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Please help us by donating to the wonderful work that we all do here to care for the animals. Be a Happy Paws ‘Super Hero’ by donating to the animals in our care. Please share with all your friends! We are trying to encourage everyone to give up a drink or a cup of coffee and donate that money instead to Happy Paws Haven. Our vet bill is astronomical. If you or your friends would like to contribute to the payment of our veterinary costs it would be very much appreciated. Please spread the word as we really do need your help! Either through PayPal using our email address or via our bank 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 charity! We urgently need more volunteers! If anyone who is in Grafton or nearby we really need help urgently. We are as always looking for volunteers who are passionate about animals. We have lost some key volunteers lately who help us look after the animals specifically. We are in an absolutely critical situation; we need your help to find us 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 have some specific needs at the moment as we need someone who has good social media strategy development skills, and or content development skills. Ideally they have their own computer and 3-4 hours a week to help us build the strategy and the content to develop relationships with our donors and our adoptees. This can be done remotely. We need people to help with office data entry skills and admin skills. Finally 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   Our next Volunteers and Members meeting will be our AGM and will be held on Sunday November 11. All committee positions will be made vacant.  The meeting will start at 2.30pm and finishing by about 4.30pm. Bring a Plate and something to eat. If you would like to become a member of Happy Paws Haven, contact to get a membership application to fill out and email it 7 days prior to the meeting. You will need to bring $20 membership fee to the meeting as no one can vote unless they are a paid up member. We need new ideas for the rest of 2018 and a new fund-raising team, so come and join us and contribute to the Team at HappyPaws Haven where all ideas are good ideas! Rescues and surrenders We are limiting the number of animals being rescued as you know! We have to be very careful when rehoming our dogs and cats making sure they are in the correct and loving environment for their needs, breed and temperament. We did not rescue any cats and only one dog this week. Hi my name is Tucker and I have been my owner’s companion for all my life so far. The other day he bought me to Happy Paws because he is very sick with cystic fibrosis and he needs to spend a lot more time with the doctors and will be away a lot so is not able to look after me properly anymore.  I am a quiet boy, a little scared of this new place sometimes. I love being with people, I do not mind other dogs or cats either, especially if they are quiet and well mannered. I do not like having needles or loud noises and voices, I hide. I am house trained, desexed, I need to update my immunisations and have my vet check which will happen next week. I am very healthy and would like to be some one’s companion again please. 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 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. Riva is a member of Rianne beautiful litter of five kittens. Four are torti girls and Rico who has already got a home the only boy. Their story is we were called to the aboriginal community in Maclean early last year they were having a problem with some community cats who were continually breeding and their kittens. 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 very affectionate demanding loves cuddles happy to be stroked and picked up just a very beautiful loving cat as are her beautiful children. They are all desexed microchipped and immunised ready for their new homes. Ulmay came with her sister and brother towards the end of last year. Her sister has already been adopted leaving young Ulmay and Ulric behind. She is beautiful affectionate playful mischievous loving young cat that is curious about everything. She has been desexed immunised microchipped regularly treated for parasites ready for her new home. Cara is the mother of the C-team who were rescued in Maclean by a foster carer over a number of days at the end of October 2016, Cara was found in a garage as the owner was packing to move out. She had a small dog and she worried whether he might have a go at Cara and her family of very young kittens.  Cara is a beautiful friendly affectionate young mum who has bought up her young family to be the same. The whole family stayed in care until they were able to be desexed, immunised and chipped. This has now been done and they are now ready for their new homes. 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. May I introduce you to Pilar, a beautiful young dog, of the P-team who came as a litter at the end of August and they were about 4-5weeks old. The owner could not afford to feed them and he was going away so could not take them with him. Mum was a Cairn Terrier cross and dad we think was a cattle cross. We think that Pilar is the only one that might look like her dad. She has a sister Pia who is black and has the cattle dog blue toes. Some of the others have cattle markings but in the red colour not the blue. They were full of fleas and worms when they arrived, and it took a couple of weeks to get the worms out of their system. Now they are beautiful mischievous, playful gorgeous pups, healthy pups ready for puppy pre-school and dog training. They have been desexed, micro-chipped, immunised, and regularly treated for parasites. My name is Miss Peppa, I was rescued from a lovely home on the out skirts of Sydney. My owners used to live in the Hills district with a normal back yard where I grew up. Although I was never allowed inside, they had lots of people visiting and they all loved to play with me. They sold the house and moved onto a small acreage with no fencing. My owners put an electric fence up so that I would learn to stay in a particular area and not wander off. I started to get anxious and bark a lot so they put an electric collar on me as well and I became more anxious and frightened. They were so busy with new grandchildren they forgot about me except to feed me, no longer did I have visitors or people to play with me. This nice lady came one day as spoke to the people and they let me go with her on a big trip. We stopped at a place called Taree and we went to a lease free park where I played with the other dog travelling with us and others in the park. We had a great time. I was allowed inside the motel room to sleep and the next morning I joined her in the shower unexpectedly. I am house trained, I absolutely love the water. I will put all four feet into the drinking buckets, splash in the paddle pools and swim in the dam. I get on with other dogs and would prefer a special lady to be my owner or a gentle man. I am desexed, vaccinated, and chipped all ready for my new home. I do need to learn some manners as I do jump up when I am excited. I love learning new things as I have been told I am very smart. I play with everyone one and everything around me even though I am nearly three. Cussi is a very reluctant surrender, the owner became homeless due to being too trusting of someone she had helped so her daughter took her in but her daughter already had a dog so said she could not have her dog with her. He is far too nice a dog to be put down. He is part kelpie and part greyhound which makes him a lovely dog, he loves being with people and is very affectionate. He is great with other dogs. He is house trained, loves cuddles and kids. He is great fun and would make a wonderful family dog. He has not got a mean bone in his body. He is de-sexed micro-chipped and immunised ready for his new home.   HappyPaws Haven is open 7 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