November 14, 2012
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, a No Kill shelter for dogs and cats, finished their new building in 2012, hired full-time staff and filled the sanctuary with hundreds of dogs and cats. This has been challenging, of course, but as a donor and former Board member, I believe that Safe Haven is a No Kill shelter that is working hard to save the abused and abandoned animals in Delaware. I know the Executive Director to be completely committed to the No Kill ethic, which is critical. The review here on Guidestar by jrzygrl412 fails to convey what was accomplished by Safe Haven in 2011. Without a building, we pulled over 100 dogs from death row at the kill facility in Kent County, Delaware and placed the dogs in foster homes or boarded them at private kennels until they could be adopted. For the full story, please see the 2011 Annual Report, which is posted online at http://www.safehavende.org/images/stories/annual%20report%20for%20web.pdf All of this was accomplished in 2011 with only one full-time employee - the Executive Director. We relied heavily on volunteers, and some did get burned out but most were completely dedicated, and we managed to save the lives of those dogs so they would have a second chance. With a full-time staff, hundreds of dogs and cats are now being being well cared for in Safe Haven's sanctuary. As of July, 2012 Safe Haven is now doing dog control In Kent County according to the new model shown to be so successful in other parts of the country; the objective is to try finding the dog's home if at all possible, rather than automatically taking the dog to the shelter. The dogs who are taken to the sanctuary are safe from being killed. People who want to help a No Kill shelter committed to helping abused and abandoned animals can be confident that their donations will be put to good use at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.
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