H.F. HELP, a no-kill non-profit rescue, was founded in 1982 by Wes and Mary
Collins. Wes, a retired Navy Warrant Officer who also served time in the Army,
and Mary, a former Navy LCDR, served our country in WWII, and the Korean
and Vietnam wars. Upon retirement, they 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 Navy 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, S.C.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 of 5 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 Facebook pages to learn
more about our rescue.
Major Harvey Fine on tugboat.