Thursday, March 31, 2011

2 Adoptions

Where: PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S


Saturday, 4/2, 11-1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/3, 1-3 p.m.

Some of the cats who are coming:








Friday, March 25, 2011

Things change

We all face change, sometimes change is exciting and rewarding and wished for. Other times change is none of those things.

Morrie, at almost 8 yrs. of age was surrendered at a shelter in Oct. 2010. It wasn't his idea - he was happy with his family and home life. What change occurred for his family that brought this about? We don't know.

By Dec. 2010 Morrie was at the vet clinic with what was assumed to be a herpes infection of the left eye. Stress can bring those on.

Morrie didn't like the shelter. He was intimidated by the number of cats there, he was definitely stressed. He spent a good share of his time sitting under a chair, hoping to be ignored. Through several months he was treated medically, only to relapse each time.

Pet Haven agreed to take this fellow. We've worked with herpes infections before and have had success with medications and then stability in the foster home until an adoptive home can be found.

Although Morrie's eye looked pretty calm at his intake exam he was taken to an opthamologist for a check-up. He found that Morrie had a penetrating injury to his eye - which went into and behind the lens. The cause? We don't know, we suspect it was the result of a claw in his eye. These kinds of injuries, that penetrate the lens, frequently become cancerous in cats.

On March 22, 2011 Morrie had his eye removed, the only way we could be sure this cancer would not occur.

Change - in a matter of 6 months Morrie's world has been turned upside down, he lost his home, he lost his family, he suffered a life-changing injury.

Change - he has a group behind him and fosters who will stick with him as he heals and waits to be adopted.

Morrie is a lover - definitely a lap cat, he gives hugs with both front paws upon your shoulders. He's a big fellow, weighing in at 10 pounds, and long too. He is mostly white haired (medium -long in length) and has some gray on his head and a little on his tail. He has been front paw declawed and is 8 yrs. old.

Morrie's remaining eye is blue. The one that was removed was yellow-green.

Morrie's looking forward to more change in his life - the chance of a forever home with more people to meet who will love him forever too.

Morrie won't be attending adoption events for awhile. He'll move into another foster home once his stitches are removed. You can e mail to and be updated, just inquire about Morrie.

When you see his pictures and a bio go up at our website,, click on Cats Available for Adoption, you will know that he is ready to find a new home. If you would like to make a donation to help with Morrie's care, it can be snail mailed to our address at:

Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota
PO Box 19105,
Minneapolis MN 55419

or you can donate through which has a link on this cat blog.

Pet Haven has been rescuing and rehoming cats and dogs since 1952. We are a 501.3c and all donations are tax deductible.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Tinker is a cute fellow and a nice mix of loving and playfulness!

He's a handsome orange tabby with short hair.

OK! I'm awake now!

Where's the food?

Are you going to play with me?

I need someone to follow around and keep me company!

And, then, sometimes I just need a tummy rub and some lap time for awhile! (In the photo below Tinker appears to be buff in color but he is a handsome orange fellow.)

Out running errands this week?

Stop by the Chuck and Don's in Highland and meet the cutest girl who is visiting there! Lucy, aka Kenzie, is a busy, busy lady. She loves to play games of chase and romp and believes all toys were made for her! She'll come for some lap time too but needs to be up exploring more of the time! She'd love another kitten or young adult cat in her life.

And she loves to pose for the camera, so if you want to send pictures to everyone, she'll be happy to cooperate!

Lucy is fostered with Ash, aka Mr. Darcy, and they make a nice combination. They play chase and other games together as well as other games. Mr. D is a gray tabby with short hair, he's definitely more laid back and loves to be the lap child.

Fill out an adoption application found at our website and submit it and you will receive a prompt response on these or any other cats we are fostering!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Adoption Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

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

Who will be coming?

Sammy - got to keep tidy!

Wilma - love my food!


Lucy - Ms Cute, herself

Mr. Darcy - handsome, gentle boy!

Hudson - Mr. Playful!

Riley - laid back, lap girl, loves a massage!

Schnoz - curious

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wearin' of the green

Several of our cats at least week's adoption sported their Irish heritage (okay, maybe not) and donned some outfits for picture taking time.

You can be the judge of how well that idea was received!

Schnoz was quite clever and could take off her leg cuffs - at least the right one came off pretty easily!

Riley would like everyone to know that she can look as disgusted as possible if you try to dress her up - but she was a good sport and took a nap when the hat came off!

Here are Padua's kittens. Padua and the babies came to us March 25th, 2010. The babies were adopted in late spring and summer. We believe the kittens were born near or on St. Patrick's Day, 2010. Everyone received an Irish name.

As is often the case, mom waited and waited. But Pad's turn came too. She was adopted about 10 days ago! Almost a year after we took her in but anytime you get a forever home where you are loved is a good time. Happy St. Paddy's Day, Padua!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Looking for a monkey?

Hudson really doesn't like our adoption events terribly much. After all, he could be at home chasing after and carrying around and hiding his favorite toy - a pipecleaner.

At a recent adoption he tried to convince us he would do well exploring the store we were in!

I'll just reach out and touch someone - surely they will let me out!

(He did get to come out for a little lap time!)

Well, phooey - they aren't paying any attention to me - I'll have to figure out if I can find a spot to squeeze out -

Hudson is about 9 months old. He's not a very big fellow - he'll be a little shy coming in to meet new people but once he has settled in, he'll come to greet you when you come home. If you reach down and pat your thighs, he will come and stretch his paws up to be picked up.

Another cute girl we have is Wilma. She's sleek and shiny and loves to play too. Likes a fishing pole game with you, balls and some lap time too.

Some of us wait more patiently than others -

Friday, March 11, 2011

Adoption Added: Sat. March 12, 11-1 p.m.

at the PetCo in Richfield.

Some of the cats who will be there:








Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Photos from March 5, 2011 Adoption Events

Wilma ... hanging out at the adoption event.
She's waiting for that special someone to
open up their heart and home :)

One of the great things about volunteering with Pet Haven is that there are a variety of volunteer opportunities and we do our best to match interests and passions of our volunteers with the needs of Pet Haven in helping us fulfill our mission of rescuing and re-homing dogs and cats and reducing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter initiatives, advocacy and outreach.

I am one of several 'bloggers' for the Pet Haven cat and dog blogs. I have been blessed to be a part of this incredible organization for over 4 years and have taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities over the years. Recently I have discovered a passion for photography ... so I thought ... how about combining my passion and desire to learn more about photography with my passion for helping animals??!! And that's what I have done, and in many ways feel like it's the best volunteer job one could have ... yes, then again, i'm a little biased :) I get kisses and purrs from these beautiful beings while trying to capture their spirit and their essence. And then I throw the photos into a video and put some music behind it to hopefully highlight these very special beings who desperately need for us Humans to be a voice for them and to give them that little boost in helping them find that very special person(s) who can provide them with their own home ... a forever home they hope, and a home with someone who will love them as unconditionally as they will love you. 

I hope you'll join us in being a voice for these homeless dogs and cats. For now, they are being loved and cared for by their foster families but their wish is to have a family and a home of their own. Please share the video below with your family and friends. 

Also, if you would like to learn more about volunteering email us at We will be having a new volunteer orientation on Saturday, 3/12.

In the 4+ years I have been volunteering with Pet Haven, I have received so much more from these incredible creatures who have taught me so much about life/living, compassion, community and the importance of giving back to causes we believe in and being a voice for the voiceless. There are many ways you can support Pet Haven or any other animal rescue: adopt, foster, donate, volunteer. I hope you consider one of them.

With gratitude,
Marilou Chanrasmi
Vice-President, Pet Haven Inc of Minnesota

Monday, March 7, 2011

An adoption added and a new TOY!

We'll be returning to the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S from 11-1 p.m. this coming Saturday, March 12.

Rory (formerly Arrow) has amused us with some of his exploits before - here's another exciting event in his life!

What do you suppose all this stuff is? I think it must be for me!

Look under here! I think this needs to be tightened.

What goes in this hole? (I think YOU go in that hole, Rory!)

Is there a sunny window handy? I could nap here -

Look at that - it even has balls to chase -

Now that Rory has such a good 'ladder' he'll be able to help by getting on the top of those bookcases too - lucky boy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

2 Adoptions Sat, 3/5 from 11-1, Sun., 3/6 from 1-3 p.m.

Where? At the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.

Different cats on different days:


Wilma - playful! lap girl, good with another cat

Kari - playful, lap girl, you'll need to comb and brush this full coat

Smokey - a gentle guy, a lover, loves a game of chase with another cat

Sarah - playful

Hudson -

Padua -


Chico and Rosie - silly siblings, both good with another cat and fine with a respectful dog, lovers

Penelope - playful and loves a good back scritch

Phoebe - cutest older kitten

Eddie - another guy who loves to play and have another cat to chase and wrestle with

Derrick - definitely a lap boy! playful -

Addie - playful, playful, playful ! excellent bird and squirrel watcher, lap girl, most comfortable with a woman

Sammy can't attend this weekend. He is a lover - likes to follow you around, get some cuddling, equal opportunity fellow as he loves men and women, talkative, a big boy with a coat that will need some combing, front paw declawed.

Out shopping this weekend?

Stop at Chuck and Don's in Highland and visit Riley! She'll be there for the weekend anyway. She is a lap girl who loves to sleep on the bed. She'd prefer a home with no other cats so she doesn't have to share attention. Riley amuses herself well. She'd make a great cat for someone who works long hours and wishes to come home to a loving companion!