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
The Animal Haven, Inc.
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.

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
We seek to significantly improve the lives of the dogs at our shelter and thereby their adoptability by renovating the interior and exterior housing areas and physical spaces they occupy. The improvements are expected to reduce anxiety, fear, aggression and bad behaviors and overall stress that accompanies life in temporary shelter conditions before permanent adoption can occur. Our current housing set-up consists of 19 narrow units, made of concrete masonry blocks and chain link fencing. The narrowness of the interior concrete brick wall structures induces anxiety and stress causing some dogs to engage in neurotic behaviors such as pacing and spinning. Additionally, the chain link fencing does not provide sufficient visual and physical separation between dogs and has resulted in biting through the fence. The exterior yards and runs are similarly narrow and separated by chain link fencing. The overall goal is to create better, more enriching spaces for the dogs to explore and socialize. When we replace the housing units at the shelter, we want to enlarge each of them. We estimate the cost for the entire proposed housing improvements to be approximately $700,000. Such improvements require complete reconfiguration and large-scale landscaping changes. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds over two years (by end of 2019). Reducing shelter-induced stress and neurotic behaviors through physical space improvements is expected to have a ripple effect and lead to greater successful adoptions, the ability to serve more unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs, and ease the sorrow of community members who may need to surrender their animal to our no-kill facility due to hardship.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2019
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 Linda Marino
Board Chair Linda Marino
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired attorney
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
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.  The Animal Haven takes in surrendered adoptable cats and dogs and also rescues dogs and cats that are abandoned and/or at risk of being euthanized. These pets receive a complete health check, all vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered.  The Animal Haven is a shelter that adopts lifetime companions to well-matched, loving homes.  There is one full-time employee and six part-time employees 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 2017, The Animal Haven provided safe refuge to approximately 315 animals (269 cats and 46 dogs).
  • In 2017, The Animal Haven placed approximately 306 animals into new homes (254 cats and 52 dogs).
  • In 2017, The Animal Haven spayed or neutered approximately 180 animals.
  • Many of the animals who entered the shelter in 2017 had significant medical needs, and The Animal Haven was able to provide the veterinarian services that each of these animals required.  
  • In 2017, The Animal Haven was able continue to maintain very low annual administrative costs, which are less than 5%, because volunteers continue to do the majority of the shelter's administrative and financial duties.
  • One of The Animal Haven's goals for 2018 is to add approximately 1,500 square feet to the shelter to provide much needed additional room for its cats and kittens.
  • In 2018, The Animal Haven also hopes to start planning the renovations of the interior and exterior dog housing areas and the physical spaces that the dogs occupy.
  • Another goal of The Animal Haven in 2018 is to increase its fundraising efforts, develop its donor base, and better position itself to be able to embark on a capital campaign for the work that needs to be done in the kennel area of the shelter.
  • The Animal Haven also seeks in 2018 to save as many lives as possible by taking in and adopting out into loving, permanent homes as many dogs and cats as possible
Needs
  1. To expand the shelter to provide much needed isolation areas for the cats with different types of illnesses, more community areas for our cats, space for kittens (which presently are housed in our garage), and a meet and greet room for guests to meet their potential adoptees.  This work is scheduled to begin in the late Spring 2018.
  2. To substantially improve the interior and exterior dog housing areas and the physical spaces that the dogs occupy.  In 2017, we received a grant in the amount of $58,853 from the Community Foundation to replace all of the shelter's kennels with kennels made with much improved, state of the art materials.  When we replace the kennels at the shelter, we also want to enlarge each of them because our present kennels are too narrow (see discussion above in "A Great Opportunity" section), which will require us to reconfigure the entire dog housing area.  We also hope to improve the dogs' outside space and provide an outdoor yard or run for each kennel  and better, more enriching spaces for the dogs to explore and socialize.   
  3. To increase our fundraising efforts and better position ourselves to be able to embark on a capital campaign sometime in the future.
  4. To develop The Animal Haven's board.

 


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 homeless adoptable cats and dogs as possible is the most important goal of the organization. 
Board Chair Statement

The biggest challenge that The Animal Haven has faced and continues to face is 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 limitations in the design and function of the shelter's facility, including an inadequate ventilation system, have contributed significantly to the challenge of finding a way to house the many animals that come to The Animal Haven in need of a home.  These limitations have increased 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 a 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 shelter has been undergoing renovations during the past five months to replace the entire ventilation system and to renovate certain rooms of the shelter.  As a result of these renovations, we will have a vastly improved, state of the art HVAC system and a much needed bigger kitchen, laundry room, sanitation room and medical examination room.  These renovations will improve the function of the shelter in the long-term.  After these renovations are completed, we plan to begin work on a 1,500 square foot expansion of the shelter to provide more room for the shelter's cats, including isolation rooms for cats with different illnesses, more community areas for cats, and space for the shelter's kittens.  After this expansion is completed, we hope to renovate the interior and exterior dog housing areas and the physical spaces that the dogs occupy to provide a quieter, bigger and much less stressful environment for the dogs.  In 2017, The Animal Haven was fortunate to have been awarded a $58,853 grant from the Community Foundation from the Konopacke Fund to replace the shelter's kennels.  We also hope to expand the dogs' kennels improve the dogs' outside yards and runs.  We are in the process of identifying additional sources of funds for this work.  All of these renovations 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.

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 315 animals that entered the shelter in 2017.

People from the Greater New Haven area and other Connecticut cities and towns adopted most of the approximately 306 animals that were adopted at The Animal Haven in 2017. 
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 69-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 69 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 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 315 animals entered into the shelter in 2017.  

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 2017, The Animal Haven entered approximately 315 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.  The number of animals entered by The Animal Haven in 2017 was lower than in previous years because for three months during 2017, the shelter was undergoing renovations.  These renovations limited our ability to take in as many animals as we otherwise would have.  
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 homeless animals and 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 all of the animals at the shelter that are not already sterilized.
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 2017, The Animal Haven entered approximately 315 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 69 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 2017, approximately 306 cats and dogs were adopted at The Animal Haven.  The number of animals adopted out by The Animal Haven in 2017 was lower than in previous years because for three months in 2017, the shelter was undergoing renovations.  These renovations limited our ability to adopt out as many animals as we otherwise would have.    
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 2017, approximately 306 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 are examples of postings on our Facebook page by satisfied adopters:

"Just got this sweet girl [one of The Animal Haven's dogs] from Animal Haven.  Everyone there was wonderful and very knowledgeable.  They know how to match the right pet to the right family.  Could not be happier."
 
"6 mo. ago we went in looking for a new family member to bring us joy.  Thankfully we were blessed with the most loving kitten.  'Coco -- formerly known as Butter' is everything we could have wanted.  Thank You Animal Haven :)."
Description
The Animal Haven is making changes to its shelter to improve the health and well being of its animals.  The first stage, which is underway, consists of replacing the shelter's HVAC system and interior renovation of the shelter.  (In 2015, The Animal Haven was the fortunate recipient of a grant from The Community Foundation from the Konopacke Fund in the amount of $35,000 to cover part of the cost of replacing the shelter's HVAC system.)  The second stage is an expansion that we plan to begin in late spring this year to make additional room for the shelter's cats.  The third stage is the renovation of the dog housing areas and the outside yards and runs to provide a quieter, bigger, and less stressful environment for the dogs.  In 2017, The Animal Haven was fortunate to have been awarded a $58,853 grant from the Konopacke Fund to replace the shelter's kennels.  In addition to replacing the kennels, The Animal Haven hopes to enlarge the size of the housing areas and improve the dogs' outside yards and runs.  We are in the process of identifying additional sources of funds for this work.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 will be measured by the number of animals that the shelter is able to take in and adopt out after the renovations are completed compared to the number of animals taken in and adopted out before these renovations were made to the shelter.   The short-term success of this program also will be measured by the veterinarian fees that the shelter incurs each year after these renovations are completed as compared to prior years.  
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 decrease and contain as much as possible the stress experienced by the animals at the shelter and 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.
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.
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 that we hope to see as a result of the all of the changes set forth above are an increase in the number of adoptions at the shelter, an increase in the number of animals that we are able to take in, and a decrease in the shelter's veterinarian fees.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The Animal Haven believes that the overall long-term success of its programs is dependent on renovations that it is presently undergoing, the planned future expansion, and the renovations of the dog housing areas and the outside spaces that the dogs occupy.  All of these renovations and changes at the shelter will better contain the spread of disease among its animal population, minimize as much as possible the stress of the shelter's animal, and provide much needed additional space.  The biggest challenge facing The Animal Haven is raising the money needed to make all of these 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
Linda Marino
Term Start July 2016
Email lmarino60@gmail.com
Experience

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.  She has a B.A. from SUNY at Binghamton and obtained her law degree from NYU School of Law. 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 175
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Christina Gagne Dec 2013 - July 2016
Lizbeth Gallagher Jan 2005 - Dec 2013
Senior Staff
Title Animal Care Coordinator
Experience/Biography

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 two years 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.  

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 the Animal Care Centers of NYC and works with the New Hope staff to pull and take in adoptable cats and dogs from New York City.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Choice Awards Winner for Service OrganizationHamden Regional Chamber of Commerce2016
Comments
CEO Comments Linda Marino, the President and Chairman of the Board of The Animal Haven, also serves as the CEO/Executive Director of The Animal Haven.  Linda Marino serves in these positions, including as CEO/Executive Director of The Animal Haven, on a volunteer basis. 
 
Board Chair
Linda Marino
Company Affiliation retired attorney
Term Feb 2018 to Feb 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
James Bonito retired business owner and general contractor
Tricia Caldwell Director of Communications, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Arnie Cary retired veterinarian
Donna Cifaldi semi-retired administrator
Jane Griffith self-employed tax attorney
Elaine Keith retired program assistant
Jeffrey O'Donnell retired CPA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
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 several members of the Board have adopted animals from The Animal Haven. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,512,453$3,205,661$3,236,749
Current Assets$63,902$130,509$103,533
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$3,512,453$3,205,661$3,236,749
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $41,171The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $36,658The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $33,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuttNation Foundation $3,000Petco Foundation $6,128Petco Foundation $4,142
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Bank Foundation $1,250J. Aron Charitable Foundation $5,000Aronson Family Foundation $500
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $650,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

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.  Any difference between The Animal Haven’s income and expenses will be taken from The Animal Haven’s investment account, which presently totals approximately $2,949,967.

Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 89 Mill Rd
North Haven, CT 064730460
Primary Phone 203 239-2641
Contact Email theanimalhaven@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Linda Marino
Board Chair Linda Marino
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired attorney

 

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