Pet Haven is Looking for an Executive Director


JoranPet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota, founded in 1952, is a leading animal rescue organization. For 60 years our volunteer-led organization has rescued and re-homed cats and dogs, spayed and neutered to reduce
overpopulation, and promoted companion animal welfare. Our vision and efforts on behalf of companion animals are growing, which necessitates hiring our first employee, the Executive Director.

This key position will work closely with the board and volunteers to:

  • Manage and oversee Pet Haven’s programs and operations
  • Ensure the financial viability of Pet Haven, through both effective management of current assets and development of new sources of income
  • Create and execute a Development Plan – Fundraising is a significant responsibility
  • Represent and promote Pet Haven in the Community
  • Partner closely with board members and volunteers
  • Create and maintain organizational systems related to accounting, reporting, etc.

The selected candidate will possess a passion for our mission, coupled with the initiative and experience to create a successful role, while maintaining strong volunteer engagement. Prior experience as an ED, Assistant ED, Development Manager, or similar role is required. Development experience is essential for success, as is experience managing budgets, volunteers and programs. This position will require a flexible work schedule, including evening and weekend events. To learn more about Pet Haven, review the job description, and obtain a copy of the job application, visit the “About Us” page at our website. Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter, completed job application, resume, and salary requirements to

Please note that relocation expenses will not be reimbursed and that pre-employment and periodic drug/alcohol testing and background checks are required.

Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2014.

Give to the Max Day 2013 a Success

RedbyGive to the Max Day 2013 was another successful fundraising effort for Pet Haven. The final amount that came in through Give to the Max was $5,335, which surpassed Pet Haven’s goal of $5,000 for the day. This was especially impressive given the challenges donors had for many hours during the day while the donation website was down. Throughout the day Pet Haven volunteers worked tirelessly to promote the event through posts on the Pet Haven Facebook page. The success of the event is further evidence of the wonderful donor community that supports Pet Haven. Thank you for your support!


Give to the Max on November 14!

Pet Haven Inc.of MN makes a difference every day through our dog and cat adoption programs, spay and neuter initiative to reduce pet overpopulation, outreach and education, and advocacy on behalf of companion animals.  Your generous support makes all of this work possible, and we couldn’t do it without you!


To help us in these efforts, please consider a donation to Pet Haven on Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 14th.  Every donation is valuable, but on that specific day the donations are even more valuable! Every donation on November 14th increases the chance for Pet Haven to win a Golden Ticket, which would provide an additional $1,000 donation. Plus, if we place in the top ten for funds raised, we can earn even more to help cats and dogs in need!

Your donations help animals like Bruno, who was found hobbling down the main street in a small rural town with a partial right front leg; or Duchess, who was found by Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue with her face and one back foot and leg covered in porcupine quills. With the generous support of donors like you, both Bruno and Duchess are now healed, healthy, and in loving homes. Read all about their touching stories at our Give MN page linked below. Bruno, Duchess, and all of their Pet Haven friends rely on your support.


You can help by donating on Give to the Max Day. It’s easy: just click here on November 14 to make your donation. Don’t want to have to remember on the 14th? You can use the same link to schedule your Give to the Max Day donation-just make sure to check the box to “Make my donation count for Give to the Max Day 2013.”

Here is the link again:

All of us at Pet Haven-and Bruno and Duchess-thank you for supporting Pet Haven and for your efforts to Give to the Max!


Photographer’s Guild Fundraiser for Pet Haven

Pet Haven is pleased to announce that the Photographer’s Guild is offering a special deal for photos of Fido to raise money for Pet Haven!

Through the months of May, June, July and August, you will receive a free pet portrait session as well as 1 free 8×10 with a donation of $40 to Pet Haven.

To participate in this fundraiser, call 651-646-3239 to schedule an appointment. Donations must be made at the time of the appointment.

The Photographer’s Guild, located in St. Paul, is a Minnesota studio serving St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the general Twin Cities area.

Photographer's Guild Fundraiser Postcard

Bark at the Park Jumbotron

Target Field Goes to the Dogs for Pet Haven!

Bark at the Park

On Sunday, April 28, Pet Haven raised funds and celebrated with Twins fans at the first Pet Haven Bark at the Park.

130 people purchased tickets through Pet Haven, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to support Pet Haven programs. The fans had a great time on a beautiful day, made even better when the Twins pulled out a 5-0 W-I-N over the Texas Rangers.  Bark at the Park Jumbotron

A highlight of the event was when Armor, one of the wonderful dogs available for adoption through Pet Haven, was on the field during the national anthem. Armor represented companion animals everywhere, and was the first dog ever on Target Field for a Twins game! Interested in adopting Armor? You can find out more here.

Pet Haven also had a special video play on the jumbotron, where it was viewed by thousands. You can watch the video here.

New to Pet Haven? Please consider adopting your next animal from us! And we’re always looking for more volunteers!

Thank you to all of the Pet Haven supporters who attended. We hope to see you again next year!


Warm, spring weather AND a chance to see a Pet Haven adoptable dog on the field!

Bark at the ParkNeed a reason for a “spring” get-together? How about Pet Haven and the Twins?

Not only is it a great opportunity to raise funds for Pet Haven, but you’ll also be present the first time a non-working dog will be allowed at Target Field for a Twins event… and it will be a Pet Haven pup!

Join Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota in cheering on our Minnesota Twins as they battle the Texas Rangers on April 28th. Watch as we make history, when for the first time a dog will be on Target Field during game time, as a Pet Haven adoptable dog will be representing rescue dogs everywhere during the national anthem!

When: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 12:00 p.m. (game time 1:10 p.m.)

Where: Target Field, Twins vs Rangers

For $25 you will receive a Pet Haven Bark at the Park short sleeve tshirt and a Home Run Porch View ticket.  Both tshirts and tickets will be available for pick-up the day of the event at Target Field, Gate 29.  Plan to arrive an hour before the game, which starts at 1:10pm, to collect your items from one of our game day volunteers!


Here’s one of our pups, ready to cheer on the Twins!





For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Kindest Cut Van

Pet Haven Sponsors Successful Spay Day Event

Kindest Cut VanOn Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Pet Haven took another important step in helping companion animals through sponsorship of a Spay Day event in partnership with Kindest Cut.

Tuesday, February 26 was World Spay Day, a day focused on bringing attention to pet overpopulation.  It is estimated that upwards of 90,000 pets are humanely euthanized at animal shelters each year in the State of Minnesota alone.  In celebration of World Spay Day day, a collaboration of animal shelters and animal welfare organizations joined together for a Spay-a-Thon throughout Minnesota.

The event sponsored in-part by Pet Haven resulting in the spay/neuter of 69 cats and dogs, utilizing two trucks which located at the Golden Valley site of the Animal Humane Society (AHS).  Volunteers from AHS, the University of Minnesota of Veterinary Medicine and numerous rescue groups assisted with check in, recovery of the pets, and reunions with owners, as well as set up and clean up.

Spay Day in Minnesota was coordinated and sponsored by MnPAW, a coalition of animal rescue groups throughout the state of Minnesota. In addition to Pet Haven, other MnPAW member organizations have made generous financial and in-kind donations to support the overall efforts to surgically alter pets in our community, both on Spay Day and throughout the year.  Donor groups include Pet Haven, Inc., A Rotta Love Plus, Rescue a Golden of Minnesota, and Minnesota Spay Neuter Project.  Volunteers from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as well as Leech Lake Legacy will help with customer service and patient care at many of the following locations across the state.

Give to the Max 2012

Give to the Max on Nov 15 for Pet Haven

Pet Haven Inc.of MN is making a difference every day though our dog and cat adoption program, spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation, providing outreach and education, and advocating on behalf of companion animals.  Your generous support means the world to us and wecouldn’t do it without you!

Please, consider a donation to Pet Haven on Give to the Max Day this Thursday, November 15th.  On November 15th, your donation to Pet Haven could win a Golden Ticket worth an additional $1000 for Pet Haven, and if we place in the top 10 for money raised, we could earn even more money to help cats and dogs in need!

Your donations help animals like Sebastian, a cat who was found living outside a Post Office and suffering from a serious wound before coming into Pet Haven foster care, or Rex, the dog who was found alone in his home after his owner died.  Both Sebastian and Rex are now in Pet Haven foster homes.   Sebastian, Rex, and all of their Pet Haven friends rely on your support!

Donating on Give to the Max Day is easy.  You can even schedule your Give to the Max Day donation via this link. Otherwise, mark your calendar forThursday, November 15th and use the link to make your donation!

Andy at Woofstock

Woofstock – It’s For the Dogs!

Come out to Woofstock in Linden Hills to see Pet Haven, meet some of our adoptable dogs, and have tons of fun with your pooch! This is the best canine/dog owner event of the year in Minneapolis!

Woofstock is the annual Linden Hills Dog Festival.  The 6th annual Woofstock will be held on September 8th, 2012 from 10 AM to 3 PM! 

With great Minnesota dog organization sponsors and exhibitors, Woofstock is a memorable event in the picturesque and historic Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills. Pet Haven is excited to have a presence again this year! You’ll find Pet Haven right on the intersection of 43rd and Vincent on the west side of Settergren’s Hardware.

Check out the warm-water dog washing and grooming station outside of Sebastian Joe’s during the event and all proceeds from the dog grooming will go towards The Pet Project, an pet charity that enables dog owners who need financial assistance to provide their dogs with dog food, supplies, veterinary care and dog-friendly housing opportunities in Minneapolis.

Woofstock doubled its attendance from 2010 to 2011, so 2012 should give us a great event. Other exhibitions will include an Agility Demo, small dog play groups, dog-trick and obedience shows, as well as an open dog trick contest for any dogs who attend! For the second straight year there will be dog-yoga classes, a dog/owner picture booth, and a reading tent where kids can cosy up with a certified therapy dog and a book.

Upon arrival, be sure to get your scavenger hunt form. As you roam the event, be on the lookout for “Golden Bones.” Collect the words on the bones until you complete the secret sentence, and then enter to win spectacular prizes.

The event coordinators only ask that you bring well-mannered dogs, on leashes less than six feet in length, and supplies to pick up after your pooch.


Help Pet Haven win!

You can help us and we need your help – every day, through Sept. 19, 2012.


Will you click at The Animal Rescue Site to vote for Pet Haven?  If we win, we’re eligible for a cash prize!


Pet Haven works hard to take good care of the animals they rescue.  In 2012 we’ve had specialist surgery to help two dogs heal from car accidents, Jack and Honey.


When Jack was surrendered at a spay/neuter clinic his eye was badly injured and dislodged from the socket.  It was removed.  Only after entering a foster home and being watched did we learn that he had back and back leg issues.  It turns out he had been hit by a car and had badly broken his pelvis which had healed very unevenly.  This lead to leg surgery and possibly more surgery in the future.  He’s a happy boy and enjoying his new lease life.

Jack is fostered in a home that has ramps because they have bassets and understand the issues of Jack’s injuries and we believe that this will also be his forever home.










Honey also came to us, having been hit by a car.  Her left front leg had been broken through and she, too, saw a specialist for repair.  Now Honey is looking for her forever home!











A cat named Cheveyo had to have FHO surgery, another specialist surgery.



Two cats  have had full mouth extractions because of their severe gum disease. A couple of dogs have had bladder stones that were removed.  We always test for and treat parasite caused disease, vaccinations are given, prevention measures are put in place (ticks and fleas, heartworm, etc), we spay and neuter, remove lumps, do general dental care such as cleaning or removal of a tooth.


All of these things mean higher vet bills than our adoption fees can cover but we feel a responsibility to get these rescued kids off to the best start possible.  What do we do?  We rely on you, our donors, to help us keep ahead and make up the difference so these cats and dogs can have a healthy, enjoyable life.


We are also  very committed to spaying and neutering cats and dogs outside of our rescued pals.  We run a subsidized program for families that qualify and also offer grant money to other 501.3c organizations so they can get more cats and dogs spayed and neutered in their communities.  Programs such as these are the ‘sure cure’ for overpopulation in the cat and dog world.  Only when we get the numbers under control will we be able to find a home for every adoptable companion.


All of this means we need your help!  Vote today, vote everyday, it’s easy to click and help us be eligible to win cash prizes!  Click here to help provide food to rescued animals.


You can be sure that any donations, from winning at The Animal Rescue or from private individuals will be wisely used.  This is an easy way to put Pet Haven in the running.

You can always choose other ways to help Pet Haven too, of course.  Have a yard sale, a bake sale, make a monthly donation to Pet Haven, like us on facebook, spread the word and vote for us today and tomorrow and tomorrow.  This challenge runs until the middle of September, 2012.