On Thurs. June 19, beginning at 9 a.m., Pet Haven and other groups will be unloading two semi trailer trucks of dog and cat food to be shared out with many groups. We need strong arms, back and legs to help with this effort and we will be in Chaska.
Pet Haven pays for rent on a storage shed in Chaska and because we will receive so much food this time, we have rented two units! We ask the groups who receive food for their animals to pay $.07 per pound of food they take. That goes directly to Pet Haven to help pay the rent on these units. If you are a group helping redistribute this product or are in a hardship situation, talk to Gary or Erich on Thursday.
Many groups will be attending but with that quantity to unload we need extra help.
Are you a member of a home school co-op? A scout troop? Another your organization? Recently retired and have time on your hands? Or, do you just want to help the homeless cats and dogs find shelter, food and new homes? Do you have friends who have Thursday off and could help for 2 hours or 4 hours or however long it takes? There will be pick-up trucks, horse trailers, SUVs and other vehicles helping with transport. Do you volunteer with a rescue group out-state who will be attending? Can you bring your vehicle as well as another able-bodied buddy who can help?
What do you know about the Chaska Shed Project?
Almost 10 years ago, Charles Rawn at Carver Scott Humane Society (CSHS) contacted the K-Mart regional warehouse regarding food charge backs and began receiving more product donations that CSHS could use. The extra food was kept in a satellite storage unit and shared with a handful of local rescue groups. As the donation base continued to grow and more requests filtered in, it became clear that a group of volunteers to help manage it all were needed. Today, this cooperative food share is known at the Chaska Shed Project.
The Shed has received donations from K-Mart, Target, Super Value, Walmart, PetCo, Mars and Chuck & Don’s as well as RFG. At times surpluses have been picked up by Blue Earth and Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) for redistribution to smaller outstate programs in southern MN. In addition to overseeing the distribution efforts, Pet Haven manages the storage unit charges. CSHS volunteers pick up food from donors and assist with the offloading.
The Shed is a lifeline that keeps a number of struggling programs afloat. It also serves as a resource in disasters and emergencies – for example, when the floods hit a few years ago, volunteers sent pads to Minot and cleaning supplies and pads to Cedar Rapids IA. Pads donated from hospitals, nursing homes and similar settings are laundered and stored at the Shed until needed. They are primarily used at spay/neuter clinics for animals recovering from surgery.
We can never have too many volunteers – we’re always in need of drivers with pickup truck and trailers to move product around the metro area, along with people who are available weekdays to help with loading and unloading.
For more information and to volunteer , please contact Erich Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re waiting on replies from foster homes as to who might be able to attend!
Dogs: 2 locations!
Sat. Feb. 1 1-1 p.m. Medium and large dogs, PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Lando (puppy breath!)
and others may attend
Sat. Feb. 1 11-1 p.m. Small dogs, Chuck and Don’s in Edina
Cats: PetCo Richfield, both Saturday Feb. 1, 11-1 p.m. AND Sunday, Feb. 2, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday: 11-1 p.m.
Sunday: 1-3 p.m.
Jordan and Dakota – one of those bonded pairs we have been talking about on our Facebook page. It is hard to get pictures of black cats but here you will see them sleeping together.
Mimi, aka Petunia
in 2013 we went many places, rescued many animals, helped others with spay and neuter and educated along the way!
We collaborated with other groups and worked towards passing a puppy and cat mill bill. Every year a few more folks become energized and together we will make this happen.
Adoptions were held 2-3 times a month – for both dogs and cats. Volunteers helped us make this happen so we could find forever homes for as many as possible.
The economy continues to upset people’s lives and commitments and both the dog and cat division had higher numbers returned to us than usual. A few are still looking for a new home, most have already been re-homed. Your donations help us with food and continuing vet care and sometimes extraordinary vet care.
Spay and neuter is always exciting for us as we work to end over population! Along with our own grants, amounting to over $16,000, we were fortunate to be one of the recipients of a grant from Chuck and Don’s, to be used specifically for spay and neuter. This allowed us to reach further into our community, out-state and to partner groups with over $24,000.
Averaging spay and neuter surgery for both dogs and cats, using low cost high efficiency vet services, these surgeries were $40.00 each. Many of these clinics asked owners to contribute $10-$20 for their companion’s surgery which means your contributions went further.
Were you with us at:
Park in the Bark?
St. Louis Parktacular?
Woofstock in Linden Hills?
The Great Mn Pet Together?
Our Fall Benefit?
Give to the Max?
In future blogs, we’ll mention some of the animals you helped us care for in more detail.
We had several litters of 6 kittens, others with only 4 and many single kittens, juveniles and adults, who make up the largest number of the cats we re home. Some were: Toodles, Bristol, Mokiki, Pepin, Woody and Mini Cooper.
Puppies came in and were adopted rapidly and many adult dogs, such as: Briggs, Mia, Rambo, Patsy, Chi Chi and Minnie.
We hope you enjoyed 2013 with Pet Haven and are looking forward to more adoptions, rescues, spay and neuter in 2014 and that you will continue to support us financially.
An ALL DOG adoption (all sizes) will be held Sat. Jan. 18 from 11-1 p.m.
A Cat adoption will be held on Sun., Jan. 19 from 1-3 p.m.
Saturday’s dog adoption will be busy with small, medium and large dogs in attendance! By the end of the week, there should be a list of the names of some of the dogs attending.
A few of the dogs attending will be:
Sunday’s cat adoption will have a mix of kittens (about 4 months and up) and adult cats ranging from a couple of years to one particularly nice upper middle aged girl!
Willow, Hattie and Harold
Mimi, Rainie and Rocki
Cookie and Cass
Calvin, Birdie and Sparrow
Daisy Mae and perhaps a couple others. Looking for sibling cats? We have several pairs who would love to stay together and others who would happily move into another pet friendly home or be an only cat!
Stop by and look, enjoy the different personalities and consider adopting a rescued dog or cat!
Don’t you need someone to snuggle with and keep your feet warm at night? A dog to motivate you to get outside and move for brief walks in this frigid weather? A loving companion waits for you!
Saturday, Jan. 4 11-1 p.m. ( Cats and Dogs) PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Sunday’s Cat Adoption has been cancelled because of the extreme cold that is coming into the state. Stay warm, stay safe, help any neighbors who have outside cats and dogs or strays you see!
Sunday, Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m. (Cats only) PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Cats – Harold and Hattie, Mimi, Baxter, Nemo, Frankie, Daisy Mae, Ivy, Mocha, Birdie and Sparrow and a few others waiting to confirm!
Dogs – small, medium and large – all in one location!
Armor, Duchess, Camper, Jimi, Skipper, Dennis, Opal, Blue and others are waiting to confirm!
Come by to greet these hardy companions and their volunteer caretakers and thank them all for attending!
Every year the unexpected happens. Cats and dogs are brought into Pet Haven as foster homes have openings and then we discover how healthy they are, if they are undernourished, or even desperately underweight or have injuries or other health concerns. Have they had shelter? Food? Where did the food come from? Were they scavenging at a dumpster, trying to feed themselves and possibly puppies or kittens too? Have they ever had vet care?
Some folks believe that rescue is made up of sad stories and they do not want to hear about them. Those of us in rescue are able to see the beautiful lives that appear with loving care, training, nourishment and finding the right home for each companion we bring to adoption.
We depend on your help to make all of these things happen. Our donors and sponsors provide the wherewithal to repair the neglect and damage that happened previously. Our dedicated foster homes provide the love, consistency and perseverance that brings each animal to a home.
If you are able to make a donation in any amount, please click here. If you can make a donation monthly or only once – large or small – you will be helping one or more of the animals we love as our own as we prepare them for their forever home! Your donation will reach out into the community as we spay and neuter.
Learn more about the services that Pet Haven provides.
Interested in seeing our dedication to seeing a companion into the right home?
Perhaps you have a heart for animals who become homeless again. What happens to them? How does Pet Haven help?
What about the ones who need medical help beyond our usual spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming and treating for fleas or ear mites.
In addition Pet Haven encourages humane legislation, spays and neuters in our own community as well as out-state and with partner rescues to reduce overpopulation of cats and dogs.
Thank you for helping the helpless!
Pet Haven will take in animals who need more than our usual vet care. Not all groups will or are able to commit to these additional expenses. We deworm, give vaccinations (frequently these are the first the cat or dog has every received), spay and neuter all but the minority who already have been altered, microchip, treat for fleas, ticks and earmites, etc. We test for feline leukemia and fiv and for heartworm and other parasite borne illnesses and we treat accordingly.
Heartworm treatment is expensive, it delays adoption by at least 3 months and it is physically hard on a dog who may have come to us undernourished and needing other medical care too. It is a painful injection for the dog and it must be kept very quiet for a period of time as the heartworms die off and begin to be dissolved in the bloodstream.
Roseanne is one of the pups who recently came to us and is undergoing treatment. She came to another rescue partner, who does not treat heartworm, at a rural spay/neuter clinic. That rescue partner reached out to other groups for help for her.
Roseanne is a well-mannered lady, she is house trained, comfortable in a home, loves car rides, people and other dogs.
Dental work isn’t a very glamorous procedure but for some cats and dogs, it makes the difference between a life of pain and chronic infection and a healthy life, free of mouth pain. Charli and Brownie are just two examples of Pet Haven animals who needed major dental work this year.
Bruno is another case of a fellow who almost lost his life early on. Found on the main street of a small town, hobbling down the middle of the road with one limb mostly missing. No one is sure what happened to him, it was an ‘old’ injury, he was just 7-8 weeks old, and had a dry and filthy scab on it with bone protruding. He needed prompt rescue commitment, amputation and rehabilitation and is now a happy fellow in his own home with another Pet Haven cat buddy.
These are some of the cats and dogs that your donation dollars help support. Thank you!
Everyone continues to receive kittens - later in the fall and earlier in the spring than we hope for.
YES, they’re darling! But in the numbers we all receive, whether we are humane societies, limited admission groups, neighborhoods, rural or city, we are hard-pressed to bring in all the ones already born. There is only one solution – spay and neuter.
Darling kittens are born to outside ‘strays’ who were just kittens themselves a few months ago.
O-o-o-ps! You got pregnant! Oh, no – well, out the door with you. Go have your kittens somewhere else, in some other neighborhood, please go far away.
Food? No, we’re not feeding you any more! Look what you did – you got pregnant!
The kittens shown here are recent intakes – from a neighbor. Yes, mom will be spayed with the foster providing transportation. That was the condition we took the kittens on. There are 5 in this litter. They are not yet ready for vet work.
Here is Daisy Mae, maybe a year and a half old, she wandered a neighborhood and gave birth the morning after she was invited inside. She and Snuggles are waiting for adoption yet. The other two kittens have been adopted. She had a small litter – that’s much appreciated!
We’ve had two large litters this summer – one with 7 kittens, one with 8. All of the first litter have placed, 2 remain from the litter of 8. There’s always a good feeling when we see the whole litter adopted.
Soon more will come in – other groups are hoping that we can help them out. Watch for pictures and bios to go up on the website in a few weeks – none are old enough to be tested for feline leukemia/fiv, begin vaccinations and get spayed or neutered.
Bart and Kate, from the litter of 8, black siblings, still await adoption. Kate is presently receiving visitors at the Chuck and Don’s in Highland Park!
Three will be arriving on a transport tomorrow. The smallest kitten, yet un-named, has 2 more siblings outside that someone is trying to catch. She? He? weighs 1.5# and was living outside with no one caring for him and his siblings.
We all love kittens and puppies, their antics, watching them grow, loving them in our homes but there are too many.
Thank you for supporting spay and neuter efforts. Pet Haven is actively involved in this effort, here in the cities and around the state. We subsidize surgery for low income clients, we offer grants to other groups as they work to control overpopulation in their communities. We couldn’t do it without YOU!
Get your tickets now for the 7th annual Fall Benefit! Not only will all the funds from the event go to helping local animals, it promises to be a really fun night.
The always popular pet fashion show will feature Pet Haven cats and dogs with local celebrities:
- Falen Bonsett, KDWB Morning Show Co-Host
- Dr. Justine Lee, Author, CEO, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Amanda Matthes, 2013 Miss Royalty International
- Ali Jarvis, Founder & CEO of SidewalkDog.com
- Donna Valentine, K102 Wakeup Crew Co-Host
- Jonathan Odell, Author
- Tim & Thom Navarro, Designers
- Kevin Friedland, Coach and Player for Minnesota United FC
- Daryl Satler, Player for Minnesota United FC
We already have $16,000 in merchandise and giftcards donated for the silent auction. Sneak peek into some of the items that will be available:
- Signed MN Twins bat
- Vikings tickets
- U of M basketball tickets
- Home beer brewing kit with recipe kit
- $1,000 in jewelry from Aurthur’s Jewelers
- MN Zoo membership
- Bowling party for up to 20 people
- Adrian Peterson Hand Signed Photograph
- 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas for Two
- Art including pottery and water color paintings from local artists
- Men’s Seiko two-tone solar watch
- 100s of other items including many for your furry friends (think boarding, obedience classes, etc.)
There will also be a wine wall and a free photo booth. Maybe you’ll be able to snap a photo with one of our celebrities! Plus, come to the event, support our Buy Beads for Special Needs game, and you will have a chance to win an iPad!
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Park Plaza Hotel, Bloomington, MN
Click here to buy your tickets!