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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We fostered from Have a Heart and then immediately fell in love with, and adopted , our little Rachel Rose! She is the sweetest, most loving little bundle of joy, who fit perfectly into our family. Big brother Max welcomed her with open paws because she was beautifully socialized with humans and animals alike. Thank you Have a Heart for bringing her into our hearts!

Client Served

Rating: 5

1 year ago I adopted the sweetest dog from Have A Heart. My husband and I were very impressed with the adoption process and how Have A Heart makes sure that the adopter and the adopted are a perfect fit.

1 Leslie Alan D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to adopt a dog from Have a Heart, Inc. Having a pet - a dog - is a responsibility that I take very seriously, so I was careful in my pursuit. I wanted to adopt rather than buy. I thought this was a good way to honor the wonderful pets I had in my lifetime by saving an animal who needed me. After going to shelters and looking at other adoption groups, I was scared that I would adopt a pet and not be sure of their temperament and health. I started following Have a Heart on facebook. I watched as they rescued dogs, took them to vets to assure their health, and socialized them as well as getting them used to being in a home, walking on a leash, house breaking etc. I saw a dog on their page that interested me - a black mini-schnauzer named Beau. He was skinny but spunky looking....so I made plans to go visit. I got to see the facility and visit with Beau and several other dogs. I felt very comfortable with my decision to take Beau as my own. It was very clear to me that Have a Heart's mission was to find "forever homes" . In addition to checking out potential owners, I felt that they had made sure the dogs were ready to go to a home before they were adopted. They came and visited , checked the house and yard out - and finally left Beau with me and my partner to care for - with knowledge that we would get visited again to see how things were going. From the moment Beau arrived, he was at home. While I know that part of that was the temperament of dog - I really believe that Have a Heart had prepared him to be re-entered into the world as a pet. Their facility and care-givers are unique and make each dog a priority. If I were ever looking to adopt another dog - I would first turn to them because I trust that they would do THEIR best - and would also be honest with me. You cannot expect more than that. Clearly they invest time and money into each dog, and don't want to see that dog on the street again. I frequently mention them to individuals who want to adopt. Their facility is quite a way from my home - but it is well worth the trip to know that their heart is in the right place. :)

Jodi45

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Marshall came to me from Diane Francis through Have a Heart. What a wonderful job they do of saving the pets and finding just the right home for them. They do such great work. It amazes me the hard work and dedication this group has to rescuing all our fury friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs from Have A Heart. From the start we were struck by the passion and commitment from the volunteers who support this rescue. The dogs are loved and the rescue works so hard to make sure every dog is with just the right family. My daughter asked every child attending her 11th birthday party to make a donation to Have A Heart instead of giving a present for her - that is how much our family loves the work they do. Every dollar helps an dog in need. We are so grateful every day that Have A Heart saved our dogs and made them a part of our family!

1 Lisa632

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have A Heart rescued my dog, Bruce, about 2 years ago and then I adopted him. He is the best thing to ever happen to me! The rescue site itself is clean and a great environment for the dogs with a very professional volunteer staff. I'm so thankful for Bruce everyday. He is my rock and keeps me calm and de-stressed during my hectic graduate school life. They continue to rescue dogs and are truly one of the best dog rescues I have ever encountered.

2 David408

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of adopting our little Luke from Have a Heart. We're in NY. Have a Heart is in Florida. You'd think this would have made the adoption a challenge. It was an absolute piece of cake from start to finish and it's all because of the wonderful staff at Have a Heart. These people are truly angels. The care and love they give these animals is unparalleled. They have a genuine interest in finding these animals perfect homes and go above and beyond any rescue organization I know of. I donate to them regularly both in food/toys and in financial aid. I can't say enough good about this rescue and I am truly grateful for giving us our wonderful Luke. Thank you Have a Heart! We love you!

2 Jennifer639

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Renegade through Have a Heart ❤️ We are so thankful they saved him and we were able to make him a part of our family. They are such a kind and caring group of people.. And I would highly recommend adopting through them.