Wednesday, December 28, 2011


This pretty girl was taken by Pet Haven after she was seen being dumped onto a rural road. Luckily for her, the person in the car behind stopped and was able to pick her up.

She is a medium haired siamese cross with blue eyes and had been 4 paw declawed.

Do you notice her 'bent forward' ears? Meesha is about 4 yrs. of age and had probably lived her whole life with ear mites! Because of head shaking and scratching to try to dislodge them she developed hematomas (blood filled tissue in the actual outer ear) and gradually this tissue hardened and distorted the shape. Pet Haven supplied medication and her foster diligently worked to remove those little villians so she would no longer have the pain and itching - but her ears will always be bent forward.

Meesha was at a shelter first and didn't eat well there and was frightened. She was thin already and had probably been living with stress in her former home.

Upon arrival at Pet Haven her foster gave her a smorgasbord of foods to try and slowly she developed a normal appetite and became a healthy, playful young lady. She chases and plays with the older cat in the foster home and there is a dog there too. She follows her foster around now and loves to snuggle and come for attention and she has all the toys she could want to swat and chase!

Those blue eyes are hard to photograph - you'll have to take our word they are beautiful!

It's rewarding to watch our foster animals come out of their shells and realize that they are in a loving, caring home filled with patience. Now it is time for Meesha to find a forever home that will love her as much as her foster does.

Stop by Chuck and Don's in Highland and visit Pepper. She is the Pet Haven cat-in-residence for a week or so right now. She is a brown tabby torti and is shown with her two brothers - Paxton, a brown tabby, and Patches, a black and white. These kittens are only about 8-9 months old and they will be big cats when they are fully grown!

Pepper is on the right in the photo - she has beautiful markings and all 3 are outgoing and social older kittens.

Sunday, December 25, 2011





came to Pet Haven at about 5 weeks of age, they are now around 11 weeks old.

Their mother was killed by a dog. Another kitten rescued with them died but they thrived on bottle feedings and then on soft kitten food and have graduated to kibble and canned and are ready for adoption.

They are silly kittens, as most are. They love to play and are in a foster home with other adult cats and a couple of medium sized dogs.

Sandy is a little braver and has a very pretty face - none of the pictures really do it justice.

Archie is as cute as can be.

Both have visited briefly with a 3 yr. old grandchild and were willing to be touched and played with so they should be all right with older preschool age children on up.

As with all Pet Haven cats, they have been tested for feline leukemia and fiv and were negative. They are up to date with vaccinations but not finished because of their age. They have been spayed and neutered, microchipped, treated for fleas/earmites as needed and dewormed several times.

Click here to fill out and submit an on line application to adopt one or both of these kittens.

They would certainly liven up a home this winter!

Monday, December 19, 2011

A home for Hector!

Hector has a new job - he is the official office assistant!

This lucky boy now has a mom, dad and two little boys to enjoy and play games with.

Hector came to Pet Haven a little over a year ago. It was a frigid night and he had travelled most of the day from a reservation in the Dakotas. Hector had been a mostly outside fellow and hadn't had regular meals. He had contracted a flea borne disease and was seriously anemic but soon on the mend with the proper medications.

He moved from one foster home, where he had gotten his feet under him and learned to play, to another foster home where he spent most of his time. He trained the new kitten the owner adopted to play and use the scratching post.

The foster learned he was a chatty boy who greeted guests at the door and was always happy to meet someone new. He could be picked up and held and loved watching the world pass by outside the window - much better to be warm!

Good fortune found Hector when his new family found him!

Thank you to all of our adopters for giving a rescued pet a forever home!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Adoption Sunday AND Santa!

Santa will be at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S from 1-3 on Sunday Dec. 18.

Pet Haven cats will be having and adoption at the same time. Bring your pet to be photographed and bring along someone who is looking for a cat or kitten for their home - or maybe you are looking to add a cat to your home!

Who will be attending?





Ellie Mae




Zoe and Dahlia - sisters who could be adopted together -

and more!

Monday, December 12, 2011

All I want for Christmas are my 2 front teeth!

or, maybe all you want or want to give someone is a new pet.

It is a tempting and exciting subject for many around a holiday.

If you are having company to your home - sometimes quite a crowd, or if you are traveling to see family and they will have many folks in and out also it can be awkward and even dangerous to get a new pet.

Is it a milestone year? You promised someone when they were 'this age' that they could have a pet?

It's tempting, that's for sure. Let's go out and find just the right one!

3 siblings, 8 months old, Paxton, Patches and Pepper (a brown tabby torti female) - they're going to be big cats when they grown up!

Often we suggest that you purchase items the pet will need: a bed, some ceramic or metal food and water bowls (not linked together because you need to wash each one), some toys with catnip or toy mice or bells in balls. All these items can be placed in one larger box or to make it lots of fun, wrap each small item and place it in a yet larger box and wrap the outer box too. Don't forget to include the note:

Dear New Pet Owner,

We know you've been waiting and waiting! As soon as we have finished traveling, seeing cousins and friends and having company we will go to a rescue group or a humane society and we will find the best pet ever for our family! I can hardly wait, I know you're anxious too. Here is one website we can look at to see what kinds of cats and kittens they have to help you think about what kind of pet you might like to look for!

Mom and Dad,
Your friend ______ ,
Your best friend,
Your loving (daughter, husband, son),

Talk over what kind of personality would best suit the person who will be gifted.

Bold and busy?

A gentle, quieter lap cat?

One you won't mind having it dash between your feet and hurry along with you to wherever you are going? One that is more respectful of your space so you or the person getting the cat won't have to worry about it tripping them.

Does someone have knick-knacks and trinkets sitting around? You certainly don't want some full-of-energy teen who thinks everything in the house is a toy.

A basketful of kittens from several years ago, all adopted now and happily in homes.

Give the person receiving the pet the luxury of planning and the excitement of looking and choosing their very own new pet - and you can still be the giver by paying the adoption fee. Continue to help by getting the first bag of food that it is used to eating and take it home to settle in and everyone can get to know it at a quieter time.

One year, someone we know, carried the tree, all bundled up in a huge plastic bag out to the curb for recycling. Luckily a minutes were spent getting the mail at the mailbox so the odd movements of a kitten could be seen inside the bag. Quick - back to the house, open the bag, retrieve the kitten from inside the bag, COUNT the house cats and fosters, and again take the tree to be recycled.

Ms Jazzy Jasmine who has lived happily with a family with children, another cat and a dog. Her previous owner developed an allergy to cats. She's a gentle girl, 8 yrs old and waiting for a new home to spend the rest of her life. Most cats live to be 14 to 20 years old.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tuesday on Wednesday!

Tuesday will be going to Chuck and Don's in Highland starting this Wed., 12/7.

She's not a very large girl and loves to play. She zips and zooms around the condo where she lives and has great fun chasing toys and playing with the laser light or fishing pole toys with you.

Tuesday does get along with another cat but is squawky on introductions so it takes a little while. She recently had a kitten fostered with her and after she got to know him she decided he was a great 'chase' companion - now one is in the lead, then they'd turn and reverse.

Tuesday has gorgeous blue eyes, she is mostly white but has some calico/torti color on her also. Social with children and adults alike, she'll make some home a happier place to be.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Saturday, 12/3 and Sun. 12/4 Adoptions!

We'll be at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.

Saturday, 11-1 p.m.

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Different cats and kittens each day. Stop by, say hello, tell friends and family about our beautiful cats with all different looks and personalities!

Saturday - some of the ones you will see!





Hans and Carina


Star - Star is about 18 months old now, still as cute as she was as a smaller kitten!

Sunday - some of the ones you will see!



Pippi and Parnell






Lizzie and Maci

Saturday, November 26, 2011

What are you looking for?

Feline companions come in all looks, personalities and interaction levels. Have you been thinking about adding a cat or kitten to your home?

Would you like someone like Pippi?

Young, playful, able to entertain herself well, gets along with another cat or dog -

Pippi adores having you talk to her. She'll roll around on her cat tree even when you're still across the room! Touch her and she melts into a puddle of love!

She loves to flirt with you!

Or maybe you need someone like Hector?

Playful, chatty (someone to tell you all about your day and respond when you tell him about yours), who loves to be picked up and carried around, who will greet you and your guests at the door -

A handsome, medium sized, sleek black fellow - he loves to watch out the window and has no desire to go outside.

Or maybe someone like Amber?

Young, playful, full of games, a definite lap girl - she loves when you watch a movie or work on the computer, hurry, hurry, here comes Amber to snuggle in for a pat or two!

Amber is a large cat for a female - and she needs to have her food measured out for her a.m. and p.m. so she doesn't eat too much and lose her girlish figure!

Attracted to large cats?
Noah is a big boy - he loves to play and is very inquisitive. He also comes for some loving - He's been with another cat that he got along well with - they wrestled and romped through the house together. But, if you don't have a cat that is willing to tell him 'no' he can pick on another one. Noah definitely enjoys a dog and one who would play with him would be a real hit!

Or, a long haired beauty who lives to be in your lap?

Candy is the girl! She does fine with children and a dog - one that would play with her would be a plus. Candy also keeps a careful eye out - did you get your coffee? your book? are you going to go sit and read or watch tv? She'll be right there with you - on your lap as soon as you can make one!

Those cute crossed eyes are just icing on the cake. And as another plus, Candy does not get up on the kitchen counters.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Moms looking for a home!

We have several mom cats who are still looking for their forever homes. They've all raised their last litter of rug rats and are oh, so happy to be a regular young cat again!

Candy (Candance) was living life in the rough - in an alley. She had 2 babies and they have been adopted. Candy is definitely a lap cat and she gets along well with a dog and would enjoy having one that would play with her.

Her hair coat is still not the prettiest - it's hard to keep your nutrition up when you have to fend for yourself! As she sheds her coat over the next 6 months, her new hair will be less 'greasy' looking.

This brown tabby torti has the cutest crossed eyes and she is definitely a winner in the personality department.

Anja is a little bit of a thing - pregnant or soon-to-be and being dumped outside to survive on her own, she was lucky to get to an impound the day before she had her babies. Anja was taken from impound when her babies were just a few days old. She had probably not been a very successful hunter and it was a struggle to keep her eating enough as she raised her kids to weaning.

She's just a young girl herself and has regained her energy and sprints through the house after her toys. She's fine with another cat and has a small dog in the foster home. Anja gives love bites when she's been petted too long so we'd like to find her an adult home that will read her signals of when enough is enough of all that good loving.

Olive did not have kittens when she came to Pet Haven but she, too, has had more than one litter. She's a laid back and affectionate girl - great for a small home or apartment since she isn't a wild and crazy girl very often. She loves to keep you company though and her fosters find her a very nice lady. Olive is frightened at our adoption events but her personality shines through in the foster home.

Olive didn't have any fat on her when she came to Pet Haven and was spayed but she's happy to say she's put on a pound or two! (And that's enough!) Her foot pads were rough and thickened from living outside all last winter - finding what she could to eat and getting a snack or two occasionally from a neighbor in the townhouse area she had been left in.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Full House Adoption

This Sunday, 11/20, from 1-3 p.m. we will have an adoption at the PetCo in Richfield.

We'll have lots of cats and kittens there! Playful, silly, laid back, longer hair, short hair, good as only cats, cats who love other cats, cats who love dogs but are not so fond of other cats -

Candy -

Mamma Bear/Lacey


Lizzie and Maci

George Washington



and more - Stop by to visit, to adopt, to say hello.

You'll notice a number of the cats pictured are brown tabbies - we do have other colors too! Tortis, black, black/white, orange and white, buff!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

You gave - Thank You!

Pet Haven and all the other non-profits benefited once again from your generosity. Thank you so much!

Chuck and Don's in Highland has a new Pet Haven cat in residence! Stop by and visit her.

Jasmine is a very pretty girl, she is front paw declawed and has lived with another cat and children. She was turned into a shelter when a family member became allergic. Jazzy is just entering middle age but considers herself to be an outgoing and vibrant lady who will bring much joy, laughter and companionship to her new home! Jazzy is interested in toys and amuses herself well, she'll settle in and wait for you to come home at the end of the day and be ready to greet you and chat about your day and hers.

Bert and Mazzy are another mature pair, one adopted through Pet Haven, the other from another group. The owner hopes to keep them together. Each is 4 paw declawed, both are dedicated lap cats and they are wonderful companions. They are on a diet to drop a few pounds. Bert is a big boy but needs to drop a little weight, Mazzy says she will join him in the effort.

Both are short haired, Bert is gray and Mazzy is a black tuxedo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give to the Max Day

We are all reminded on this 'set aside' day to Give to the Max!

Your contributions, to whichever non profits you support will truly make a difference. How much can you give?

I think on that website that you have to donate $10.00 - but really, any amount is a plus.

For Pet Haven it means helping those who cannot afford the surgeries a way to spay and neuter their loved pets so they can keep them and not continue to add to the overpopulation problem.

It means going the extra mile in the veterinarian care we provide for all of our fostered and adoptable animals. Some of them come in needing so much more that simply vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery.

For other groups your donations help feed a family, help with a bus token, with a rent deposit, with car repair.

We are truly fortunate to live in MN where there are so many people who wish to help and care for others less fortunate.

Thank you! Click here to make your contribution!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Senior cat? Kitten?

You're ready for a new cat - have you thought about what you'd like?

Preference in sex? length of hair? personality?

What is your daily schedule like? Busy, off to work early, home after 6, in need of a calmer and companionable cat?

Perhaps you love activity, lots of interaction, antics that make us laugh till we cry but will drive others to wish their cat or kitten would just grow-up!

Jasmine came from another shelter to Pet Haven. She was turned in because her owner was suddenly allergic to her.

Jazzy didn't like the shelter - too many cats, too much confusion, not enough time for her.

She's settled in to a foster home nicely and gets along with one of the owner's cats.

She would undoubtedly do fine as an only cat. Jasmine loves to wander around the house looking for a toy or two to bat around, for a sunny spot to snooze in, for a lap to snuggle in.

She's very social. She's lived with another cat and children.

Jazzy will be 9 yrs. old - most cats live to be 14-20 yrs. of age. She's just barely middle-aged!
She is a beautiful smoke, tabby calico with very soft fur and is front paw declawed - She won't care if you work long hours although she'll be very happy to see you come home. She'll stick by you to hear about your day - and perhaps to tell you about the birds and chipmunks that came to the feeder.

She's just one of many, waiting for a home with just the right person. She doesn't realize that some folks look down on her because she is 'old' and wouldn't consider a middle aged cat.

Now - let's talk kittens!

Hans -

Playful, crazy antics,

awake in the middle of the night for a good romp across the bed,

in need of active playtime with you before you go to work,

when you come home and

before bed.

Oh, and, yes, there will be things to pick up when you come home that you didn't realize were toys.



Yes, they are adorable and fun and perhaps that is the activity level you most enjoy - then by all means, look for a kitten! They're looking for homes too!


This petite torti mom has had her last litter of kittens - 5 in number. She's gotten a smooth and sleek coat and has regained her energy. She looks no larger than a kitten herself and is probably only 18 months old.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Beating the odds

There is always a cat or dog that you foster who tugs at your heart more than others do.

Does it remind you of one you had growing up?

Does it have an amazing personality?

Does it beat the odds?

Smokey came to Pet Haven as a kitten of about 12 weeks of age, having been hit by a vehicle and left for dead. He was rescued and his initial ER and clinic care was sponsored by a benefactor. Pet Haven agreed to take him to see if he could be rehabilitated.

He couldn't stand very well, he couldn't swallow unless soft food was placed back at the base of his tongue - he was quite a mess with an ulcer on an eye and some additional damage to his jaw. He was hand fed every couple hours, saw the opthamologist and had his eye lid sewn almost closed so we could medicate and thus his eye was saved - he gradually could blink again after many months. When his adult canines should have been in we found that one wasn't, and an incisor was missing too so it was off to a vet who loves dentistry. Teeth were found and removed from his nasal cavity during surgery, no easy task.

Smokey was a star at 2 of our Fall Benefit events as he waited for the right home and was in the style show and then this last year he was adopted with another Pet Haven kitten who was a great match for him. He loved other cats but not one that would intimidate him - Rosie was the girl.

These two kids beat the odds - abandoned, lost, unclaimed, adopted once and returned as too active (Rosie) and then to find the right owner together -

And, so, Smokey came to the Fall Benefit once again - to show off and so we could once again enjoy the story of another cat or dog who beat the odds and found the home they deserve.

Smokey says a grateful good-bye to cheering on the Vikings and plans to enjoy instead - trips to the cabin, naps on the bed, games of chase with Rosie, lap time with mom and dad. Retirement is great!

Thank you to everyone who has helped - you've donated, you've held a garage sale, you've made fliers, you've walked dogs, you loved and cared for those who are sometimes the hardest to love and care for - you are the ones who have made a difference in the life of a cat or dog.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

2 Adoptions

Sat. Nov. 5, 11-1 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 6, 1-3 p.m.

Different cats both days!

PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.

Kittens from 12 weeks, cats up to 6 yrs. of age - lap cats, playful cats, sunny window cats, busy cats, laid back cats - fun for all!