Dear Heartland, I wanted to let you know, I adopted Anja back on January 3, 2017 and to my surprise, she and I turned out to be the perfect match for each other. I spoiled her every chance I could and showered her with so much love, kindness, comfort and well needless to say….she was my best friend for 4 blissful years. Unfortunately and very unexpectedly, she passed away peacefully lying beside me on April 16, 2021 from a mini stroke, for which her body was unable to recover from. I miss her terribly, but I know in my heart, she’s with God’s creatures now, playing and chasing to her heart’s content. I want to thank your Heartland staff for connecting us when you did, I’m truly so grateful. I also wanted to pass along this message about one of your own, and just know what a great organization for rescues you guys truly are…thank you ❤️

Samuel (fka. Panda the Chi)

Hi there! I like your Happy Tails series and wanted to do one for my rescue that I got from you guys last summer.

I’ve had Samuel (originally named Panda the Chi) for about nine months now, and I can’t explain how happy this little guy makes me. He is 5 pounds of attitude, wit, and 1000x his weight in love! It took him a bit to get comfortable with his new life in my apartment, and we had to do some training with a specialist, so he could learn how to be a little more open to and a lot less scared of new people and situations (life can be so scary when you’re this small!) but he’s doing amazing now and is such a good boy! Sometimes Sam will sit on my lap and just gaze up at me for minutes on end– it’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen– and I like to think it’s just him being so amazed to have found me too and never wanting to let me go because we’re so happy together! And I really don’t think I would have been able to get through the worst of quarantine, particularly this past winter, without my tiny shadow always beside me.



Just wanted to give you an update on Prairie dog. Firstly, she’s the best dog in the world and I still marvel at how I found her by chance. When I went to Heartland to see Hadley, I never for a second thought I’d leave with a different dog. In a million lifetimes I couldn’t have picked a more perfect dog. That she was there for so long still baffles me but it’s like she was waiting for me. We were both sad with anxiety and wobbly bellies and it’s like she was meant to be mine. She pulled me through the worst depression I’ve ever had and now neither of us have anxiety. Because of her I moved to a new town so I could get a house with a garden for her to romp around in. It turned into the exact right place for both of us. I’m surrounded by neighbors who have dogs and now Prairie has doggy friends to play with. Having the extra space meant I could rescue another dog who had a very similar story to Prairie’s. So now she has a sister (who she uses as a prop when she’s scouting for squirrels out the window.) I did a DNA test on her and turns out she is 62% American pit bull, 15.6% American Staffordshire, 11.2% Chow, 8.1% German Shepherd & 3.1% Rottweiler. She’s a mix of commonly banned breeds & just goes to prove that the perception of the breed and the reality of the breeds are often worlds apart. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for this amazing girl.



Remy (fka. Nikko)

Remy is doing great in his forever home! His family says he is very playful, affectionate, and spoiled. When he arrived at Heartland he was very skinny and malnourished and weighed only 30 pounds. He now weighs 50 pounds and loves to eat and is very treat-oriented. His family loves him very much!



Here’s a little Luke update! He learned how to open the food cat cabinet, so we’ve baby proofed lol. He is obsessed with his feather wands, he makes bread and suckles on all the super soft blankets every night, loves to cuddle and chirps alllll the time, and he’s been majorly enjoying sunbathing and teaching his older brother how to do zoomies.



Bella (fka. Girly)

Bella is a wonderful dog! We feel so blessed to have adopted her! She gets walked two or three times a day and LOVES her walks! She also loves being surrounded by our family and chewing on her bully sticks or raw hides. She has become an integral part of our family. We have four kids and they’ve fallen in love with her.



When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.