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Struggling and have to Surrender your dog?



I saw in the news the other day a video of a woman throwing a litter of puppies into the garbage dumpster. This woman lived in Florida and because she was caught was charged with 3 felony counts of animal abuse. The puppies were rescued and are alive and well except for one that passed away. It was discovered that this woman had 36 dogs at her residence many were young and a few had given birth to  litters in the past year. It is apparent that she for reasons only she knows didn't have her dogs spay/neutered and that they were breeding. At some point she decided that it was easier to throw the puppies away than increase her pack size. 

Now I don't know the circumstances of her situation, whether she was attempting to rescue dogs or that she was just hording dogs. No matter the objective it was apparent that she didn't have the knowledge or possibly the resources to care for the pack. Animal control took the dogs to shelter and their future is unpredictable. Some will be adopted, most will likely end their lives on a cold concrete floor.  

Rescuing dogs is a noble effort one that shouldn't be taken lightly. A credible dog rescue is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, registered as a business in the state of Florida. There is a board of directors that oversee the functioning of the rescue and work to fund the rescue by charity, donations, adoption events and partnering with other groups with the same goal, saving dogs lives. Working with volunteers and fosters a reputable rescue can manage a large pack of dogs. HHSR's current capacity is 75 but we are closer to 100 dogs in our care. Each dog is treated by a veterinarian for all the needed vaccinations and treatments, spay/neutered and microchipped. Bathed and groomed when needed many are listed on Adopt-a-Pet and this website. 

Over the last two years we have managed over 219 dogs with some living as a sanctuary dog but many in our adoption program. We currently have 84 dogs in our adoptions program with over half being puppies of less than a year in age. 25 are in our sanctuary program and 2 in our foster program. This year alone we have adopted out 30 dogs and 88 since we became a non-profit. We are primarily funded by adoption fees and donations. Our retirement savings makes up the balance that the rescue falls short of. Rescuing dogs is not cheap, Veterinary care being the biggest expense then food and then upkeep. 

There are people who want to help in the efforts to save dogs from being killed. Their good intentions are welcomed by rescues and shelters alike. But sometimes good intentions fail because the person or persons who think they are helping find themselves overwhelmed in a short time realizing they do not have the resources or the business structure to be successful and in the end hurt more than help. So if you are thinking of starting a rescue do your homework and understand that financial resources to support your efforts are the primary factor in succeeding.

Dogs of HHSR

Dogs come and go and they all are loved and cared for. Finding forever homes for these great doggies is our greatest pasttime. 

Great Dog Stories

We have many stories of our dogs. Mostly happy but their journey to our sanctuary sometimes was a hard one but always a happy ending.

Adoptable dogs