Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue is dedicated to rescue and placement of unwanted companion animals. Based in Florida, Heidi's Legacy has helped thousands of companion animals find loving forever homes. These are wonderful loving animals that often only need love, compassion and training to make them an incredibly awesome family member and best friend.
Who We Are Heidi's Legacy was established in 2002 as an all breed rescue in honor of Heidi, a marvelous German Shepherd that was abandoned by her original owners and left to die in the country. Sadly Heidi died shortly after her arrival with us but we have dedicated our lives to saving others just as lovable and just as deserving as Heidi was. Read Heidi's Story.
Heidi's Legacy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization staffed entirely by volunteers that LOVE and RESPECT animals. If a life can be saved, we will do what needs to be done. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible so they can enrich the lives of their new adoptive families as they do ours.
The Dogs In Our Program begin with a quarantine period of no less than 14 days. During this time they are watched, loved and cared for and socialization is begun. All their medical needs are addressed; All animals are altered, given age appropriate vaccines, de-wormed, heartworm tested and given either Frontline Plus or Advantix for flea control.
Too we often see dogs who have not been socialized at all so we begin that process immediately. Our dogs live in our foster family homes as part of the family, interacting with everyone and everything. They are not living in crates stacked upon crates, or left outside in kennels. We evaluate our dogs before they are adopted and identify any areas that may need improvement so that they are well adjusted and ready to be placed in a loving home.
Our foster homes are a temporary step toward a better life. We brush up their house manners and see that each dog learns the basic skills needed to get along with others. The most precious gift we can give to the dogs in our program is the knowledge that they are safe... that its okay to trust again and to love again. We encourage each new forever family to continue the socialization and training process once the dog is settled into their new home.
Donations Heidi's Legacy depends on your generous contributions in order to continue day to day operations. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE and may be made by clicking on the Donate Button to the left.
100% of donated funds go toward veterinary needs and routine care of the pets in our rescue. We are entirely staffed by volunteers with no salaries paid. Adoption fees only cover a portion of our expenses so any amount you can contribute will save lives.
Become A Foster Home Heidi's Legacy also depends on like-minded animal lovers for assistance with foster care. We house as many as we can, but desperately need foster homes. It is painful to turn away a pet in need because we know what its fate most likely will be. Please become a foster parent. One dog at a time is all that it will take. These lives are precious,; please help us help them.
All dogs belong INSIDE the home for interaction as a family member. Do not apply to adopt one of our dogs if it will not live in your home with you as a family member, or if your other dogs are being kept outside. We do not tolerate chaining a dog outside.
Adopt Or Foster And Save A Life! You will never regret saving a life. We often hear that the human foster or adoptive family gets more out of the relationship than the pet being saved. They have so much love to give. Try it!
We believe that Spay & Neuter is an absolute necessity in order to stop the killing of homeless animals. Gas chambers used to suffocate animals to death or the equally horrifying "heart stick" method MUST be outlawed across our nation. Hitler gassed humans; are we not more civilized?
Please consider your lifestyle carefully before you adopt so that you can be prepared to make a commitment for the pet's entire lifetime. Your pet loves you unconditionally and this devotion deserves to be returned. Just as you would not give up your children should they become inconvenient, please do not abandon your furry family member. If the expenses involved in keeping your pet are an issue, Heidi's Legacy can help you learn how to reduce some of the expenses involved with pet care. We are not veterinarians but we will happily share what we know if this will save the life of your pet.
Our Companions Select Their Humans!
We are so proud to be able to say that ever since we announced that our dogs pick their new families, not visa versa, many other shelters and rescues have adopted this philosophy. Although humans initiate the meeting, it is our dogs that make the final decision who they want to live with and give their love to. When we see that our dog is not interacting well with a potential adopter, the dog stays with us until his/her right family comes along. When we see our dogs' eyes light up when they meet that certain someone, then we know we have done our job right.
Giving Up Your Dog Due in part to the current real estate market and foreclosure crisis here in Florida, Heidi's Legacy: Dog Rescue has been filled beyond capacity. However, we would be happy to help you re-home an animal by offering a courtesy post on Petfinder IF IT MEETS OUR REQUIREMENTS. (Your dog must be spayed/neutered, have a sound temperament and you must be willing to continue to care for your dog until we can find space in a foster home.)
If you are willing to continue caring for your pet until either a suitable new home can be found or space in a foster home becomes available, please emailHeidisLegacy@aol.com right away for more information and DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. You have to realize that companion animals are losing their homes/families by the hundreds. We will do what we can do to help but even finding foster homes has become difficult. We will be happy to help if we can. We hate seeing dogs being put down in the shelters due to space considerations.
If You Would Like To Help but are unable to adopt a dog at this time, please consider joining our Heidi's Legacy Foster Families who provide love and security on a temporary basis until the animal is adopted. Or make a tax-deductible donation to our efforts on behalf of homeless animals. Contributions to Heidi's Legacy are gratefully accepted and may be made via paypal or by check.
Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), no-kill, animal rescue organization made up entirely by volunteers. We are dedicated to
rehabilitating, caring for and finding permanent placements for abused, neglected and unwanted animals in a no-kill environment.
We never euthanize an animal to make room for another. We care for all the animals we take in until they are adopted.