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Heartland Small Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that began as a "pocket pet" rescue, providing shelter to animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. They grew to include cats and dogs, and recently added reptiles and birds to their rescue family. They pull pets from local shelters as well as from all over the Midwest. If you are looking for a new family member, Heartland Small Animal Rescue has so many friendly souls just waiting to meet you. All dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and microchipped.  


Heartland is always in need of fosters for their menagerie of adoptable pets. All of their winged, meowing, barking, twitching, scaly and furry adoptable pets stay with loving foster families until they are adopted to their fur-ever family. Heartland believes foster homes are so much better for the pets than a physical shelter. Not being in a crowded, noisy place behind a fence is always better for an animal's stress and anxiety levels. A foster family can really get to know the pet's personality; what they like or don't like or even what their favorite toys are and they can then pass that information onto the pet's potential new parents. This method also helps socialize the pet to humans as well as other animals. The foster parents can teach the pet basic obedience as well as properly potty train them before they are adopted. Foster parents can also provide special attention and cuddles to timid, ill or ageing pets.  

Heartland is also in need of volunteers and there are plenty of jobs to go around! You could transport the animals from the vet, boarding facilities and adoption events, be a dog-walker, staff or organizing adoption events, or much, much more! If you have some spare time, a caring heart and a skill or two, Heartland would be grateful for your help! 



Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in South Bend

  • Admission $20.00
    Duration 9am-4pm

    #1 Dream Spay 5K

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    This action-packed, pet-friendly event will take place less than 20 miles from Southbend in Niles, Michigan and will benefit the Spay Neuter Assistance Program of Michigan and Dream Paws Animal Rescue's Medical Fund. Admission is $20.00. Leash up your favorite canine pal and join hundreds of fellow animals lovers for a 5K walk/run at Park Niles. After the race, the fun really gets started! Check out the dog rally, agility and basic dog training demonstrations, get your furry buddy some new dog-cessories at the vendor's booths or grab a yummy treat for two!  This day is bound to be PAWSitively PAWsome!
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  • Admission FREE!

    #2 Round Barn Winery

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    Wine AND canines? Sounds perfect! The beautiful Baroda Tasting Room & Estate in nearby Baroda, Michigan is pet-friendly outside the main building, where you can sit and relax while sipping some wonderful wine selections (sorry Fido, no wine for you!)  If you are planning on coming with people and NOT your dog (it's okay, we won't judge you) scheduled wine tasting takes place in the round barn which was built by Amish craftsman and moved from Indiana in 1912.
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  • Admission FREE!

    #3 Reindog Parade

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    HO HO HO!  Tis the season so grab your pup and get in the holiday spirit! The Southbend Animal Care and Control host the holiday Reindog Parade - and Santa Paws is sure to make an appearance!  Pet parents and their furry babies are encouraged to dress up in their most festive attire, so dig out those Santa hats and ugly Christmas sweaters!  Prizes will be awarded for the Best Adult, Best Puppy, Best Dog Pack and Best Dog and Owner costumes - hot diggity dog!  All proceeds from dog and float registrations will go to participating shelters and rescues in the area.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Always Open

    #4 Rum Village Park

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    Feeling in the mood for a hike? Over 160 acres of scenic fun awaits you and your sweet doggies! Since the park is home to deer, foxes, reptiles, birds and amphibians, furry friends must stay on their leash as you walk through the park for their own safety.  Be sure to pick up after your fur-kids to keep the park clean!  It's also a good idea to share the trail with your fellow dog-walking pet parents. The park has over three miles of winding hiking trails, a nature center, disc golf, mountain bike trails and pavilions.  Keep yourself and Fido hydrated and please don't pick the wildflowers or plants! Fresh air, exercise and your best furry pal - what a great way to spend the day!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 5:00pm-9:00pm

    #5 Dog Days of Summer

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    As a part of South Bend's "First Fridays" program, September is the month devoted to doggos! You are invited to bring your good boy or girl out for a night on the town. Event-goers can enjoy fine fare on one of the many pet-friendly patios set up for the occasion. A plethora of doggy-themed vendors are present, so be sure to check out all the goods! There will be a fashion show for the pretty pooches, an ugly dog contest for the homely mutts and an agility demonstration for the super-star canines. To top it all off, you and your furbaby can go for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon!
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