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Our Featured Old Fort, NC Partner:

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue Inc.


Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We mainly serve McDowell County, NC but will also help out in surrounding counties as foster help is available.

About Our Rescue Group:

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. We are funded soley through donations and fund raisers. Our mission is to improve the lives of homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals through rescue and rehabilitation. We specialize in the rescue of small mammals (rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc), birds, reptiles, small exotics (sugar gliders, chinchillas, etc) and dogs under 25 lbs. If you need help rehoming your pet please contact us at

When we place our animals an adoption contract is required to be signed by the adoptive family ensuring the future well being of their new family member. Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc. also requires an adoption donation with each adoption to cover the cost involved in pulling, vetting, maintaining and placing these pets. Some adoption donations may be higher than others due to heartworm treatment and/or other medically necessary treatments the animal requires. In order to continue our rescue efforts, we must recoup this investment in our adoption donations.

We list as much information as we have about each pet we list. We do not know how big puppies will grow to be in adulthood. Please research the dog breed we have listed to see if that particular breed may be right for you and your family.

Two members of our staff have their wildlife rehabilitation license from the State of North Carolina. We rehabilitate gray squirrels, opposums, groundhogs, turtles, rabbits and other small mammals. Please contact us as soon as possible when you find orphaned or injured wildlife.

Come Meet our Pets:

The first step for all potential adopters is to fill out an adoption application. The adoption form must be filled out completely with telephone numbers and a vet reference before it will be processed.

If you are interested in visiting the pets listed here please e-mail us first. All of our pets are in foster homes and we would need to make arrangements for your visit.

Our Adoption Process:

The first step in the adoption process is to:
1. Fill out the adoption application
2. References will be checked
3. A phone interview will be held with the potential adopter
4. Meeting with the potential adopter and pet
5. An adoption contract will be signed.

**Adoption fees usually range from $125.00-$200.00.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.