Tucked into a scenic corner of Hoke County, NC, the Haven-Friends for Life shelter adopts out an average of 2,000 animals a year. However, the hardworking folks at this shelter have until September 1 to raise $60,000 to finish renovating the dog runs and shelters to meet state requirements. If the Haven does not meet the deadlines, they could face up to $5,000 in fines.
When completed, the new Haven will resemble a small town. A warmly painted adoption center will welcome in visitors to view the cats and dogs inside. Around the adoption center, four cat-homes will have attached porches and fenced in yards to allow the felines to come in and out as they please. The facility will also include updated outdoor kennels and a state-of-the-art quarantine center.
The Haven is one of the largest no-kill shelters in the state, taking in animals of all ages and aliments. The Haven’s mission is to end the needless euthanasia of adoptable companion animals and educate the public on proper animal care and responsibility. Through their partnership with animal control and humane organizations across the state, the euthanasia rate in some counties has been reduced by as much as 50 percent.
Since its founding in 1996, the Haven has performed more than 22,000 spay/neuter surgeries and completed more than 25,000 adoptions. The shelter serves more than 3,000 homeless animals each year.
Unlike many no-kill shelters, the Haven takes in special-needs animals, including Emmy Lou, a dog with paralyzed back legs that zips around the shelter in a special-made wheelchair. The Haven also takes in orphaned puppies and kittens that require formula feeding and extra socialization time.
Needing all the help they can get to continue their work, you can make donations to the sanctuary at TheHaven-FriendsForLife.org. –Valerie Lute