Give to the Max is here! Why we need your help.

Good Morning! Today is Give To The Max in MN and Minnesotans across the state will show their support to non-profits that are near and dear to their hearts. Please help us reach more possible supporters by sharing our posts on Facebook today or post on your own page about your support of Pet Haven Inc of MN.

We are hoping to raise $10,000 to help fund our major medical projects, to increase support of spay/neuter initiatives and to keep our general fund strong for the coming year. We don’t know what this winter will bring, and we want to stand ready to help the animals in need. Donations of any size will help us to help them.



Snowbelle was the victim of a dog attack in rural MN. Her wounds went untreated for nearly a week. Then a partner rescue got custody of Snowbelle and her wound was looked at. Arriving at Pet Haven she was given pain management for a large dog bite that needed to be stitched.  X rays showed stress to the femur on that leg although it was not broken.  Her pain meds were continued for a longer period of time as she has slowly gained strength and mobility in  her back legs.  She’s now in a Pet Haven foster home recovering from her ordeal & learning what safety & love feel like. Snowbelle is a beautiful girl with a forgiving  spirit and enjoys attention and plays actively   Your support helps us to extend rescue to injured & hurting animals.


Your donation makes you a Rescue Hero! https://givemn.org/organization/Pethavenmn





Duchess is a special needs girl who is currently up for adoption through our foster care program. Upon coming to us, Duchess was emaciated and had porcupine quills in her toes and face. You see, she grew up in Northern MN as a stray, so to her, the porcupine was a food option. Duchess needed to have the quills removed and unfortunately we were unable to save the toes on one of her back legs, which needed to be amputated weeks later.



As a result of her lack of socialization, Duchess is dog reactive and but has been assessed by Canine Coach trainers as highly adoptable to the right home. Funds from kind donors like you allow us to keep long-term fosters like Duchess in our program and get them all the professional help they need – whether it be training or vetting – to help them find their way to their forever home!


Please consider making your Give to the Max donation to Pet Haven today!  https://givemn.org/organization/Pethavenmn




Tiny orphans seem to show up each year. These fragile babies need round the clock warmth, feedings every few hours, & vigilant care to get them through their first month. They are monitored for weight gain, treated for parasites, & carefully cuddled & encouraged. Their formula, & eventually canned food, & then kitten kibble are more expensive than adult cat food options, so a litter of 4 or more can eat us out of house and home (so to speak). Your donations help us meet this need & give these tiniest of arrivals their best chance to make it.





Wilson:Wheezie, Whistlin Sam





Nilla, also known as Vanilla Bean, had a very hard winter last year in Northern MN & lost tissue to frost bite.  Taken to impound from a mobile home park, he was starving & suffering from his injuries. As he has healed, he has transformed from a frightened, cautious cat into a cat who has learned to trust people to feed him and keep him warm and safe.  He  finds joy in play & affection. His foster Dad says they are best buddies, & Nilla loves to keep him company around the house. For all of the cats and dogs fending for themselves as this winter sets in, please donate & help us meet their needs.






Nibi was found in the middle of a rutted, wet road leading to a cabin.  Her Mom was nearby but wouldn’t let people approach, so poor Nibi was picked up and rushed to a vet clinic. The gash that ran almost the length of her little body had to be closed with many staples. Additionally, She had a badly broken ankle/hock. Nibi had narrowly escaped a run in with a predator.  In Pet Haven foster care, Nibi got pain meds and into the home of a loving volunteer.   Gradually, Nibi started to use her foot gingerly, her staples came out & she healed from her ordeal. Today she’s a playful, busy young lady and has been adopted by the family who originally found her broken little body that day.

Donations to our Major Medical Project keep funds available for a crisis rescue like Nibi. https://givemn.org/organization/Pethavenmn





In March 2011 we were contacted by a shelter partner about rescuing a dog who had been hit by a car. As a result of the accident, the dog had a broken leg; but this was the least of his issues. This white GSD weighed about 45lbs and should have weighed about 65lbs. He had mange, an ear infection in both ears, and lacerations all over his snout. Worst of all, Phoenix was terrified of all humans.





The dog was named Phoenix, after the mythological creature that rose from the ashes to be reborn, as we had hopes that this boy would come to be reborn from his terrible start to life. Phoenix first went to a no-dog household so his physical wounds could heal without interruption of other canines. Once his leg was healed and mange was cleared, Phoenix went to one of our homes experienced with severely under-socialized dogs, where he learned obedience, boundaries, and how fun snuggling was. And finally, after 212 days of physical and emotional rehabilitation in foster care, Phoenix went to his forever home, where he now lives with two adults and another Pet Haven dog.


Phoenix IV lite


To help get this boy to a happy and healthy state took many resources. Shelter resources, transport volunteers, medical professionals, foster home volunteers, adopters and financial donors to offset the monetary costs of his care that his adoption fee did not cover. Please allow us to continue helping dogs like Phoenix, by making a Give To The Max  contribution in his honor, today.






Dog adoption Sat. 11-1, Cat adoption Sun. 1-3 p.m.

Come out today, Sat. and be greeted by a number of dogs – small, medium and large!  Drippy weather got you ‘down’?  There’s nothing like a  smiling pooch to lift your spirits!




Cats hoping for compliments will be at the adoption on Sun.





Both held at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.




Cat and Dog adoption events this weekend!

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








Thanks to YOU

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. 


Kindest Cut Van


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?


Bark at the Park Jumbotron


St. Louis Parktacular?




Doggie Dash?



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. 


Cookie and Cass

Adoption weekend! Dogs and Cats

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

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!


Warmer Saturday! Adoptions both Sat. and Sun.

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!

Help us to Help Them!

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 hereIf 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!


Extraordinary vet care

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!