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Come run for the dogs on August 30 as the 1st Annual Mystic Mutts 5K Race and Mutt Walk will be held to benefit The Haven, a local no-kill animal shelter homed in Fairhope.  At 8am on that date, participants in the 5K Race will take off from Bancraft Street near the Fairhope Public Library, head toward the top part of the Bay to White Ave and back.  Then, at 9AM, the Mutt Walk for walkers and leashed dogs, begins at the same location, which should take approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Presenting sponsors of this great family event include C.K. Collection, Eastern Shore Cosmetic Surgery, Pinzone’s Italian Downtown, Coquette, and Chris Myers Nissan.  In addition, 97.5 WABD with Q-Tip and Gossip Greg will broadcast live from the race.  “We are tremendously honored to have these wonderful businesses and local personalities support this first ever event for us,” said Mike Graham, Executive Director.  “It’s events like this and the community support they generate that allow us to continue our life-saving mission.”


Celebrate Christmas in July and come join the fun on Saturday, July 19th, from 2-4:30pm, when the Eastern Shore Shopping Centre will hold a “Jingle Bell Mingle”, with proceeds going to The Haven, an adoption-guarantee animal shelter.  It’s a progressive cocktail experience for those over 21 where each person pays $25 for food, and a T-shirt.  Participants start at one location, where the appetizers are plentiful and drinks are inexpensive, moving on to the next restaurant.  Reservations and pre-payment are required, with a maximum of 50 individuals.  Participating restaurants include Wintzell’s Oyster House, California Dreaming, Poor Mexican, and Dusty’s Sports Bar and Grill.


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The 4th of July celebration will be a star-spangled one for The Haven as they extend the celebrations to their July 5 and July 12 pet adoptions.  On July 5, they will be at Pet Supermarket on Daphne from 11am to 3pm, then one week later on July 13 they will be at Petsmart at the Eastern Shore Plaza during the same times.  Their Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (M.A.R.U.) will be full of star-spangled animals, bursting with love and energy and eager to find their forever homes.  The compassionate and friendly Haven staff and volunteers will be on-site to answer any questions to find the perfect match.  The Haven knows you’ll hear fireworks when you meet your next best friend.


Fireworks and the 4th of July!  They go together.  So American!  However, pets and fireworks don’t go together.  In fact, pets’ reactions during this holiday can cause serious problems for the family that doesn’t prepare.  Observe your pets during the festivities to see if they exhibit any unusual behavior – shaking or trembling, excessive drooling, barking, trying to hide, refusing to eat, even bladder or bowel problems.  24PetWatch reports that call statistics show that pets go missing more during the 4th of July than at any other time during the year. 

Adopting A Friend

To Adopt an animal, please bring in the following information:
1. ID (preferably driver's license)
2. Proof of Address
3. If you rent, you will need to submit the contact info for your landlord
4. Veteriarian reference to ensure that prior pets were well cared for and that current pets in the household are up to date on their shots.
Following are forms that will get you started in the application process:
DOG: Before adopting a dog, we require an approved application,  a signed contract,  and a $90 donation to cover the dogs health-related and boarding expenses while in our care. 

CAT: Before adopting a cat, we require an approved application,  a signed contract, and a $65 donation to cover the cats health-related and boarding expenses while in our care. 

Who We Are


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The Haven provides a shelter for abused, neglected, homeless and neglected animals, treating them with love, respect and medical care.  Through education and volunteer programs, we promote community awareness of pet over population and responsibility.

The Haven is a non-profit sanctuary for animals that will be cared for regardless of how long it takes to find them loving homes.


The Haven was the idea and dream of Dr. Teresa Marshall, a local veterinarian, who ran The Haven out of her clinic for eleven years. In 2001 The Haven became a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization. Copy_of_REd_in_pool_the_best_picAlso in 2001, the City of Fairhope offered use of part of the city animal shelter in return for The Haven providing veterinary care and staffing for the entire shelter. With this agreement both our need and ability to find homes for animals increased.

Many of the animals at The Haven have been neglected, starved, struck by cars, beaten, and/or otherwise abused so the veterinary care and rehabilitation is frequently extensive and expensive. All of the animals are spayed or neutered and receive all necessary veterinary care such as de-worming, vaccinations, heartworm testing, micro-chipped, feline aids and leukemia testing, and receive 30 days of FREE pet health insurance. Potential adopters are carefully screened. Current adoption fees are $ 55 for cats and $80 for dogs. We are a no kill shelter so no adoptable animal is euthanized just because we don't find it a ready home- we just keep trying. Also we ask that if any home situation/adoption does not work out for a Haven graduate, that the Haven be contacted so that we can find them the right home. We have the motto "once a Haven animal, always a Haven animal". We have frequent off -site pet adoption events, website marketing and other active marketing, as well as adoptions at the shelter - all in an effort to place animals.

Another important role The Haven plays is educating the community on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Our Copy_of_Toby_face_one_09_29_06quarterly newsletter is distributed conatinaing updates from families that have recently adopted a companion for The Haven and many other pet related articles. We also have educational programs and information encouraging the humane care of animals- such as warning of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars. We are becoming involved in the school system and discussing these issues with the children.

Copy_of_Tinker_Bell_002The Haven would not exist though without all the tireless work of its many volunteers. Volunteers tasks are near endless including office support, walking dogs, helping at adoption and fundraising events, and, yes, cleaning cages. The Haven does various fundraisers through out the year to raise money for operations. Recent events have included a pet photo contest, a pet essay contest, a benefit luncheon featuring Fannie Flagg, and a pet Mardi Gras parade. The Haven also operates a resale shop of donated items with the proceeds benefiting The Haven. The resale shop also provides a volunteer opportunity for people who prefer not to work at the shelter itself.

The Haven is a relatively new organization that has made great strides in a short amount of time. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we have a long way to go. We are striving to live in a society where loving, adoptable animals are not being killed. We need to change the mindset of our community that animals are disposable.

We appreciate your interest and if you have further questions feel free to contact us at (251) 929-3980, or at info@havenforanimals.org . Mail may be sent to P.O. Box 1063 Fairhope, AL 36533 .You may visit us at the shelter at 559 South Section Street in Fairhope, Ala. Finally donations are always greatly appreciated and tax deductible as allowed by law as The Haven is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.


  • General Information (251) 929-3980
  • Michael Graham, Executive Director (251) 929-3980 ext. 6
  • Adoption Coordinator, Chris Stanfield(251) 929-3980 ext.  5
  • Kathie Ono, Volunteer Coordinator (251) 929-3980 ext. 4
  • Becky Brasington, City of Fairhope Animal Control Officer (251) 929-0354


The Haven takes in all adoptable cats and dogs that are unclaimed by their owners from all four animal control shelters in Baldwin County.

  • Baldwin County Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Bay Minette Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Daphne Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Fairhope Animal Control Shelter

These cats and dogs are held for 7 days, waiting for their owners to reclaim them before being placed on the euthanasia list.    We monitor this group, and for the past several years have been able to accept and place every adoptable dog scheduled for euthanasia in Baldwin County.

Once the animals arrive to our shelter, they are processed by our animal care technicians.  Each animal is screened for medical and/or behavioral issues, receive vaccinations, de-wormed, treated for external parasites like ticks and fleas with Frontline and/or Advantage, tested for heartworms, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered.  Felines are tested for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia.

To help end euthanasia as a means of animal control, the animal control shelters in Baldwin County have joined forces with Maddies® Fund and The Haven to create the Maddies Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County.  For more information on how we are creating a no-kill community click Maddies Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County.

If you have found an abandoned dog or cat in Baldwin County, please contact your local animal control shelter or police department.  You are encouraged to contact The Haven to provide us with the info on the animal you have found.  We do keep a current lost and found list that we will cross reference.

Come Visit Us

The Haven

559 S. Section Street
P. O. Box 1063
Fairhope, AL 36532-33
Office (251) 929-3980
Fax (251) 929-0358

Hours of Operation

Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The shelter is also closed on the second Friday and Saturday of each month to prepare for our monthly pet adoption events. Please see our calendar of events for future dates, locations and times of our mobile adoptions.

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