Kate Mudge

Welcome Kate Mudge, Pet Haven Executive Director

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. 

Kate Mudge

Doggy Dash

And they were off! Doggy Dash 2014 a success!

Doggy DashNothing 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!

Thanks also to Megan Scherf Photography for capturing the day in photographs. Photos of the event can be found here.

Pints for Paws

Pet Haven Raised a Pint (or a few) for Paws

Pints for Paws

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.

Pints for PawsPet 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!

Pints for Paws


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!