Have A Heart Dog Rescue & Adoption is a licensed 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of companion animals that have limited time and are at risk for euthanasia in high kill shelters. We save these animals from their dire circumstances and place them into loving foster homes until we find their forever homes. Have A Heart Dog Rescue & Adoption is not an ordinary rescue. We do not specialize in a specific breed, or rescue only dogs that are in high demand. We focus on the dogs in eminent danger or at risk of being euthanized in high kill shelters regardless of breed or demand. We save the dogs that have been left behind and truly need our help.
The idea of Have A Heart Dog Rescue and Adoption was born in 2005 in Chicago, IL. Our founder, Kimberly Jenney, saw the dire situation in shelters locally and across the country and how many loving animals were being euthanized. She went to work volunteering initially transporting animals between shelters and rescues to help save animals from euthanasia. The rescue itself was born when Kimberly heard about a coon hound named Brandon in West Virginia. He had been in poor conditions at the shelter for over a year and regularly chained outside due to overflow conditions. The shelter had made the decision to euthanize him and his euthanasia date fell on Kimberly’s birthday. Her mission was born that day. She drove from Illinois to West Virginia on her birthday to save him and Have A Heart was born.
Since then Have A Heart Dog Rescue and Adoption has saved over 2000 dogs and cats and has coordinated with other rescues and shelters to save countless more. We are centrally located in the midwest within reach of the most critical animal situations. In addition to working locally we also save animals from Texas where the animal population is out of control and Oklahoma where it is still legal to use gassing chambers for euthanasia. We network with other rescues, volunteers, and fosters to help save these animals and give them a chance at a better life with loving owners and will continue to do so until every one of them has a home!