Recently, many things have come to light regarding Heidi Hardin and Paws 4 a Cause Rescue in New Brighton, MN.
1. Heidi Hardin, the owner of the rescue, has shown up drunk at adoption events, waited for a dog/dogs to be adopted so that she could immediately leave with the money to go back to the bar — abandoning her volunteers at the events.
2. They are not paying their bills — they currently have outstanding vetting and boarding bills in both Missouri and Ohio. They have been repeatedly contacted regarding these bills and have not even responded to the inquiries from the sending parties.
3. They have adopted out unaltered animals and are not supplying the minimum vet care for animals in their rescue. They admit that they don’t have the money to vet the animals and their local veterinarians will no longer vet their dogs due to non-payment on past vetting. Most recently, adopters returned a dog to Paws that was unaltered and had an injured leg. Paws had no funds to neuter the dog or even have an x-ray done of his injury. This poor dog had been on pain meds from April until June and was finally released for treatment by a responsible party.
4. They are NOT a non-profit. They have claimed to be a non-profit to pull dogs from shelters across the country. They have also claimed to be a non-profit in order to hold adoption events at local pet stores. Paws for a Cause does not have a 501c3 and spending adoption fees at the bar negates the non-profit status.
5. Heidi claimed that she had a kennel license in order to have more than New Brighton’s city limit on animals (which is 3) and in fact, the city inspector confirmed that she had applied but that her application had been denied. On July 2, 2012, the Animal Humane Society, along with the City Inspector and the police, visited her home — she was not there and had actually been absent for two weeks.The air conditioning was not working in the house and it was up to 110 degrees in the area where the dogs were being kept. The stench was overwhelming.
Several of those dogs were seniors and we know of at least one with a medical condition. The nine animals in resident were seized and removed to the Humane Society for a mandatory 10-day hold. After that, the legal system will decide what happens to them.
If you care about animals and have been in rescue long enough to realize that there are things worse than death, you will never send an animal to this rescue and will also share this information far and wide so that no one else does either.