, do they like other dogs, are they housebroken, are they good on a leash etc. The dogs are evaluated AFTER they settle in which allows everyone to see the "real" personality of each dog.

1 Beatriz D.


Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Have A Heart, Inc and I have seen first hand the lengths they will go to in order to save a dog’s life. They rescue the most critical medical cases from Miami-Dade County Animal Shelter, a high kill county shelter. I have picked dogs up from the shelter and transported them directly to HAH’s vet so I have witnessed the medical care they receive and it is top notch! I have no doubt that if HAH hadn’t stepped up for each of these dogs they would have never left the shelter alive.
I have also had the pleasure of doing home checks and follow up visits for dogs that this rescue places in loving forever homes. Every family I have met has been wonderful and totally committed to their new family member(s). A dog rescued by HAH, Inc. has been rescued for life!
I am so grateful to Have A Heart, Inc. for all they do for the most vulnerable dogs in our community and I feel so very fortunate to be able to volunteer with such a professional, caring and dedicated rescue organization!

2 Lisa631


Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of witnessing how far a human will go to provide a dog a new happy life. What an honor it is to be a part of this rescue. Watching them save dogs who others may have or have given up on and give them the care they need to be healthy and happy dogs again. Well it's simply just amazing! I'm blessed with the opportunity of walking, playing and just loving the dogs that come through the rescue. But the love I get back is priceless! Thank you Have a Heart for saving so many lives!

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" :)