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The Haven

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Haven provides shelter and finds adoptive homes for abused, homeless and neglected animals, treating them with love, respect, and medical care. Through education and volunteer programs, we promote community awareness of pet overpopulation 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.

Results: Over 6,200 homeless cats and dogs have found loving homes since The Haven began in 2000.

Target demographics: reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized in area open-admission animal shelters.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 482 cats and dogs saved, 465 pet placements, and 143 lost pets reunited with owners.

Geographic areas served: Baldwin County

Programs: Adoption, fostering, lost and found, sheltering, and pet re-homing assistance.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2007 we had lost 2 of our beloved dogs and needed to find 2 more. I walked into the Haven describing the type of dogs we wanted: big, older, always have been together. The volunteer that day pointed to a poster on the wall and said, "You mean like these two?" YES! They had been rescued a month earlier from a hurricane either in Mississippi or Louisiana by Dr. Therese Marshall and brought to the Haven. They wanted them to be kept together but after a month, one of the volunteers took them both to her house because she felt sorry for them being in a cage for so long. So my husband and I drove to her house to meet them and immediately wanted to take them home. After passing a background check, plus having a fenced yard and knowing Dr. Marshall personally, we were given the OK. The volunteer, Jill is think is her name, brought them to us and we became a loving family. We named them Stan & Ollie after my favorite comedians Laurel & Hardy. They looked very much alike except Stan was smaller. Sadly, Stan passed away 2 years ago; Ollie kept trying to dig up his grave for 2 months. He's doing OK now but getting old, 12 or 13 we think. I have to help get his hind legs into the car when we drive to the beach for a walk. Ollie is our 8th dog and probably our last because we're old now, 72 and 80. I always tell people to adopt a dog rather than buy one, and that it's better to have 2 at a time so they feel safe. We love the Haven for bringing Stan & Ollie to us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the Haven in search of new cats after saying goodbye to my 2 old guys. It took Izzy and Josiah (formerly Jay and Jasmine) a little while to get settled since they were long time Haven residents, but they are at home now. The Haven made it easier, answering my follow-up q uedtions and giving me all of their medical records. They truly care about the animals.

1 Kathie O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Haven for many years and, presently, my camera volunteers their services to capture the beautiful personalities of those they care for. I am honored to be able to do this. The staff, from the Executive Director down to the Kennel Technicians, are so totally dedicated to what they do. Since the "photo room" is near the entrance, I can hear them interact with the customers and it's nothing but respectful and helpful. Personally, I have adopted two dogs and two cats from the Haven over the years and I can honestly say they are the best pets I've ever had. Attached are a few photos of these amazing Haven animals. NOTE: the dog with the green background is my Chloe!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Haven is a fantastic asset to the Fairhope community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The entire staff at the Haven were more than accommodating when I adopted Nikko! The adoption process was painless. The adoption fee was minimal considering all of the added supplies and benefits that I received, including the love and joy that Nikko spreads throughout not only my home, but also my family members' homes. Prior to me leaving the Haven with Nikko, I was given many helpful tips by the staff. I would gladly adopt another dog from the Haven.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Haven is a great organization with dedicated employees to the care for thousands of helpless animals. They work hard to provide sweet, healthy pets for adoption. The cost is enormous but they do all that is necessary to to raise them, feed, groom, health needs, advertise, spay/neuter, house, adopt, and still seek donations to accomplish all this for you to adopt a loving, healthy, precious pet. Yes, it takes pure dedication and and loving hearts to accomplish all this. Then one day you walk in there and your heard is bursting with love when you see that perfect pet for you or your family. Such a happy day!

2 Robert205

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have 2 pets a dog and cat from the haven. I often bring items in from my job and love this place. If I had more time .... thanx for what you do haven.

1 Mandy29

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a "cat lady", always have been, always will be. I currently have 3 fur babies, two of which came from the Haven in Fairhope, Alabama. They are my "boys". Ten years apart in age but the best of buddies. The Haven is just that, a haven for these beautiful creatures. I am proud to be a Haven mom!

2 Zora B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful shelter!! I adopted my wonderful baby, Taco, from them. He is the light of my life!

3 Becky113

Donor

Rating: 5

I so appreciate the work and dedication provided by the haven. Homeless animals are helped both directly by the Haven's adoption and foster programs as well as their outreach to the community with education and a wonderful group of volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love The Haven. Our familky has adooted five dogs from them and fostered one dog. We so appreciate all that The Haven does to help these beautiful animals.

3 Jenny105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for The Haven for about 9 years in various roles, and I've always enjoyed working with Mike and the staff. I've also adopted dogs from the Haven, including our latest addition, Bear, who has fit in very well. He was taken really good care of while he was at the Haven, which helped with a smooth transition into our home. My parents and some friends have also adopted pets from the Haven, and we can tell that everyone at the organization truly cares about the animals and are passionate about what they do. I'm proud to have a no-kill animal shelter like the Haven in my community and to be involved with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have fostered for and adopted from The Haven for many years. Everyone is helpful, compassionate, and dedicated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Haven has been incredibly helpful not once but TWICE in finding the perfect pet for our family. Fourteen years ago, my husband visited The Haven weekly while searching for the perfect addition to our family. The staff was incredible and knew immediately that Dublin was the dog for us. Many years later and after the passing of our beloved Dublin, we again visited in the hopes of finding our new family member. The staff once again went above and beyond in helping make sure that Yeti was a great fit for my two young daughters. They take great care of the animals at their facility and are a huge part of the community here in Fairhope.

3 Matthew70

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Haven was great in helping us with the adoption of our Gracie and Aster (Iris). They kept us updated on Aster's progress as the vet checked a spot of concern. The staff stayed late so I could drive nearly an hour after work to go pick her up when she was ready. They have answered all of our questions and been very easy to work with.