A ‘Fashionista’? or a ‘Best Buddy?’ What’s that all about, you ask?
Have you checked out Pet Haven’s photo contest yet? Here is a link that will take you right to it!
What is a photo contest? It’s FUN and it is an easy way to raise funds for Pet Haven. If you know about Pet Haven you know we are involved in many ways with the community:
We rescue and re-home cats and dogs! Sounds like fun? Sounds easy? It is usually fun and animals needing to be re-homed are easy to find, but it is also expensive. A Pet Haven cat or dog is well taken care of medically and some need a lot of help, both physically and mentally!
We help income qualified clients get their own pets altered so they are not contributing to the over population problem!
Yearly we offer grants to other groups to help them conquer overpopulation in their neighborhoods and towns. Those funds are possible by careful management of our own expenses and because of your donations!
We support advocacy financially and work to educate the public on pet ownership.
So – you don’t think you have enough unallocated funds to help with such ambitious projects? You do! AND you get to show off your own Fashionista or Best Buddy!
Submitting your own pet will cost you $10.00. Asking your friends and family to vote for your pet or one of the other ones in the contest will only cost them $1.00 a vote. You can create a ‘bank’ and deposit any amount of funds in it – $1, $5, $10, $100! And then you can go back in and spend your votes and encourage those friends to vote for their pick. It’s easy, it’s fun and most importantly it will raise donations for Pet Haven to use to continue the work we do. Our volunteers are dedicated to providing the best care they can and in finding the right homes for our rescued cats and dogs. Some volunteers help out at low cost spay/neuter clinics locally or at Leech Lake or Red Lake. It’s a big job, we need your help!
Don’t forget to sign up to attend the Fall Benefit this year too - hope to see you there as well as your best friend in the photo contest.
Pet Haven doesn’t discriminate because of age or breed. We ARE a limited admission group which means when we don’t have any more foster homes, we can’t take in any more dogs or cats. We DO take in the very young as well as those who are of a ‘certain age’ and in between! Sometimes the vet can make a pretty good guess as to age and other times we know when the dog or cat was adopted for the first time.
We’ve a few dogs and a cat who are looking for homes right now who meet the ‘certain age’ requirement!
Milo is a handsome boy, probably a pitt mix, he has the great, w-i-d-e smile of the typical pitt. He’s lived in a rural area with a family with children and loved his family but they gave him up when he started chasing the neighbor’s cats. He’s best in a family who will be ‘in charge’ so he knows who is boss and is happy to meet everyone: adults – to young children. Since he doesn’t understand having a toddler or baby crawling all over him and pulling his hair, we’re looking for a home for him with elementary school age children or older. He’s happy to go in his crate and is house trained. He loves toys and to go for walks with you and also to snuggle on the couch or floor with you!
Want to teach him some new tricks? Milo is very food motivated so that shouldn’t be hard. He’s also carrying a little extra weight so his meals need to be measured with low calorie treats like pea pods, carrots, green beans and apple slices or even some of his daily ration of dog food. A walk with you would be a good way to help him lose that weight too.
Milo enjoys meeting other dogs and people. He’s definitely and all-round great fellow.
Morrie is a charming guy. He was adopted in 2006 as a puppy and returned early in 2014 because he no longer fit the lifestyle of his family. Morrie likes new people and has transitioned to his foster home and adoption events well. He’s proud of being able to sit TALL when offered a treat and is an obedient fellow. His sister canine is a bit bossy but he does fine with her and he is sure to come when called and eager to show off his tricks. Morrie thinks his crate is a great place to snooze and is fine in it in the day time or at night. He enjoys walks and lots of lounging around the house with you too. He’s been told he should have had braces as a puppy but he kind of likes his quirky smile!
Car rides and getting nails clipped are handled easily. Morrie admits he loves to bark, however! Hear something outside? See someone walking by out the window? I’d best let my foster mom know!! Woof! Woof! For this reason Morrie would not do well living in a condo or an apartment, even if he is the ideal size at just 14 lbs.
Mina is a recent addition to the cat division. Her owner died and no arrangements had been made for her so she went to impound. From there she was transferred to another rescue group on an Indian reservation. In a photo from there, sitting hunched on a shelf it her cage, it was decided that she need to come to Pet Haven. When Mina arrived she was matted to the skin on both of her sides and was shaved and had other matts clipped out. Mina has apparently been handled roughly – she is not afraid of people unless they reach over her head or sweep with a broom. Then she ducks and scatters off to safety. She’s accepting petting all the way down her body and enjoying it but igrumbles about being picked up. She will come to get on your lap and sit on your chest but will nip when your hands move unexpectedly so we are trying to keep her on a lap so she isn’t right in your face. Mina may have inflammatory bowel disease with vomiting and lack of appetite but 5 mg. of prednisolone four times a week has resolved that. She has a big mouth and throat and is very easy to pill. She loves her food – fish flavored is the favorite! And gets canned food a couple times a day too.
This girl has had a past we can only guess at and is enjoying having another chance in a foster home, in hopes of finding a forever home. How long will she live? 2 yrs.? 4 yrs.? We don’t know but we are sure that her life has improved.
Blue is a cute guy who had excellent house manners and is potty and crate trained. He was not fond of the bitterly cold winter weather and did have a few accidents then so some watching and encouragement may need to be supplied during those terrible wind chill days. Tiny feet hurt quickly!
Blue loves to cuddle and snuggle in his blanket but a walk outside is fine too. When his foster mom arrives home he is so excited to see her he jumps around when let out of his crate. He’s like a cat in that he grooms himself and loves to rub his head and neck on you. Do you have an empty lap? Blue might be just the right size to fill it!
In addition to other new laws that benefit the welfare of companion animals passed by the MN legislature this year, there has been a change in the tax code.
In the past all shelters, rescue groups and humane societies have had to pay tax on the adoption fee of the cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, etc. that they adopted out. Pet Haven has been backing this fee out from our regular adoption fees as we were aware of this. Not all groups knew about this and some have been caught and owed very large bills for previous adoptions in years past.
Here is some of the information that pertains to this tax.
Voluntary Sales Tax Compliance Program for Animal Shelters
Did you know that sales of pets, pet supplies and adoption fees are taxable? If your organization has not been collecting tax on such sales, you may benefit from a v oluntary tax compliance program.
Nonprofit animal shelters that are not registered to collect and remit sales and use tax may come forward without penalty until Dec. 31, 2014. Under a new law, qualifingy organizations that voluntarily come forward and register will not be liable for sale and use taxes they would otherwise own on previous transactions.
Who qualifies for this program?
Minnesota nonprofit organizations whose primary business is rescuing, sheltering and find homes for unwanted animals, and who are not currently registered for sales and use taxx.
How to participate in this program
To Participate, you must register for sale and use tax as detailed below by Dec. 31, then collect and pay the tax as required by law.
You can apply for a MN tax ID number: online at www.revenue.state.mn.us and type MN tax ID in the search box or by phone 651-282-5225
Informational meetings will be held in different areas in late July and August. Check out the website for further details.
Please let any organization that you know of who might not know about the change in law and tell them to get informed to avoid large penalties! There may be many groups who do not know about this.
These fellows hope you’ll stop by and enjoy their wagging tails and smiling faces!
Butch – this boy has lots of energy for games of chase and walks. He’s people and other animal friendly, at least if you have a cat that doesn’t mind being chased! He’d love to have another dog he could play games of chase with.
Scooby – this fellow is very well socialized, enjoys his balls, walks, cuddling on the couch and finding sleeping spots you didn’t know about. He’s crate and house trained!
Pet Haven will be there too!
Stop by, visit with volunteers, meet some dogs and hear about our adoptable cats and dogs! Bring your rain gear!
For a donation of $20 or more, you can have your choice of a t-shirt with a ‘saying’ on it. It is a great way to help support the dogs and cats we rescue.
Perhaps you won’t be able to enjoy a visit at Pride this weekend but another way you can support Pet Haven is to make a donation on line. Make it a recurring donation if you can – the amount you donate isn’t the critical part. We need your regular, on-going support to manage our vet bills which make up the largest part of our budget.
Pictured are some of the characters you’ve seen at the Pet Haven booth in the past.
And here’s a face who will be stopping by the booth!
If you’re looking forward to joining Pet Haven in another event, consider attending the Doggy Dash in August.
Hope you can stop by! It will be a busy weekend with many animals looking for homes!
Saturday: Dogs, PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.. 11-1 p.m.
Some who will be attending!
Sunday: Cats, PetCo Richfield 66th and Lyndale Ave. S, 1-3 p.m.
These are 3 of the Sandlot kittens – Benny has already been adopted!
On Thurs. June 19, beginning at 9 a.m., Pet Haven and other groups will be unloading two semi trailer trucks of dog and cat food to be shared out with many groups. We need strong arms, back and legs to help with this effort and we will be in Chaska.
Pet Haven pays for rent on a storage shed in Chaska and because we will receive so much food this time, we have rented two units! We ask the groups who receive food for their animals to pay $.07 per pound of food they take. That goes directly to Pet Haven to help pay the rent on these units. If you are a group helping redistribute this product or are in a hardship situation, talk to Gary or Erich on Thursday.
Many groups will be attending but with that quantity to unload we need extra help.
Are you a member of a home school co-op? A scout troop? Another your organization? Recently retired and have time on your hands? Or, do you just want to help the homeless cats and dogs find shelter, food and new homes? Do you have friends who have Thursday off and could help for 2 hours or 4 hours or however long it takes? There will be pick-up trucks, horse trailers, SUVs and other vehicles helping with transport. Do you volunteer with a rescue group out-state who will be attending? Can you bring your vehicle as well as another able-bodied buddy who can help?
What do you know about the Chaska Shed Project?
Almost 10 years ago, Charles Rawn at Carver Scott Humane Society (CSHS) contacted the K-Mart regional warehouse regarding food charge backs and began receiving more product donations that CSHS could use. The extra food was kept in a satellite storage unit and shared with a handful of local rescue groups. As the donation base continued to grow and more requests filtered in, it became clear that a group of volunteers to help manage it all were needed. Today, this cooperative food share is known at the Chaska Shed Project.
The Shed has received donations from K-Mart, Target, Super Value, Walmart, PetCo, Mars and Chuck & Don’s as well as RFG. At times surpluses have been picked up by Blue Earth and Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) for redistribution to smaller outstate programs in southern MN. In addition to overseeing the distribution efforts, Pet Haven manages the storage unit charges. CSHS volunteers pick up food from donors and assist with the offloading.
The Shed is a lifeline that keeps a number of struggling programs afloat. It also serves as a resource in disasters and emergencies – for example, when the floods hit a few years ago, volunteers sent pads to Minot and cleaning supplies and pads to Cedar Rapids IA. Pads donated from hospitals, nursing homes and similar settings are laundered and stored at the Shed until needed. They are primarily used at spay/neuter clinics for animals recovering from surgery.
We can never have too many volunteers – we’re always in need of drivers with pickup truck and trailers to move product around the metro area, along with people who are available weekdays to help with loading and unloading.
For more information and to volunteer , please contact Erich Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A relaxing, sunny evening on the patio with friends.
Have you been waiting? We have!
It’s time to stop by Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul and help us raise funds for Pet Haven cats and dogs!
Pet Haven dogs in attendance and your pooch can join in the fun too.
$15 admission gets you two pints and $11 of that goes to Pet Haven. B52 Slider Squad will also be there for some serious noshing and a portion of funds raised from a food purchase will go to Pet Haven too. You can have a beer or two, eat a relaxing dinner and enjoy the company of others who enjoy animals. Hear about the stories of some of the dogs who are looking for homes through Pet Haven.
Register now to save your spot or come the evening of! Hope to see you there!
It will be difficult for the adult dogs to compete with the puppies (sheperd/boxer mixes) that will be at the ALL DOG ADOPTION!
Some of the adult dogs attending:
Celia, Curly, Keeper, Cher, Bentley (from 11-noon only), Brownie, Scooby (11-noon), NoNee, and a few others, possibly.
This pup will be there, as well as 5 others – males and females!
Here is everything you’ll need to know about Bark in the Park, including what the t-shirt looks like!
Date: May 4, 2014
Place: Gate 29
Time: Plan to arrive between 11:30am-12:30pm to pick up your ticket and tshirt! Volunteers will be wearing the shirts displayed below.
Day-of Contact Info: Will Mayer, 651-468-6097
Extra Shirts: know someone who couldn’t attend but would like a shirt? We have extras! Please bring $15 cash for an extra shirt, sizes S-XL available.
No dogs are allowed at the game – only humans!
Pet Haven has a video showing on the jumbotrons at 12:30pm; arrive early to check it out!
Please forward this information to all guests that you registered for!
Dog Adoption 11-1 p.m.
Saturday May 3
You’ll have a change to see:
Bear, Morrie, Brownie, Josie, Celia, Roseanne, Charlene, Duchess II, Petunia, Keeper!
Cat Adoption 1-3 p.m.
Sunday May 4
You’ll have a chance to see:
Myrtle, Kody, Harold, Hattie, Micah, Emmet and maybe a few others! No young kittens yet.