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MULTI-SPECIES ANIMAL RESCUE AND ADVOCACY

JOIN US IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR EMERGENCY TRANSPORT AND FOSTER CARE SANCTUARY!

HAVE A HEART FARM is an Illinois Not For Profit 501 (C) (3) ENTITY


For more information, please email: Debby@HaveAHeartFarm.org
MULTI-SPECIES ANIMAL RESCUE AND ADVOCACY

JOIN US IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR EMERGENCY TRANSPORT AND FOSTER CARE SANCTUARY!

HAVE A HEART FARM is an Illinois Not For Profit 501 (C) (3) ENTITY


For more information, please email: Debby@HaveAHeartFarm.org

Have A Heart Farm (HAHF) was founded in 2006 from a need to establish a permanent and humane placement site for unwanted animals from the public-funded Wagner Farm in Glenview, IL. Since that time, the HAHF mission has expanded to include other animals in need from other locations.

The mission of Have A Heart Farm is to establish a multi-species sanctuary in order to provide emergency transport and foster care for animals in need from the Illinois & Wisconsin areas.

Additional plans for Have A Heart Farm include an education center on animal welfare and environmental issues, an organic crop area, an animal rehabilitation facility including for wildlife, and a temporary lodging site for animals and their rescuers who are traveling long distances, and an animal advocacy and rights action-planning center.

The H.E.A.R.T. Coalition

Have a Heart Farm, along with its sister organization Wagner Farm Rescue Fund (WFRF), is also the founder of The H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Each Animal Receive Time) Coalition, which has been formed to network with other non-profit organizations in conjunction with their rescue of animals such as farmed animals, domestic cats and dogs, feral cats, and wildlife.

Learn More!

Don't forget to check out our sister organization!

Wagner Farm Rescue Fund

About Our Founder


Debby Rubenstein
Founder / President
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund
Have A Heart Farm
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund and Have A Heart Farm are ILLINOIS NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATIONS AND 501 (C) (3) ENTITIES
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Have A Heart Farm was founded in 2006 by Chicago-area animal advocate-rescuer and vegan Debby Rubenstein, in conjunction with its sister organization Wagner Farm Rescue Fund which was founded in 2002.
Rubenstein has been an animal rescuer since childhood. Her education background includes state teaching certification in early childhood education and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She is a public advocate of veganism and has lectured at the college level on effective community advocacy.
Rubenstein found through rescuing 82 cows, chickens, geese, and pigs via Wagner Farm Rescue Fund that establishing a sanctuary in order to provide a home for all these animals was imperative. Many already established sanctuaries were already at full capacity, and Rubenstein did not want to burden these sanctuaries with more animals ongoing. It was then that Have A Heart Farm was founded to address this particular rescue need.
As years went by, it became apparent that an even greater need was developing for not just another sanctuary, but a multi-species sanctuary that would focus on emergency transport and foster care for animals in immediate need of some kind of rescue.
In 2017, the needs intensified even more, with more animal placement requests being received by Rubenstein and Have A Heart Farm, which were coming from individual members of the general public, other rescue associates, and already established sanctuaries and rescue organizations who weren't in the position to address rescue requests themselves and referring others to Rubenstein and Have A Heart Farm. Many of these requests come from areas of the US outside of Illinois.
Some of the many animals who Rubenstein and Have A Heart Farm have been asked ongoing to help are pigs, lambs, cows, chickens, goats, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Most of these animals have been in dire need of being moved immediately from their current circumstances. Without an established emergency transport and foster care sanctuary available to move them to quickly for evaluation and further placement, some have already been lost.
One such example is baby pig Nigel, who disappeared while placement and transport were being arranged. Further investigation discovered that he had been sent to a farm - presumably for fattening prior to being sold for slaughter. Had the Have A Heart Farm Emergency Transport and Foster Care Sanctuary been established already, Nigel would have been moved there upon first request received to place him - and he'd likely be happy and healthy today in a safe placement.
Rubenstein and Have A Heart Farm also seek for the Have A Heart Farm Emergency Transport and Foster Care Sanctuary to be community interactive, with programming such as the teaching of humane and environmental education, so that not only animals will benefit from the sanctuary but future generations of people as well as they become educated ongoing in compassionate, sustainable living.