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.
Or, maybe it is more honest to say her foster and Pet Haven made it for her. If she could open the food cupboard, she would be happy to have an extra serving or snack or two.
Pixel came to Pet Haven in Nov. 2015 when her owner, a friend of several Pet Haven volunteers, died of breast cancer. The other cats in her home had found homes and Pixel needed somewhere to go. When there are health problems in a family it can be easier to just keep the food bowl full and Pixel was willing to take advantage of multiple snacks and meals – it was like Thanksgiving every day!
Pixel was found by her former owner as bottle baby on a rural gravel road so we know she is 8 yrs. old. She is a ‘firm and fully packed’ short-haired gray tabby with a very cute shorter tail. At some point when she was very young she had a viral cold and her tear ducts are blocked so her tears run down either side of her nose. She is most patient and cooperative, despite the fact that she believes she is being starved, and the fur under each eye is dried with a tissue 2x a day and followed by a damp washcloth one of those times!
When she visited the vet on her intake exam she weighed 12.8#. An ideal weight for her is probably closer to 7 or 8 pounds. That’s a lot of extra pounds to carry around – it makes it harder to jump up on things and when she jumps down it hurts her legs. At first, even with a ‘step’ she didn’t jump up onto the low level of the cat tree.
Pixel needed to have most of her teeth removed – she had severe infection in the roots of her teeth. That is over with and she has healed well.
She gets canned food with water added 2 x every day but really enjoys dry kibble so that comes with every meal too – a heaping coffee scoop serving twice a day!
Pixel now weighs 10.81 # – if you look closely you can see she has a hint of a ‘waist’. She jumps up on the cat tree when she wishes to now, not just when she is encouraged to.
Pixel has a friend, Vinnie. He came from the same house and is an ‘old man’ who was feral and is very shy. He is hyper thyroid and takes medication twice a day for that. He has found a home with the foster and will not be up for adoption. Vinnie was an unwanted cat also – he had suffered from frostbite and ear mites for years before he was rescued and has hairless nubs left in place of ears. The good news is that he is warm and snug and being cared for AND still has a friend from his former home. Both Vinnie and Pixel like other cats and he will find a new friend when Pixel finds her forever home.
Don’t ever think that your cat can’t lose weight. Your vet will help you with a meal plan (Pixel eats separately from Vinnie and other cats in her foster home) and amounts to feed. You can bring your cat back into the vet every month to have its weight put on the record so you will be able to note progress. Pixel will have a whole new life when she is trimmer and enjoy playing with more toys instead of being out of breath and tired. She loves to watch the birds, on tv or out the window, and will be doing more of that soon too!
She hopes to be coming to adoptions in April!
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 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!
Do you know what SNI stands for? Spay Neuter Initiative!
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.
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.
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.
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!
One of the advantages of adopting from a foster home based group, like Pet Haven, is that we have had each cat or dog, kitten or puppy, in a foster home.
Looking for a quieter, cuddly friend? One who is out-going and curious? How about the ‘unknown’? (We call them young kittens and puppies and you see personality develop as they mature!)
Here is the show stopper! The one man band! All you’ll ever need in the way of personality, curiosity and activity level.
He’s a handsome young adult, a year old in early summer 2015. Short hair, white and gray fur, gorgeous eyes and personality to captivate all!
Mikey came to Pet Haven having been teased and played with roughly as a young kitten. It is hard to learn good manners and impulse control when your ‘owners’ tickle and wrestle with you until you fight back and then you are thrown out the door because, ‘This cat is just too mean.”
That’s not the Mikey we know and that his foster home is working with, to help him relearn some of his overly enthusiastic responses. He loves his ‘Kick It’, the cat dancer, laser light toy, fishing pole toy, balls and most everything he gets his paws onto. Mikey hopes to find an owner with time to play with him, give him lots of affection, who has windows he can watch birds, squirrels and people out of and jobs that provide him with a challenge. He could watch a video made just to entertain cats, make use of a feeding/treat ball so he has to get his food by moving it around. He’d enjoy having his toys rotated and hidden under a blanket or rug so he has to search them out – you’ll have to teach him the fine points.
The fun with a cat like Mikey is that he is very smart and enjoys having you work with him to learn new games and tricks.
Mikey wishes to be an only cat. The more loving for him and he doesn’t like other cats. No person who will be tempted to tease him!
Another boy with a BIG personality, lots of energy and a LOVE for a dog in his life. We believe he was born the middle of July, 2015.
Beau came to us at about 5 weeks of age. He also was teased as an infant, had lost his appetite because no age-appropriate food was supplied to him and was rescued from the bag that was on its way to the ‘dump’. He believed that skin was to bite – a sure sign that he had been handled roughly until he couldn’t stand it any more and he bit to try to get away.
Beau found a foster home who petted and held briefly and put him down, who played with toys with him to help him manage his energy and he has turned into a darling little guy who enjoys petting (not too long) and a snooze on your lap.
What he really wants, however, is a DOG of his own! He loves the grand-dog who visits his foster home. No other cats, please. Beau thinks he is bigger and more important than any other cat in his foster home and will chase even adults until they are out of his reach. We think that Beau will turn out to be a ‘bully’ if he lives with another cat and he, like Mikey, will have all the charm, energy, enthusiasm and love that an owner would want. An adult home who will recognize when he needs to be played with with a toy rather than picked up and held.
Meet Wiggles, sometimes called a Hooligan!
Wiggs was pretty shy when she came to us and has warmed up nicely. She’s about 8 months old and is long and tall and has a VERY long tail. She too has lots of energy and enthusiasm for games and toys. She’s fine with another cat and has two sisters, Winky and Winnie.
She loves toys to play with by herself, interactive ones like a cat dancer or fishing pole type, catnip, AND
Waiting for the faucet to drip! She has an incredible amount of patience for that game!
Wiggles, Cora, Daphne, Trixie and Sebastian and others are waiting for adoption through Pet Haven! Hope you find just the right cat for you!
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: director@PetHavenMN.org
Gabe was returned to Pet Haven from his adoptive home in 2014. He had been there for 8 yrs. and had not seen a veterinarian in that time. The family felt they did not have enough time for him and that he was not a good fit with their children.
When he had his exam, he was aged at 14, not the 10 yrs. his previous records show. He’s a longer haired boy who hates to be brushed or combed and he does matt. It was discovered that he has allergies and inflammatory bowel disease so he is itchy and vomits with some frequency.
His foster has worked with him, there have been problems with the size litterbox he needs but that is resolved and his urine stays inside the box. He loves his ‘prednisolone chewies’ and gets a 5 mg. one 4 times a week to help calm his stomach upsets and his itchieness. Recently he had a UTI (urinary track infection) with blood in his urine and painful straining and urinating. He moved foster homes for awhile to get his antibiotic going since he did have several bacteria in his urine. He’s back in his regular, respite foster home now and will come in this week to make sure his urine is clear of e coli.
Gabe loves men, he has toys he enjoys playing with and snoozing with his foster mom. She feeds him 3 times a day which minimizes his tendency to vomit and through trial and error and what pleases his taste buds, we’ve discovered that a canned chicken formula diet works best for him – with LOTS of water added! We do not want him to have more infections or block.
Mandy is a beautiful 10 year old bichon mix who came into Pet Haven’s foster program in the summer of 2014.
Her initial vet exam revealed that she had a slow heart rate and a followup appointment at the U of M resulted in a diagnosis of third degree atrioventricular block. Their prognosis was that “she will likely develop pulmonary edema/congestive heart failure in the next few weeks”. A pacemaker could help her condition, but because of her very slow heart rate and age, surgery was risky and all involved felt that it was not the best option. Mandy tired easily, but still had a good quality of life so she was put on medication to reduce the respiratory congestion caused by her heart condition and moved to an experienced foster home for hospice care. Amazingly, now a year later, she is still enjoying life and hanging out with her foster mom and dad and their 3 small dogs (all Pet Haven alums).
Hospice care focuses on comfort not cure.
Pet Haven and Mandy’s foster home are committed to monitoring Mandy’s quality of life and making the decision to humanely end her life when her comfort can no longer be maintained. Mandy’s heart rate has fallen even lower over the past year and she spends a lot of time resting, but is happy and eating well. She loves food and treats and is always underfoot in the kitchen. She likes to sit on the couch with her foster dad and begs for belly rubs and back scratches from her foster mom. She loves people and makes new friends quickly. Her foster mom took her to visit residents at a memory care facility last winter and Mandy had a great time. In fact, she got so excited by all of the attention that she started breathing very rapidly and had to be taken to a “quiet room” to catch her breath. The medication is keeping Mandy comfortable and based on her behavior and attitude, it is hard to believe that she has such a serious medical condition. At some point her heart just won’t be able to keep her going and she will have fainting spells. That will be the signal that it is time to let her go.
Part of Pet Haven’s vision is to “encourage a society where animals become more valued”. Pet Haven demonstrates this in many ways.
Providing compassionate hospice care is another example of the value we place on our animal companions. Care of cats and dogs like Mandy and Gabe add regular, unforseen expenses for Pet Haven. If you are able to help with a donation to help with these expenses or would like to sponsor a special needs animal on a regular basis, please contact our Executive Director, Kate Mudge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.