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Happy Paws Haven Update

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This week has been a quieter week for adoptions and surrenders. The last two pups were desexed last week and one found a home over the weekend. We have had a couple of surrenders recently and three of them were desexed this week, thanks to Ray fitting them in. We are getting two more done on Friday and then we will be up to date yet again. We are undertaking some maintenance to the yards that are empty which is great. We finalising our new webpage, planning our first meeting since Covid-19 lockdown and working on the end of financial year. As people are going back to work, we are losing our dog walkers, so we are looking for people to come and walk the dogs. The four new dogs will be desexed next Monday and ready for adoption by the end of next week.

We urgently need more volunteers!

We urgently need volunteers and it is very easy to be socially distanced from others here as we are working with animals. We have ensured that the tasks are split up into single areas for each person. We urgently need help especially with the dogs, especially this weekend.  Donations are drying up as people pull in their belts understandably to prepare for whatever is around the corner. We are full to the brim, although we have acreage, we do not have the financial resources or the volunteers to support building more pens etc. It is just so sad.

Please spread the word as we really do need your help! Either through PayPal using our email address [email protected] 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


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 one day a week would be great! Maybe animal lovers who do not 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. We are open seven days a week as usual from 0930 to 1530, our hours are slightly shorter during winter as we put the animals to bed and rug the grey hounds.


We are as always looking for volunteers who are passionate about animals! Please could you help us to find some more volunteers. Clarence Valley Volunteering is 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

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!


Happy Paws Haven Volunteers and members meeting  

Due to the virus and the current conditions we have postponed all future meetings for the foreseeable future. We are planning to have an outside meeting, weather permitting in June.


Rescues and Surrenders

We are trying to limit the number of animals being rescued as you know! We had four new surrenders this week. Our restrictions now are due to vet availability for the non-urgent work such as desexing


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 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



Coralee arrived at the house of one of our volunteers not long after someone nearby had moved away. The volunteer asked around the neighbourhood whether anyone owned this beautiful tabby with a friendly nature, and no-one came forward. So, she bought it to Happy Paws Haven as she could not keep it herself, she had a Jack Russell who was not overly fond of cats! At first, we thought she was pregnant but after a month of observation and being wormed we came to the conclusion that she was not. She is a quiet cat that just seems to blend in without causing any problems. She does not mind living in a multi-cat household and she would also be fine on her own. She is not a demanding in your face cat at all. She is just a lovely gentle cat who is extremely affectionate. She does have an eye that seems to be susceptible to irritation from dust and needs bathing with salt water occasionally 900006000156404





Snowy Ted arrived with another cat, who has already found at lovely home, as their owner was not able to look after them anymore. Snowy Ted spends most of his time on their balcony sunning himself, he is not a social cat. He gets on with the other cats but prefers to keep to himself. He is quite vocal as all ragdolls often are. He is happy to be stroked and is affectionate to a point and then decides he has had enough and wanders off to find a place to be. He is desexed, chipped and immunised ready for his new home. 900012001187221




Noelene’s. In beginning of September 2017, a beautiful cat called Noelene was bought in as her owner had abandoned her when they moved. New people moved in with a dog and were afraid for her. She is a beautiful loving friendly young female, slightly underweight. We suspected she might be pregnant and turned out to be. She gave birth to six beautiful kittens. We were feeding her special mother and baby kitten food, giving extra supplements to help her but the babies took so much out of her that she had to go into hospital on a drip for a few days so that her body could recover. On her return she was welcomed by her babies and recovered nicely. The babies now young cats are ready to be rehomed as all have been desexed microchipped and immunised including Noelene. Noelene has a quiet loving nature and needs a quiet home to spend the rest of her life. She also has a flea allergy so needs to ensure she has very regular flea treatments. She is very affectionate beautiful cat with a wonderful nature and would make someone an exceptional companion. 991001000624540


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



Mutley and Muffin were found abandoned on the side of a road near Tullymorgan, the people who found them went door to door to find their owners without any success, they kept them for a few days to see if anyone would come forward, then bought them to Happy Paws. They were too young initially, but we scanned them for a chip and had them vaccinated when they reached eight weeks. We think they are border collie kelpie cross, full of life with lots of energy to burn. Muffin has found a wonderful home with a family on an acre or two with a family member home all the time to keep her company and to look after her, it would be wonderful if we could find something similar for Mutley. These pups are extremely active smart pups, have had 2 out of 3 of their puppy vaccinations and are desexed, chipped and regularly treated for parasites. They are border collie kelpie cross pups who need training, space, and an active household. These are not backyard pups unless they have an older dog to teach them and someone at home most of the time who is also active. Left to their own devices they will cause havoc and mayhem as they are very smart, loving and very affectionate waiting for someone to teach them and give them activities to do. 991003000593905




Blink is an adult cattle dog currently living in a large yard with two other dogs, one is a male and the other is a female. Blink is a special young male who came to us recently. A young slightly shy Australian cattle dog. The people who surrendered him originally, circumstances had changed and no longer had the time he needed. They were both working full time and Blink was starting to get into mischief. He has a nice quiet nature loves playing ball but is not obsessive about it. He is extremely smart and needs to be mentally stimulated; he also needs consistent rules and boundaries with a firm but fair hand. He needs to feel secure as he has anxiety issues so needs a special home, preferably at this stage without children. He seems fine with all the dogs we have introduced him to so far. He is a little cautious with humans until he gets to know you and can be wary of men. He has been desexed microchipped and immunised. 953010002009360 Blink would be great at rallyo, obedience, herding, scenting, tracking and anything that requires a very smart dog as that is exactly what he is. He can play a little roughly but at the same time not wanting to hurt anyone or anything. He can also be very protective of his yard and human.


My name is Ben, I came here with five other greyhounds who were surrendered by their trainer because he could not care for us anymore. We have learnt to play and not take life so seriously. We love to zoom and can be mischievous at times, I am the quieter one of the team and I have been told I am slowly coming out of my shell. We can be very lazy and just want to sleep in the sun or to be lounge lizards when we can. We make excellent companions as we loved to be stroked. This is what my carer says about me: “Ben is a gentle but shy soul, who gets on well with people and dogs but can be a bit nervous at first. Once he knows you and you let him out for a few zooms he will warm to you, showing you his friendly and gentle personality. He currently lives in an ever-changing environment which attributes to his shyness, but he will flourish with stability and love. He is a quiet dog who will be very loyal to you once he has built up trust. He will be a very dependable companion.” My micro-chip is 956000004022478

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