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 $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
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 approximately 50 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 animal care coordinator and seven 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 2015, The Animal Haven entered approximately 371 animals (approximately 271 cats and 100 dogs).
  • In 2015, The Animal Haven placed approximately 373 animals (approximately 282 cats and 91 dogs).
  • The Animal Haven’s annual administrative costs are very low, less than 5%.
  • Volunteers do the majority of administrative, financial and maintenance duties.
  • The Animal Haven has 1,080+ supporters.  Approximately 72% of these supporters reside in Connecticut and approximately 28% reside out of state.  
Needs
  1. To obtain additional funding needed for a new ventilation system with proper air distribution and flow rates (which will cost an estimated $118,000 to $162,000) to help contain disease and stress among the shelter's animal population.  Our present system is inadequate and causes temperatures in the cat rooms to rise above 90 degrees in the summer and to fall 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 infecting the other animals in the shelter. 
  3. 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.
  4. To obtain funding to build a clinic so that spays and neuters can be performed in-house, significantly reducing the shelter's veterinarian costs. 
  5. To obtain funding to renovate the kitchen at the shelter, which is badly deteriorating. 

 


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 area and other Connecticut cities and towns 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

 

The biggest challenges that The Animal Haven has faced and continues to face are finding a way to house the many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that come to the shelter in need of a home and finding the funds necessary to provide the medical care that these animals need (which often is very expensive).  The Animal Haven was thrilled and grateful when it received a grant in 2014 from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven from the Lillian and Henry A. Konopacke Fund that enabled The Animal Haven to retain a Medical Director to provide weekly examinations of the shelter's animals, necessary vaccinations, and medical advice to reduce the spread of virus, which is so hard to control in the shelter environment.  During the twelve-month period following The Animal Haven's retention of a Medical Director, the shelter's veterinarian fees decreased by approximately 25% compared to the prior twelve-month period.  Contributing to the challenge of finding a way to house the many animals that come to The Animal Haven in need of a home are the defects in the design and function of the shelter's facility, including an inadequate ventilation system, that contribute to the spread of disease among the shelter's animal population and prevent them from recovering from illness as quickly as they should.  In 2015, The Animal Haven was the fortunate recipient of another grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven from the Lillian and Henry A. Konopacke Fund to cover part of the cost of upgrading the shelter's HVAC system.  In addition to upgrading the shelter's ventilation system, the Board of Directors hopes to be able to make additional renovations and changes to the shelter in the next few years that will improve the facility and in the long term 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 the Greater New Haven area and beyond surrendered many of the approximately 371 animals that entered the shelter in 2015.

People from the Greater New Haven area and other Connecticut cities and towns adopted most of the approximately 373 animals that were adopted at The Animal Haven in 2015. 
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 67-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 67 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 the Greater New Haven area and beyond surrendered many of the approximately 371 animals entered into the shelter in 2015.  

 


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 measured by the number of animals the shelter takes in each year from private homes, municipal shelters and other animal organizations, the number of cats and dogs The Animal Haven saves from euthanasia each year, and the number of animals the shelter has spayed and neutered each year.  For example, in 2015, The Animal Haven entered approximately 371 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 2015, The Animal Haven entered approximately 371 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 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 67 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 2015, approximately 373 cats and dogs 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 2015, approximately 373 cats and dogs 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!"

Description In 2014, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded The Animal Haven a grant from the Lillian and Henry A. Konopacke Fund that has enabled The Animal Haven to retain a veterinarian on a part-time basis as the Medical Director of the shelter, to implement an on-site program for staff and volunteers regarding the prevention and containment of disease among the shelter's animal population, and to begin the process of improving the shelter's facilities to help eliminate the spread of disease and better insure animal health and well being. 
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 evidenced by: (1) the approximate 25% decrease in The Animal Haven's veterinarian fees during the twelve-month period following the shelter's retention of a Medical Director compared to the previous twelve month period; and (2) the approximate 19% increase in adoptions during the twelve-month period following the shelter's retention of a Medical Director compared to the prior twelve-month period.  
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 success and goals of this program are to: (1) decrease and contain as much as possible the spread of virus and disease among the shelter's animal population and thereby enable The Animal Haven to take in and adopt out more animals and save more lives; and (2) enable the Animal Haven to save significantly on veterinarian fees each year. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The program success is monitored by calculating the number of dogs and cats entered into the shelter and adopted from the shelter each year and by calculating the veterinarian fees incurred by the shelter each year and comparing those numbers to prior years when the shelter did not have a Medical Director.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Examples of program success include the 19% increase in the number of adoptions at the shelter and the 25% decrease in the shelter's veterinarian fees mentioned above.  Additional examples of program success are the many instances in which the Medical Director, in addition to doing routine exams, has been able to diagnose and treat an animal's medical condition on-site saving the shelter significant veterinarian fees, saving the staff many hours of travel time, and sparing the animals much anxiety and stress.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The Animal Haven believes that the overall long-term success of its programs is dependent on substantial renovations needed at the shelter that will contain the spread of disease among its animal population and minimize as much as possible the stress of the shelter's animals.  These renovations include a new ventilation system, proper holding and isolation areas, new dog kennels and runs, and a shelter clinic to provide medical services to the shelter's animals.  The biggest challenge facing The Animal Haven is raising the money needed to make these necessary renovations.  These renovations, while they present a challenge to the shelter, also present a significant opportunity to substantially improve the shelter's facilities and enable The Animal Haven to best accomplish its mission and 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 1
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Lizbeth Gallagher Jan 2005 - Dec 2013
Marion McKeon Jan 1996 - Dec 2004
Senior Staff
Title Animal Care Coordinator
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: the Compassion Club in Branford (CT), 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 2016 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Wendy Azukas Affinion Group
Mickey Cunliffe retired IT Senior Technical Director
Debbie Donofrio retired IT Manager
Jennifer Garafalo Derby Public School System
Elaine Keith Human Resources Agency of New Britian, Inc
Michelle LeMoine retired Senior Programmer Analyst & Marketing Representative
Linda Marino retired Attorney
Jeff O'Donnell retired CPA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
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 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
Form 9902006
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$248,176$394,012$286,433
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$54,328$49,588$60,330
Investment Income, Net of Losses$65,857$54,709$47,030
Membership Dues$26,380$24,130$23,480
Special Events$8,775$8,715$8,944
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$18,357$12,704$6,936
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$399,134$460,250$358,595
Administration Expense$47,190$31,675$2,140
Fundraising Expense----$6,243
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.111.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%94%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%2%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,236,749$3,098,520$2,510,649
Current Assets$103,533$142,198$120,614
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$368$2,198
Total Net Assets$3,236,749$3,098,152$2,508,451
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommunity Foundation for Greater New Haven $33,000Petco Foundation $4,063Petco Foundation $9,295
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPetco Foundation $4,142Early Family Foundation $1,700Early Family Foundation $1,650
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAronson Family Foundation $500 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--386.4154.87
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
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 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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