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.
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!
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.
On 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
You can be sure that any donations, from winning at The Animal Rescue Site.com 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.
It sounds like a fun job! Darling, cute kittens to cuddle and watch play, learning about developing personalities!
Fostering kittens, whether they have a mother or are orphans is a big job and not for the faint of heart. With Pet Haven you will have experienced kitten fosters backing you up and answering questions, providing you with their best advice and medications prescribed by the vet.
Feeding: Not all moms and not all kittens are fit enough to eat as much as they should. Living on the streets and trying to find food for yourself or extra so you have milk to feed babies is more than a full time job. Females that have been abandoned have often not had vaccinations, no regular source of food and are very thin. We sometimes say that mom gives ‘skim milk’. She is worn out, even before the babies are raised. Because of this some babies do not weigh as much as they should. We do everything we can to get everyone over those hurdles with food, both canned and dry – high in calories and protein or low in fat if that is what works best.
Colds and tummy upsets are common. Mom and kittens with stuffed noses don’t eat because they can’t smell their food. Sometimes hand feeding 4 times a day is necessary for those babies. Sometimes the babies just don’t figure it out and need to be hand fed because mom is becoming thinner and thinner and really needs to have the babies eating on their own. It isn’t unusual that mom or kittens will have soft stools and diarrhea at some point. We provide meds, different kinds of foods to help get through this but each is different and one kitten doesn’t always respond to the same things another does. Kittens who weigh 2# and under can dehydrate quickly if they have diarrhea. Lethargy and lack of appetite are not good signs. We chuckle and listeners react in dismay when we say we like to see ‘tootsie rolls’ in the litterbox! Cleaning that box 2-3 times a day to make sure that is what you are getting is part of the job.
This group of kittens were called ‘Pig Pen’ before they got their own names. Mom was gone, they were starving when they came to us and it took many weeks of adequate food before they finally figured out they didn’t have to absorb it through their skin as well as eat it!
Baths, sometimes more than once a day, are common. Sticky faces lead to hair loss under those chunks of food and sticky feet hold litter and track food everywhere!
Sometimes you need to call on another foster to meet you with your group or one or two and get them to the vet clinic asap. Kittens who are failing can often not wait until the next day if we are to pull them through successfully.
Mom may have been exposed to panleukopena or distemper before we get her. The kittens are exposed because she was and can develop it up to 3 weeks later. Panleuk is similar to parvo in dogs but the survival rate, even with a lot of supportive vet care, is higher in dogs. For whatever reason, cats and kittens rarely survive. Thankfully we do not see this happen very often.
One of the hardest things we do is take that baby in, realizing that we have tried and tried and we aren’t going to pull it through. We’re there for the long haul, to hold it while it grows healthy and also if it must be euthanized. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Again, you’ve a supportive network of experienced people to guide you and step in with extra care in their home if needed.
Soon, however, the kittens will know what a litterbox is for and can be out and about in the house more. It’s lots of fun to introduce them to the rest of the house so they get used to household noises and you walking around. You can play and cuddle to your heart’s content. They’ll learn about the refrigerator and other doors opening and closing, you’ll learn about them chasing after your feet and doing the kitten shuffle for those who insist on walking underfoot. You’ll learn to always put the lid down on the toilet so no one goes swimming and can’t get out. There will be lots of picture taking and we’ll put them up on the website once their vet work is completed.
At 9-10 weeks of age you’ll bring them in to be tested for feline leukemia and fiv and they’ll get their first vaccinations. You’ve already been deworming them and that continues. We hope upper respiratory infections stay away and schedule for spay and neuter and microchipping. Recovery back at your home in familiar and loving arms (they hardly seem to notice they had surgery) and you’ll be bring them to adoption events every 2 weeks so we can find homes!
All of the above is more than we expect or ask from a first-time or inexperienced foster. Not every experienced foster wishes to take on a mom with babies or orphan kittens until they are eating well and we’re all on the right track. As the kittens mature and we get in more kittens who are closer to 3 months of age, they can go to newer fosters or experienced ones who love those babies, just not the infants – you’ll have all the fun and leave the worry to those of us who have been down this well-traveled road before.
Pumpkin is one of the dogs rescued by the Animal Humane Society from a hoarding situation near Bemidji in February. Her foster mom picked her out at their shelter from among the shy and fearful dogs who needed some extra TLC. Pet Haven took her in and she has been in her foster home for a month now. Pumpkin’s biggest challenge is to get over her fear of people. She was apprehensive at first but is now very bonded to her foster mom. She follows her everywhere and snuggles whenever she can. Her foster dad feeds her all of her meals and treats – which she loves – although she isn’t completely comfortable with him yet. She tolerates human visitors to her home but usually doesn’t relax when they are present.
Pumpkin is spending this weekend at another Pet Haven foster home to see if and how fast she will bond with someone else when her foster mom is not around. So far she is doing OK. She growled a bit at first, but after a nervous couple of hours, she settled down and even rolled over on her back for a belly rub. It is a beautiful weekend as far as the weather goes, and she is spending some of her time sitting on the deck next to her weekend foster mom and exploring the yard. We are pleased to see that she is starting to bond with another person and has been able to fairly quickly settle into a new environment. This will ease the transition to her future adoptive home.
Pumpkin still needs help with her socialization skills, but is coming along. Her foster mom and dad are very understanding of her difficult past and she is rewarding their patience by learning to trust people and be a happy and cherished companion.
Chevy was found at a garbage dump. His ears had frostbite damage and he lost the tips of them. He had scabs and scaring on his back legs as if he had been caught is some sort of animal trap – probably a snare – but he had escaped or someone found him and let him loose.
It seemed Chevy had found good fortune. He became a wonderful indoor fellow who enjoys games of rough and tumble chase with the other cats in his foster home. He gets along with the 2 medium sized dogs there. He loves his foster family too and comes for lap time, enjoys his toys and the windows he can watch the wildlife from. Sunny windows, people to love him, other cats to play with – life is good.
One day recently he did not come for breakfast. This is most unusual as Chevy loves to eat! He was found hiding under the dresser in a bedroom. When drawn out he could not bear weight on a rear leg, was obviously in pain and could only be coaxed to eat a little food. A trip to the vet was in order.
Chevy needed to be sedated to have x rays since he would not allow the vet to straighten out his leg and exam his hip joint. Radiographs confirmed that he had sheared off a portion of the ball of the femur. This loose piece and the rough edge no longer fit smoothly into the hip socket and painfully rubbed muscle and bone. No wonder he wouldn’t walk! Soon he had pain meds to keep him more comfortable.
He was scheduled for surgery on a Wed. and was back with his foster family later Thursday. Chevy had the ball of the femur removed as well as some of the femur to shorten this bone so it would not rub into the socket in the pelvis and cause further pain. Once his muscles are fully strengthened he will walk and jump with only the smallest limp! It isn’t know why something like this happens, for some reason the blood flow to the bone may have been cut off and the bone did not grow as strong as it should have.
Pet Haven has a Special Needs fund for cats like Chevy. We take in cats and dogs with no knowledge of their previous care. Some need to have all of their teeth extracted because of infection in the roots and gum disease. Some have broken bones, others have parvo or panleukopenia. A few, like Chevy, need to have femoral head and neck surgery because they were dropped from a balcony or jumped and landed wrong.
All of these procedures are ones that we have a responsibility to resolve to provide the best quality of life we can. We are able to do this only because we have generous donors, like you. If you are able to make a donation to help cover the cost of Cheveyo’s surgery it will help us to offer this much needed care to him and others like him.
You can click here to make a donation on line from our website or can send a check to our mailing address:
Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota
PO Box 19105
Minneapolis MN 55419
Earmark it to Special Needs, to Chevy, or to other causes such as spay and neuter. We appreciate donations in any amount, small or large! Can’t make a monetary donation right now? Think about volunteering for us or another group, hold a garage sale when it is that time of the year, like to scrapbook? make and sell cards to others.
Chevy says thank you!
Look for further updates on Chevy as his healing progresses!
Want to get your pup clean AND help out Pet Haven! Bubbly Paws Dog Wash in St Louis Park is holding their first Bubbly Paws Fundraiser on Saturday, February 4 from 11-2. For $25 customers will get a self-service bath, a football playing card with a professional picture of their dog on it, and chips/snacks. But the best part is that $5 of the proceeds will be made to the rescue of their choice out of 5 selected rescues, one of which is Pet Haven. The rescue with the most donations will receive 5 free self-service baths and a $200 donation from Bubbly Paws (in addition to the
See the flier below for more information.