About Us

the sussex dogs
In January 2011, we became involved with a hound dog rescue in Sussex, Virginia. Rescue pleas were sent over the internet and phone lines. After receiving only a few promises for financial sponsorship, Jessica Stovall and a friend knew they were out of time and decided to transport EIGHTEEN dogs from one of the many "kill" facilities that dominate our country to a nearby kennel. The dogs would remain there until suitable foster or adoptive homes could be found. You can read about their amazing rescue at The Daily Tail by clicking this link: http://www.thedailytail.com/nonfiction/the-sussex-hounds-need-you/

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."  - Unknown

We (all of us at Hearts to the Rescue) lost our Twiggy. She was one of the original Sussex Hounds rescued on Jan. 6 early this year from a kill shelter in Sussex, Virginia. In the last week she became very ill, was diagnosed with renal failure and though all attempts were made to help her through it, it wasn't meant to be. Her foster mom gave her love and caring, something she had not known for a long time.  Spread your wings and fly now, sweet Angel Twiggy... hover over us in your newfound role as guardian, and know that one day we will all get to be with you.

HEARTS TO THE RESCUE is a rescue blog founded by a courageous group of women dedicated to uniting abandoned animals with FOREVER HOMES.

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HEARTS TO THE RESCUE is an animal welfare blog dedicated to uniting abandoned animals with forever homes by directing to resources for placement and funding. There are tremendous challenges ahead for these animals. Please consider fostering, adopting, donating today.   We can't do it without your help.

Help us help them..."I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society.  I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal.  And I was angry.  'God,' I said, 'this is terrible!  Why don't you do something?'  God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly, 'I have done something, ' He replied.  'I created you.' "
~ Author  Unknown

WHO WE ARE...we are animal rescuers.
"I am an Animal Rescuer.
I will never bring about world peace.
I’m not a brain surgeon, and I’ll never transplant an organ to save a life.
I don’t have the ear of a powerful politician or world power.
I can’t end world hunger.
I’m not a celebrity, and God knows I’m not glamorous!
I’m not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.
I’ll never win the Nobel prize.
I’ll never save the rain forest or end global warming.
There are a lot of things that I’ll never do or become.
But today I placed a cat.
It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn’t care what happened to it.
I found it a home.
It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend, who will give this family unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.
No, I’m not a rocket scientist. But today I saved one of God’s precious creatures.
Today, I made a difference. I am an Animal Rescuer.
My job is to assist God’s creatures.
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs.
I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection.
I have bought dog and cat food with my last dime.
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times.
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body.
I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends.
I don’t often use the word “pet.”
I notice those lost at the road side, and my heart aches.
I will hand raise a field mouse and make friends with a vulture.
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven.
But I believe there are.
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
We may be master of the animals, but the animals have mastered themselves.
Something people still haven’t learned.
War and abuse make me hurt for the world, but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind.
I am part of a quiet but determined army, making a difference every day.
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan.
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life.
No higher recognition than watching them thrive.
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play, who only days ago was too weak to eat.
I am an Animal Rescuer."

Pam, Jacqui, Karen, Christine, Jessica, Mari