What is happening at Happy Paws Haven

Fidy Says

2013-2015 has been the year of meeting the accoustic housing requirements and complying the Land & Environment Court orders for our dogs and their cabins!

A big Thank you! to everyone who has contributed so that we could get this work done!

2015-2016 goals are to make sure we upgrade our cat housing, build a dog enrichment yard and upgrade the facilities for our loyal volunteers!

In line with these goals we need to complete the following major projects:

Installation of composting toilets for both the current property and the new one

The building of an outside enclosure for our cats

The modification of our cattery to meet new 2016 legislative requirements

The building of dog enrichment yards

Installation of a new water tank on the new property

Installation of Solar Power on the new property

We need donations/funds urgently to replace our current septic systems with compositing toilets as it is critical to our ability to operate.

We are planning to install composting toilet systems and a grey water absorption system instead of the septic. This is far more cost effective solution and easy to maintain!

We have a policy to minimise our impact to our natural environment!

we plant native trees and shrubs

we use tank water for all our clean water needs

Grey water goes back into to ground

Solar power

Solar hot water

Recycled newspaper for litter

We need to upgrade our cat facilities!

The outside cat enclosure needs to be completed

The inside facilities need to be modified to meet the new shelter guidelines which are being drafted as a result of the recommendations of the Companion Animal Task Force.

There will be new legislation we will need to comply to so we are trying to plan ahead and make what modifications that will be required to protect the beautiful animals we have in our care!

This will mean we will be working hard to reduce numbers through adoptions to enable us to make these changes

Now we have some land, we need to build some dog enrichment yards where dogs can play, have new experiences and learn new things in preparation for their new homes.

Tunnels and mounds

Wobble boards, ramps, paths, tires, planks

Maze with various sensory things and smells along the way

Water feature and a dam for swimming

Please help us achieve these goals, please donate to ensure we are able care for the animals and help them to find new homes!

Animal Lovers needed to help at local shelter read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner - Animal lovers needed to help at local shelter website.

Guns used to upset dogs read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner - Guns used to upset dogs website.

A Week's Pause at The Haven read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner - A Week's Pause at The Haven website.

Hear what the neighbours have to say read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner - neighbours have their say website.

HappyPaws Haven is under threat again read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner Haven In Dog Fight website.

We have a very special little girl named Evie who has had her operations at SASH in Sydney and now is on the mend. We are seeking sponsorship for so she can continue the treatment she needs. She is a beautiful swiss shepherd. Send a email to happypawshaven@bigpond.com with your details or contact Sally on 0266449936.

HappyPaws Haven has won the court case, see it on prime7 TV

Prime7 news clip website.

Also read all about it in the Grafton Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner Dogs Have Their Day website.

HappyPaws Haven website is a web based resource for rescue groups and members of the public needing assistance in the re-homing of their animals.

Happy Paws Haven is a no-kill animal rescue and rehoming centre in the Clarence Valley in Northern NSW which provides adoption or re-homing services throughout Australia. We also have a small branch now in Coffs Harbour. At HappyPaws Haven our primary focus is on the animals in our care. We foster a small number of dogs at a time thus are able to spend the time required to find the correct home for a dog. We only foster a new dog when a fostered dog gets a home

We are a no-kill organisation committed to caring for every animal we rescue. To achieve this we rely on the hard work of volunteers and donations from the community.

In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. From: The Outermost House by Henry Beston.

Current Events and News

Next members and volunteers meeting will be on Saturday 23rd May, 2015 at 2.00pm to start at 2.30pm at HappyPaws Haven. If you would like to become a member, come along, fill out the membership form, pay $10 and become a member of the HappyPaws Team.

Once a month come along to meet other animal lovers, join, look around the shelter and volunteer to help us at the shelter and/or to raise the funds to keep HappyPaws Haven operating. We would welcome you with open arms as there is always something for everyone to do so please come to this important meeting tell your family and friends about it and let them know its for a good cause. Bring a plate and stay for afternoon tea!

We have 3 critical items that need doing as soon as possible. WE NEED TO modify the dog kennels, replace the fibre board with Blue board and install some bats as there are cracks developing in the old walls. We Need To put shutters on the kennels to mollify some of the noise first thing in the mornings and to replace the outside cat enclosure. We also need a sick bay for the cats and an additional holding pen for the dogs. At the moment we have to treat them within their current location, in the managers house or find a foster carer willing to nurse a sick animal or nuture a baby.

Any donations towards these projects will be very much appreciated.

Dont forget to buy a ticket in our raffle at a shopping centre when ever you see our familiar volunteers in their yellow t-shirts every week

We are still looking for a Handy man to do the maintenance work at the shelter.

We still desparately need volunteers to help at the shelter. There still are some days where we have either none or one helper and we really need about 4 to 5 to get everything done easily

If there is anyone out there who can give half a day on any day of the week to come clean and care for the cats in particular, bring a friend with them it would be wonderful.

We also really need a group of 4 - 6 people at least to focus on fund raising events, we need to run at least one fund raising event every month so we can continue to do the good work caring for the animals at the shelter.

We always need dry food donations especially for the cats, plastic bags, any remants of shade sail cloth, canvass, or any other tough fabric to make our dog trampoline bed covers with, dogs bed covers and toys for the animals.

It has been really wonderful how kind and generous the people from the Clarence Valley and surrounding areas have been to us and the animals thank them so very much.

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