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Please help Happy Paws Haven

Our Christmas Giving campaign is launched. We have sent out the emails and so far raised nearly $3000 but we need another $23000! We are doing it really tough at the moment. We really need your help, if possible. We know everyone has done a lot for us in the past, which we appreciate so very much. Could you please find a place in your heart to give a donation to Happy Paws Haven. We are getting multiple calls daily from people with kittens which we just can’t take.

We just hope you could also share this with your friends and family in the hope that they might be able to help us too. We are in a critical position right now and need to urgently raise some funds for Happy Paws Haven and to pay for our outstanding vet bills. If all your friends just gave $5-$10 and they also asked their friends to do the same, we would be able to continue and get our vet bills up to date. We also need to continue to renovate the facilities for the dogs and cats which they deserve as they are now 10 years old.

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

We are an ACNC endorsed registered charity. Our ABN is 79928920087, CFN 23496

We urgently need more volunteers
If anyone who is in Grafton or nearby we really need help urgently. Now the Christmas season is here and many of our volunteers are planning to spend Christmas with their families, we really need your help. If you don’t have a family nearby, why not come and spend Christmas or Boxing Day or New Year’s Day with the animals at Happy Paws Haven. If you can’t come on the three public holidays then any time from December 22 would be wonderful through to the week-end after New Year’s Eve. Any time during that period would be awesome. It is our very busiest time; the pound is closed then as well while we are open 7 days a week as usual.

We are as always looking for volunteers who are passionate about animals! 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!

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.

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

Penn is a member of the P-team, rescued from Maclean last year (2017), a litter of seven of which the two girls and two boys have found loving homes. The three boys that are left have great personalities, very friendly, extremely affectionate mischievous playful laid-back young cats and they look as if they are Burmese cross or maybe British shorthair. They have really beautiful thick lovely plush fur and beautiful natures. They are all desexed, microchipped and immunised now ready for their new homes. They are just gorgeous young cats ready for a loving family to adopt.

Aleta was bought to us early this year; she had just had kittens and was found by a homeless person who could not look after her although she tried. Aleta as a very young mum went straight to a foster home where she and her babies are very well looked after. They have grown up to be very loving affectionate beautiful young cats and are now ready to go to new homes. Aleta and her beautiful tabby daughters have all been desexed microchipped, immunised, regularly wormed and de-flead.

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.

Mariah, her siblings and her mum came to us very sick. They were dehydrated, full of worms, and had some sort of poison or toxin on board. As soon as they arrived they were rushed to the vet, put on drips etc. We lost one of the pups in the process which was very sad. Four girls and a boy survived the ordeal. Mariah is the only one left of this beautiful litter who has yet to find a loving home. She, like her mum and siblings has a lovely nature, typical of a ridgeback cross. Dad we think was smaller than mother as they are fine boned and smaller feet. Mariah is a typical affectionate playful pup, fine with people and other dogs. She is ready to go to puppy pre-school and then onto obedience training. She has been desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and regularly wormed all ready for her their special new home.

Naton is a member of the N-Team, surrendered in October 2015 as small pups. They are border collie cross with a Bull Arab or Dane. They have lovely soft natures; they are slightly timid so need a little more socialising. They love cuddles and want to be with people. They are gentle souls so need a loving environment to continue their development. They are normal playful dogs that would make a good watch dog as they are often the first to bark when someone new arrives. Naton is a little storm phobic in that he will want to be next to you when a storm is pending. We sometimes call him Mr Banana as he curls his body around you to get close. He is not destructive at all but will hide under the desk at your feet until the storm has gone completely. They have had all their vaccinations, been desexed and microchipped so are ready for their new homes. There are four left as four have already found homes.

Brogue came to us as his owner could no longer keep him. He is a Maremma cross. He gets on with other dogs but is better when there is an older dog to keep him in his place or on his own. He needs his owner to be fair but firm and to have something for him to do as he is a very smart dog. He needs to be on a property where there is space or with someone that enjoys an active life as he can be his own worst enemy if he is bored with nothing to do. He is a beautiful young boy who would love a young man to play with. Not long ago a dog was surrendered and was in the yard next to him, there was a locked gate between them but somehow Brogue’s leg hot under the fence/gate and the other dog had a go at it which resulted in Brogue losing a toe. It is all healed now and he is managing very well without it. He is a guardian dog so needs to be looking after something another animal or a human or something. Unlike a lot of Maremma’s he loves being with humans so does not like being left alone all the time at all. He has been desexed chipped immunised

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 or visit HappyPaws at