We have had the absolute pleasure of adopting four dogs from this great rescue group. Every one of the furry friends we have adopted have had great personalities and they are so grateful to find a forever home. Linda and her staff are wonderful and are extremely passionate about their dogs. We highly recommend visiting Houndhaven when looking for the next member of your family!!
The love that Houndhaven shares with the dogs they rescue and the people who become family to each of these dogs is unending. I can't say enough good things about them.
Compassionate. Determined. Sincere. Loving and Honest are just a few words that come to mind when I think of HoundHaven Inc. For those who are in need of help who deserve the best of what life has to offer, this one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization doesn’t let “future family members” down. And this includes those who may need specific medical care … they are the heroes for those who can’t speak for themselves. They really are a wonderful organization. -Kristeen Ezell
i am a senior citizen who lives alone. i wanted a senior yellow lab to be my companion. the folks at houndhaven pointed out a dog that was hard to place and i had newman for three years until he died. i missed him so much and didn't want anyone except another yellow lab. i looked on line and didn't see any available dogs that i liked. the director of HH suggested a smaller dog who was a beagle/lab mix. i adopted him and renamed him littleman. he is the best dog i ever had . he is so smart and loving. i hope he lives forever.
I have adopted 2 dogs from Houndhaven in the past 4 years. They always do the right thing by each dog to place each dog in the most appropriate home for that dog. Irrespective of the age, sex, color, mixed breed, or health of that dog. They are very highly regarded in SW Orlando for their dedication to saving local dogs in high kill shelters.
This is an outstanding organization. The dogs are given excellent care until they are placed in the perfect home.
There are three shifts of volunteers to walk and feed the dogs. They interact and socialize with the dogs.
Hound haven dogs are neutered and up to date on shots.
This is a clean safe haven for the dogs to remain at until they are ready for a home.
Best dog rescue I have ever seen.
I love the mission of this small rescue! I adopted my first dog from them in 2017 and have since adopted two more. The volunteers there are so amazing! This rescue does whatever is needed to nurse a dog back to good health, socialize it and find it the perfect forever home. I have no doubt I will adopt from Houndhaven again in the future.
We could not have been happier with the whole process of adopting our pup. From a first meeting at an adoption event to an on site introduction to get to know her, and they us. And a sweet home visit a year ago yesterday. Love Hound Haven!
Houndhaven does outstanding work with labradors and other hound dogs -- they are on a nice plot of land with ample room for the dogs to play and exercise - and the staff there are remarkable. They arranged an adoption for me even while C19 was beginning to rear its ugly head through a socially distanced meet and greet with the dog. I was very happy with my adoption and even gave them extra as a donation to make sure they can keep going. Highly recommended.
Amazing non profit! had the pleasure to volunteer for a short time and nothing but loving animals, caring volunteers and great care for these dogs. Our school did a fundraiser for them also and collected lots of much needed supplies and food. Students loved having the dogs visit! Great, honest organization! Please support them!
Wonderful people at Hound Haven! We’ve met a few people at Hound Haven and they all do an amazing job with these animals. Thank you for all that you do!!
Adopted our beautiful dog Sable from Houndhaven. Houndhaven rescued her from a shelter and provided needed medical care. She was well taken care of until she found her forever home.
My husband and I have adopted the best tempered and loved dogs from HoundHaven over the last several years. The dogs are socialized and spoiled and receive top notch medical care. They have a wonderful corp of volunteers - the backbone of the organization! I have been a CVT for 45+ years, and HoundHaven does rescue and rehoming in a caring and ethical manner.
Houndhaven is wonderful. The love and care provided to the dogs is amazing. The best testimony I can give comes from my dog: Adopted Wrigley (fka Dealer) almost 6 years ago, but every time we go to the "Homecoming" fundraiser, he gets excited as we turn onto the road to Hound Haven. He LOVES seeing volunteers who cared for him -- before we became his furever home!
Grateful for the love and care provided to Wrigley and ALL the dogs that have been in their care. Happy to contribute and donate whenever we can.
The focus on providing the animals with a loving, permanent home is amazing! Thank you for all you do!
I have adopted 3 dogs from Hound Haven - they are the best! Great dogs and overall a wonderful adoption experience.
We adopted two dogs from Houndhaven. They have a wonderful facility and take the best care to make sure dogs and adopters are a good fit. We like older dogs and HH always has those. We have been monthly supporters for years. You would not go wrong supporting this group.
We've had a long relationship with Hound Haven and adopted 2 wonderful dogs. They take in many dogs who are "not adoptable". They heal and care for these wonderful animals and find them great homes. Our first loveable adoptee was Payton. A gorgeous black huge lab mix who had breathed in something which caused some breathing issues. They made sure he was healthy before making him available. Our 2nd a yellow lab mix Gidget was so afraid of people and other dogs. She is still shy but a blessing. We will continue to be monthly supporters of this group for as long as we are able.
We adopted Riley over 10 years ago from Hound Haven. He was absolutely perfect. He passed last year and now we have adopted another dog, Finley. He is fitting right in and loving life. I cannot imagine my life without being able to love Riley for those 10 years and now loving Finley. Hound Haven has made that possible
We have adopted two dogs from HoundHaven. We have been blessed by both of them. Linda and the volunteers do an amazing job with the dogs. Any problems the dogs have they work tirelessly to have them corrected no matter the cost.
I volunteered with this organization many years ago when i lived in Orlando. I have adopted 2 of my fur babies from them. They are amazing and love these dogs ensuring that all of their medical and love needs are met and finding the right home for all of their dogs. They are the BEST!
World class experience working with Hound Haven for the last ten years. There is nothing more important than the safety and care of the dogs and I am privileged to be a part of this organization.
Our family's experience with Houndhaven Inc. has been wonderful! Our rescue, now forever furry family member, was obviously well cared for during her time at Houndhaven - she is sweet and loving - and that is a reflection on the staff and volunteers. Our interactions with those same staff and volunteers has been a positive one. Would highly recommend Houndhaven Inc. to those who are looking for a new pup to love!
Houndhaven is a wonderful dog rescue that receives dogs from animal control or from owners who can no longer take care of their pets. We brought home 3 of our four-legged family members from Houndhaven. The dogs are loved and taken great care of until they are matched with their forever family. We are so grateful for Houndhaven and for Chase, Sallie, and Sadie.
Last summer, we were wanting another “fur-baby”, and being new to the area, we asked folks on NextDoor.com to give recommendations for a reputable and trustworthy rescue organization. Overwhelming response pointed us in the direction of Houndhaven, Inc. We went to one of their events at PetSmart and thought they had the perfect dog for us at their facility. We met Maddy at the farm and immediately fell in love with her. Equally important was what we thought of the Houndhaven facility and staff. In a word, top notch. They are an amazing organization and we highly recommend them to other people looking to give a dog his/her fur-ever home.
Houndhaven not only has let me adopt 6 of the best friends I could ask for over the past 14 years. Houndhaven has given me a second home where I have learned responsibility and compassion.
I cannot say enough good things about Houndhaven. These rescued dogs are taken in and given medical attention, good nutrition and a great place to stay while waiting for their forever homes. But most of all they are given the love and attention they need and deserve. Thank you Houndhaven!
I volunteered for several years with Houndhaven. HH is absolutely wonderful at saving, healing and finding these wonderful dogs amazing homes! There are no paid employees yet the care offered is unimaginable. I feel proud to have been a part of this organization and highly recommend it not only as a great place to volunteer but also a great place to find your next furry best friend!
Houndhaven is an amazing organization. The dogs receive excellent treatment. All the volunteers work so hard to make sure each every dog has a forever home.
Houndhaven continues, even through Covid, to provide love, care, safety and adoptive homes to wonderful, loving dogs who had been let down by people in their past. Houndhaven does a fabulous job and I've been both, a volunteer and adopter for 19 years, never questioning anything Linda Coletta (owner) does. Her focus and goal are always and only, the best care for the dogs.
I was a volunteer at Houndhaven for 8 years, until I physically couldn’t do it any longer. During that time, I saw so many miracles I can’t begin to list them. Babies that had been so badly abused, some left to die on their own, the list goes on and on. But when they got to Houndhaven, their lives changed for good. They were loved, treated both medically and mentally and left only when they found the perfect forever home. You could see their smiles as they left this wonderful shelter. This is truly an amazing place.
Houndhaven helped us find a wonderful dog for our family. The process was great and Linda and her team take their work very seriously. We feel 100% comfortable adopting from them based on their policies and standards.
It took about 2 years for us to find the right dog for our family, but we found Ruthie at Houndhaven, and they were fantastic to work with right from the start. We loved that they were careful in their placements so that dog and family had the best chance of bonding well, and forever.
Our Ruthie got very sick shortly after we got her, and Houndhaven was there for us the whole time, and still are. When they say, "Once a Houndhaven dog, always a Houndhaven dog," they really mean it.
One of the best parts of our year is their annual Reunion, when "alumni" get together for a day of fun. We feel we have partners in making sure Ruthie lives her remaining years well, and we're so glad we adopted her from such a terrific group of people.
-Susan and Simon
I have been volunteering for Houndhaven for over 10 years and have adopted 6 of their dogs and fostered numerous others. What amazes me most is the care and dedication of their founder and all the volunteers that keep the dogs healthy, happy and loved. Love is perhaps the key. My greatest joy is seeing all the dogs that come to HH scared, hurt and confused learn to love and trust, hug and play and generally be dogs again. As I leave for night when my shift is over my parting words to the pups is always "I love you all..hope I do not see you next week..." while I fervently pray they all find wonderful homes.
I was introduced to Houndhaven 12 years ago after my first Golden Retriever passed away. They had a picture of two Golden sisters needing a home and long story short I became their new Mom. They were amazing girls, and I felt I could share my time with such a wonderful group. So I started volunteering and have falling in love with so many dogs that Houndhaven has rescued through the years. My beautiful Golden girls have since passed, but I fell for a silly Golden boy while volunteering at Houndhaven and he has been a wonderful part of our family. I love my time at Houndhaven because I know we are making a difference in the lives of the dogs that we rescue. We have taken in dogs that have been terribly injured, abused and neglected, seniors, and even terminal dogs that wonderful volunteers have taken in as forever hospices. Houndhaven is like a family...we love rescuing dogs and we love spending time with them and each other.
We absolutely love Hound Haven! My husband and I found the perfect dog for our new family. It is clear that the goal of Hound Haven is to find the right family for each dog, not just to adopt dogs out to anyone. We love their mission and how much they do for these dogs! They treat them like family and then treat the new families like family!
I have had 4 rescues from Houndhaven since 2001. Two passed at the ages of about 15 years old and we currently have 2 seven year old labs adopted from them. I also volunteered and fostered dogs for this organization from 2001 through 2009 when I relocated to another area. Although I can no longer volunteer due to location we do continue to adopt from Houndhaven. The dogs are so well taken care of and Linda and team of volunteers review applications and do home visits to help ensure the dogs get their forever homes. The dogs have all of their shots, are spayed or neutered and any medical issues taken care of prior to adopting. Houndhaven hosts an annual “Homecoming” so all of the adopting families can get together and show off their beautiful dogs and tell how they are thriving in the home environment. I believe in rescuing and will continue to do so from Houndhaven.
I have been with Houndhaven for 18 years. I assure you, it truly is a "haven" for the dogs that are lucky enough to have found their way there after a bad situation. I assure you that you will never find a no kill shelter run better than this one. The dogs get everything they need to become happy healthy dogs, something they should have had their entire lives. But people have let them down, and, in many, many cases, had thrown them away. Hound Haven gives these dogs another chance to have wonderful lives. Every medical need is taken care of, from life-saving surgery to cataract surgery to skin issues. Medical bills can prove that!! While at Houndhaven, the dogs are treated with the same love and care as if they were family...because they are. Houndhaven is completely run on volunteers and donations. And love! I feel blessed to be part of Houndhaven... and to have adopted three fabulous dogs! The feeling you get when you see the transformation of these dogs is like no other. And, Linda Coletta, President and founder of Houndhaven is also like no other! Not only does she save their lives, get them the care they need, she follows up on the care of the dogs after being adopted by our wonderful adopting families. Annually, records proving they have gotten their dogs their shots, bloodwork, etc. must be sent to her. Yes, she really makes sure the "alumni" are still taken care of long after they leave Houndhaven. And, our Annual Homecoming Day gives us a chance to visit with so many of the dogs and their new wonderful families. Please go to our website(Houndhaven.org) to see the available dogs and to donate if you can.
100% of your donations go to the care of the dogs.
We love Houndhaven. Our two labs were adopted from them. This wonderful shelter takes dogs from local city or county shelters to provide care for them and do everything possible to get them ready to be adopted. Cooper, our black lab was taken in by Linda, the Owner, even knowing that he would need expensive knee surgery. Jack, our chocolate lab was blind, had kennel cough and needed their loving care to be able to be adopted. Linda and her wonderful volunteers, provide all the love and care to each and every dog. They are blessing not only to the dogs but to all families that adopt from Houndhaven..
I’ve been volunteering with Houndhaven for a few years now. Like minded people who love the dogs until they find they’re forever families. My happiest place on earth.
Dedicated, hardworking and loving, all-volunteer staff does an AMAZING job getting dogs out of sad places, bringing them back to health, and setting them up with the right people. They care so much for the dogs, and it shows. Great, clean and professional facility that is all, all, ALL about the dogs. Many "alumni" come back each year for Homecoming to show Mama Linda how happy she made them -- Hound Haven makes so many big, goofy smiles!
We got our Miss Ursa Bear (formerly Belarus) there on St Patrick's Day 2019, and boy was that our lucky day!
I've adopted from them twice ten years apart! Both dogs were exactly as they were presented in photos and bios. The volunteers do it from the heart and the dogs are loved at the shelter and carefully placed in loving homes. I HIGHLY recommend Houndhaven especially if you are unsure about adopting a rescue. They are so knowledgeable about the right home for each dog!
I have been volunteering at Hound Haven for about 1 1/2 years. From day one, I have been impressed with this no kill dog shelter and all of the volunteers. Everyone truly loves each and every dog that comes to us. The love and attention given to each dog is amazing! Hound Haven is kept spotless!! All walks, meds, specific care instructions and meals are documented daily. I have seen dogs come to us that have been mistreated, neglected, abandoned and/or injured. With enough time and TLC, each one becomes healthy, more out going and just simply happy again. I love seeing this transformation. Linda, the owner, is devoted to all of the dogs. We have volunteers that handle all adoption events, others that help with home visits, some do the transportation to/from vet appointments, and many that work various shifts ( AM, midday & PM) cleaning kennels, giving baths, caring for and loving the dogs. Managing a dog shelter and keeping it running at this high level of care takes a village. I would ask everyone to consider helping us out by either donating financially ( medical bills for some of our dogs costs thousands of dollars) , by adopting from Hound Haven or by becoming a volunteer.
I volunteered at Houndhaven for four years and it is such a special place! They have rescued hundreds of dogs and they treat every last one like royalty all while keeping the place running on donations and volunteers. They get the absolute best vet care in our area and rehabilitate so many sick pups. I have at times cried over the condition of a dog when they arrive and just the next week not recognize them because they look so much better just from receiving a little care and love. I always told Linda (the amazing women who started HH and gives her life to these dogs) that the place was cleaner and better taken care of then some of the fanciest dog hotels. It’s all due to Linda and the amazing people who give their time and love to help. They work tirelessly to find the right families for the dogs and do such an great job. There is nothing better then seeing a post of a pup at their new home! I love HH and everything they do!
We were fortunate enough to find houndhaven and our dog Ramsey. We could not have asked for a better adoption. They took such care to be sure he was a good fit for our family and we were a good fit for him. We will certainly go back to houndhaven for our next buddy. Ramsey turned out to be the most wonderful dog. There is a reason so many hound haven parents return for seconds :)
This groups is truly exceptional. My parents recently adopted a dog from them and they were so thorough and make sure that their dogs are going to excellent homes. I have attended two adoption events and it's obvious their volunteer staff is knowledgeable about the dogs, dedicated to their cause, and cares deeply about the dogs. I highly recommend this group to anyone who is looking to rescue a dog.
Exceptional company. Very kind hearted individuals with a mission - to help as many canines as possible find homes. I fully support them and would highly recommend any one helping this group.
HoundHaven is such a dedicated caring organization who goes overboard to make sure dogs are healthy, happy and find their forever homes. They turn pain and sadness for these dogs into love and friendship, before they even leave the HoundHaven home. Many volunteers every day take care of these dogs and give them all the love they can. The volunteer vets and trainers and pet shops give their time and donations to make sure they are healthy and ready to move on to the love of a family. We go out every weekend to adoption fairs with as many as 11 dogs who wow the public and the comments are always positive. They are so well behaved and we have as many as 13 volunteers every weekend to each take a dog and show their best side. It is all I can do to not take one home every weekend.
HoundHaven is a dedicated, needed organization to provide hope for dogs who are lost. Thank you for what you do.
I have been blessed with two beautiful chocolate labs who I adore. I know that Hound Haven goes to great lengths to rehabilitate injured, sick and abused animals. My furboy had parvo and worms and dropped off at animal control when HH rescued him and nursed him back to health. I was able to adopt him (very healthy and a very handsome) at 10wks. My furgirl was abandoned and dropped off at animal control and developed kennel cough and HH came to the rescue one more time and I adopted her at 1yr. HH works tirelessly to help animals find their forever homes and gives then plenty of love and affection in the meantime.
Houndhaven is full of people who truly care for the animals they rescue. We are blessed that we were able to find Dolly and for all they did for her!
I have known about, been the grateful recipient of two of their rescues, and a long time contributor to Houndhaven. This is one organization who spends not only every available dime but also every available minute on their cause. The dogs rescued by Linda Coletta and all the wonderful volunteers and supporters of Houndhaven are truly blessed. Their mission is to save these lovely hounds, especially older ones and provide them with the best forever homes they can find. All experiences with this organization over the past decade have been wonderful
An incredible organization that does everything right. 100% committed to the welfare of these animals. Volunteers give so much of their time. And they are so socially adept - reaching so many through sophisticated social media strategies. Can't say enough r great things about them!
I am both a volunteer and an adopter from Houndhaven. This is a very professionally run organization with no paid employees. All of the money donated goes towards care of the dogs. Houndhaven takes on a higher percentage of special needs dogs and seniors that many organizations of this kind stay away from due to the expense. The very caring and dedicated volunteers make this a great organization to be involved with.
Houndhaven doesn't just save dogs, they save people. My husband and I were so sad after losing our yellow lab. We said we would go to a Houndhaven meet and greet.....just to see the dogs. The volunteers were so kind and understanding about how we were feeling. We watched them interact with the dogs and could tell they had a real passion for helping animals. We fell in love with a lovely Chocolate lab. They were very careful to be sure Cocoa came to a good home and we really appreciated that they made adoption a smooth and enjoyable process. I cannot say enough about this organization and how much they have impacted our lives. Every Sunday I look forward to their Sunday Funday on Facebook.
My wife and I have adopted our last two dogs from Houndhaven. The care and attention they give to each of their dogs can be easily seen in each and every smiling pup on their website and FaceBook page. These dogs are treated like absolute gold (as well they should be!) and the greatest care is given to make sure that each of them goes to the home that is right for them. But your relationship with Houndhaven doesn't end the moment you take your new best friend home, this adoption works both ways! The Houndhaven family that you become a part of is an energetic and engaging community that will be with you both wherever life may take you. From "Sunday Fun-days" on HH's FaceBook page, to numerous charity events, and the annual reunion, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with others who believe that adopting a rescue dog truly changes more than one life.
I have been with Houndhaven for over eight years. My three fuzzy children ( drum Roxy and susie) are all alumni. No rescue takes care of the physical emotional and mental needs of dogs like houndhaven does. It is very clean and well organized. It is one of my most favorite places to be.
Dedicated volunteers offer excellent care for the rescued dogs. The organization chooses adoptive families with care to ensure appropriate matching of pets and owners. We are so thankful to have found a loyal and loving companion through their compassionate efforts. They also work hard to raise funds to provide extraordinary medical care for the rescued dogs to save lives rather than allow the animals to be euthanized unnecessarily.