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.
Laura, Petunia’s foster mom, gave us this account of the wild adventure that played out one recent evening in early April. it is a cautionary tale to remind all those with a new dog how wiley they can be!
The escape: It’s about 5:15 p.m., Petunia was spayed earlier in the day and is laying lethargically in her kennel in a temperature controlled garage away from the hubbub of the house. Did she have to potty? I thought we’d better check so I hit the button to close the garage door and when it was about 2 inches from being completely shut, opened the kennel door to bring her out and be leashed up. Little did we know that such a groggy looking dog would jump up, sprint out of her kennel and make a beeline for the garage door. A paw under the closing door triggered the safety mechanism and it reversed and opened right up for her… And that’s how the adventure began . . .
The Adventure: “Petunia! Petunia!” Surely she just wanted to sniff and explore a little, because my sweet little bulldog wouldn’t run away from me. She LOVES me!! But, after about 5 minutes of her just running further and further away from me, I realized, “oh, wait – of course she would run away from me, she’s only been with us a week. Does she even know her name? She’s been a stray her entire life and has lived by her wits.” I got into my car to follow her and a neighbor is also in his car, helping follow her. But as much as we call, she still won’t stop.
I call the police department to let them know my foster dog is on the loose. She had her Pet Haven tag on but nothing that would tie her back to me if someone found her. I immediately got a call back from an officers saying he was going to head over and help me look for her. How nice of him!
By this time, I had also notified other Pet Haven volunteers and coordinators. E mails were sent to our dog division, posts went on the Pet Haven Facebook page, she was put on the Lost Dogs MN Facebook page and Findfido.com. Everyone had sprung into action. We were going to get this girl back!
About 10 minutes later, I go a call saying, “I have some not so good news . . .“. Fearing the worst, I listened as the police department reported that a caller said a medium sized white dog was stranded on an iceberg in a pond in their backyard. Wait, WHAT?? Did I hear that right? I rushed over to the pond, 2 police officers were waiting for me and sure enough, there was Petunia, out on a piece of ice in this pond. I started calling her name and she found her her way almost to shore. She slips into the icy water and has to pull herself with all her might to get back on land. She has quite an audience at this point; local home owners, officers and the three of trying to catch her.
Once on solid ground, she took off again! She crossed a very busy road with a police escort and ended up on train tracks. Luckily no trains were coming at the time. Located right next to the tracks was a small gravel pit. She climbed to the top of a large mound of gravel as I called after her, ,stood there looking at me – “She must be tired by now! She’s been running for over 90 minutes!” On the other side of the pit is a cornfield and off she goes! Now we’re in an industrial part of town.
The two officers, who remained faithful to the chase, and I make a triangle with our vehicles and she is running between us all. Again, we are unable to actually catch her. After another 30 minutes of this, the officers believe we are just exercising her and we are not going to catch her. They will contact me if someone gets her overnight. I thank them for all of their help! By this time, reinforcements from Pet Haven volunteers and their friends have come to the area to help. They know exactly where to find us and fresh energy to attempt to get her. It was starting to get dark and we didn’t have much time.
The capture: Many phone calls later, Petunia is seen in a muddy area and is slowing down, the volunteers are also slowing down due to the mud! Finally, Petunia is stuck! She can’t move anymore. Yes!! She’s been captured!
Post adventure: This formerly white dog needs a bath! She is then taken to the ER clinic to have a look at her spay incision and everything looks good after an ultrasound check and she is put on an antibiotic to ward off infection. She has a few scratches that will heal quickly. She didn’t over-heat which can happen with a short nosed dog that is running. At 1:15 a.m. Petunia is back in her kennel - snoring as only a bulldog can!
Click here to read about another recent intake and the rough road that lead ‘Nilla to Pet Haven.