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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
“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:
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.”
Need a little spice in your life? Rudy may be just the guy for you!
He’s a little doxie who could fill a void in your life.
Rudy loves to play and squeaky toys are his favorite! He also loves to walk, he’ll turn you into a power-walker without a moment’s hesitation.
Rudy also loves to eat and needs to have his food measured for him and kept on a strict diet. Rudy is diabetic – his first owner must not have been able to resist that pleading look but he is doing great in his foster home. He eats in a separate space because he is fostered with another dog who is a very pokey eater and Rudy would be happy to help her get started, much less finish any crumbs which isn’t good for him.
He’s very easy to give his insulin injections to twice a day but is a squirm bucket when it comes time to test his levels so that takes a skillful person or two people, one to hold and one to get a drop of blood.
Rudy gets along with other dogs just fine, he’s hesitant on meeting new people and has to bark at them but once they sit down in the house, he’s ready to make friends.
Rudy enjoys sleeping in bed with you or in his own doggy bed. He’ll be a great foot-warmer in the winter as under the covers is his favorite spot. Rudy will stay in a crate if you wish him to but has been left for 6 and 7 hours loose in the house with no problem. He goes outside to do his ‘jobs’ and will use a puppy pad at night if he needs to.
Rudy doesn’t feel he is too little to be a watch dog and will alert you to someone walking by the house and enjoys scaring the squirrels up trees and the bunnies out of the yard.
Looking for a great companion? This special-needs little fellow may be just the guy for you!