Monday, February 28, 2011

Adopted Dog Monday

Dasher and Daisy came to us as siblings from a hoarding situation. Here are their happy endings.

DAISY ADOPTED! This is Kaylan and Daisy..soon to be best buds! Daisy also has 2 Cockapoo brothers and a cat! She was welcomed with a new pink bed, pink toys, pink eat and drink dishes and last but not least PINK BOWS!!! She is going to make those boys jealous I tell ya!!!!

DASHER ADOPTED!!! Here is Dasher's new clan! Lots of kids to play with him and even a kitty too!!! Will be a busy household!!! But isn't it a great beginning!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Adopted Dog Update: Traveling Sadie Mae

Sadie - co pilot of the traveling RV - she and
her mom and dad head to Florida in the winter months
We recently got an email from the mom and dad of Sadie Mae who was adopted from Pet Haven in 2003. We love getting these updates and can just imagine Sadie living the life of a queen as she so deserves.

Here's what we received from her family:

"Sadie Mae was adopted from Pet Haven in 2003 when she was about 1-1/2 years old.  As we understand it, she was taken in by Pet Haven from someone who rescued her from a puppy mill where she was bred and had had two litters!  She was miserable, still lactating, and afraid of her own shadow.  We immediately comforted her, got her cleaned up, and smothered her with love.  As soon as she knew she was safe and became comfortable in her new home, we had her thoroughly checked over by our vet and given a new hairdo.  She slowly recovered from the trauma experienced in the “hell hole” that puppy mills typify, and has become the sweetest little companion imaginable.  We call her “the perfect all-around dog”.  Sadie is with us constantly, loves our home in Minnetonka, and traveling with us in our RV.  Oh, one other thing, people commonly rave over her, and ask what breed she is, we always answer “she’s a rescue”, the best breed ever!"

Sadie enjoying the warmth of Florida
while the rest of us are freezing here in Minnesota!! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Adopted Dog Monday

This is dear Asa right off the transport van and in the vet's office. He looks a little worried. What he did not know is that in two short weeks he would be in his loving forever home. A friend of Asa's foster fell in love with him at first sight. And when his foster had to go out of town for business the friend stepped up to take care of Asa. Well Asa now Ronnie was right at home and was adopted last Saturday. Have a good life Ronnie!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Adoption Events Saturday-Richfield Petco and Calhoun Chuck & Don's

Small Dog Adoption
Chuck & Don’s Calhoun
3246 West Lake Street

Medium and Large Dog Adoption
PetCo Richfield
66th & Lyndale Ave. S.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Puppy Love Event

Russ is busy charming the crowds!

Last Thursday Pet Haven participated in the first Puppy Love event in a prime skyway area of downtown Minneapolis. The event was sponsored by Sidewalk Dog and Bedtime Bones! Many, many thanks to Pet Haven volunteer Sandy and her husband for coming and bringing Russ and Millie!! Both did so well and just charmed the crowds. Two other rescues were there ... SW Metro Rescue and Pet Project Rescue. 

The amount of traffic that came through was amazing! The flow was constant for the entire two hours. By the end of the 2 hours both pups were quite exhausted and ready for a nice long nap. We had Millie (6 month old poodle) and  Russ (9 year old lhaso apso mix) representing Pet Haven and hoping they could charm their way into someone's heart ... 

If you are interested in learning more about any of our dogs up for adoption check out our website at You can also send an email to

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's!!

The dogs and cats of Pet Haven would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day.  Dudley was recently adopted (you can read his story here) … he’s pretty happy now; what would make him even more happy is if his friends at Pet Haven who are still in foster homes would be as lucky as him and have their wish come true too … to have a home of their very own!!

Check out the video below for a glimpse of some of his friends who are crossing their paws and dreaming of the day when they too will have a forever home. Like Dudley, they will promise to love you forever.

and our sweet little beagle boy, Tug, would also like to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! He says he would like to be as lucky as Dudley and have his own home too for Valentine's ... check out his bio for more info!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mario - a home for life

Mario was adopted from Pet Haven in 1998 as a puppy, not yet a year old.

In November 2010 we learned that his owner had died about a year prior to this time and her friend who wished to care for Mario for the rest of his life was not able to continue because of housing problems. He had found a friend to take Mario but it didn’t work out, he was passed along to one of their friends and Pet Haven was contacted.

Mario was taken to a Pet Haven approved vet for an exam, evaluation and shot updates. The family caring for Mario continued to care for him for several months. At that time a Pet Haven foster home agreed to take him for a short time – respite care over the Thanksgiving holidays as we searched for another foster home for him. A prospective owner, looking for an older, calm companion was interested in adopting him.

Because some of Mario’s bloodwork had come back with questions that needed resolving he was put on several antibiotics for an extended period to see if that would resolve his abnormal liver readings. Unfortunately the antibiotics did not resolve the problem and the conclusion was that Mario has a liver tumor. Now we were looking for compassionate, end of life care.

His respite fosters made the decision in Dec. 2010 that they would keep Mario and see him through the end of his life – going from respite over a holiday to an unknown number of months of increasing care as they try to keep him comfortable.

He also suffers from arthritis and has problems with stairs and getting up from a slippery floor. He prefers to rest on a slippery floor because, we think, it is cooler and he has a heavy, thick coat. He’s taking medications to help ease the pain of arthritis.

Mario has had other health issues – sometimes diarrhea and he gets medication for that too and now, if he has an accident on getting up, his stool is formed. His fosters help him up as needed, clean up after him and help him in and out of the house because there are stairs involved.

Generally Mario is in good spirits, enjoys life, his other dog friends and the kind folks, now his family, who have opened their home to him for his last few months. He’s a calm and quieter fellow.

He lost his home due to death and Mario now has found another home – his last home - with Sharon and Barbara Kinsmith, where he is valued, cared for compassionately and loved. Home once again.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cuddle adoptable pups over your lunch hour!

Come cuddle an adoptable pup over your lunch hour! Sidewalk Dog and Bedtime Bones are sponsors of  Puppy Love - a valentine themed adoption event in the Minneapolis skyway.

Pet Haven will be joining other local rescue groups and bringing adoptable dogs to Esbee Media Gallery at 601 Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis on the skyway level. 

Rescues will be there from 11 am - 1 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday. For a full schedule click here.

Pet Haven will be there on Thursday from 11 am - 1 pm.

Stop by and get some kisses from Russ ...

and from Millie

For more info email

Monday, February 7, 2011

Adopted Dog Monday!

Dudley the handsome black lab from People 4 Pets in Spencer Iowa found his forever home. After waiting for months and months for the right family to come along he finally scored the perfect fit.

His new mom, dad, and brother have always had black labs. Dudley was exactly what they were looking for. They were only planning a meet and greet. But once they met Dudley the family knew he was not leaving. Dudley has a huge yard to play in and a summer cabin with 45 acres to explore. Sometimes waiting pays off big time.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Adoption Events: Minnetonka Petco and Wayzata Chuck & Don's


Saturday February 5th
Medium and Large Dog Adoption
PetCo Minnetonka-note location change
13691 Ridgedale Dr.

Saturday February 5th
Small Dog Adoption
Chuck & Don’s Wayzata
1147 Wayzata Blvd. E

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Photos from January 29, 2011 Dog Adoption Event

Creek ... he was such a role model as he and
foster mom demonstrated how far he's come in
his obedience training! Good job Creek!! oh, and of
course, his foster mom too!
On Saturday, January 29th the small dogs and the medium/large dogs came together for an all dog adoption event at the Richfield Petco. It was a busy Saturday with a lot of folks stopping by to say "hi" and to meet these adorable pups who are crossing their paws in hopes that soon they too will have their own forever homes :)

Check out the short video clip below to see just some of our adoptable dogs who were at Saturday's adoption event. All dogs are cared for in loving foster homes and are microchipped, spayed/neutered, and up-to-date on all shots. Their foster moms/dads are happy to answer any questions you may have.

After viewing the video if any of these sweet faces draw you in and you would like to learn more, email or complete an application and one of our volunteers will get back with you shortly.