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News from Happy Paws Haven

We have found some specialist meeting software that caters for voting which we are evaluating so that we can hold our meetings remotely in each of our home and still comply to the governance requirements of running an incorporated association and charity.

We are in the process of testing and will let you all know once we are up and running. We are also in the process of final testing, doing the SEO marketing analysis and implementation for the launch of our new website. We have been able to submit our audited financial reports to the ACNC and our BAS to the ATO.

We are now planning to have everything in place to run our AGM remotely within the time limits of NSW Office of Fair Trading and the ACNC. The empty yards out the back is having maintenance work done and hopefully we will be able to complete renovating and refurbishing before we get an influx of animals again.

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 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.

Rescues and surrenders

We are trying to limit the number of animals being rescued as you know. We had one new surrender this week, but 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.

Merida was found on her own and no one knew who she belonged to or where she came from. She did not have a chip or a collar to indicate she was owned so we assumed she was abandoned. Merci (a black mum) took her under her wing and bought her up with her own daughter Meriel. Merida is a lovely gentle soul, can be a little shy with people she does not know. She gets on with all her feline friends in the cattery and like all the cats loves to explore and play. She can be very affectionate, and loves being stroked but does not push herself forward when people come to visit. She is immunised, micro chipped and de-sexed, and regularly treated for worms and fleas. She is a lovely quiet young cat who would make a quiet companion. (943094320411143)




My name is Lorella; I was dumped in a box with three other kittens outside a house up near Whiporie on the way to Casino. The person who found us could not afford to take us in so contacted Happy Paws Haven and they found someone to look after us. We have all had an operation and had our needles, now we are ready to find a wonderful loving home. We are all loving friendly affectionate young teenage cats full of mischief and love to play, we are curious about everything around us especially anything new. (900079000382711)



Looking for gentle loving cat? Angelo came to us in a box with two tabby boys his black sister and his mum Annabella at the end of 2017. They had been dumped due to their owner becoming homeless we were told. They could not fend for themselves. They were covered in fleas bloated with worms and very dehydrated to point where we were not sure whether they would make it. Miraculously they have made it through with Annabella’s loving help. They have grown up to be beautiful affectionate naughty mischievous teenagers we now only have Angelo and his brother Andre left to find a wonderful loving home. (900079000382749)


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.

Jay Jay is a red cattle dog pup who came to us because he was rescued from someone who was trying to keep him in an apartment when he was not allowed to. The person who rescued him could not keep him as she also did not have the landlord’s permission to have him. He needs training and something to do which is very hard at the moment as the local dog training clubs are closed. As restrictions lift then that will change. He is an active playful good-natured teenage pup who so far seems to be fine with other dogs. He is now desexed microchipped and immunised ready for a new home with someone who has the time to train him and the space for him to run and play. (900113000880014)



Max was going to come to us to be rehomed, we had organised it with the owner and the trainer, but they decided to for some reason give him one last race. At that race he crashed and broke his hock, the next morning Shane rang and told us what had happened and at that initially they thought it was sprained.  Dr Sam Biddle the senior vet at Riverbank Animal Hospital suggested that we splint him that it would mend in place. His leg is better now, but he still needs to be careful. He is walking and running normally chasing the ball which he loves. Max is a lovely greyhound, with a lovely temperament, extremely affectionate. He does sleep in a crate below a cat and takes no notice but if the cat was out running around it would be a different story altogether. He would be better as the only dog in a household or with a bitch of a medium to large size as little dogs annoy him. He has like all our animals been desexed, micro-chipped, immunised, heart worm tested, and regularly treated for parasites. (956000002817833) 


Kyle is a three month old pup who is going to grow up to be a tall young dog, we were told there is a bit of wolfhound, a bit of lab, probably some Bull arb maybe boxer or Dane, whatever the mix is he will be big like Rosey’s pups but not as stocky or heavily built. Rosey became his surrogate mum when he arrived at well under eight weeks. He was the same size even though the colour was not the same he has ground up with her tuition and some of her milk. He plays happily with them all and is part of the team. He is now just desexed and had his final vaccination with them all. He is chipped and wormed like all our pups are, ready for puppy pre-school when it starts again. He would love to have a loving forever home with children to play with. (991003000593912)


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