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Happy Paws Haven Update

We are getting more volunteers helping us thanks to your help and hopefully donations as well, it really means a lot to us. The adoptions are slowing down, and the surrenders are starting to pick up as expected from those returning to work. None of our adoptions have come back yet and I hope that due to our due diligence we have selected homes that want them for life.

It has been a quiet week this week as people have been returning to their normal lives to some extent.

We have had a couple of 15-week old kittens handed in which are now in foster care, a lovely cattle dog bitch as well as a lab staffy cross. As soon as they have had their vet work done, they will find homes easily.

We have had a lot of response to the dogs in the paper, especially Blue. We had over 100 emails enquiries, so it was difficult to find the best home for him. It has been amazing. One cat adoption this week but we have had one dog adoption.

The end of financial year is not far away, please help us help the animals by donating to your local animal charity.

We need to refurbish all the dog cabins and complete the outside cat area. We need volunteers and donations to assist us in getting this done for the animals.

We are about to launch a campaign to help us refurbish all our dog cabins. It has been 10 years now since they were built. We also want to complete an outside area for the cats to have to play in. Hopefully, we will be able to raise enough funds for both these projects.

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

We urgently need volunteers and it is 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 and with cleaning and maintaining their yards and cabins. We would like to put together a working bee to tidy up HappyPaws Haven, it is far to bigger job for one person.

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.

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 greyhounds.

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.


Happy Paws Haven volunteers and members meeting  

We are scheduling our first meeting to take place, weather permitting, in the breeze through (carport) to comply with the social distancing requirements of COVID-19. This will be our first normal monthly meeting for some time.  

We need to schedule the AGM before August 31 and our next meeting will be held on June 21.  All our meetings start at 1.30pm and finishing by about 3pm. 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 ideas for the remainder of 2020 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. We had three new surrenders this week, two cats and a dog. Our restrictions now are due to vet availability for the non-urgent work such as desexing.


Now for the 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 small percentage having developed any illness because 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.


My name is Erica I was dumped in a box with 10 kittens 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, so we went into foster care. As six of the 10 kittens were mine, I decided to look after all of them. My carer helped me by bottle feeding some of them, making sure everyone got enough. I held classes to teach them all what they needed to know to grow up to be loving cats.

We have all an operation, so we do not get pregnant. Now we are ready to find a wonderful loving home. We are all loving friendly affectionate young cats. Once we had had the injections, they decided to move me into a separate place with other cats of a similar age to myself. I would love to be in my own home again and have a human to love me. My microchip: 900079000382721


Risha is a member of Rianne beautiful litter of five kittens. Four are torti girls, of which one has a wonderful home in Canberra and Rico, the only boy who has also got a home not far away. Their story is we were called to the aboriginal community in Maclean early a couple of years ago, they were having a problem with some community cats who were continually breeding. All the queens were pregnant again and they just did not know what to do. So, we caught all the kittens and the queens put them into foster care and then got them all desexed. We returned all but one of the queens after they were desexed and kept all the kittens. The queen we kept, Rianne, is a lovely black fluffy young lady who like her son has already been adopted. These lovely young females are very affectionate, love cuddles, and are happy to be stroked. They are all desexed microchipped and immunised now ready for their new homes. 991001000624567




Tiggi, Tirri and Tilli were found in a park near some flats, they were taken to a pet shop who said they could not take then as they all have a twisted or kinked tail and were not perfectly normal kittens.
The vet has said it is probably inherited and as it is not affecting our behaviour, or our bodily functions and we should be fine. They are a little shy when they first meet strangers but as soon as they get to know them, they turn into beautiful affectionate smoochy cats. They are normal playful curious mischievous young cats. They have been desexed, micro-chipped and immunised ready to be adopted. 900079000382734




Now for the 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. 



Sooty, Sultan and Shiva’s mother fell pregnant before the bushfires in Coutts Crossing and Nymboida and gave birth to a litter at beginning of December not long after she was returned home. All but two of the litter were rehomed.
We received a call asking whether we would take the last two, as we had had pups from Sooty in the past, we knew they would be lovely pups. These two are no different as they are lovely natured pups, need some training and some kids to play with who are primary school age or above. They are very loving and affectionate as well as mischievous and playful. They are desexed, chipped and immunised ready for a lovely forever home. 991003000593906



Marlin is a happy-go-lucky male who is very inquisitive and playful. He loves to run around quickly for a few minutes and then to be involved in what is going on, provided he can lie down and be lazy near you. He would make an excellent companion for anyone who works from home, even a couple of days per week, just so he can lie near you and snooze while you work. He is a loving male with a long nose who wants a place to stay with some company. He is good with other dogs and people and will be a great addition to any spare couches, rugs, or comfy laying spots in your vicinity.
Marlin came here with five other greyhounds who were surrendered by their trainer because he could not care for us anymore. He has learnt to play and not take life so seriously anymore. He loves to zoom and can be mischievous and very playful at times. He can be very lazy and just want to sleep in the sun or to be lounge lizard when he can. He loves to be stroked and when his carer comes to sit with him and puts his head in her lap. He is very loving and affectionate and happy just to keep her carer company. He is desexed immunised and chipped already to go to his new home. 956000003670889



Max was surrendered due to the owner’s partner not really wanting him and the kids too young for young bouncy young dog. He was starting to dig the garden which upset the husband. They had four kids from 9 months to 11 years which made it hard to manage the pup as well.
He is a little anxious with new people but soon warms to you if you sit at his level and let him come to you. He enjoys the company of another dog, generally submissive. Once he knows you, he loves to play. He is a lovely affectionate young dog who needs some training, which is quite normal for a young dog of his age. He is used to being with children, it is adults especially men that he is a little wary of but not aggressive in any way. He is desexed, micro-chipped, vet checked, immunised, and treated for all the normal parasites ready for his new home. 900079000644365


Happy Paws 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 Happy Paws at


Sally Rogers