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.
Our commitment to the animals in our care is to give them a safe haven to be, the veterinary care they required, socialising with their own species, rehabilitation as required, for as long as it takes to find them a loving home no matter how long it takes.
This is based on the 5 Freedoms of all animals in human care:
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
2. Freedom from Discomfort
by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a
comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of
the animal’s own kind.
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
>To provide care and shelter to cats and dogs that are abandoned or without owners within our capacity for care.
>To be a no kill sanctuary for animals by providing a safe haven until they find a home regardless how long that takes.
>To be woven into the fabric of the community we serve
>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 assist animals in crisis through by working with Community Health and Domestic Violence Refuges
>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 by visiting local schools and encouraging 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 sanctuary in 2009
Purchased adjoining property in 2015
Rescued over 3200 animals
Rehoming approximately 175 animals per year
Approximately 100 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 $300,000 per year
All workers are volunteers
It is all about the animals and our capacity to care
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
Donate to HappyPaws Haven via Shout
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.