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Happy Paws Haven urgently need more volunteers

To anyone who is in Grafton or nearby we really need help urgently! We are losing our caretakers from our other property at the beginning of next month so will be looking for someone to replace them soon.

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. 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, and 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.

Please spread the word as we really do need your help to raise money. 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

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.


Henry is the son of Helsa who had her first litter at Townsend. Not long after Helsa arrived with the four older kittens, we discovered she was pregnant again. She was too far along to do anything so in April 2016, a new litter arrived here at Happy Paws of which Henry is one of seven born. A number of those young cats have found homes. There are only four left of the H team now. They beautiful cats are very loving, playful, mischievous, affectionate young cats ready to go to lovely new homes. They have been immunised, desexed and micro-chipped.


Joelene is one of the J-Team who was rescued with their mother, as her owner was moving and was not able to take her and her kittens with her in early March 2016. Mum has already found a home, as have most of her kittens. Joelene is a beautiful mischievous affectionate loving semi long hair Torti cat with matching nature, just beautiful, loves her cuddles, will greet you at the door when you get home, very loving and playful as all young cats can be. She is desexed, chipped and immunised ready for her new home.


Kinki and her litter of five kittens came to us early in 2017. She was found on a vacant property with no form of identification and no one knew where she came from so we called her Kinki as she had a kink in her tail and some of her offspring do too. Kinki and her family were in foster care for some time while we were waiting for the new kitten House to be completed. They are a very lovely family very affectionate gentle loving playful young cats including their Mum, Kinki, who have all been desexed vaccinated and

micro-chipped ready for their new homes.

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.


Sugar came to us with her sister Frankie, as young dogs. They were the last of a litter. They are typical teenagers, full of energy, smart, love to learn and need to be occupied. They would be really good at agility, herding or flyball as they need mental and physical stimulation. They would be great as a best mate for active teen. They are loving and affectionate young dogs wanting to please. They are desexed, immunised, regularly treated for parasites.


My name is Blacky, I came here with my son Woofy. We are kelpies and our owner had to move and could not take us with her. We are lovely active dogs but I am starting to slow down a bit as I turn six at the end of this year. I love being with people and we both get on with other dogs. I am a little bit cubby but have lost some weight running around Happy Paws Haven. I would make someone a good companion and I would love to sit by their feet at night. We are both desexed immunised and chipped already to go to our new homes.


Jessie and Freya were rescued from Hawkesbury Animal Shelter in Richmond near Sydney. Although these two were surrendered together and they are siblings they do not need to be adopted together. They were living together but they are now separated. Jessie is now living with Olson and Max J. She would make a wonderful companion dog but needs to be with someone that is home a lot and be able to sleep inside. Like most Belgians she loves to be with people, and seems to be very good with kids. She is obedient, comes when called, sits, stays etc. She is fine with other dogs, especially those with the similar energy level as she has. She would be excellent at any of the dog sports such as rally o, agility, herding and tracking. Belgian Shepherds especially the Malinois, are extremely intelligent and are very different from the average dog. They are determined and observant with strong protective and territorial instincts. They have to be socialised well to prevent them from becoming too shy or sensitive. The Belgian Malinois needs an experienced master who is firm, but not heavy handed. If you are harsh or overbearing they will become uncooperative and anxious. Owners need to display a confident, natural authority over the dog. Consistent rules must be set and made clear. This breed is instinctively protective so it should be trained and keep mentally active or they will become naughty and hard to manage.

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