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.
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. In 2016, The Animal Haven continued to retain a veterinarian on a part-time basis, which has saved substantial veterinarian fees this past year as well. 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 limitations n the design and function of the shelter's facility, including an inadequate ventilation system. These limitations contribute significantly to the stress experienced by the animals at the shelter and the spread of virus and disease among the shelter's animal population. In 2015, The Animal Haven was the fortunate recipient of 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. The work to upgrade the ventilation system at the shelter is scheduled to occur this spring/summer of 2017. We also intend to renovate certain rooms of the shelter which will improve the function of the shelter in the long-term and prepare it for a planned future expansion. These renovations and the planned expansion will provide much needed isolation rooms for cats with different illnesses, more community areas for cats, space for kittens, a meet and greet room for guests and their potential adoptees, a bigger kitchen, medical examination room and laundry room, and much needed storage space. The Board of Directors also hopes to renovate the dog kennel area of the shelter to provide a quieter, more sanitary, better lit and much less stressful environment for the dogs. All of the renovations and the planned expansion will greatly improve the shelter's facility and in the long-term enable The Animal Haven to take in and adopt out more animals and thereby save more lives.
People from the Greater New Haven area and beyond surrendered many of the approximately 429 animals that entered the shelter in 2016.
The Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter and animal rescue group that stands out because of its unique more than 68-year history. We have been able to garner financial support from the community and 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 68 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 can surrender adoptable cats and dogs, knowing that they will be well cared for until a new, loving home can be found for them. People from the Greater New Haven area and beyond surrendered many of the approximately 429 animals entered into the shelter in 2016.
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 68 years. The Animal Haven promotes responsible pet ownership and the principle of a friend for life.
Following are examples of recent postings on our Facebook page by satisfied adopters:
Linda Marino began volunteering at The Animal Haven, Inc. in the Summer of 2013 and became a member of the Board in early 2014. Since she began volunteering at the shelter, Linda has gotten involved in many aspects of the shelter's functioning and has spearheaded many of the projects designed to further the shelter's goals and accomplish its mission. Linda is a retired lawyer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Animal Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She has a B.A. from SUNY at Binghamton and obtained her law degree from NYU School of Law.
Michelle DeRosa began working at The Animal Haven more than seven years ago. She started as a Kennel Assistant and then within a few years became the Animal Care Coordinator. She took on the added responsibilities of managing the shelter approximately fourteen months ago. Michelle is dedicated to the mission and goals of The Animal Haven and works tirelessly to accomplish those goals. She supervises the shelter's staff, oversees all adoptions, and cares for all of the shelter's animals with tremendous compassion.
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 $50,000 difference between the current fiscal year projected income ($350,000) and projected expenses ($400,000) is based on The Animal Haven's experience in prior years. However, because we recently engaged a fundraising consultant and are increasing our fundraising efforts, we hope that The Animal Haven will experience less of a difference between income and expenses in 2017. Any difference between The Animal Haven’s income and expenses will be taken from the principal of The Animal Haven’s investment account, which presently totals approximately $3,000,000.
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