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


Say hello to Billy!  Billy came to us from a shelter in Kentucky, and when he arrived he was in pretty rough shape.  With a little help from our vet and a lot of love from his foster mom, Billy is now in great health!  He’s still learning to trust people, but he’s come a long way.  Billy is a shelty mix who is around 15-20lbs, and is around 8 years old.  He does well with other cats and dogs, and all he wants to do is to hang out with you and be loved.

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.