The Animal Haven’s mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs, and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive and permanent homes. We advocate responsible pet ownership, follow a mandatory spay-neuter policy, prohibit euthanization of our animals, and work in our community to fight animal cruelty through education. The Animal Haven enlists and promotes public involvement in the humane treatment of, and justice and compassion for all animals. Since 1948, The Animal Haven has celebrated the special friendship between people and their animal companions.
The Animal Haven takes in unwanted adoptable cats and dogs for a small donation. These pets get a complete health check, all vaccinations, and are sterilized. There are four paid kennel assistants to provide daily care for our needy friends.
The Animal Haven is self-supporting and receives no annual income from town or government sources. Funding comes entirely from membership dues, private contributions, entry and adoption donations, and many fundraising projects. Many homeless pets really need your help for a second chance of life at The Animal Haven, so please donate generously.
The major challenge The Animal Haven faces is continue to discover this kind of generosity from animal lovers like you, in order to secure the financial support necessary to meet our annual operating budget. It pains the Board of Directors to need to say "no" to many worthy projects due to lack of funds. And, it pains the whole organization to deny entry of a needy animal because the animal doesn’t meet our entry guidelines, or because we are at full capacity. For so many of us, full-time jobs, family lives, and our significant voluntary commitments to The Animal Haven pose a challenging yet very rewarding balance. We tackle these challenges by focusing on our mission and values: which, simply, is to help beautiful but homeless adoptable dogs and cats.
· 30-CT towns entered 440 animals in 2013
· 41-CT towns adopted 366 pets in 2013
The Animal Haven significantly stands out as a premier animal rescue group because we are able to garner financial support from the community, as well as recruit leaders to run the organization since 1948. Longevity, committed people and community support have helped to make The Animal Haven unique and extraordinary.
1.) The Animal Haven is a private, no-kill shelter where members of the community may humanely relinquish adoptable orphaned cats and dogs for a small donation. People from 30 Connecticut towns and cities entered 416 animals (160 dogs and 256 cats) in 2010 Major expenses incurred to enter a cat or dog include veterinary services and staff to enter and care for these pets 365 days a year. In 2010 the veterinary service costs were 104000 dollars and payroll expenses equaled 129000 dollars.
Long & Short Term Successes include entering thousands of homeless adoptable cats and dogs into a loving compassionate shelter for over the past 63 years; decreasing the number of animals euthanized by enabling the entry of more animals into the shelter from private homes; rescuing more adoptable cats and dogs from euthanasia by collaborating with municipal shelters and local animal organizations; decreasing the spread of diseases from animal to animal and animal to humans; decreasing pet overpopulation through the sterilization of more animals; and knowing that animals benefit human health and mental well being.
The Animal Haven monitors success by annually calculating the number of pets we enter into our shelter and the financial support we receive from the community. In 2010, The Animal Haven entered 416 animals and our total revenue was 265000 dollars.
Following is an example of one of the hundred emails we receive annually requesting help to enter an abandoned pet. (We were able to enter in the three cats.)
I know of a cat & 2 kittens (6 weeks old) that are in desperate need of adoption. Their owner has been evicted from her apartment and they need placement by the end of this month. At this time, they are living in the apartment by themselves. Just wondering if you could take them, or know of anywhere that would. I have tried the Humane Societies in Newington and Meriden; there is no room at this time.
The Animal Haven’s #1 priority is to match homeless cats and dogs with appropriate families. Our staff carefully fits the pet’s personality with the expectations of the responsible adopter. People from 41 Connecticut towns and cities adopted 446 pets in 2010 Many people adopt from us because of our honesty, integrity and reputation for the past 63 years. The Animal Haven promotes responsible pet ownership and the principle of a friend for life.
So I couldn’t resist sending you a new family photo. My furry kids are doing great. Dezi is wonderful and I just can't picture my life without him! He is such a good boy and a snuggle bug. He and Harley are best pals and are inseparable.
I sure hope things are going well at the shelter and that those beautiful animals are still finding great homes. I would love to bring Dezi in for a visit one of these days!
Hope all is well with you...just thinking about you guys and wanted to let you know that Dezi is spoiled rotten and VERY happy. He needs a haircut...but is healthy and happy!
All the best,
Abby Seay 5-11-10”
The Animal Haven’s Board of Directors establishes requirements for admittance to the shelter as a way to stay true to the shelter’s mission and save as many lives as possible through successful intake, care and adoption. Prior to entry:
· Cats must have a recent negative feline leukemia and aids test.
· Dogs must have a recent negative heartworm test.
· Cats and dogs must pass a temperament test to confirm adoptability.
After entry, all animals are examined by a veterinarian and are sterilized and vaccinated before they can be adopted. In 2009, the total cost for veterinary services was 89000 dollars. This includes costs incurred through The Animal Haven Emergency Medical Fund and for entry of 99 additional pets, for the veterinary care for 120 cats and 18 dogs that were entered in previous years, and the purchase of veterinary products such as Frontline, Heartguard, Program, dog and cat distemper vaccinations, prescriptions and veterinary prescribed foods.
§ to maintain a disease-free environment for the shelter’s existing residents, thereby increasing the potential of their adoption
§ to increase the number of homeless cats and dogs entered into the shelter, thereby decreasing the number of adoptable pets unnecessarily abandoned or euthanized each year
§ to more broadly address the animal overpopulation crisis and decrease the spread of deadly diseases in the community.
The EMF funds vaccinations, sterilization, and other basic veterinary expenses for cats and dogs who enter The Animal Haven without a medical history. 100% of revenue is used solely for veterinarian expenses, in order to enter more adoptable homeless cats & dogs (including strays) into The Animal Haven. In 2010, the EMF allowed The Animal Haven to rescue 320 homeless pets (206 cats & 114 dogs), at a total cost of 47000 dollars in veterinary services (148 dollars average per pet). 77% of pets entered into The Animal Haven is through the EMF.
· Long term successes include saving the lives of more than 1,264 cats and dogs over the last 8 years by using EMF resources to pay more than 176,815 dollars in veterinary bills.
· Short-term successes include the accomplishments of the EMF by rescuing 258 homeless pets in 2009 (152 cats & 106 dogs), at a total cost of 31000 dollars in veterinary services (120 dollars average per pet).
Volunteers are the foundation of The Animal Haven’s existence. Annually, over 1,000 adult and youth volunteers come to The Animal Haven. All financial, administrative and maintenance duties are carried out by volunteers. Many volunteers walk the dogs on our peaceful walking path or play with the cats in the community cat room. Some volunteers enjoy sending out handwritten thank-you notes to donors or working at one of our many fundraisers throughout the year. A Volunteer Coordinator organizes and utilizes our large number of volunteers. No other local animal welfare group has a community outpouring of volunteers as does The Animal Haven.
The major challenges faced by The Animal Haven include:
1. To free-up more valuable space in our facility we have initiated a Fostering Program for cats and kittens to free up shelter space by asking volunteers to temporarily care for cats and kittens in their private homes, especially during the peak of breeding season.
2. In order to combat pet disease we have instituted strict cleaning protocols that are reviewed annually and executed daily. We educate our shelter staff on how pet diseases are transferable, and we engage in regular checks of all of our animals to identity disease early so that we are able to contain it.
1. In order to help our hard-to-place animals, we have programs in place such as Sponsor-A-Pet, Dog Obedience Training classes, and Cat Socialization. We take part in numerous regular adoption events to spread the word about all of our pets up for adoption, and we feature our special-needs pets on local TV shows, newspaper articles, and fliers.
I started volunteering for The Animal Haven in 1995. In 1996, I was asked to serve on The Animal Haven’s Board of Directors. I served as the Vice President from 1997 to 2005. I was the chairperson of The Animal Haven’s New Kennel Campaign from 1998 to 2003 to raise enough funds to build a new and bigger shelter. The new shelter formally opened in 2003 and has enabled The Animal Haven to rescue many more homeless pets. To educate myself to be a leader of a nonprofit group, from 1997 to 2004 I took numerous classes focusing on various aspects of the nonprofit sector. I currently serve as the President and have been doing so since 2005.
Helping homeless adoptable cats and dogs to have a better life is a very important part of my life and I believe that my efforts, with the help of others, have significantly impacted the people and pets in the Greater New Haven community.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The Animal Haven operates literally on the generosity of our members in the community. Occasionally, we will have a very sick animal that needs surgery costing thousands of dollars. When this occurs, we start a “Precious” or “Tilly” fund, for example, and inform members that we are raising funds for a specific cause. The generous outpouring of donations from our members is heartwarming. We always receive the funds we need. Recently, a member wrote me a note saying “to call him anytime if you need anything to help the orphaned pets at The Animal Haven.” This act of kindness is extraordinary and reinforces my belief that there are many kind people in the world who sincerely want to help homeless animals have a better life.
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