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Tito'sA big thank you to our sponsors for This American Woof!  We’re really looking forward to April 19th when Twin Cities comedians take to the stage at Amsterdam Bar to delight the crowd with tales of canine companionship.


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Wait and see

IHOP had a response from a surgeon who saw his radiographs on VIN (Veterinary Information Network).  This vet feels he can see a small fracture in his femur that is not ‘displaced’ and that, given time, it will heal and no one will ever know he had a broken bone.  If the growth plate is damaged his leg will become shorter as he grows, causing potential back pain and arthritis.




IHOP continues to be busy in his foster home.  Sometimes he seems to limp more, probably because he has run or jumped too hard, but most of the time he goes about doing his normal kitten play.  If you’ve ever had a broken bone you  know that healing takes time and that it can still ache afterwards if you do more than you usually do.


IHOP is fortunate – he’s being given time and he’s young and the young heal more quickly.  We are cautiously optimistic that he will be able to keep his leg.




“The One” Campaign

Jump on the love train and help us promote some of our animals who have been with us too long!  

From February 1st-15th, each of these animals’s adoption rates are reduced to $14.00. 



Daphne’s back and it took a village to find and catch her!

Pretty Daphne is back – shortly after Xmas – and is settling in at her foster home again.  She’s been treated for fleas and is being dewormed as a precaution and is getting to know her former housecat, Yonchie.   She’s thinner but in good shape, ready for some lap time and brushing.

Many people helped to find her:  making fliers, posting fliers (several times as we heard how she was moving), talking to people in neighborhoods, asking if a live trap could be set up in someone’s yard.  Her adopter posted her on AHS’s lost pet site and was in touch with animal control locally.  Fliers went up Thanksgiving weekend and continued several times.  She was posted on a neighborhood website.

Some of those who had hands or feet-on-the-ground were:  Sandra, Mary Ann, Kim, Anne, Becky, Serene and Terri.   And all of  the neighbors who saw a notice of her being lost and kept an eye out for her and called when they thought she was coming to their yard.

She was first seen and an attempt was made to live trap her the end of Nov., Peter and his wife monitored the trap but she did not go in and kept moving.

Weeks went by and John called reporting a sighting and Kristen and Michael monitored a trap as well as Scott and Cynthia who had the successful live trap!   On 12/28 at 7 a.m. we received the call there was a cat in the trap and Terri retrieved her to hold her for the day while her foster was at work.

Then came taking down fliers and notifying businesses who had agreed to post notice of her.

She was scanned at a vet clinic to confirm this was Pet Haven’s Daphne and she has the same microchip we had recorded.

It really is impossible to thank everyone who helped but Daphne now has new friends and Pet Haven friends and volunteers met many very kind-hearted people who have been overjoyed to learn that we did find her!



If you lose your cat or dog, most will stay close to home.  Search under decks, shrubs, in sheds and garages.  Put out water and food.  Provide a carrier as shelter with a warm blanket inside and consider a live trap if the pet is too shy to come to you when outside.  Flier for at least 12 blocks around the area.  Continue to support the pet for months – most stay close to home and linger for months as they try to survive and be found.


Daphne says THANK YOU!


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!


KC van

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

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


crates in garage



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.


red dog exam
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.


2013 clinic dogs



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!