The Animal Haven, Inc.’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, permanent homes. We advocate responsible pet ownership, follow a mandatory spay-neuter policy, prohibit euthanizing our animals, except when euthanasia is in the best interest of a sick or dying animal, advised to be necessary by a licensed veterinarian and/or required by law, and work in our community to fight animal cruelty through education. The Animal Haven enlists and promotes public involvement in the humane treatment of animals and the promotion of justice and compassion for animals. Since 1948, The Animal Haven has celebrated the special friendship between people and their animal companions.
People from approximately 30 Connecticut towns and cities surrendered many of the approximately 396 animals who entered the shelter in 2014.
The Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter and animal rescue group that stands out because of its unique more than 66-year history. We have been 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 enabled The Animal Haven to save lives for more than 66 years now, and we hope and look forward to carrying on that mission in perpetuity.
The Animal Haven is a private, no-kill shelter where members of the community may humanely surrender adoptable cats and dogs for a small donation. People from approximately 30 Connecticut towns and cities surrendered many of the approximately 396 animals entered into the shelter in 2014.
Following is an example of one of many posts on The Animal Haven's Facebook page:
"[Animal Haven] helped me when I needed someone to take a pregnant mom and kittens who
had no place to go. So thankful for them. Everywhere else said they were full...
Animal haven was full too but they still made room for them. Truly dedicated
animal lovers. Love them go adopt from them!!"
The Animal Haven’s number one priority (in addition to entering animals into the shelter) is to match homeless cats and dogs with appropriate adoptive individuals and families. The staff at The Animal Haven spends time with the animals at the shelter and understands their personalities and needs so that the staff can recommend those dogs or cats that are the best fit for any particular person or family. Many people adopt from The Animal Haven because of its reputation for honesty and integrity over the past 66 years. The Animal Haven promotes responsible pet ownership and the principle of a friend for life.
Following is an example of one satisfied adopter:
"Hello From Pebbles & Bam Bam! (aka:Eliose & Olaf). We just wanted to say hello and let everyone know we are the BEST cats in the world. We are loveable and playful - and very, very spoiled. We also love to play with and tease the dogs! This is a picture of us bird watching, one of our favorite things to do. Everyday we are thankful we stopped into The Animal Haven and found our little loves!"
Chris Gagne began volunteering at The Animal Haven in the late 1980's. She joined the Board of Directors shortly thereafter and has served in many capacities over the years, including Recording Secretary, Fundraising Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, and Vice President. In June 2012, Chris took over as Co-President with another Director, when the President stepped down. In January 2015, after the other Co-President stepped down, Chris took over as President. Chris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the history of the shelter. Chris is the Purchasing Assistant at the Regional Water Authority where she has been employed for over 28 years. At the Regional Water Authority, Chris has been involved with and chaired numerous charitable fundraising events in which the Regional Water Authority has participated, including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, United Way, and the Griffin Hospital Gala. Chris Gagne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Haven. She is a 2005 graduate of a Supervisory & Leadership Training Program at Gateway College and a 2009 graduate of the Greater New Haven Leadership Center.
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.
Although The Animal Haven does not presently have a capital campaign, it anticipates that it will need to embark on one in the very near future in order to raise the money necessary for the substantial renovations that need to be made to the shelter to contain the spread of disease among the animal population and minimize as much as possible the stress of the shelter's animals. These renovations are extremely important to the future of The Animal Haven and its ability to carry out its mission and accomplish its goals of taking in and adopting out as many animals as possible and thereby saving as many lives as possible.
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