National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
News / November 27th, 2018

Cancer is the cause of disease-related deaths in about fifty percent of our pets. November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and The Animal Haven would like to offer some helpful tips on prevention and treatment for your dog or cat. 


There are several things you can do to prevent cancer in your pet. “It’s important to spay your female cat or dog early, which is very effective in preventing mammary tumors, and to neuter your male pet to prevent prostate and testicular tumors,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and board member of The Animal Haven.  If your animal is white or lightly colored, it may be prone to some forms of skin cancer.  As with humans, keeping those pets from long exposure to ultraviolent light in sunlight is a good prevention measure. There is some speculation that lawn chemicals may be carcinogenic to animals as well, so try to minimize their exposure, for example, to lawns that have been recently sprayed for weeds or pests.


Some dog breed...

Black Cats Need Forever Homes Too: A WTNH Interview with Michelle and Linda
News / November 12th, 2018

The Animal Haven's shelter manager, Michelle Derosa, and president Linda Marino discuss the difficulty in adopting out black cats, and advise against giving animals as gifts. 
World Rabies Day Is September 28
News / September 10th, 2018

North Haven,  CT (September 10, 2018)  World Rabies Day is September 28, according to the World Health Organization. The Animal Haven in North Haven would like all pet owners to know that rabies is alive and well in Connecticut as well as other states in the Northeast. In fact, according to Animal Haven board member Arnie Cary, DVM, “in the first six months of 2018, there have been 13 cases of rabies in animals in Connecticut, including three in cats. Three of the state’s total were in New Haven county (one  in Hamden). Dr. Cary says that only cases involving actual human exposure are tested at the state lab, leaving uncounted many cases of animals who are euthanized by police and animal control officers because of erratic behavior or who die naturally from the disease.

Rabies is a fatal disease for both animals and humans, so protecting yourself and your pet by properly vaccinating your pet against it is important. Besides, it’s the law. A Connecticut statute mandates that...
Kids Bond with Our Animals Through Reading Program
News / July 7th, 2018
Check out the CT Post Chronicle article on our new program
in which kids read out loud to our cats and kittens!

Some benefits to reading out loud:
  • It can improve a child's vocabulary
  • It can improve comprehension
  • It helps promote bonding and positive interaction between animals and people
  • It can help develop social, communication and interpersonal skills
  • It can be fun and enjoyable
  • it can help increase attention span
Is Your Dog Showing a Loss of Activity, Appetite? It Might Not Be the Heat
News / July 3rd, 2018
North Haven, CT (July 3, 2018) This time of year most of us with dogs in the family are aware of the nuisance of ticks, and the possibility of Lyme Disease as a result. Although cats can also attract ticks, they are not subject to developing Lyme disease. We at the Animal Haven want to alert pet owners to the perils of Lyme and how to recognize it, prevent it and treat it if necessary.
Lyme Disease is spread by the black legged tick (aka deer tick), one of several species of ticks particularly active in the Spring and early Summer but a nuisance all-year-round.
“There is no ‘safe time of year’ away from these opportunistic creatures,” warns Arnie Cary, DVM member of The Animal Haven Board of Directors. “If the weather in the winter is over 40 degrees, and there is no snow cover, adult ticks will quest for a meal and can spread the disease. Each stage needs a blood meal to proceed to the next. The larvae are most apt to feed on mice, the actual reservoir for the...