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Haven Animal Rescue
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 Patience, Care, and Compassion

Haven Animal Rescue is a nonprofit rescue group dedicated to reducing euthanasia of adoptable animals in shelters.  Our hearts go out for the seniors and special needs animals as they are often overlooked and they are the first to be euthanized.  We do not have a shelter, all of our animals live in foster homes with families.  This allows us to observe the animals on a daily basis, get to know their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and most important, we know what type of home environment will be best for them.

Are you considering adopting a pet?  Before you make the important decision to adopt, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many hours am I home?
  • Will that be enough time to feed and exercise my new pet, in addition to my other activities?
  • How many animals do I currently have?
  • Can I reasonably expect to give enough attention to each one on a daily basis?
  • Do I have new carpet or furniture?
  • Will I be upset if they get ruined by chewing or housebreaking problems? (Puppies love to chew, and will happily chew furniture in addition to remote controls, electrical cords, and other expensive toys.  Kittens and cats need to be trained what they are allowed to scratch versus not.)
  • Do I make enough money to provide yearly vaccinations and two or three vet visits per year, assuming the dog or cat I adopt remains healthy?
  • Can I provide quality food, chew toys, a bed, and other assorted necessities? (Most vet visits with vaccinations or medication run in the neighborhood of $60 to $100, but can quickly go even higher when there is a health problem.)
  • Is my home situation stable?
  • Am I willing to take on all responsibilities for the life of the pup, including special care as the dog ages? (Small dogs can easily live to be 18 years old!)

These are not good times to bring a new pet into a home:

  • Am I planning to move soon?
  • Am I starting a new relationship or ending an old one?
  • Am I expecting a [human] baby?
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Jesse's Story, Please HELP!

Update:  Jesse visited Dr. Kimmel yesterday (Feb. 27, 2012), he got his pin out and his cast off!  He is feeling like a whole new puppy.  He will need to start using his leg but should be good as new shortly.  His flesh-eating bacteria is gone, finally he is on the path of a full recovery.  He has been such a good boy and through it all is kennel trained!  He moved into his own condo a couple of weeks ago and last night was able to have a playmate hang out with him.  They played crazily.  He has been on the outside looking at others play for over a month and was ready to take part in puppy play.  Thank you to all who donated to his medical costs and although we didn't meet our goal we have a happy, healthy, little guy that will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

Jesse arrived at the Humane Society of Yuma with a broken leg.  The Humane Society did not have the funding available to provide Jesse with the surgery that he needed and Haven Animal Rescue stepped up and took him in.  He arrived on Thursday, January 12, 2012 so weak he couldn't even move.  He was rushed right to the veterinary office.  The outlook was bleak at best that he would make it through the weekend.  The plan was to stabilize him quickly as his leg was in bad condition and he needed to have surgery as soon as possible before it healed on its own.  Hospitalized with an IV through the weekend, Jesse survived and was strong enough to have his leg surgery on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  Jesse did good in surgery although while recovering his little system couldn't handle it and he clinically died.  The veterinarian, not willing to have this little guy die after all he had been through, immediately started CPR and Jesse came back to us.  What determination this little puppy has!  He stayed with the veterinarian until Thursday, January 19, 2012 when he got to come home.  His foster Mom is a little squimish so when she picked him up with his pin extending out of his leg (holding the bones in place) it was hard to see and the thought of that moving each time he is moved was hard to get used to.  Jesse was doing great except on Sunday, January 22, 2012, his foster Mom noticed that his dewclaw was infected.  Back to the veterinarian he went where he was taken immediately into surgery.  Prognosis? Flesh eating bacteria!  A culture was taken, all areas scrapped and stitched back together, medications prescribed and back home he went.  We are awaiting the results of the culture but Jesse is doing much better.  His will to live is truly remarkable and what a sweet little boy!  To date his veterinary bill is approximately $1100.00 so any donations toward his care would be greatly appreciated.


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