Animal Haven
89 Mill Rd
North Haven CT 06473-0460
Contact Information
Address 89 Mill Rd
North Haven, CT 06473-0460
Telephone (203) 239-2641 x
Fax 203-239-2649
E-mail theanimalhaven@yahoo.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

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.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1948
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Christina Gagne
Board Chair Christina Gagne
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regional Water Authority
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $276,000.00
Projected Expenses $375,000.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Background In 1948, a group of animal lovers in Greater New Haven, Connecticut formed The Animal Haven, Inc., an animal shelter that temporarily houses homeless cats and dogs until responsible, caring homes can be found for them. The shelter formally opened at 89 Mill Road in North Haven, CT on December 27, 1957.  A new shelter was built in 2002 that houses 19 dogs and 60 cats.  The Animal Haven takes in surrendered adoptable cats and dogs for a small donation. These pets receive a complete health check, all vaccinations, and are sterilized. The Animal Haven is a shelter that adopts lifetime companions to well matched, loving homes. There is a full-time shelter manager and a full-time animal care coordinator and eight part-time kennel assistants who provide daily care for our feline and canine friends.  The Animal Haven is self-supporting and receives no income from town or government sources.  Funding comes entirely from membership dues, private donations, surrender and adoption donations, grants, and many fundraising projects and events. 
Impact
  •  In 2014, The Animal Haven entered 99 cats, 195 kittens, 82 dogs and 12 puppies.
  • In 2014, The Animal Haven placed 114 cats, 156 kittens, 74 dogs and 17 puppies into loving homes.
  • The Animal Haven’s annual administrative costs are very low, less than 5%.
  • Volunteers do the majority of administrative, financial and maintenance duties.
  • Our 2,000+ members reside in 122 Connecticut towns and cities, and 86 members live out of state.
Needs
  1. To obtain funding for a new ventilation system with proper air distribution and flow rates (which costs approximately $118,000 to $162,000) to help contain disease and stress among the shelter's animal population.  Our present system is inadequate and causes the spread of disease among the animals and temperatures in the cat rooms above 90 degrees in the summer and below freezing in the winter.
  2. To obtain funding to build proper holding and isolation areas for newly entered and/or sick cats and dogs where they can be kept without the risk of infection to the other animals in the shelter. 
  3. To obtain funding to build a clinic so that the shelter's Medical Director can spay and neuter the shelter's cats and dogs at the shelter, which will significantly reduce the shelter's veterinarian costs.
  4. To obtain funding to rebuild the shelter's dog kennels. The present kennels and dog runs lack sufficient noise control and physical and visual separation of the dogs, which causes substantial stress among the dogs and the development of bad behaviors and habits.
  5. To obtain funding to renovate the kitchen at the shelter, which is badly deteriorating, needs commercial (rather than residential) type equipment, and has inadequate storage.   

 


CEO Statement The Animal Haven is proud to have the unique position of having served the people and homeless animals in the Greater New Haven, Connecticut community since 1948. The Animal Haven significantly impacts the homeless adoptable cat and dog population in the Greater New Haven community by taking in homeless animals and providing them with veterinary care, shelter, food and love until well-matched, adoptive homes are found for them.  Helping as many adoptable cats and dogs as possible is the most important goal of the organization.

 

Board Chair Statement

 

In recent years the biggest challenge The Animal Haven has faced is finding a way to house the many dogs, cats and kittens that come to us in need of a home.  The substantial increase in homeless animals is largely due to the poor economy in our region for a number of years now.  Many people are abandoning their pets, and the cost of spaying and neutering is hindering financially-strapped people from sterilizing their pets, as well as keeping them from getting necessary vaccinations and proper medical care.  There has been a large increase in kitten births across the country.  Every spring and fall large numbers of homeless kittens and cats come to us in need of a home and most of them also need (often expensive) medical care.  One of the biggest challenges for the Board and for me as President has been to find the funds to support our astronomical vet bills.  In discussions with The Animal Haven’s Shelter Manager and the staff, the Board and I knew that our best hope was to hire a Medical Director for the shelter.  We were thrilled and grateful when The Animal Haven received a grant last year from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven that enabled The Animal Haven to retain Dr. Michael Suhie as the Medical Director of the shelter, implement an on-site program for staff and volunteers regarding the prevention and containment of disease among the shelter’s animal population, and improve the shelter’s facilities to help eliminate the spread of disease and better ensure animal health and well-being.  By retaining a Medical Director, the shelter will be better able to contain the spread of disease and significantly reduce its veterinarian costs.  In the short time since retaining Dr. Suhie, The Animal Haven’s veterinarian expenses already have decreased.  Dr. Suhie will be able to perform many procedures in-house, provide weekly examinations of the shelter’s animals and necessary vaccinations, and provide medical advice to reduce the spread of virus, which is so hard to control in the shelter environment.  As part of the challenge of the increase in homeless and sick cats and dogs, we have seen the defects in our building design and function that contribute to the spread of disease among our animal population and keep our animals from getting well as quickly as they should.  We are taking a hard look at making significant building renovations by retaining the engineering firm, Design Learned Inc., which specializes in animal care facilities, to prepare a master plan to improve our building and how it functions.  This is an important first step in making future changes at the shelter that in the long term will enable The Animal Haven to take in and adopt out more animals and thereby save more lives.

 


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Geographic Areas Served:  Greater New Haven, CT

People from approximately 30 Connecticut towns and cities surrendered many of the 388 animals who entered the shelter in 2014.

People from approximately 47 Connecticut towns and cities adopted most of the 361 animals who were adopted at The Animal Haven in 2014. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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. 

Programs
Description

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 our 388 animals in 2014.  

 


Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The short-term success of this program is the number of animals the shelter has been able to take in each year from private homes, municipal shelters and other animal organizations, the number of cats and dogs The Animal Haven has been able to save from euthanasia, and the number of animals the shelter has had spayed and neutered each year.  For example, in 2014, The Animal Haven entered 388 animals and spayed and neutered all of those animals that were not already sterilized.  By spaying and neutering each of these animals, The Animal Haven is able to insure that these cats and dogs will not give birth to more unwanted animals and thereby add to the overpopulation of cats and dogs in our area.  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The long-term ultimate success and goal of this program is to decrease as much as possible the number of animals euthanized each year and provide veterinarian care and a safe, loving temporary home to as many animals as possible.  This is accomplished by (1) entering into the shelter as many animals as possible surrendered from private homes; (2) rescuing as many adoptable cats and dogs as possible by collaborating with municipal shelters and local animal organizations; and (3) decreasing pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering each of the animals at the shelter.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The Animal Haven monitors the success of this program by annually calculating the number of animals entered into the shelter. As stated above, in 2014, The Animal Haven entered 388 animals.  As part of this program, The Animal Haven would like to increase the number of animals that enter the shelter each year.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

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!!"


 

Description

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 dogs and cats that enter the shelter and understands their personalities and needs so that they can recommend those dogs or cats that the staff believes 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.

 


Population Served Adults / /
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The short-term success of this program is offering the community a humane place to adopt a homeless cat or dog and finding loving adoptive homes for hundreds of cats and dogs each year.  For example, in 2014, 361 pet were adopted at The Animal Haven.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The long-term ultimate success and goal of this program is to find loving  and forever homes for as many adoptable cats and dogs as possible each year.  This requires entering as many animals as possible into the shelter each year and finding them loving, adoptive, forever homes as soon as possible after they enter the shelter.    
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The Animal Haven monitors the success of its adoption program by annually calculating the number of cats and dogs adopted at the shelter.  As stated above, in 2014, 361 dogs and cats were adopted at The Animal Haven.  As part of its adoption program, The Animal Haven would like to increase the number of animals it adopts into loving homes each year and thereby save more lives. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

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!"

Program Comments
CEO Comments
The Animal Haven believes that the overall long-term success of its pet entry and adoption programs is dependent on substantial renovations needed at the shelter that will contain the spread of disease among its animal population and reduce the stress of the shelter's animals.  These renovations include a new ventilation system, proper holding and isolation areas, a shelter clinic to provide medical services to the shelter's animals, and new dog kennels and runs.  The biggest challenge facing The Animal Haven now is raising the money needed to make these necessary renovations.  These renovations, while they present a challenge to the shelter, also present a great opportunity to substantially improve the shelter's facilities and enable The Animal Haven to best accomplish its mission and meet its goals of entering and providing refuge to as many adoptable animals as possible and finding them loving, adoptive, permanent homes.  
CEO/Executive Director
Christina Gagne
Term Start Jan 2015
Email chriskat32@aol.com
Experience

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. 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Lizbeth Gallagher Jan 2005 - Dec 2013
Marion McKeon Jan 1996 - Dec 2004
Senior Staff
Title Kennel Manager
Title Shelter Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The Animal Haven rescues adoptable cats and dogs from euthanasia by collaborating with municipal shelters and local animal rescue organizations.  Every day, municipal shelters euthanize adoptable cats and dogs due to lack of space. Local animal rescue groups often shelter animals in private homes, and space and funding often limit the number of animals that they can house.  The Animal Haven often takes in animals from local and out-of-state shelters and rescue groups that are filled to capacity. To accomplish this task, it has joined forces with numerous shelters and animal rescue groups including: Compassion Club in Branford (CT), and the Greater New Haven Cat Project (CT), and the municipal shelters in North Haven, Hamden, New Haven, West Haven, East Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Stratford and Killingworth (CT).  The Animal Haven also is a New Hope Partner with Animal Care & Control of New York City and works with the New Hope staff to pull and take in adoptable cats and dogs from the five boroughs of New York City.
Comments
CEO Comments Chris Gagne, the President and Chairman of the Board of The Animal Haven, also serves as the CEO/Executive Director of The Animal Haven.  Chris Gagne serves in these positions, including as CEO/Executive Director of The Animal Haven, on a volunteer basis. 
 
Board Chair
Christina Gagne
Company Affiliation Regional Water Authority
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Email chriskat32@aol.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Wendy Azukas Affinion Group
Mickey Cunliffe AT&T
Debbie Donofrio AT&T
Jennifer Garafalo Derby Public School System
Elaine Keith Human Resources Agency of New Britian, Inc
Michelle LeMoine Retired
Linda Marino retired
Jeff O'Donnell retired
Roberta Parenteau retired
Roland Parenteau retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 50
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
Personnel
CEO Comments
With respect to the question regarding "Constituency Includes Client Representation," The Animal Haven answered "yes" because at least five members of the Board have adopted animals from The Animal Haven.  Also, one member of the Board found a dog and two cats many years ago, paid all veterinarian bills for them, and brought them to The Animal Haven where they found their forever homes.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $276,000.00
Projected Expenses $375,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
Form 9902006
Audit Documents
2011-2013 financials2011
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter of tax exempt status
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$394,012$286,433$191,679
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$49,588$60,330$62,325
Investment Income, Net of Losses$54,709$47,030$45,765
Membership Dues$24,130$23,480$23,574
Special Events$8,715$8,944$9,308
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$12,704$6,936$38,686
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$460,250$358,595$337,489
Administration Expense$31,675$2,140$5,630
Fundraising Expense--$6,243$7,509
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.181.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%98%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,098,520$2,510,649$2,482,698
Current Assets$142,198$120,614$86,035
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$368$2,198$2,999
Total Net Assets$3,098,152$2,508,451$2,479,699
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities386.4154.8728.69
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

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.

Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 89 Mill Rd
North Haven, CT 064730460
Primary Phone 203 239-2641
Contact Email theanimalhaven@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Christina Gagne
Board Chair Christina Gagne
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regional Water Authority

 

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