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Halo Fall • 2013 • Vol. 8 No. 4

Inside this edition:

For Friends of The Haven Adoption Guarantee Animal Shelter in Fairhope

Happy Tails

Movin’ On Up

Fall into Bargains Right: Red, a 1 yr old outgoing Carolina Mix looking for a loving home.


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Ask the Vet a

“Working Together, Saving Lives” Adoptions as of July 31, 2013: 4,910

ted Shelter sMyth: High Adoption Fees



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“He’s my son’s best friend, they’re inseparable!”

Happy Tails

by Chris Stanfield

Three-legged dogs like Curly may walk at a different pace, but they offer the same love and affection as their fourlegged counterparts. While losing a limb would be a life-changing experience for a person, a dog is able to roll with the punches and continue living a very happy and healthy life with relative ease. “It doesn’t seem to slow him down at all; he’s as lively as ever” said adopter Nathan Dekelaita. “It took him a few days to adjust after the surgery but he picked it up in no time. He can do anything a 4-legged dog can do.”

Above: Nathan, father of son Nick, bonding with Curly. Who is happier? Left: Curly, confident and never looked back despite the obstacles he has faced.

Curly, a 4 year old Chihuahua, arrived at The Haven after being transferred from a partnering animal shelter. A small wound on the pad of his foot would eventually lead to amputation. The infection didn’t respond to an aggressive regiment of antibiotics and began to affect the bones in his foot. After trying several treatments a veterinarian determined amputation would give Curly the best chance to live a pain free life. Nathan hopes Curly and his inspiring story will help encourage other prospective dog owners to not pass on the opportunity to adopt a dog that may be “different” than others.w

“Movin’ On Up” by Miranda Franks

Right: Shine, a 10 year old Patch-Tabby Calico just celebrated her 1 year adoption anniversary since she was rescued by the Myricks

THE HAVEN is looking to upgrade the living spaces for their resident cats and kittens. Just like George and Louise from the hit sitcom “The Jeffersons”, these furry critters are looking to have their very own deluxe apartment. A Kitty Crib fits inside kennels to provide the inhabitants with a more suitable living space by transforming an ordinary small kennel into a two-story condo. The split level more than doubles the area for each tenant, giving them more room to sleep, groom, play and eat. Kitty Cribs are also functional, offering a cleaner space by separating the cat’s food from the litter area. The shelter’s goal is to raise approximately $2,650, which will help about 24 felines. This is an investment that will provide each Haven kitty with a more comfortable, fun, and sanitary living environment. Please CLICK HERE to make a donation today and help spread the word! For more information you can visit w

The Haven Halo • Fall 2013


Volunteer Vibes by Joni Euler

Into Bargain$ by Heather Delker

The Haven’s Resale Shop is gearing up for the popular Fall Yard Sale set for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8am - 1pm! This year’s sale promises to be as fun and full of bargains as ever with lots of seasonal items to help you get ready for the holidays. All money raised by the ReSale Shop helps our no-kill shelter sustain and continue our life-saving programs. Everything we sell is donated by generous individuals like you and local businesses. To contribute items that are in good condition, please drop them off between 10am and 3pm Tuesday-Friday. We accept: kitchen and housewares, art, books, CDs, DVDs, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, furniture, toys, pet items and new or like new small electronics. All donations are tax-deductible. For more info click here or call us at 251-929-1911. w

The HAVEN HALO n e w s l e t t e r

WANT a long, healthy life? VOLUNTEER. Studies indicate a significant connection between volunteering and good health. Volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression, and fewer incidences of heart disease. Turn off the TV, log out of Facebook and spend time as a HAVEN VOLUNTEER to Above: improve your physical Sandy and mental health. Wollangk, Walk dogs, socialize Volunteer Left: Nancy cats, volunteer at Payne, adoption events, or the Volunteer Resale Shop. We have numerous opportunities available. Visit to complete an application or stop by the shelter. “You can’t leave footprints in the sands of time while sitting down”-Nelson Rockefeller. w

Welcome Our New Volunteers YOU ARE ANGEL’S

Volume 8 Number 4

Editor & Design Michael Graham Copy Editors Liz Tetley Joni Euler Kathie Ono Writers Chris Stanfield Liz Tetley Miranda Franks Joni Euler Heather Delker Photography Heather Delker Kathie Ono President Barry Roberts Vice-President & Founder Dr. Teresa Marshalll, D.V.M. Executive Director Michael Graham

Maricelly Acrey Karen Bormann Angie Carn Emma Diemert Kate Healy Katie Musall Lauren Simons Cicek Smith Jim Strickler Kathy Strickler

by Liz Tetley

FORGET sad music and forlorn faces behind bars. Animals at The Haven are not in jail. Healthy dogs spend six to seven hours a day in a 50 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor dog run where they socialize with other dogs, play with toys, and splash in swimming pools. They spend down time in their kennels curled up on PetCot beds or gnawing on frozen Kongs. Working to reach tasty peanut butter or other healthy treats inside, the Kongs keeps their minds busy and reduces stress. Staff work together to provide our four-legged residents with love, fresh food and water, and medical care. Dogs get exercise and socialization provided by volunteers in the Dog Walker Program.

Ask the Vet: Food for Thought by Sarah Toulson

Healthy and more social cats have a climate controlled area: 200 sq. ft. of places for hiding, scratching, climbing and lounging. Inside, younger cats and kittens have toys and blankets or towels. Volunteers regularly visit for feline fellowship. You can help The Haven maximize space in the indoor cat kennels by donating toward the purchase of Kitty Cribs {see page 3}. Thanks to The Haven’s many enrichment programs, music at The Haven is soothing and the only bar is the one this shelter continuously raises in the quest for a no kill community. w

Click HERE to donate towards our Enrichment Program

The Haven Halo • Fall 2013

DR.MARSHALL of Banfield Pet Hospital gave us some great tips regarding pet food and nutrition. Q: When choosing our pet’s food, how can we provide a nutritious diet? A: Meat should be listed as the first ingredient, especially for cats. Choose a scientifically formulated, well-balanced, food to provide the best nutritional value for your pet. As always, work with your veterinarian to determine your pet’s nutritional needs, and buy the best food you can afford.



Shelter Myths d e t bus

FUN FACTS Q: What are some l Haven furry residents common myths about are fed Hill’s Science Diet l Over 8,000 lbs of pet nutrition? Hill’s has been fed to our A: There is a furry residents in the past misunderstanding 12 months l Thanks to our about grains being partnership with Hill’s, we unhealthy for animals. saved over $10,000 in the You want a balance of past 12 months. meats and grains. Dogs are omnivores, not pure carnivores; they can eat many vegetables and need the roughage plants provide.

Q: What advice can you give pet owners who want to share holiday foods with their furry friends? A: The best way to share is to boil down vegetables and boneless meats into a “muck soup.” Put this in the refrigerator to scrape off the hardened fat, and then spoon this on top of their dry food. Never give your animals bones, especially poultry bones, which can splinter and cause severe internal damage. Also remember, the cocoa in chocolate is toxic to dogs. It will cause an upset tummy, diarrhea, and possibly pancreatitis. w

The Haven Halo • Fall 2013 559 S. S e c t i o n St . P. O. B ox 10 63 Fair h o p e, A L 36533 251-929 -398 0

Thank You, Partners!

Shelter Adoption Hours OPEN: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 3rd and 4th Sat of each month CLOSED: Wed, Sun, and the 1st and 2nd Sat of each month to host off-site pet adoption events.

Places to go, people to see, things to do!

SEPTEMBER 2013 Sat., Sept. 7 Thurs-Sat, Sept 12-14 Fri-Sun, Sept 13-15

11am-3pm – Pet Supermarket Adoption, Daphne 7pm, Lower Alabama Songwriter’s Festival American Legion Post 199, Mobile Ave., Fairhope 11am-3pm – Petsmart’s National Adoption Week-end

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OCTOBER 2013 - Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month Sat., Oct. 5 8 am-1 pm - Haven ReSale Shop Fall Yard Sale, 357 Morphy Ave., Faihope Sat., Oct. 5 10 am - 2 pm - Pet Adoption & Blessing of the Animals, Arts & Books Fesitval, Fairhope Faulkner Campus Sat., Oct. 12 11am-3pm – Petsmart Adoption, Spanish Fort NOVEMBER 2013 Nov. Sat., Nov 2 Sun-Sat., Nov 3 - 9 Thurs., Nov 7 Sat., Nov 9 Sat., Nov 9 Fri-Sun, Nov 15-17 Tues., Nov. 19

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12 pm - 1 pm - Estate Planning Seminar, Important Year End Tax Planning, speaker Kyla Kelim, Esq. RSVP (251) 929-2494 10am-1pm – Pet Adoption, Rabies & Chip Clinic @ Pet Supermarket Daphne National Shelter Appreciation Week 6:30 pm-8:30pm - Art for Animals Fundraiser at Paint-n-Pals, Daphne 11am-3pm – Petsmart Adoption, Spanish Fort 6am-10am - Belk’s Charity Day Sale, Eastern Shore Shopping Centre 11am-3pm – Petsmart’s National Adoption Week-end 6-7pm – Volunteer Meeting, Thomas Hospital Wellness Ctr

DECEMBER 2013 Dec. Charlie Brown Christmas Concert - Date, Time, and Location TBA Sat., Dec. 7 10am-1pm – Pet Adoption, Rabies & Chip Clinic @ Pet Supermarket Daphne Sat-Sun, Dec. 14-15 11am-4pm – Santa Claws Photos & Petsmart Adoption, Spanish Fort

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