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Happy Paws Haven

We are closed this week to visitors due to the lockdown.

Happy however to receive phone calls about each of them and the others we have here at the moment.

Our website is always up to date showing all those that are available.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us during these hard times, especially those who have donated their time and/or their money to this wonderful cause, including those who have adopted from us. We really appreciate everyone’s contribution whether it be large or small, every little bit helps us care for the animals while they are in our care no matter how long it takes for them to get a new home. Your paws helping our paws to help their paws! It is really special, thank you!


We have two new projects on the boil, one is the fixing up our driveway on 162b which was washed away with the extremely heavy rain we had in February / March this year. The house we have needs renovation as well, we would like to build a rehabilitation centre where people can bring their dog with issues such as anxiety which can result in separation issues, barking and aggression. Learn the tools needed to assist the dog with out the need for drugs and take these new tools back to their homes so the owners and their families can continue working with the animals.

They are skills that are transferable to children and other mammals to assist with anxiety behavioural problems. The rehab centre is to assist people to gain the skills so they can keep their much loved animals in their loving homes. We will be offering temporary accommodation in the style of a BNB also so people who want to adopt can come and stay with their existing pet overnight to spend time meeting and greeting the appropriate pet to adopt. Also so people can come and stay for a few days to help us at Happy Paws Haven care for the animals. There will be lots of potential use for the facility but the driveway needs to be fixed first, a room extended, bathroom renovated, a bedroom floor levelled and a back veranda built. Lots to do to prepare for the time when everyone is vaccinated and can start to move around again.


We ended July with 18 cats adoptions and 21 dog adoptions which I think is a new record for us. We are still getting inundated with surrenders and also a lot of adoption enquiries mainly from interstate! The high surrender rate is due to the number of people becoming homeless or having to find alternative accommodation as rents are significantly increasing, particularly here in the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour regions. The high adoption rate is due to the need for companionship especially due to Covid and the restrictions.


We are still short on volunteers to care for the animals so are actively reducing our numbers so that those we have here are getting the level of care they need. We can’t take any new animals in at the moment even if we have the space due to the shortage of volunteers to look after them. We have a long waiting list of animals waiting to come into Happy Paws, we can’t take them all. We are still staying within our own guidelines of no more than 60 cats and kittens, we are at just less than 40 cats and no more than 55 dogs and we are at less than 40 dogs as well.


We are determined that we will continue to operate in balance space, resources, volunteer time etc.


Our biggest issue is volunteers at the moment mainly due to Covid. We desperately need help with the animals especially the dogs. We also urgently need of some handy people as well to help us renovate the dog cabins and cattery, both these are really urgent. There are all sorts of things that need to be done…And every bit of help counts! Come and visit to see what we do!  Come and help us with the animals and/or fundraising for their care!


We need to find someone to represent the volunteers, assist in their skill training and help us to recruit volunteers with the skills we need. Please spread the word as we really do need your help!. Again we need help, any contribution large and small, everything counts. People can contribute either by volunteering their time or donating towards these projects through PayPal using our email address or via our bank, the Bendigo Community Bank in South Grafton BSB 633000, Account 130786031 and our account name is Happy Paws Haven Inc. All donations over $2 are tax deductible! Thank you!. We are an ACNC endorsed registered charity! Our ABN is 79928920087, CFN 23496



Happy Paws Haven volunteers and members meeting  

Our next members meeting will take place on Sunday September 12 at Happy Paws Haven. The meetings start at 1.30pm and finish about 3.30pm. Current members can participate via Zoom. We are looking for new members, fresh ideas to assist us move forward in this new environment caused by Covid19. If you would like to become a member of Happy Paws Haven, contact to get a membership application to fill out, bring it to the meeting. You will need to bring $30 membership fee. We need new ideas for the remainder of 2021 and beyond. 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!


Rescues and surrenders


We are trying to limit the number of animals being rescued as you know! Our restrictions are not only financial but also due to vet availability and volunteers. We are restricting our capacity to keep our numbers down due to Covid19 and the impact on our donations. Our numbers in care are being carefully maintained, We have closed the doors not only due to Covid lockdown but also lack of enough volunteers!! We are only taking animals in crisis.


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 R251000043


Tara is a funny girl in a peculiar way, she has a big heart but like all cats can be cantankerous at the best of times, just when you want her to be loving she will turn her back and walk away or decide to have a spack. She was found at Yamba with nowhere to go and very pregnant! So pregnant, as soon as she got to her foster carers place she immediately had her litter on the floor in the bathroom. She had two little white deaf boys and three fluffy grey blue girls, all of which have wonderful homes. In the midst of this another mum had kittens but only two survived and she was so sick she had to be put down so Tara took the two babies under her wing as they were newly born too. She was a great mum and did a wonderful job bring up all these babies. She loves being stroked and groomed but dislikes being picked up so only tolerates it for a short period and soon wants to be put down again so she can do her own thing. She is beautiful look at. She is also a good mouser as she often watches them at dusk and dawn ready to pounce. She has been desexed immunised and chipped and is ready for her special new home. 943094322007334

Lidia and her babies were surrendered as her owners could not afford to keep them get all the vet work done and feed them properly. Lidia has been a very good mother feeding them and teaching them all to be cats and all but one have gone to wonderful homes. Now it is her turn to be looked after loved and find a wonderful forever home. She is not only a beautiful Ragdoll cross but is can be affectionate one minute and aloof the next. She is a gentle girl, happy to come and say hello, sit beside you, keep you company but is not keen on being picked up or cuddled much at all. She loves being groomed and stroked too! She has been desexed chipped and immunised. 991003000829325


Karena and her brother Kareem were found amongst the flood waters in the bush near Johns River. The person who found them could not keep them as she did not have a home to go to herself and was camping with her dog. Both these young cats have become very loving mischievous affectionate playful young cats ready for their new homes. Karena has an interesting characteristic that is a slightly turned-in eye. She is much quieter of the two, we think it is due to her sight as she maybe not seeing normally, maybe slightly cross eyed! She is friendly but likes her own space, again probably due to sight issues. She has no trouble finding her food. She has a little trouble with playing with toys. She needs to be an inside only cat, which all our cats are. 900215002913874.

Dogs and puppies for adoption 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


Attilla and Nakia were surrendered due to a marriage break up where neither partner were able to have the dogs where they lived. A family member took them on as a temporary home while everything was being sorted out. After 12 months she said she needed to be able to get back to her life again and having the dogs prevented her from doing any travel so they came to Happy Paws Haven. Both are loving but a little boisterous particularly Nakia. Attilla is the quieter of the two. They would be great for an older child family. Both are de-sexed immunised chipped and have been treated for the normal parasites. 953010000195803


Indianna is one of Indigo’s litter of 9 pups who came with their mother when they were about 3 weeks old. The owner did not have the time to care for them all as she worked full time as a nurse in aged care. Indigo was struggling to feed them all as well and was not getting enough nutritious food herself. the owner contacted Happy Paws for help as Indigo was fighting the pups for food. We said we would take the pups with their mother and she could adopt her back after the pups were ready at 10-12 weeks and Indigo was desexed so that she did not go home and get pregnant again. All the pups survived and are in great condition. They are typical mischievous friendly playful naughty pups that will need training as all young children do. They are all desexed, fully immunised, chipped and treated regularly for worms fleas etc. 900215002925555


Mitchos and his brother came in together as the last of a litter of pups at 7 months old. We kept them together while they got their vet work done and settled in our environment. We then separated them to break the bond. Mitchos’s brother has gone to a lovely family home. Mitchy, as we now call him, is learning to respond to humans, to feel how good it is to be stroked especially when he does as asked. He is a beautiful boy with lovely nature, comes when called, and would make really good family pet. He needs to be a part of the family not just left outside. He is very smart, needs more training and would enjoy taking part in one of the dog sports such as scenting tracking or obedience or something similar. Like all our animals he is desexed, chipped, and immunised ready for his new home. 985141002399656.


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 or visit HappyPaws at