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June is “National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” and The Haven has a wide range of friendly felines looking for their purrfect home.  To help give them their second chance, The Haven will be at Pet Supermarket on Saturday, June 6 from 11am to 3pm.  Then on their usual 2nd Saturday of the month, they will be at Petsmart in the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza on June 13 at the same time.  All available cats, and dogs, will be primped and cleaned, awaiting that 2nd chance to find the perfect forever family.  Transported in the Haven’s Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (MARU), potential adopters can see some wonderful, cuddly dogs and cats, many that have been pulled from shelters in Baldwin County. The Haven’s life-saving team will be on site ready to answer any questions to help the adopter find that perfect match.


SpringFarmersMarket2015Meet your next best friend at Fairhope's Summer Farmer's Market taking place every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until July 9.

The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. 

Local vendors will be set-up offering fresh produce from Baldwin County, fresh cut flowers, baked goods, local honey, plants and more. 

The Haven will have their Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (MARU) filled with adoptable canine cuties waiting to meet YOU! And now is the time to adopt and take advantage of the "Dream Big" adoption promotion, Until the end of May, ALL large breeds are $40 off their original adoption fee for approved applicants. 

To support your local no-kill animal shelter by becoming a donor or volunteer, please contact us at (251) 929-3980. 

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The staff and volunteers at The Haven™ have big dog sized dreams. They do all they can to help animals find furever homes, no matter how big the dog is. As a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network partner, The Haven™ is participating in the national Dream Big promotion by taking $40 off the adoption fee for dogs 45 pounds and over. 


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Part of creating a no-kill community is considering the future. The Haven periodically partners with Kyla Kelim, Esq. of Aging in Alabama to promote awareness about how important it is to plan for that future. "When planning for retirement, it is difficult to plan for everything.  So many of us are aging with larger retirement benefits, for example, that some of my clients are shell-shocked come tax time," explains Mrs. Kelim.
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Adopting A Friend

To Adopt an animal, please bring in the following information:
1. ID (preferably driver's license)
2. Proof of Address
3. If you rent, you will need to submit the contact info for your landlord
4. Veteriarian reference to ensure that prior pets were well cared for and that current pets in the household are up to date on their shots.
Following are forms that will get you started in the application process:
DOG: Before adopting a dog, we require an approved application,  a signed contract,  and a $90 donation to cover the dogs health-related and boarding expenses while in our care. 

CAT: Before adopting a cat, we require an approved application,  a signed contract, and a $65 donation to cover the cats health-related and boarding expenses while in our care. 

Who We Are


Penny_lane1OUR MISSION

The Haven provides a shelter for abused, neglected, homeless and neglected animals, treating them with love, respect and medical care.  Through education and volunteer programs, we promote community awareness of pet over population and responsibility.

The Haven is a non-profit sanctuary for animals that will be cared for regardless of how long it takes to find them loving homes.


The Haven was the idea and dream of Dr. Teresa Marshall, a local veterinarian, who ran The Haven out of her clinic for eleven years. In 2001 The Haven became a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization. Copy_of_REd_in_pool_the_best_picAlso in 2001, the City of Fairhope offered use of part of the city animal shelter in return for The Haven providing veterinary care and staffing for the entire shelter. With this agreement both our need and ability to find homes for animals increased.

Many of the animals at The Haven have been neglected, starved, struck by cars, beaten, and/or otherwise abused so the veterinary care and rehabilitation is frequently extensive and expensive. All of the animals are spayed or neutered and receive all necessary veterinary care such as de-worming, vaccinations, heartworm testing, micro-chipped, feline aids and leukemia testing, and receive 30 days of FREE pet health insurance. Potential adopters are carefully screened. Current adoption fees are $65 for cats and $90 for dogs. We are a no kill shelter so no adoptable animal is euthanized just because we don't find it a ready home- we just keep trying. Also we ask that if any home situation/adoption does not work out for a Haven graduate, that the Haven be contacted so that we can find them the right home. We have the motto "once a Haven animal, always a Haven animal". We have frequent off -site pet adoption events, website marketing and other active marketing, as well as adoptions at the shelter - all in an effort to place animals.

Another important role The Haven plays is educating the community on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Our Copy_of_Toby_face_one_09_29_06quarterly newsletter is distributed continaing updates from families that have recently adopted a companion for The Haven and many other pet related articles. We also have educational programs and information encouraging the humane care of animals- such as warning of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars. We are becoming involved in the school system and discussing these issues with the children.

Copy_of_Tinker_Bell_002The Haven would not exist though without all the tireless work of its many volunteers. Volunteers tasks are near endless including office support, walking dogs, helping at adoption and fundraising events, and, yes, cleaning cages. The Haven does various fundraisers through out the year to raise money for operations. Recent events have included a pet photo contest, a pet essay contest, a benefit luncheon featuring Fannie Flagg, and a pet Mardi Gras parade. The Haven also operates a resale shop of donated items with the proceeds benefiting The Haven. The resale shop also provides a volunteer opportunity for people who prefer not to work at the shelter itself.

The Haven is a relatively new organization that has made great strides in a short amount of time. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we have a long way to go. We are striving to live in a society where loving, adoptable animals are not being killed. We need to change the mindset of our community that animals are disposable.

We appreciate your interest and if you have further questions feel free to contact us at (251) 929-3980, or at info@havenforanimals.org . Mail may be sent to P.O. Box 1063 Fairhope, AL 36533 .You may visit us at the shelter at 559 South Section Street in Fairhope, Ala. Finally donations are always greatly appreciated and tax deductible as allowed by law as The Haven is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.


  • General Information (251) 929-3980
  • Michael Graham, Executive Director (251) 929-3980 ext. 6
  • Adoption Coordinator, Chris Stanfield(251) 929-3980 ext.  5
  • Kathie Ono, Volunteer Coordinator (251) 929-3980 ext. 4
  • Becky Brasington, City of Fairhope Animal Control Officer (251) 929-0354


The Haven takes in all adoptable cats and dogs that are unclaimed by their owners from all four animal control shelters in Baldwin County.

  • Baldwin County Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Bay Minette Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Daphne Animal Control Shelter
  • City of Fairhope Animal Control Shelter

These cats and dogs are held for 7 days, waiting for their owners to reclaim them before being placed on the euthanasia list.    We monitor this group, and for the past several years have been able to accept and place every adoptable dog scheduled for euthanasia in Baldwin County.

Once the animals arrive to our shelter, they are processed by our animal care technicians.  Each animal is screened for medical and/or behavioral issues, receive vaccinations, de-wormed, treated for external parasites like ticks and fleas with Frontline and/or Advantage, tested for heartworms, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered.  Felines are tested for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia.

To help end euthanasia as a means of animal control, the animal control shelters in Baldwin County have joined forces with Maddies® Fund and The Haven to create the Maddies Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County.  For more information on how we are creating a no-kill community click Maddies Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County.

If you have found an abandoned dog or cat in Baldwin County, please contact your local animal control shelter or police department.  You are encouraged to contact The Haven to provide us with the info on the animal you have found.  We do keep a current lost and found list that we will cross reference.

Come Visit Us

The Haven

559 S. Section Street
P. O. Box 1063
Fairhope, AL 36532-33
Office (251) 929-3980
Fax (251) 929-0358

Hours of Operation

Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The shelter is also closed on the second Friday and Saturday of each month to prepare for our monthly pet adoption events. Please see our calendar of events for future dates, locations and times of our mobile adoptions.

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