January 1, 2008

Haven of the Heart

Posted in About Us tagged at 5:34 pm by havenoftheheart

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.

Your good wishes and gifts were ever so welcome and never more needed.  We are eternally 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. We are also grateful for Canadian Tire money and Zehrs retail register receipts .

Contributions to our cause can be made securely on-line at CanadaHelps.org, a public charitable organization that issues tax receipts and forwards a cheque to us after deducting a small fee for administration.

We can also be contacted at:  1219 Concession 3 Adjala, R.R.#1, Palgrave, Ontario, Canada  L0N 1P0  Tel: 905-936-3055

Thank you for your support, we are very grateful.

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

Ursula Hart



  1. Robin PS said,

    Do you need volunteers? I would love to help you!

  2. Sandra said,

    My family would like to visit, we need your help. When can we come??

    Thanks so much

    • havenoftheheart said,

      Best is to call first and discuss, thanks.
      Ursula – 905-936-3055

      • Sandra said,

        Please email me to arrange a visit!!! My phone died today!!! Sorry Sandra

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  5. Adam McPhee said,


    This is not an easy topic for me, as I’m rather attached to my cat. I’ve had him for 9 years, after my mother took him in, but she rejected him because of his behavioural issues. He is a neutered male, but still sprays, and has a habit of stepping out of his litter halfway through urinating. He also seems to hate everyone except for myself. He got along fine with my partner’s cat (and her in the beginning), so he seems fine with other cats. We introduced her cat to the new space first, so it may have been that she was seen as the dominant one and that it was her space.

    My partner and I have now broken up, and it is difficult to continue to try to care for him while also trying to find a space for Le Mew and myself. It is also daunting to think of having to continue to monitor him and worry about him for potentially another 9 years, as it has had an impact on my life for nearly the past decade, and continues to do so. I have lots of love for him and I certainly wasn’t going to let my mother give him up to the humane society, and definitely not put him down over urinary and behavioral issues. Unfortunately, this has caused him to be quite a drain on me and my now former relationship.

    I don’t wholly want to, but I’ve been questioning if surrendering him may actually be the best option for him as well as myself. I was looking for possible sanctuaries in Toronto where I could volunteer my time and continue to help contribute to his care, but there really isn’t anything decent here that won’t have him all caged up. I also question his likelihood of adoption and just want what’s best for him. I also haven’t forgone the idea of adopting him back myself if I were to find myself in a situation where I could better take care of him and myself.

    I think I may just be seeking some advice and exploring options as well as wondering if your sanctuary would be the right fit for him. This obviously isn’t an easy decision for me, and is difficult no matter what choice I make, though I’ve been leaning towards the finding him a better space than I feel I can provide.

    Thanks for listening, and any help you can provide would be appreciated,

  6. Marina said,

    Ashley -can you give us an update on your dog.

  7. Ashley said,

    I have an 8 month old american bulldog. ill admit right now im your typical get a dog your not ready for case. my boyfriend talked me into getting a puppy.It is my first dog owning experience (im a cat person more or less) we brought her home made sure she had all her shots, 6 months of revolution and she has been fixed. we did everything we knew how to keep her medically healthy. the problem lies in that he works full time often 10 hours a day 6 days a week. I am a full time accounting student. my grades have dropped tremendously since we brought Lola home. I am struggling to find time to eat let alone do homework and get good grades. I contacted the newf rescue because that is where we sent my aunts 9 year old newf. they referred me to you. I love animals and have been putting her needs first (maybe a mistake) I guess it is shear ignorance the amount of time I thought a dog would consume. currently she is walked 3 times a day for 45 mins each. as well as the dog park a few times a week. I do my best to amuse her mentally as well. I just cant keep up. My own health and well being is suffering and my mood due to that cant be helpful to her training. she is completely ignoring any of her training at this point. I know they say its typical for her age but I want to throw myself off of a cliff. in the beginning I had a lot of help from my boyfriend but he has completely checked out and wants absolutely nothing to do with her so where there was two people now there is one. and im sure the dog knows it also. he really wants nothing to do with the training or even following the corrections ive put in place. I love her to pieces and when I reached out for help before I broke down and couldnt leave her. I promised to love her and I promised myself id just work harder to make her happy. With all my efforts in vain I am failing. not only am I unhappy she is as well. as much as it tears me to pieces and completely breaks my whole heart I know now that I am in way over my head. I dont know what to do. I refuse to take her to a shelter because of her breed she will end up euthanized or in a less then acceptable situation. I just want her to be with people that know how to love such a stubborn animal someone who has experience with dogs…. bully’s for that matter. Please please please let me know if I have options here. I dont think ive loved an animal more than I love her which is why I know I can never be what she needs.

    • havenoftheheart said,

      Can any friends’ of the Haven give Ashley some advice and option please?

  8. Jennifer said,

    Hi there,

    My name is Jennifer Lewis and I am affiliated with Toronto Cat Rescue. I volunteer as a foster home as well as an adoption screener.

    A few months ago I received a call about a cat whose owner had committed suicide in his apartment and it was over a week before anyone was aware. When the family arrived to clean out the apartment they found a cat (now named Annie). As a favour I took in Annie as a foster as a member of the family had donated food over the years to Toronto Cat Rescue. Annie was terrified and did not leave her carrier or eat for days after arriving. It took months to get her to trust me and eventually she flourished into a sweet loving companion. Annie was adopted by a wonderful couple but continued to show behavioural problems such as peeing on their couches and beds. Annie had these issues while being fostered but I was convinced it was due to the fact that she was not yet fixed (she is now fixed).

    Annie is being returned to Toronto Cat Rescue and I am extremely worried about what her future holds. I cannot take her back into my care as I currently have two fosters. I strongly believe that this is an issue that cannot be corrected. Annie came from an extreme hoarder and I was told that they did not even locate a litter box in the whole apartment.

    I am writing you to ask for help, if I sponsor Annie is there a place for her at your sanctuary? Do you have any suggestions or other organization’s that may be able to help?

    Thank you in advance.

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