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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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Join Us at Our 75th Anniversary Celebration
on Saturday, July 15th, 2023!

The Animal Haven is pleased to announce that we are holding an event on the North Haven Green on Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the shelter’s 75th Anniversary.

This community-wide, family-friendly celebration will bring together community members and their pets, and we are looking for SPONSORS to support the event. The celebration will feature live music, animal-inspired art, games, vendors, food, and more.  We hope you will join us and help us celebrate 75 years!


As a SPONSOR of our 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Booster level, your contribution will help us to continue our important work on behalf of homeless and abandoned animals. Your support of this event will also showcase your care and concern for companion animals.

By participating as a VENDOR of our 75th Anniversary Celebration, you can showcase your organization to hundreds of fairgoers and be part of a fun event with live music, animal-inspired art, games, food, and more.

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.