H.F. HELP, a no-kill non-profit rescue, was founded in 1982 by Wes and Mary
Collins. Wes, a retired Army Warrant Officer, and Mary, a former Navy LCDR,
after having served our country, decided to dedicate their lives to helping
animals. The rescue was named after Major Harvey Fine, a German Shepard
that Wes befriended while serving in Vietnam. According to Wes, Harvey Fine,
a native dog, alerted he and his squad to an oncoming Viet Cong attack on his
Army transport vehicle which allowed the men enough warning to fend off the
attack. Overcome with gratitude, Wes rescued Major Harvey Fine and brought
him back to Charleston where he became the inspiration for the rescue, H.F.
HELP (Harvey Fine- Helping Everyone Love Pets).
Wes and Mary’s mission was to ensure that every animal that came into the
rescue was spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation and that they all
received the medical care that they needed. When Wes passed away in 2001,
Mary carried on the shelter’s mission. Near the end of 2014, after a long
illness, Mary passed away. Her last wish was for her and Wes’s dream of
helping animals be carried on…
…And it is.
Today H.F. HELP has grown to an organization that helps hundreds of dogs
each year. A highly trained staff and group of volunteers work to ensure that
every dog that walks through our doors is given the best care and chances of
finding it’s forever home. Please visit our other pages to learn more about our
Major Harvey Fine on tugboat.