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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.”


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Who let the dogs out?!  If you did and they show it, come to The Haven’s Walk, Wag and Wash-a-thon, sponsored by Give A Dog A Bone Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash and Pet Boutique.  The event will take place at the Dog Wash, located at 59 S. Church Street on August 30, from 9am - 1pm.  Under the guidance of shop owner, Molly Beasley, she and the Haven volunteers will wash your dog for a donation of $10.   The Wash-a-thon will immediately follow The Haven’s 1st Annual Mystic Mutts 5K Race that is scheduled to start near the Fairhope Public Library at 7am that morning.  “It will be a full day for The Haven,” said Stephanie Calhoun, the Haven’s Board President.  “After your dog walks the race, they can freshen up and cool off at the dog wash.”


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On Saturday, August 2 The Haven will hold a Microchip Clinic at Pet Supermarket in Daphne, from 10am to 1pm.  This life-saving procedure, which will cost $20, will be administered by Dr. Ron Shindler and his staff from Eastern Shore Animal Hospital.   In addition, The Haven will be showcasing many wonderful cuddly dogs and cats that will be transported by the Haven’s Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (MARU). The Haven’s team will be available to help potential adopters find the perfect match for their family and provide free pet information.
On the following Saturday, August 9, from 11am to 3pm, The Haven will hold an adoption event on their usual second Saturday of the month at Petsmart in the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza in Spanish Fort.


As part of the 2014 Sunset Yoga for Charity, Rebecca Washburn will be teaching a yoga class to benefit the nonprofit adoption guarantee animal shelter, The Haven. The class will be at 6:30 p.m. August 8th. Bring a mat and a donation to the bluff above and to the right of the Fairhope Pier.  
Sunset Yoga classes are beginner friendly and donation based. Each teacher picks a charity. Rebecca Washburn chose The Haven because, “Animals have a special place in my heart.” Like many of us, she may not know how or be able to help a needy animal. But she does know who can help. “The work that The Haven does gives {needy animals} the opportunity to thrive, and I want to support that.”

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


Penny_lane1OUR MISSION

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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