about us

Below: Jill with two of her rescue dogs
Liv and Olive.

Above:  One of Merle's rescues is Teddy,
her big boy Rottie.

Have a Heart Animal Welfare Fund is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and is operated by unpaid volunteers. You're tax deductible contributions help us meet our mission of caring for the dogs' in our community. All proceeds go to them.

Together we can reduce the senseless euthanasia of adoptable dogs in our community. Together we can help members of community who love their dogs, but who need a little help, to keep their dogs.

Thank you for supporting Have a Heart Animal Welfare Fund.

Together we will make a difference!

Have A Heart Animal Welfare Fund is the brain child of two fast friends, Merle Borenstein and Jill Shufeldt. Our mission is two fold. First,  reduce the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in local shelters by assisting with medical care, spay/neuter and increasing adoption rates through community outreach and by networking with other Animal Welfare organizations. Second, prevent dogs from entering the shelter system by helping owners who are struggling to care for their dogs. Assistance may include food, medical care including vaccinations and heart worm preventative and low cost spay/neuter services.

Jill has been rescuing and rehoming dogs for over twenty years. She is currently the Animal Control Officer for the towns of Esopus, New Paltz, Rochester and Warwarsing.

Merle is a successful restauranteur with a soft spot for homeless animals. She rescued her first dog from an abusive owner twenty-five years ago and she's been advocating for dogs in need ever since.

Have A Heart Animal Welfare Fund, Inc.     108 Upper Whitfield Road, Accord, NY. 12404      501c3 Non-Profit Volunteer run Organization