With the goal of strengthening the bonds between animals and humans, Animal Haven was established in 1967 to find loving homes for abandoned dogs and cats throughout the New York area. A non-profit 501c organization in Manhattan, Animal Haven operates solely on private donations, fundraisers, and corporate sponsorships. Its organizational structure is composed of a governing Board of Directors, an Advisory Board and a dedicated and skilled staff, all with a strong commitment to the ethical treatment of animals and a sense of community pride.
Adopting a dog or cat is a simple process with Animal Haven as long as a few things are taken into consideration:
- Animal Haven reserves the right to deny acceptance of any animal with a history of aggression or biting.
- Animal Haven does accept animals from private owners. Before full admission is granted, a comprehensive medical and behavior evaluation is conducted on all cats and dogs.
- Animal Haven never euthanizes for space and time.
- Adoption fees cover vaccines, microchips, and spay/neuter.
- Adoption applications are available online, but will only be accepted in person for processing.
Animal Haven has many ways for interested animal lovers to adopt, including educating people through the Animal Ambassadors program called Caring Kids, This collaboration with New York schoolchildren helps them learn about animal care and allows them to express themselves creatively through arts and crafts, special events, and fundraising activities. Other special events held by Animal Haven include:
- Fundraising efforts (dinners, concerts, auctions, etc.)
- Shows and parties (pet costume, fashion, talent, etc.)
- Seminars and presentations (pet training, pampered pet care, fitness challenges, etc.)
Volunteering and donating to Animal Haven is a simple as contacting the agency via phone, email, website, or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Volunteer duties involve animal feeding and handling, socializing and exercise, cleaning and maintenance, and much more. Donation options include monetary gifts (one-time or monthly recurring), supplies, fundraising proceeds, memorials, planned giving, car donation, and Amazon Wish List.
While the new shelter is under construction, the mobile adoption unit holds events to the public four days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).
To learn more about the organization, its programs, and its history, please visit their official website.