Our Vision is to be an essential part of the community through schools, colleges, volunteers and community service organisations to be the best non-kill animal rescue rehabilitation and re-homing sanctuary that we can be. A safe place where all animals that are accepted are given the tools to live happy healthy lives in their new homes through working with and educating the community in regard to the behaviour of these animals including de-sexing and responsible pet ownership.
>To provide care and shelter to cats and dogs that are without owners.
>To be a no kill sanctuary for animals.
>To be woven into the fabric of community it serves
>To rehabilitate orphaned, sick or injured cats and dogs that are without owners.
>To re-home healthy cats and dogs that are without owners after they have been immunized, de-sexed and micro-chipped to responsible pet owners
>To raise the funds required to cover the costs to provide care and shelter to cats and dogs are without owners through adoptions, donations and community fundraising activities.
>To assist in the education of the community on domestic animal behaviour and responsible pet ownership and encourage school children to assist the animals in care and training at the sanctuary
>To work within the community to assist people gain workplace experience, encouraging volunteers and work with community service organisations
Started in Grafton in 2006
Incorporated Charity in 2007
Purchased new property end 2008
Moved to new shelter in 2009
Rescued over 2200 animals
Rehoming over 175 animals per year
Approximately 175 animals in care at any time.
People who love animals
Work experience for schools and TAFE
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Work for the Dole
People with disabilities
What we do:
Surrender Service for those who are no longer able to keep their pets
Rescue from animal impounding facilities
Rehabilitate, de-sexed, immunised and chip
Make sure new owners have suitable facilities for their new family member
Educate on responsible pet ownership
How we operate:
Fund Raising and Adoptions
No government support
Cost of operation is approximately $250,000 per year
All workers are volunteers
It is all about the animals
Large yards and space for the animals to play all day long
The best care we can afford to provide
Full responsibility for each animal as if it was our own
Cuddling is compulsory
HappyPaws Haven is fussy about who adopts these animals and where they are housed and cared for. The adoption criteria is documented as a questionnaire and strictly adhered to. We do not adopt animals to people who rent unless they are long term rental at the same address and have landlords written permission.
We ask if they have thought about the attributes they want in a dog, lifestyle, childrens ages, prepared to train, etc. We also talk about responsible pet ownership, fully fenced yards, hours unattended etc. and finally a vet reference.