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Happy Paws Haven

We urgently need more volunteers

If anyone who is in Grafton or nearby we really need help urgently. If you could help by asking if anyone is able to volunteer even just 3-4 hours on any day of the week it would be great. Maybe animal lovers who don’t have a family nearby, could come and spend time helping us with the animals at Happy Paws Haven. Any time from NOW would be wonderful. Any time would be awesome. This is our very busiest time, we are open seven days a week as usual.

We are as always looking for volunteers who are passionate about animals. Clarence Valley Volunteering is also trying to assist us too. We urgently need additional volunteers to help us care for the animals, walk the dogs, groom the cats and to share their love. Dress in your oldest clothes, jeans and a
T-shirt is good, with work boots or sneakers, bring a snack and a drink. Cuddling and playing with the animals is compulsory.

We need people to help with office data entry skills and admin skills.

We need people to help with our fund raisers for the love animals.

We also need help with maintenance especially after all these high winds, they have made some damage

There are all sorts of things that need to be done….

And every bit of help count. Come and visit to see what we do.

Come and help us with the animals and/or fundraising for their care.

Planned events

We are currently looking at running an art competition based around cats and dogs, the art piece can created using any medium. We have a donor who will put up prize money for the best art work and second prize as well. We are looking for a place to run it over a period of 3-4 days with culminating in a prize giving and fundraising night, some sponsors for some of the other prizes. We will be going out to our social media to ask for artists to participate as well as asking people to attend the prize night with a theme of cats and dogs. If you know anyone who is interested in helping us get this off the ground, sponsoring or has a venue that would be suitable please ask them to contact Sally at Happy Paws Haven on 6644 9936 or vis email or messenger.

We’re also planning on launching a crowdfunding campaign soon and I’d love to get as many people as possible involved. We need to raise $10,000 to save some puppies from Parvo and pay their bill over a 20 day campaign. To make this a success, we need 5-10 campaign soldiers who can email the campaign to 100 of their colleagues on launch day. It would be wonderful to have your help and that of your friends. To get involved, just email me back or give me a call. Sally at Happy Paws Haven on 0419404766 or by email on We would really appreciate it if you would forward this onto your own mailing lists or message your friends so we can more people involved would be wonderful. Thanks heaps from all the animals and friends of Happy Paws Haven.,

Happy Paws Haven volunteers and members meeting  

Our next Volunteers and Members meeting will be held on Sunday November 24 unless otherwise notified.  We are working through the ‘Gain and Retain program’ with Hancock Creative, are learning all about social media marketing and in the process of re-designing our web page to make it more modern and mobile friendly. All our meetings start at 2.30pm and finishing by about 4.30pm. If you would like to become a member of Happy Paws Haven, contact [email protected] to get a membership application to fill out, bring it to the meeting. You will need to bring $20 membership fee. We need new fresh ideas. We need a new fund-raising team, people to write our animal stories and what we do for social media so come and join us and contribute to the Team at HappyPaws Haven where all ideas are good ideas!

Cats and kittens for adoption this week

We get all cats vet checked prior to adoption to make sure that we comply to the standards required by any pet shop. We have adopted out well over 1200 cats over the last 12 years and only a very very small percentage having developed any illness as a result of the change in environment but now we are being extremely careful. All our animals are microchipped, immunised and desexed as soon as possible after they arrive. Our Rehoming number is 251000043


Kie came to us with her mother and 4 siblings early in 2017. Her mother was found on a vacant property with no form of identification and no one knowing where she came from so we called her Kinki as she had a kink in her tail and some of the offspring do too! Kie is a beautiful tabby and white teenager who has come from a lovely family as Kinki her mum is so very affectionate and she has taught all her babies to be too. She is extremely loving, gentle, active, playful young cat who has been desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped ready for her new home as are her whole family. 991003000002504.


My name is Estee, I was dumped in a box with 10 other kittens and our mother outside one of the committee members house. She had lots of cats of her own and just could not afford to take on all of us as well so we went into foster care. I have had my operation and all my needles with the others from the kitten house and now we are ready to find a wonderful loving home. We are all loving friendly affectionate young teenage cats about 8mth old waiting for a loving home. My microchip: 900079000382718.


Toya and her three siblings came at the same time as Erica and her family. They were found out near Clarence Way not far from a creek in the bush, they were young and friendly not at all wild. They were picked up put in a box and left at our gate with the hope we would find them before the dogs or the eagles. They are only slightly younger than Erik and his family. All are black with little tiny tufts of white in their ears or their chest or under their chin with the exception of Toshi. They are all very friendly affectionate young cats. They are all desexed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, regularly wormed and deflead ready for their new homes 900079000382724.

Dogs for adoption for this week:

We get all dogs vet checked prior to adoption to make sure that we comply to the standards required by any pet shop. All our animals are microchipped, immunised and desexed as soon as possible after they arrive. All dogs are also tested to make sure that they do not have heart worm. We have rescued and adopted out well over 1300 dogs over the last 12 years. Our rehoming number is 251000043.


Naton is a member of the N-Team, surrendered in October 2015 as small pups. They are border collie cross with a Bull Arab or Dane. They have lovely soft natures, they are slightly timid so need a little more socialising. They love cuddles and want to be with people. They are gentle souls so need a loving environment to continue their development. Naton is a normal playful dog that would make a good watch dog as he is often the first to bark when someone new arrives. Naton is a little storm phobic in that he will want to be next to you when a storm is pending. We sometimes call him Mr Banana as he curls his body around you to get close. He is not destructive at all but will hide under the desk at your feet until the storm has gone completely. They have had all their vaccinations, been desexed and microchipped so are ready for their new homes. There are four left as four have already found homes. 943094320462371.


May I introduce you to Calvin, a lovely young pup, of the C-team who came as a litter at the beginning of August and they were about 4-5weeks old. The owner could not afford to feed them or look after them. Mum was a Cairn Terrier cross and dad we think was a cattle cross. They were full of fleas and worms when they arrived; it took a couple of weeks to get the worms out of their system. Now they are beautiful mischievous, playful gorgeous, healthy pups ready for puppy pre-school and dog training. They all have something from each of their parents either scruffy faces and or cattle dog spots and colours. They have been desexed, micro-chipped, immunised, and regularly treated for parasites. 900079000382855.


Snoopy and Sierra were surrendered as the last two from a litter. The owner was living in a caravan park near Nambucca Beach and was not allowed to keep them any longer. One of our wonderful volunteers drove down to pick them up. Within a couple of days of them arriving, they became very sick and went straight into hospital, they had Parvo. The owner had told us that they had been already vaccinated. Riverbank Animal Hospital did a wonderful job, doing their very best to save them by working day and night. Sierra was the sickest. Snoopy pulled through without a lot of trouble. Thank fully we were able to save them and now they are fully recovered. They are now normal playful puppies, getting into mischief and doing all the things puppies do. They need to go to school as all children do. They are immunised desexed and micro-chipped ready for their new homes. 900079000630603.

HappyPaws Haven is open seven days a week for animal adoptions. Phone: Sally on 0419 404 766 or 6644 9936 seven days a week, email sally on [email protected] or visit HappyPaws at

Sally Rogers