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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.
WHAT WE DO
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. Also 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 quarterly 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
DIRECTORY OF STAFF
The Haven takes in all adoptable cats and dogs that are unclaimed by their owners from all four animal control shelters in Baldwin County.
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.
The Haven559 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.
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.