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With a “quality of life” theme, Country Place Senior Living in Fairhope has partnered with The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter to host a “Block Pawty” Animal Adoption on Saturday, December 6 from 10am to 2pm. The event is open to the public with the goal of finding life-long loving homes for homeless pets as well as introducing some new and some well-known businesses to the public.


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November will be a busy month for The Haven!  On Saturday, November 1 The Haven will hold its monthly adoption event at Pet Supermarket in Daphne, from 11am to 3pm.  They will be on-sight with many wonderful cuddly dogs and cats that will be transported by the Haven’s Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (MARU) with The Haven’s life-saving team available to help potential adopters find the perfect match for their family.  The following Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11am to 3pm, they will be at their usual "2nd Chances on 2nd Saturday" of the month at PetSmart.  Then, the 501 c(3) no-kill shelter will end the month by joining together with other local animal rescue groups to participate in PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week-end scheduled Friday, November 14 - 16 also held at the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza from 11am to 3pm. in Spanish Fort.


Students at Gulf Coast Elementary School are using technology to help a local 501 c(3) animal shelter further its mission of helping the abused, abandoned and neglected animals of Baldwin County. Thanks to 2nd grade teacher, Julie Tassin, the children have been creating shortcuts on their iPads so that they can visit The Haven web page each day. “The children notice when there are new pets up for adoption,” said Tassin, “and know a lot of the pets’ names.” For the past five years, Ms. Tassin’s students have been collaborating with the non-profit creating decorated manila envelopes for the paperwork that each Haven adopter receives.


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Local nonprofit and no-kill animal shelter The Haven will host an estate planning seminar on Friday, November 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at The Brennity, 50 Spring Run Dr., Fairhope. This seminar, entitled “Purr-fect Planning: How to save money in the Ruff” will cover important facts such as year-end tax planning, how you can protect your pets in case of illness or death, and tips on living well and protecting your finances against sudden, catastrophic illness. “Many people don’t realize that some simple planning can save you a bundle and help those that matter,” states elder law attorney Kyla Kelim. “Your tax deductible gift to organizations like The Haven is heaven sent and means life or death to so many, and gives the donor the pleasure of seeing the direct benefit of their blessing.” Mrs. Kelim, a national speaker and local attorney, practices elder law in Alabama and Florida and will provide tips for keeping money firmly in your pocket to protecting your beloved pets.


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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