Haven of the Heart is an animal sanctuary located on a farm near Palgrave, Ontario, Canada.  It is a safe haven for a menagerie that includes dogs, cats, horses and a variety of domestic animals and fowl, all under the watchful eye of Ursula Hart, founder and guardian of the sanctuary.

Haven of the Heart is a registered charity and depends in the main on the generosity of adoptive families and other concerned animal lovers.  We are grateful to those who have either offered a forever home to one of our waifs or who have supported the care of our waifs via a financial contribution. Our Charitable number is 88803-1242-RR0001, our address is 1219 Concession Rd. 3, Adjala, R.R. #1 Palgrave, Ontario, Canada L0N 1P0.  We gratefully accept cheques as well as Online Donations.

Please check our Haven Blog for updates, as well as Petfinder which feature our animals available for adoption. We are also on Facebook.

Blessings and love to all from the Haven Waifs and their humble keeper,

Ursula Hart




  1. Roy said,

    Hi Ursula,

    Hope that the kennels and dog house worked out for you. Just wanted to let you know that the dog boarding/daycare facility that you mentioned when we met has worked out great for Remy, our German Shepherd. Julie, Ronn and staff at K9 Ranch have been tremendous. They welcomed our skittish, protective, not very social dog with open arms after hearing that our previous boarding facility no longer wanted her. After only a few visits she now looks forward to going and has actually made friends with a couple of the staff.

    Just thought I’d share my feel-good story and say “Thank You” for pointing Remy and I in the right direction.


  2. Cathy Sabourin said,

    Hello Ursula,
    I’m hoping you can help me. My husband and I have a beautiful dog that unfortunately we need to rehome. We have been unable to find a new family for Sadie ourselves and the situation has become quite desperate.

    Sadie is a White German Shepherd, she is 8 ½ years old and weighs 80lbs.
    Sadie is a loving, gentle dog. Her favourite activity is playing frisbee, or sleeping on the bed. She has been trained and is obedient to the standard commands. Sadie has lived with cats and quite enjoys their company. She is not interested in playing with other dogs and would much rather play frisbee with a human.
    She lives with two adults. Children have always been welcomed by Sadie, although she’s not a dog that wishes to be hugged, just petted or played with. When strangers come to the door she barks loudly, but settles down when commanded or when guests are welcomed into the home.
    She has never bitten or snapped at a human.
    Sadie has no interest in going into the water.

    Sadie enjoys being brushed and even vacuumed. She gets bathed twice yearly in the shower, she doesn’t love it. Her nails are trimmed professionally. All of her shots are up to date and she is spayed. Her hips sometimes seem sore after a vigorous game of frisbee, we have had them X-rayed and she shows no signs of hip dysplasia.
    For the first four years of Sadie’s life she lived in the suburbs with a large backyard. She exhibited some signs of anxiety; fear of fireworks and thunderstorms, but nothing that seemed extreme. Four years ago we moved to downtown Toronto and are living in a condominium on the 20th floor. Sadie’s anxiety has progressed to the point that it now affects her daily life. Her fear of noises has increased to include alarms, bells, pressure cooker, air shows, thunder, fireworks, and loud noises on the tv. We have observed that she is quite comfortable while walking on the city streets. The loud noises at street level and the crowded sidewalks don’t bother her at all. Sadly we’ve realized that her daily environment is what’s causing the stress in her life. Moving at this time is not an option for us, but we feel that a new home is a necessity for Sadie’s health and ultimate happiness. It’s our hope that in a happy environment she would return to her stress-free self and become medication free.
    The anxiety exhibits itself with restlessness and panting, occasional trembling and diarrhea.
    She is medicated daily; 80mg Clomicalm 1.5 tablets per day and 100mg Trazodone 1.5 tablets every 12 hours.
    10mg Diazepam when needed.
    10ml Bismuth Subcarbonate every 8 hrs as needed (for diarrhea)
    Sadie also has a leaky bladder, which is a hormonal disorder quite common with White Shepherds. This is kept under control with medication, 1mg DES 1 tablet per week.

    We love Sadie very much. It breaks our hearts to even consider finding a new home for her, but we truly believe that this is in her best interest. She is a loving dog. Although she’s 8 years old she still loves a game of frisbee or a walk. It is our hope that in a new environment with caring and loving owners, she will find the peace that she deserves to live a calm and happy life.

    • havenoftheheart said,

      Hi Cathy, your message will be forwarded to Ursula, however the best way to contact her is to call her directly at (905) 936-3055. Hope this helps – Admin

  3. Nicki Tame said,

    Hi Ursula!
    My name is Nicki, I work for Peace Ranch facilitating our animal therapy program. I have heard many wonderful things about you and what you do!
    Unfortunately we have an altered Nubian goat that needs to find a GOOD home as soon as possible. I have had no luck finding a safe place for him and I am running out of time. I was hoping you could contact me and possibly help me find him a loving family.
    I can explain the situation in further detail once I hear from you.

    Thanks in advance…


    • havenoftheheart said,

      Hi Nick, please call Ursula at 905-936-3055 to discuss, thank you – Admin

  4. Roy said,

    Hi Ursula,

    I have 2 8′ X 8′ AKC welded wire kennels complete with gate and canopy that i would like to donate if you have the need. I put them together for an 8′ x 20′ run for my German Shepherd but was only used for one year. They are quality kennels in excellent condition. They are not assembled at the moment. Pickup in Palgrave. Let me know if you are interested or if you know some foster parents who would be interested.


    • havenoftheheart said,

      Hi Roy, thank you so much for the offer, we certainly could use it. Pls email your contact info to our admin at mutts06@gmail.com we can arrange a volunteer to pick it up. Thank you again, Ursula

      • Roy said,

        E-mail sent.

  5. zohreh tahanifini said,

    I’m interested to adopt Murray

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