Daphne is lost! Will you help us find her?

Daphne found a new home last month.  In early Nov. she slipped out the door and hasn’t returned.  We’ve had hard rains and now it has turned cold!

Please help us find this beautiful girl who raised 6  kittens with the help of her foster mom and who is loved by many.


Daphne is a friendly girl but may be spooked by people she doesn’t know when she is outside in an area she is unfamiliar with.  Please report any sightings to us on Facebook or to a volunteer’s home phone number:  763-559-3976


Below you will find the contents to a flier we have made to help find her.  It will be posted on our Facebook page also.   If you can print it out and post it in the area AND share with any friends and family, we’d really appreciate your help!


Daphne was recently adopted from Pet Haven and slipped out the door.


Will you help us find her?


Bloomington in the vicinity of 98th and Normandale Blvd


Please contact Pet Haven at 763-559-3976 so we can reunite her with her owner.


Daphne is friendly but may be timid with people she doesn’t know and being outside in the hard rain and cold.




Places to look: under bushes & shrubs, in window wells, unused dog houses, under decks and sheds. If you have had a shed open in the last 15 days, check to see if she darted inside and might be trapped there now. If you have snow on the ground, check for small paw prints around your yard.

The flier, below, will download for you if you click on it.   THAN YOU for your help!


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Wondering how you can help with the over-population problem?

Do you know what SNI stands for?  Spay Neuter Initiative!


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Every year Pet Haven carves money out of their budget, from donations and fund raisers, to award as grant money to other groups to help them manage the overpopulation problem in their community.

It is an ordinary name for a most important effort to ease the suffering of cats and dogs by getting them spayed and neutered.  Too many dogs and cats breed endlessly.  This is incredibly hard on the females and their physical condition deteriorates as they have litter after litter and the babies are born to mothers searching for food to keep themselves alive AND provide milk for the kittens and puppies.  In the end, all of them suffer – most never knowing love from humans nor feeling full after a good meal.  Intact males fight and roam and also struggle to survive and be the top male so they can breed that female in heat.  Fights can cause an abscess, infections and even the loss of an eye.  Untreated these wounds can cause death and do cause untold pain and suffering.

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These are the goals of the groups who applied for and were granted funds from Pet Haven this year:

People for Pets plans to use funds to alter the increasing number of cats and dogs who come to them not spayed or neutered so they can place all animals into new homes already spayed.

Precious Paws,   located in Chisholm,  will use their funds to ensure all sheltered animals are spayed or neutered before going into new homes.  They have raised additional funds to cover vaccinations.  Their surgery days are booked out a couple of months in advance.  Northland Spay and Neuter out of Duluth manages their transport days.  Local vets provide services when timing is critical.  Publicity includes local veterinarians speaking on the importance of spay/neuter surgery; advertising on the radio, their website and Facebook page; articles submitted to local newspapers, educating our young volunteers and word of mouth which continues to be the post successful part of the mission.

Headwater Animal Shelter  is the only animal shelter in Hubbard County. Due to lack of animal shelter facilities there in rural Northwest Minnesota, they also serve portions of the four surrounding counties. Aggressive spay/neuter programs are the only effective long term solution to the pet over-population in the community.  Funds granted will be used for their Cat colony (feral, farm, other) Sterilization Program. This group has been particularly successful  in using SNI funds and other grants and fund raisers to increase the numbers of cats they can alter.

Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue  The Red Lake Chippewa Reservation and surrounding area is an economically depressed area where residents will not allocate appropriate funds to neuter or spay their companion animals.  Without the help of Red Lake Rosie’s rescue and their supporters the overpopulation of companion animals would worsen.  After operating 10 years, they have made great progress and must sustain that progress to  keep population under control.  “This is the first year we asked the Red Lake residents for a suggested donation of $10 for services received. Nearly 80% of the residents were able to donate, many offering more if they were able.”

Leech Lake Legacy will  use Pet Haven SNI grant money to help them fund spay/neuter services for 350-400 companion animals a year.  In addition they transport surrendered animals to other areas of the state for adoption.


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Martin County Humane Society’s target population is to spay and neuter all cats in the shelter before adoption as well as cats of low income owners and outside cat colonies as far as funds reach.

Morrison County Humane Society will use their funds to insure all cats and dogs are altered before adoption.

Pet Fixers  works hard in a large area of low income clients in NW MN.  They alter  many cats and dogs through several spay/neuter options, spread the word about their clinics by word of mouth and local media and are improving the lives of many owners and their companion animals through their efforts.

Watonwan County Humane Society offers reduced rates through this grant and fund-raise to be able to continue these rates.  The program is aimed at cats and dogs, with a particular emphasis on pit bulls.


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In 2014  $17,000 was granted to 10 groups who, together, spayed and neutered 428 companion animals.

We look forward to hearing the report of the grants offered this year!


Pet Haven also funds a spay/neuter program for the companion animals of low income clients who qualify.  They apply from across Minnesota.

Because you care and donate, Pet Haven continues to fund raise and make spay and neuter a priority to help all the under-served cats and dogs to be healthier and lead easier lives which enables their owners to take better care of them.

These funds are entirely separate from the spay/neuter, ordinary and extra-ordinary vet care that Pet Haven allocates to the dogs and cats we place for adoption.





Daphne and her litter of 6 kittens and Rudy  thank you for your volunteer efforts and financial donations which helped them grow, thrive, heal and find homes!






September 2015 Newsletter

Pet Haven Ink September 2015

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Shoe Drive Campaign

Pet Haven is excited to participate in a new campaign this year. Our goal is to collect 200 bags of gently used donated shoes to raise money for Pet Haven.  The shoes will be sent to developing countries to support micro-enterprises focused on economic development.  In return, Pet Haven will receive $10.00 for every 25 pairs of shoes collected.

Drop off Locations are listed above.  If you are interested in starting a shoe drive in your school, workplace, or community please contact:


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Read our 2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

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A Once in a Lifetime Dog

My name is Quinn, my husband and I adopted a dog named Abby (Pet Haven tag #3512) from Pet Haven on August 11, 2005.

We went out to meet Abby at her foster family’s house in Eden Prairie. Instantly, we knew Abby was the one for us. We took her home with us on August 11th. I cried on the way home that evening because my old dog had died the month before. I knew Abby was a great match for us but I was still mourning the loss of my old dog.

I loved Abby and we quickly became inseparable. I worked at an animal hospital for five years and Abby came to work with me every day. She loved it and I loved having her there.

It said in the notes I received from Pet Haven that her previous owners stated that Abby just wanted to part of the family. Abby very much was a huge part of our family. I recently had to make the agonizing decision to put Abby to sleep. She was fifteen and half years old (she was five years old when we adopted her from you). She was diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma ten and half months ago. I was told she would probably live no more than 60 days, but she lived ten and half more months. She displayed no signs of discomfort other than some arthritis. She went downhill pretty fast, starting with limping and two days later she was unable to stand.

Abby was very much my dog. I lovingly called her my protector. She was fierce in her loyalty and love. She laid next to my side of the bed every night for 10 and half years, I still look to see if I am going to step on her when I get out of bed in the morning. Any time she felt  was being threatened (by the mailman mostly) :) she would sit down right in front of me as if to say, you’re going to have to get through me first.  My daughter Chloe, who was one year old when we adopted Abby and is now eleven years old, is particularly heartbroken. I wanted to reach out and update you on Abby and to say Thank you.  Had it not been for your organization, I would not have found Abby.

Abby is a once in a lifetime dog and I miss her dearly.

Quinn Kennedy

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Puppy Party Reunites “Vikings” littermates

“When I first brought up the idea of doing a puppy birthday party, people looked at me like I was nuts. Like I had finally, fully, become their ‘crazy dog lady’ friend or family member.  But there was something so special about these puppies. Everything they had gone through. The amazing homes they went into. I had to at least try to reunite them.”

The Pet Haven foster mom of 6 puppies rescued in August 2014 proposed an idea several months ago that came to fruition on July 5th. The idea: a 1-year birthday party for 6 amazing, fun-filled, energetic dogs who had once been struggling to survive.  Due to geography and schedule constraints, not all 6 were able to make it, but in attendance were: Maggie (fka Kahlil), Coco (fka Carter), Vito (fka Patterson) Byku (fka Barr) and their families, along with foster mom Meagan and her roommate Crystal, and “surrogate mom” and resident dog, Remi.

The result: a PUPPY PARTY!!  The event was visually documented by the amazing Sarah Beth Photography as seen here:

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Despite there being many other dogs at the dog park, these littermates stuck primarily to hanging out with each other, giving all those present the feeling that the dogs knew there was something “special” about one another.  In fact, science supports this notion.  As young puppies a hormone called oxytocin (also referred to as the “love hormone”) allows canines to develop bonds with their littermates, leading some researchers to believe that grown littermates experience a chemical reaction when in the presence of one another.  Additionally, they seemed to remember Remi, the foster mom’s resident Catahoula Leopard Dog/Labrador Retriever mix, who served as their surrogate mom during their 5 weeks in foster care.

Although we would like to think that reuniting littermates is kind of like those Oprah episodes where [human] family members are reunited after years and there are happy tears and hugging, this isn’t always the case when reuniting canine littermates.  So Pet Haven took several steps to ensure a safe and happy birthday party. A dog park provided a fenced-in area large enough to hold several 70lb energetic dogs, while also serving as a neutral place where no one felt a sense of territorialism. Additionally, since all of the dogs were spayed and neutered before adoption (as are all of our foster care program animals), issues naturally associated with hormones in unaltered pets, weren’t relevant. Lastly, all of the dogs were introduced carefully so that each could provide a dog-appropriate “hello” before any wrestle-mania activity began.

For those who are unfamiliar with our infamous “Vikings puppies,” here is their backstory:

On August 17, 2014 Pet Haven received an urgent call from a Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue volunteer. They had just wrapped up another successful spay/neuter clinic, when a community member came to them with a plea for help. The person’s German Shepherd mix dog could no longer feed her puppies due to her own malnourishment, and they had no resources to care for them. Unable to talk this person into surrendering the mother dog with the litter, clinic volunteers got to work on finding placement for the 12 puppies. Within less than an hour, Pet Haven secured a foster home for 6 of the puppies, and later that day these 6 started their journey to the Twin Cities.

At only 3 weeks old, these puppies were malnourished and incredibly weak, weighing between 1.9 and 2.8 pounds each. All 6 had worms, Coccidia, and later developed demodectic mange. Pet Haven was unsure as to whether all 6 would survive, but with round-the-clock care including bottle feedings every 4 hours, each pulled through and began to thrive. Each puppy was named after a current or former Vikings player forming the “Vikings puppies” roster of: Adrian, Barr, Carter, Kahlil, Patterson and Teddy. With each week the puppies grew stronger and stronger.


Adrian loved people – if there was a person around, he cared more about following them than wrestling with his littermates. Even as a puppy, he sought out children and was incredibly gentle with them. Barr was the “surfer dude” of the group; always laid back, never easily riled. He had many admirers because of his unique “cow-like” coloring. Carter was the alpha of the group, in every way. He was bigger, faster and stronger than the other puppies and he had the personality to match. He would rather be around other dogs than people and would play, play, play all day long if allowed. Kahlil was the only female in the litter and was definitely the most vocal (her foster mom would say “whatever she is feeling or thinking, you will hear about it!”). She had no idea she was half the size of her brothers; if anyone was up for a wrestling match, she was game. Patterson was the “lap dog” of the group; if there was a lap to sit in, he was in it! He had a personality very similar to a cat, just wanting to lie around and be attended to, with occasional playing. Teddy was the roly-poly guy of the litter and fit his name well. Being short and stocky, he was also the fluffiest, somewhat resembling a teddy bear. He had a knack for digging holes and was often found covered in dirt.

While in foster care, each puppy received daily supervised socialization with humans of all ages, to ensure that any impact of not having their mother around was minimized. None of the puppies were allowed to leave the foster home until they were 8 weeks old, to maximize the natural lessons that dogs receive about dog/dog socialization from their littermates during such a critical age. And all 6 adopters of these puppies were required to complete a puppy socialization class with their new pup, to ensure each would become a breed ambassador, despite a difficult start to life.






At the close of the event, Coco’s mom put it best when she said, “I just can’t believe it. Today was the happiest I have ever seen him.”