19022 Shingle Point Road Georgetown, DE 19969 • ph:302.856.6460
We are Helen and Tom, and we are the winners of the Cause 4 Paws ambassador contest. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the two complimentary tickets to the event is Diane Amoroso. Safe Haven is delighted to welcome Diane Amoroso and her guest to the Cause 4 Paws gala!
Sometimes in our very busy lives, we often forget or do not take the time to reflect upon what is most significant. The following is truly what Safe Haven represents.
We have a dog named Bruno, a german shepherd approximately 7 years old. Bruno has significant spondylosis along his thoracic and lumbar spine and chronic vertebral DJD, poor musculature of his hind end, his right and left stifles have significant DJD as well as crepitus and DJD of his right and left elbows. Bruno experiences a great deal of pain on a daily basis and has been very depressed. Bruno is on anti-inflammatory meds, joint supplements and pain meds. He is quite grumpy at times and is unable to ambulate with the exception of only a few steps, that only accomplished with the assistance of staff using a harness or towel placed beneath his hind quarters to help with balance. Bruno spends much of his day lying on the floor watching everyone go by. Yesterday Bruno was fitted for a mobility cart and he is now proudly and happily running around the sanctuary grounds. Bruno is a changed dog. His spirits are soaring high, and so are those of all the staff. We love you, Bruno, keep chasing butterflies!!!!
Our No Kill Ethic: In a true No-Kill shelter, no cats or dogs will be put down unless they have untreatable and unmanageable medical conditions that cause pain which cannot be controlled. The model for Safe Haven is Best Friends in Utah, which has been proving since the 1980's that the No-Kill philosophy works. Safe Haven is completely committed to the Best Friends approach.
Pet Retention When people say they need to give up their dogs or cats, we always talk with them about other options. Tips on pet behavior issues, free pet food, and other kinds of support can make the difference. Some No Kill shelters have found that pet retention programs reduce the numbers of people wanting to give up pets by about 70%. That is our objective for pet retention.
Safety Net Safe Haven's mission is to be a safety net for the abused and abandoned animals who most desperately need our help in Sussex County. With a proactive adoption policy, we expect to care for about 2,000 animals annually in our sanctuary. The animals who cannot be quickly adopted will receive long-term housing or will live out their natural lives at Safe Haven.
We provide pet food for about 600 barn, stray, and feral cats because we believe that the community needs to help these cats who survive outside. We doTrap Neuter Return to stabilize the community cat population. We vaccinate the cats and provide medical care if needed.
We help people of limited income in the community with pet food, spay/neuter, and medical care for pets in certain circumstances.
We cannot provide this safety net for cats and dogs without our donors, volunteers and supporters who believe in the No-Kill ethic. Thank you for your support!
Reporting to the public we want our supporters to know what we do with the donations they so generously give to Safe Haven. We hope you will take a few moments to read our 2011 Annual Report.
HI! My name is Dusty. I am a four year old American Bull Terrier. I have a tumor that is pressing on my C1 vertebrae. I fall down a lot and I walk crooked because I shake so much. I need to have a surgery so I won’t fall so much. My doctor says the surgery is very expensive. It will cost $6,000.00. Will you please help me? You can make a donation to Safe Haven Dollars for Dusty. You can also watch a video of me at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YIfGHW3ycc&feature=youtu.be
Thank you so much for all your help!
You can make donations for Dusty at
As of July 1, Safe Haven has taken over the dog control contract for Kent County. Click for the notice issued by Kent County Levy Court for more information. You will find photos of lost dogs picked up by dog control officers in Kent County by clicking Lost on the navigation bar above.
Buddy is our first dog reunited with his guardian in our dog control contract with Kent County