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PET OF THE WEEK:  VERN
Vern is a special boy who has come a long way this year. Having come from a hoarding house, he has made great strides in his confidence, house training and socialization. He's a timid, polite guy who loves to be loved. His favorite is belly scratches and an infinite amount of petting. Vern is looking for a patient, loving home with a kind, gentle touch. He does well with other dogs and befriends them slowly at first, then is the best of pals. He has yet to be introduced to cats - it is unknown how well he will do with them. It's recommended that he is in a childless home (or at least teenaged or older), he would do very well with an older couple or a single home looking for a loyal companion. A fenced in yard would benefit him greatly, however, he doesn't mind his daily strolls on a leash. He loves his crate and likes to eat his meals there. All in all, Vern needs an understanding, loyal companion - someone who is going to be his best buddy and know he needs to go at his own pace.


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 and re-home small animals like rabbits, ferrets and cats. We rescue animals from local shelters that are in danger of being euthanized. We also take in surrendered animals that can not be cared for by their owners any longer. In 2010, we began rescuing dogs. We currently have more dogs in our rescue than any other species.  We have grown over 500% in the last four years. We have expanded our rescue and now take in more exotic animals such as geckos, turtles, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders.