Tuesday, May 31, 2011

They keep coming

The influx of cats keeps happening - it is overwhelming.

Pet Haven has a voicemail system and every day we receive calls for help to place cats or dogs, as well as questions, inquires about fostering or other types of volunteering, places for low income spay and neuter, and, of course, about adopting!

Just this spring we've taken in these cats who had been abandoned.


In a neighborhood just like yours. (Residential, rental, townhome.)

It is hard for us to reach out to other over crowded shelters to help alleviate their overpopulation problems when we continue to be faced with these kinds of requests.

Olive who survived all winter on her own - outside,

Anna and her 4 babies,

Sylvie, left behind in a rental property,

Two more coming in from an alley where they have been trying to survive on their own,

Tuesday - bright and perky, no bigger than a kitten herself who had already had one litter and was found to be pregnant when spayed,

And, of course, the orphans (5) and bottle babies (4) that were abandoned by their mother.

Noah who has been returned when his family hit hard times and they were evicted.

As a foster based group with no shelter to house cats in, it can be difficult and impossible to respond as we would like.

It is hard to keep up and we refer to other limited admission shelters and the humane society - we all partner together to do the best we can. We continue to rely on you to help -


support us in our work by helping that stray in your neighborhood,

donate of your time and funds,

spread the word about adopting!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

kittens - orphans

It isn't easy being an orphaned kitten. It really isn't easy being the foster mom of orphaned kittens!

This little group came to Pet Haven recently. they're very cute, seem to have benefited from mom's milk for about 4 weeks so they weigh close to what they should and are plump and energetic. To keep them that way, they will need to be fed at least 4-5 times a day. With 5 babies, that takes time. Baths, washing bedding, pottying, scooping litterboxes, lots of things go into healthy kittens.

Where's mom? No one knows.

Our assumption is they were born outside or, perhaps, inside and the owner allowed mom to go outside.

She was probably out hunting for food for herself and has been injured, most likely run over, and is dead or simply cannot return to her family.

We hope that whomever found the kittens and turned them in will continue to search for mom, to see if we can get her spayed, help her to recover if that is possible.

On May 23rd a volunteer met a former volunteer to bring in 4 almost brand-new babies. They were born on May 20. Mom was very young or maybe she just wasn't cut out to be a mom.

She gave birth under a small tree and kept the kittens there. There were originally 9. Five had died by the time Pet Haven got them. One has since been euthanized.

These babies, who came in at right around 3 ounces each, did not have a protected place to be with mom, she was distraught at what had happened to her and did not know she needed to move them to protect them from wind and rain and to stay with them to help give them warmth and milk.

All have struggled, the smallest one, who was under 3 ounces, was euthanized when his digestive system failed.

One more has not gained weight in 3 days even though she has been bottled and tube fed the appropriate amount of calories each day. She, too, will probably be euthanized.

One of the kittens is gaining on schedule now, another one is struggling to gain weight. All of the kittens receive multiple baths a day to keep them clean from stool and urine. Even though they are pottied every 2 hours or sooner, their immature, stressed systems are unable to cooperate and stool leaks.

Life can be harsh, full of uncertainty and disease.

Why do we foster?

Some days it is not very rewarding.

Other days we get to see a healthy kitten or adult go to a new home where it will be loved and given vet care - for life, we hope.

Help us to help others.

Take in and surrender a stray cat if you are unable to give it a home.

All of the limited admission shelters, like Pet Haven, are full much of the time.

The Animal Humane Society is an open admission shelter and they lead the charge in placing the most cats and kittens in this area.

Just as you can help one cat or a group of kittens, or help someone get their cat or dog spayed so these kinds of things won't happen, you can also help by supporting your local humane society or limited admission shelter -


fund raise,



We need everyone to help resolve the cat overpopulation problem.

There's a cat in your neighborhood that needs YOUR help.

We can only do it when we work together.

Pet Haven's kittens are not ready for adoption and are not spoken for until they weigh at least 2#. At that age they go to the vet for testing for feline leukemia and fiv. If negative, they begin their vaccinations, are spayed or neutered and microchipped. Once they have recovered from surgery you will see them posted on our website and then you can inquire about a specific cat or kitten. Check out this link to see other cats and kittens ready for adoption.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Kittens and more

We have 3 kittens who are ready for adoption. They are about 10 weeks of age, have been tested for feline leukemia and fiv and were negative, have begun their vaccinations (their adopters will follow through and complete any vax that need to be done after they are adopted), have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and dewormed several times. The adoption fee for each one is $130.00 You can submit an adoption application by clicking here.

Mowgli is a cute fellow - here is what his foster has to say about him!

Mowgli is an adventurous, yet sweet kitten. He loves being around people, cats, and dogs. Mowgli has a big playful streak and loves wrestling around. After getting tired out from all the playing, he likes to cuddle up on the couch and fall asleep. Mowgli also likes to mellow out in the patches of afternoon sun with the other cats. He is so friendly and sweet! Mowgli gets along really well with his sister, Meeka, and they can often be seen sleeping together. So, if you are looking for a pair of kittens, these two would be great!

Meeka is a black female with lots of white hair sprinkled throughout her coat!

Meeka is a very pretty little girl. She is a brownish black with white hairs sprinkled throughout. Meeka loves to wrestle with her kitty siblings and also roll around with her toys. She likes to take a break and cuddle with the other dogs and cats she lives with. She often asks the older cats to groom her until she falls asleep. Meeka is a great purrer and will even start her motor just at the sight of a friendly face. She is a very sweet kitten who deserves a wonderful home. Meeka and her brother Mowgli are great buddies and would be a nice pair to adopt together.

Baloo is a busy guy - he'd love to have another cat or kitten to chum around with.

Baloo is a sweet, outgoing, and cuddly kitten! He absolutely loves to cuddle up in laps and take snooze. Baloo likes attention and to get pet often. He really likes to burn off his kitten energy by playing with his toys and the other cats and dogs he lives with. He is a very affectionate boy and loves to give kisses. Baloo likes to soak up the sun as he watches the birds outside. He is very loving and makes a great companion!

All of these kittens live with an adult cat and medium sized dogs and do fine with those others. They were found without a mother outside a school at about 5 weeks of age.

Garth, aka Chad, will soon be at the Chuck and Don's in Highland. Stop by and see this playful and loving fellow. He's good with another cat and with the small dog in his foster home and loves to cuddle in bed with you too. The early elementary age grandchild finds him willing to be carried around so she can play with him!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Silly, busy, calm, laid back - CATS!

We have all personalities, looks and levels of activity. The foster home can 'clue' you in on what to expect with just the right cat.




Activity level? High!

Sillieness level? High!

Curiousity level? High!

Love you level? High!

These goofy, busy, underfoot, comic brothers do not have to stay together when they are adopted but make a very good pair. They'll keep each other busy when you are away and amuse you with their antics when you get home. They look a little serious in their pictures - we think they were trying to fool the photographers!

Have another busy cat who needs a buddy? Either of these boys gets along well with another cat.

And on the other end of the 'busy' level:


Laid back? Yes!

Lover? Yes!

Allows another mellow cat to use him for a pillow? Yes!

Likes to sleep with you? Yes!

Morrie would be fine with just you to keep him company but he would get along well with another middle aged or older cat. He's accepting and gentle, a wonderful companion.

Out and about?

Check out: Kenzie

She's at Chuck and Don's in Highland through the weekend.

A BUSY and fun young lady. She entertains herself well with her toys and games but likes to play chase with another cat too. Comes for attention.

Monday, May 16, 2011

10th Annual Minnesota Shelters Conference - Saving More Lives

10th Annual MN Shelters Conference -
 Saving More Lives
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

$50 registration cost covers all materials, breaks, and lunch.  Deadline to register is May 19, 2011.  Each person attending needs to complete a separate form.  Registration fee is non-refundable after May 19th. Questions? Contact Vicki Davis, conference coordinator, at tchs@cloudnet.com or phone 320-252-1325.

Click on link to download brochure.

8:00 - 8:45              Registration

8:45 Opening comments

9:00 - 10:30 Essentials of Fundraising in an Economic Crunch
Beth M. Krueger, Consultant, Custom Strategies, Austin, Texas
The last 18 months have been financially challenging for animal organizations and you may have had to make some budget cuts while trying to maintain basic resources. But did you know that even in an economic crunch, there are people out there still giving – some even more than normal? You just need to know how to find them. Come learn the secrets to keeping the money flowing while bringing in new supporters to your organization. It's easier than you may think.

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Capacity Building: Good Foster Programs
Lou Guyton, Senior Director, ASPCA®® Community Initiatives,
Hear about one shelter with a teeny space on how they save thousands of animal lives through foster home development!  We’ll also share some other programs that are working in other communities and facilitate a discussion to help you go home and start planning for the capacity to Save More Lives!

12:15 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 It's Raining Cats: How to Promote and Increase Cat and Kitten Adoptions
Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Animal Protective League
Do you feel like you need to strap on a helmet just to face the day? Are you so overwhelmed you don’t even know how and where to start? Fear not! This engaging session will rekindle your creative thinking and provide some “think outside the box” strategies that will seize the attention of potential adopters and help you to save more cats. You’ll learn how to create the “buzz” about your cat adoption program, the importance of data in presenting and supporting your need to get creative, how to prepare your staff, volunteers, and others in your community for your new adoption adventures, and how to market and position your fabulous felines themselves!
2:30 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Helping At-Risk Pets Before Admission
Jodi Lytle Buckman, Senior Director, Community Initiatives for the ASPCA
How can we help pets in our community? Too often, our answer to this question defaults to “admission for re-homing.” Who better to shelter and protect that animal than us, right? In many situations, admission may be the perfect next step. But for those animals already in a home where they are loved, or where the caregiver is willing to help find that next fabulous home for a stray – why not keep that pet at home or let that wonderful family who took in a stray help your agency do great work? We’ll spend this session exploring ways other agencies are helping keep pets in their homes, reduce animal admissions and save more lives. Let’s save them BEFORE they require admission!
4:00 - 4:45 The Campaign for Zero: How Duluth saved 93% of homeless pets in 2010 and ended euthanasia of healthy pets.
Linda Baumgarth, Animal Allies.
This workshop explores six key strategies: targeted, high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay-neuter; high-volume adoption practices; progressive intake management; partnership between high-euthanasia shelter and high-volume adoption center; bold public goal-setting that inspires community support; win-win partnerships. These strategies were utilized in Duluth to successfully open a $3.5 million high-volume adoption center, operate a first-in-the-state spay/neuter clinic serving all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, nearly triple annual adoptions, reduce shelter euthanasia by 64%, eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, add more than $1 million to their endowment, quadruple the operating budget, and negotiate an agreement to join forces with the City of Superior, Wisconsin and two Superior shelters to build and operate a $2 million new shelter for that community.

Friday, May 13, 2011

More great photos, adoption Sunday, 1-3.

Come see us Sun. May 15 and find a wonderful companion.

PetCo Richfield
66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
1-3 p.m.

Here are some more of our newly snapped photos!

Blue is a lynx point siamese x, she has very light blue eyes now that she is nearing middle age. She loves to be an only cat and is a great companion and lap girl. She likes to play but especially loves the people in her life.

Garth (Chad) loves to play. He especially likes to have another busy cat buddy to chase with and curl up and snooze with but seeks you out to have some lap time and sleeps under the covers with you too! He's a brown tabby with white and has a pink nose pad.

Kenzie (Lucy) also enjoys having another cat to play with. She is a brown tabby with white and has a brick colored nose pad. She's a busy young lady with lots of games up her sleeve to keep you amused. She likes some snuggle time too!

Out and about? Stop by the Chuck and Don's in Highland and visit with


This handsome fellow is just a year old. He really enjoys another cat buddy to play with but requests someone with the energy to play games and romp. He has a girl foster in his home who thinks he is too rowdy!

Carl talks!

Carl snoozes with you!

Carl snoozes with a cat buddy!

Carl is a great find!

Pet Haven has no baby kittens ready for adoption at this time but many older kittens and adults. Some people love babies but we have no idea what their personality and play level will be like when they grow up. Check out an older kitten or adult for a personality we can tell you all about!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adoption Sunday, May 15, 1-3 p.m.

An early announcement of our next adoption and some more of those excellent pix that 2 Pet Haven volunteers took.

Ms. Blue's eyes aren't as blue as they were when she was younger but she has lots of charm to go with her looks. Blue loves to have you all to herself, she really doesn't want to share time or space with another cat. She is a lynx point siamese x and is front paw declawed. A sweetheart who is middle aged, not a looney kitten, and a great and loving companion!

Two brown tabby with white kids:

Garth is quite the handsome fellow and has a pink nose pad. He loves to play and would like to have another cat to play games of romp and chase with. He doesn't mind the small dog in the foster home at all. He has a cute freckle beside one side of his nose.

Kenzie (Lucy) is a busy lady too, she has a brick colored nose pad and is active and curious and comes for some attention. She'd love to have another cat playmate also.

A new comer at Chuck and Don's in Highland!


an active and playful fellow who likes another cat buddy to snuggle with and who chatters to you some of the time. Sometimes his games are rowdy and the female kitten in the foster home thinks he would prefer an active 'brother' to play with!

He enjoys people too and comes for attention and should be fine with children.

(Mr. Darcy, aka Ash, was adopted quickly after a very brief stay at the same store. His charm and loving ways won over his mom, who works part time from home, and he has joined another cat so he will have a buddy there too!) He's going to have a dog in his life now too - folks to love him and cat buddies. Life is good!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Great photos!

Thanks to a couple of Pet Haven volunteers we have some new (with more to come) great photos of our cats!

Just a sampling -

Morrie - handsome, laid-back fellow


Who has a pink nose? Who has a gray nose? Darcel has the gray nose, Darion the pink one!

Both boys are tons of fun, they snooze together, rumble through the house together and both love people attention and lap time. They are ever present helpers - checking out anything and everything and scurrying to help you on your way through the house and with chores. Even though they are not 'baby' kittens, the fosters continue to do the 'kitten shuffle' where you don't pick your feet up very high as you walk along - lest you have poor kitten tootsies being stepped on.

Garth (Chad) - a brown tabby with lots of white and a pink nose pad -

Kenzie (Lucy) who also is a brown tabby and white but with a brick colored nose pad.

Both of these older kittens do very well with another cat and love to chase and play with another one. They are not in the same foster home.

More pictures coming soon.

Out and about? Stop by Chuck and Don's in Highland and visit charming, loving Mr. Darcy.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cat Adoption Sat. May7, 11-1 p.m.

Stop by and check out the crew looking for new homes! We have all shapes sizes and personalities.

Hector - talkative, loving the good life indoors - those howling winds coming in the windows are too scary! He's a lap guy who loves to play.

Morrie - a laid back lap fellow, he's a big boy. Front declawed, long hair to brush or comb, gorgeous blue eye.

Robbie - looking for action? Have lots of time to play with a busy guy? want another one to go with another active cat? Robbie likes loving and definitely play time - he's not terribly graceful but will be happy to clear all the paperwork off the table so you can get it sorted into the right order finally!

Hudson - cute fellow, about a year old, he loves pipecleaners to play with and is just starting to be a lap guy.

Lucy (Kenzie) is a busy youngster. She loves another cat, comes for attention off and on and needs lots of toys and/or a friend.

Mr. Darcy (Ash) is a soft and cuddly, laid back boy - lap time anyone?

Blue - siamese x, front declawed. She doesn't want to share you with another cat, she's a playful and affectionate lady.

Darion and Darcel - gray and white brothers - looking for a busy, underfoot pair? You may have found them!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

University of St. Thomas students raise almost $2000 for homeless animals!

A team of University of St. Thomas students came together to raise money for homeless dogs and cats. The effort was led by Cody Luebeck, Resident Advisor for Brady Hall 6th floor at the University of St. Thomas.

Cody shares the following:

"I brought the idea of raising money for a charity up back in December.  I brought it to the men of my leadership team, and asked them if they would be interested.  They said they would be, and I presented the idea of raising money for an animal shelter.  I chose this for a couple reasons: 1. I am a huge animal lover, as well as my team, and helping homeless animals is a way to help other animals have a life they deserve, and 2. Everyone supports human charities (women shelters, orphanages, cancer places) and animal shelters are often forgotten. 

The team is a group of guys that volunteered at the beginning of the school year to help me plan events.  We have done a blacklight dance, an Elementary/Middle school volunteer day (we played with the kids and helped tutor) as well as other social events throughout the year. 

The during the program, we handed out over 200 coffee mugs stuffed with hot cocoa and an information sheet.  We would collect names and a meal would be subtracted from the students' meal plan. During the actual event, my guys worked to get every single person who walked into the cafe to sign up.  The lunch lady who swipes the cards even helped us out, sending back anyone who didn't initially sign up by asking them "don't you want to help those cute puppies and kitties?"  Coming from a cute little grandma, nobody could refuse.  I also arranged to have Tommie, our school mascot, make an appearance to help our efforts, and having him there was a great addition. "

Cody came to one of our Pet Haven adoption events to present the check. As a result of their hard work, enthusiasm and creativity these awesome students raised $1,785 for homeless dogs and cats!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Babies - everywhere

Recently a mom and babies were rescued by Pet Haven volunteers from a shed due to be torn down in St Paul.

Mom has been named Anna, she's a cute torti, not a very big girl.

The kittens were born about April 17, 2011. They still had umbilical cords attached when found.

The volunteers made a nest for the babies in a cat carrier and put them inside it. The carrier was placed so the door opened towards the broken door of the storage shed. Then the volunteers checked it several times a day. Once mom was found inside with the babies it was easy to reach in and push (and hold) the door shut with a piece of wood kept nearby.

The carrier door was then clicked shut and picked up and transported to another fosterhome who could get mom tested for feline leukemia and fiv. She passed her test and was negative.

When the kittens are about 9 weeks old each of them will be tested also. Deworming will start at about 3 weeks and continue for several more rounds. Mom didn't have ear mites so no need to treat for that. Shots will be started and they will all get on the spay/neuter schedule and soon afterwards be ready for adoption.

The babies are as follows:

Carly - F, orange tabby

Sam - F, brown tabby

Gibby - F, tortie

Spencer - M, white or probably he is a siamese x and will have color points.