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The Animal Haven is Celebrating 75 Years!

The Animal Haven is so excited to be celebrating its 75th ​anniversary this year. The Animal Haven was established in 1948 when three compassionate animal lovers -- Alice Wickson Watt, Virginia Whitfield Rodiman, and W. Raymond Blazer -- joined forces to establish a haven where “stray dogs, cats, and other small animals may be given temporary shelter.” The founders and other volunteers fostered animals in their homes until a permanent location was found in 1956 at 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT.

Anchored by the founders’ humane vision, The Animal Haven, a no-kill animal shelter, has rescued tens of thousands of homeless and abandoned dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens over the years and provided them with humane refuge and veterinarian care while striving to place them in new, loving homes.  The time, talent, support, and energy of many people have made this possible, including The Animal Haven’s dedicated staff, extraordinary volunteers, and generous donors.

All of us at The Animal Haven are very proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful organization and to carry on the vital work of its founders. The Animal Haven has done so much for homeless and abandoned animals throughout the past 75 years, and we look forward to carrying this legacy forward for years to come.

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Thank you for joining us at our 75th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 15th, 2023!

Thank you for joining us at our 75th Anniversary Celebration event in July!

Our community-wide, family-friendly celebration brought together community members and their pets. The Celebration featured live music, animal-inspired art, games, vendors, food, and more.

We had a wonderful time and were thrilled that so many of you came out to join us to celebrate 75 years.  We could not have reached this milestone without your support, and we hope that you continue to support The Animal Haven for years to come!

Check out this video from the 75th Anniversary Celebration!

Thank you to the Generous Sponsors of Our 75th Anniversary Celebration!

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Hamden High School Students Raise Funds for The Animal Haven as a Marketing Class Project!

As we look forward to carrying out our mission of providing humane refuge to homeless animals for generations to come, we are extremely grateful to all of our generous supporters, like the students at Hamden High School who chose to raise funds for The Animal Haven this Spring as the project for their Marketing Class.  To the extent that these kindhearted and caring students represent the future, there is hope for a more compassionate world in which there will be fewer homeless and abandoned vulnerable animals in need.

Click the videos below to hear directly from the students about their love for animals and why they chose to raise money for The Animal Haven.