We urgently need new volunteers!  Visit our Foster & Volunteer page for more information.

PET OF THE WEEK:  Abril
Abril is a sweet, fun-loving, playful young! She was scheduled for euthanasia just before she came to the rescue and she soon surprised us that we were, in fact, saving 8 puppies that were in her belly as well!! She will strive best in a home with a playmate that can match her energy level and has a mellow disposition. She is very affectionate, ready-to-please, and loves to lie across your lap while you watch TV. Abril is loving of people and gets along with other dogs but hasn’t learned when to leave them alone. For this reason, Abril needs a home with no cats or dogs that want to be left alone because she tends to torment them. At her foster home, she has gotten over the 3.5’ tall section of chain link fence to play with another dog but has no desire to get out otherwise. Abril is 45 to 50 pounds and she is eager to learn as well as make the right family complete! 


Heartland Small Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 rescue based in South Bend, Indiana.

Heartland Small Animal Rescue was originally founded to rescue small pocket pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small & furry animals from shelters and adopt them out to forever homes through our established adoption program.  A few years later, we expanded the rescue to include cats and in 2010 we expanded again to include dogs. Since then, our rescue has significantly grown as we continue to rescue pets in need from our local shelters as well as other high-capacity shelters throughout the Midwest. When space is available, we also accept pets from owners who are no longer able to care for them.  We recently went through yet another expansion and are now welcoming reptiles and birds into the rescue. 

As our rescue continues to grow, so do our needs. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities; everything from exercising dogs in our kennel enrichment program, support crew for concession-stand fundraisers, bakers and sewers for our craft booths, and a cleaning crew for our cats in the adoption center at PetSmart. However, our two biggest needs have stayed the same throughout the years: we need foster homes for our rescued pets and monetary donations - without these, we would not be able to continue our mission of helping the animals who need us most.