Pet Haven is excited to welcome Kate Mudge as our new Executive Director. Kate joins Pet Haven with non-profit management and operations experience with Second Harvest Heartland and Eureka Recycling. When asked what drew her to animal rescue and Pet Haven, Kate had this to say:
The answer is simple…I knew that I wanted to work with an organization that makes my soul sing (or howl?!). I look forward to working with and meeting you all because I know we’re all involved in this work to make a difference. With the help of volunteers and the Board of Directors, I aspire to improve the lives of the animals in our community, advocate for them when they leave us to go to their forever homes, and help to implement policies and programs that encourage and support animal welfare in the community at large. I realize there will be challenges, but with the challenges there will certainly be rewards, whether in the wag of a tail when one of our dogs meets his new family, a lazy cat relaxing in her new friend’s arms, or the ability to help those who want to have their pet altered but can’t afford it without our help.
I look forward to meeting folks from the community and welcome you to come and visit me at the office: 7101 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435. Please call or email in advance to ensure that I’m in, since I plan on being out in the community introducing myself, attending adoption events, and letting everyone know about the fantastic work Pet Haven has been doing for so many years.
Ready to cheer on our local MLB team while supporting Pet Haven? Then mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the third annual Pet Haven Bark at the Park! You can find more information and a link to purchase tickets here.
Let’s go Twins!
Nothing beats a run with your pup on a cool day! That’s just what participants of the 2014 Pet Haven Doggy Dash got to enjoy on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
With cloudy, fairly cool weather–but no rain!–runners, walkers, and their dogs enjoyed the 5K run and 3K walk at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan, MN. The course ran along the beautiful park and through a few neighborhoods. With around 80 participants and more than 55 dogs, it was a fast and furry fun event. Pet Haven received many compliments on hosting such a great event; the pup participants were especially pleased with the awesome goodie bags they received, full of biscuits, pigs’ ears, treats, and coupons.
Taking the top awards for top male, female, and dog, were the family of Darin Aus, Alison Willford, and D-Bo. Congratulations to Darin, Alison and D-Bo for a great race, and to all participants for supporting Pet Haven!
On June 12, 2014 Pet Haven hosted their first Pint for Paws event at at Summit Brewing Company in St Paul. The event was attended by 103 Pet Haven supporters and about 25 dogs looking to enjoy the (dog days of?) summer. For their libations, attendees had the opportunity to select from a variety of 10 Summit brews and 1919 root beer, while delicious burgers were available from B52 Slider Squad. In total, around $1,500 was raised from Pet Haven through portions of the event ticket proceeds and 10% of the proceeds from B52 Slider Squad.
Pet Haven extends our sincerest thanks to Summit, B52 Slide Squad, and all our of attendees and supporters for helping to make the night a success. We look forward to enjoying another evening on the patio with you and your pups next summer!
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.
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.
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!
Thank you for all of your help – you called, e mailed and wrote your legislatures and two bills were added to the Omnibus bill that will benefit our cats and dogs. You were a part of the reason this happened, you spoke up for those who have no voice. Please thank your legislators and the governor as well as the sponsors of the bills:
The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill:
To find your political district and legislators (who represents you), click here.
The above link is easy to use. Simply enter your address, city, state and zipcode and the site will give you your district and lists your State Representative (MN House) and State Senator (MN Senate). NOTE: The site also lists federal congressmen/women, which is not needed for Minnesota bills — Minnesota state legislators vote on state bills.
Another option to find your legislators: If you’re in the metro area, call 1-651-296-2146 (House Public Information Services) and asks who represents you based on your address/city/zip. Our of the metro area, call 1-800-657-3550. The ‘651’ number is the House switchboard and they will connect you directly to your Representatives/ or Senator’s office.
What to say or write
Please thank the Governor for his strong support of the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Bill and for signing the bill into law. Please also thank your legislators, if they voted for the bill or supported efforts throughout the process.
Great news! The Beagle Freedom Bill was signed into law on May 20, 2014!
Championed by Senator Dibble, Representatives Huntley and Lesch, and advocacy organization Beagle Freedom Project, the original bill was rolled into an omnibus bill, H.F. 3172 (see Article 13, Sec 47).
The new law requires that any research institution that receives state funding must offer dogs and cats who have been used for testing purposes and who would otherwise be euthanized, if research does not require them being destroyed at the termination of the test, be offered for adoption through an animal rescue organization. MVAP position: support.
This bill is not controversial; it simply offers that the animals used for testing, rather than be euthanized at the end of their tests, be given a chance for a normal life outside the laboratory. Supported by the Beagle Freedom Project, the legislation offers an opportunity for research dogs and cats to be adopted and for members of the public, who have demonstrated an overwhelming interest, to be able to adopt animals from these situations.
It was a sunny May day when a pup named Duchess found herself surrounded by fans as she strutted onto the Target Field. It was quite a change from her days as a stray, injured by porcupine quills, on the Red Lake Reservation!
Duchess was at Target Field to represent Pet Haven during our second annual Bark at the Park, where a group of Pet Haven supporters watched the Twins beat the Orioles. The event was a fundraiser for Pet Haven, with a portion of each price of a Pet Haven ticket a donation; it was also a great opportunity to get the word out about the important work that Pet Haven does in Minnesota.
That’s where Duchess came in! When Pet Haven was invited on the field as a special guest, Duchess was there to showcase the importance of Pet Haven’s work in companion animal rescue and re-homing. And you can be sure this was a special event–it’s not every day a dog is allowed on Target Field!
Will Mayer, First Vice-President of Pet Haven, was on hand at the event and had this to share:
“Duchess was the perfect ambassador dog for Pet Haven. Before the game she was attracting quite the attention when we were outside of Target Field passing out the tickets and t-shirts. Everyone wanted to see her and pet her, especially the kids. Duchess waited patiently amid all the people while we were waited, and it was almost a shame when we had to leave to go meet the Twins representative at a different gate. We then were led into the stadium and waited for a while before we went into the basement. This included a trip in the elevator, which Duchess did not appreciate as she was shaking and shot off the elevator immediately upon arrival on the new floor.
As we waited downstairs there were 120 fifth graders from a local elementary school who were there to sign the national anthem. They screamed, shouted, and practiced their singing while we waited for our turn to go onto the field. Duchess just laid there and relaxed amid all of the chaos. When it was our time to go our onto the field Duchess was a perfect lady. She did no business, sought affection from the passersby, and posted beautifully for all pictures. All in all she was an exception representative for Pet Haven!”
Despite all of the great press, Duchess is still up for adoption. You can find out more about this exceptional girl here.
It was an altogether great day at Target Field, and Pet Haven would like to thank the Twins for welcoming us back for the second year. (We’d also like to point out that for the second year the Twins secured a win while Pet Haven was in the house. Perhaps we should be there more often?)
Give 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!