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The phrase “estate plan” sounds like a complicated set of material that only very wealthy people need, but in fact it refers to Estate Planning Seminar May 6 2016the documents that almost everyone needs, whether their financial and familial affairs are simple or complex. The needs of your immediate family as well as the needs of your lovable companions are very important to The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter.

The steps required to protect these needs along with other important topics will be explained in The Haven’s annual Estate Planning seminar which will be taking place on Friday, May 6, 2016 from noon to 1 pm at The Brennity at Daphne located at 27440 County Road 13 in Daphne, AL. Some of the topics discussed will be providing for and protecting your beloved pets, updates in estate planning laws, charitable gift planning, power of attorney, creating wills and trusts, and the major changes to life estate deed in Alabama proposed.

“There are a number of important changes in the law in Alabama and nationwide that may affect the plans you may have in place,” according to Kyla Kelim, attorney with Aging in Alabama elder law firm and honored speaker for this event.

Planning for the future is always important. Do not let your furry friends be a side note, make plans for their future as well. “It is crucial to review your plans to make sure that your estate plan is still intact and valid,” she added. The future may be a frightening concept, but it should never be ignored. Protect yours and your pet’s futures because they cannot plan ahead for themselves. Make sure that they receive the best outcome possible, because family is a precious thing.

“We are grateful to the supporters of this important seminar and the positive response we have received from the community,” stated Michael Graham, executive director for The Haven. “Planning for loved ones future including our pets will help us have peace of mind knowing our loved ones will continue to receive the same level of care that provides and ensures they will have a good quality of life,” Graham added.

This workshop is free to the public, and a complimentary lunch will be provided by Mary Ann’s Deli & Catering in Fairhope, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat before May 5 by calling 251-929-2494 or by emailing Michael Graham, executive director for The Haven, at mgraham@HavenForAnimals.org.


ReSale Shop Yard Sale 2016 PosterThe Haven needs Stuff!

One of the venues for The Haven to generate money is through their unique Resale Shop located at 357 Morphy Avenue in Fairhope. Gently used items such as china, dishware, lamps, jewelry, and other decorative items can be viewed and purchased. Finding a nugget in any resale shop is always the dream for anyone who loves to shop thrifty. Twice a year, the dedicated shop volunteers and manager hold a Yard Sale to further generate money for the animals and perhaps provide a means for people to find that treasure.

The next yard sale is Saturday, April 23 from 8a-1p and the shop can really use some good donations. 

Because the Resale Shop is small, there are certain types of stuff that they cannot accept: clothing, large items such as refrigerators, and electronics, such as TVs, computers and printers. However, Heather Delker, our ReSale Shop manager, strongly suggests that if one is not sure, to call the Shop at 929-1911. The volunteers pride themselves on the quality of products they offer to the public. Giving up your unwanted or unused stuff can be a win-win for both sides. The giver gets a cleaned out house and the Haven gets much needed revenue.

Other-worldly creatures on two and four legs parade through Fairhope During The Haven’s 13th Annual Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade


Almost 1,000 revelers paraded through downtown Fairhope during the 13th annual Mystic Mutts of Revelry (MMOR) Parade January 30. The “Woof Trek- A Rescue Odyssey” science fiction theme brought out almost 500 adults, 150 children and 300 pups for the annual fundraiser for homeless animals.


“We want to thank everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of the parade. We had a 97 percent increase in profit Dog at MMOR 2016compared to all previous MMOR parades,” said MMOR Chairperson, Jenny Williams. We are incredibly appreciative of the support from the community.


Gorgeous weather brought out heavy crowds along the parade route. Parade watchers were treated to sci-fi and Mardi Gras costumes on mutts and humans alike. “The MMOR committee has worked for the several months to make the parade and this event amazing. They give of themselves because we all care so much about rescued animals, and we believe it is


The Haven will be joining animal shelters and rescue groups all over the country for the Best Friends adoption promotion “The One.” For the first two weeks in February (1st-15th), any animal can be adopted for only $14. 
The One Cat image - Facebook Timeline 1200x1000Two adoption events will take place during this promotion. The first one will be on Feb. 6 at Pet Supermarket (11am-3pm). The second one will be at PetSmart on Feb. 13 (11am-3pm).


Just like dating competitions have procedures to find out how compatible contestants are with each other, The Haven has an adoption process. This process, which includes potential adopters filling out applications, assures each pet and family is perfectly matched. Dating competitions come with prizes contestants can win. The Haven sends each adopted pet home with prizes that include a free bag of Hills Science Diet and 30 days of free pet health insurance. All Haven animals are up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed, spayed/neutered, tested for heartworms and treated if necessary, tested for feline AIDS and leukemia, and receive monthly parasite prevention.


The Haven would like to match at least 20 pets with furrever families. A few contestants are: Catelyn Stark loves playing outside in fresh air and sunshine, walks and chowing down on a Kong. Janice is ...




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.

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 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday of each month to hold our monthly off-site mobile pet adoption events. Please see our calendar of events for future dates, locations and times of our mobile adoptions.

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