Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gigi ... ready to give you all her love and attention!

Gigi is a 10 year old pitbull who was returned to Pet Haven due to foreclosure. She is a real, and I mean real people lover. In fact, when a volunteer went to her foster's home to take photos of this gorgeous girl, it took a while because Gigi would not leave the side of the volunteer (aka a 'velcro dog') making it somewhat challenging to take her photos at such close range! How can one not love such a sweet girl whose only wish in life is to make her human happy?? :)

Gigi is currently being fostered in a home with 3 adults who say that she is a couch potato and loves to watch movies. If they can coerce her off the couch they say she also loves to go on walks. She would love to be an only dog so that she doesn't have to share your love and attention with any other canine.

For more pictures of Gigi click here. And to check out her bio click here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thanks to our volunteers!

JD is a 2 year old St. Bernard who came on both Saturday and Sunday. He and his foster mom were quite busy as JD LOVES all the attention even the heat didn't stop this boy from making sure he was at the front of the tent getting lots of hugs and kisses ... and in return he drooled and drooled and drooled, as any St. Bernard would :) This 130 lb dog was a huge hit ... there's something about that adorable St. Bernard face and all that drool that passerbys simply cannot resist.

In addition to JD we had appearances by other adoptable dogs: Kirby, Uncle Buck, Tug, Bear, Milo, Boomer, Kirby ... and Pet Haven ambassadors Buckley and Ahnung.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these dogs please visit our website at and click on the 'Dog and Cat Adoption' tab on the left.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adoptable Dogs at Pride Fest this weekend!

Pet Haven will be at the Pet Center at Pride Festival this coming weekend, Saturday (6/25) and Sunday (6/26) from 10 am - 6 pm. Pet Haven volunteers will be there to answer any questions and throughout both days we will have some adoptable dogs as well as some Pet Haven ambassadors/alums who would love for you to come by so they can give you some kisses!!

For more information visit the Twin Cities Pride Festival website at

The festival is from 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday and will be at the Minneapolis Loring Park.  Loring Park is located on the southwest portion of downtown Minneapolis along interstate 94 and Hennepin Avenue.  The address of the park is 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN.

Weather forecast is looking great for the weekend! We hope to see you there ...


Uncle Buck

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Adoptable Dogs at St. Louis Park Parktacular - Saturday, 6/18

Boomer and Blue
This coming Saturday, 6/18, Pet Haven will be at the St. Louis Park Parktacular celebration from 2 - 6 PM. Volunteers will be around to answer any questions you may have about Pet Haven.

The following adoptable dogs will be there to win your heart over:

2 - 4 PM:
Russell - 9 year old Lhaso apso mix.
Cuddly Charlie - 6 yr old yorkshire terrier mix.
Phoenix - 1 year old White German shepherd mix. Check out his recent blog post for more info.

4 - 6 PM:
Boomer - 7 mth old black lab mix.
Blue - 7 mth old black lab mix.
GiGi - 4 yr old rat terrier/chihuahua mix.

We hope you'll stop on by to say hi to Pet Haven volunteers and our adoptable dogs on Saturday, June 18th between 2 pm and 6 pm.

Location: Wolfe Park, next to the St. Louis Park Aquatic Park, 3700 Monterey Drive.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Phoenix - Resilient soul rises up from the ashes

Phoenix arrived into Pet Haven's foster program on April 2nd ... the video below documents his arrival into our program. A heart wrenching story of a dog who has been through so much suffering and touched the hearts of so many of us where rescues came together to give this boy another chance.

His foster shared the following on Phoenix:

Phoenix is one of those souls you run across very seldom in life. He has the spirit of a cheerleader, the vulnerability of an infant, and the courage of a soldier. You see, he experienced a rough situation early in his life, through no fault of his own. Although he is leery of new people as a result of these conditions, he doesn’t hold one person’s actions against us all.

Phoenix has come a long way in the few months he has been in rescue, and his improvements continue with each day. He wakes up each morning ready to play, whether it be tug of war with his stuffed animal or wrestling with one of his canine foster brothers. He has learned how to sit, lay down, come and stay; he is currently working on learning self-control by holding his “stay” for longer and longer periods of time…he is up to 30 seconds! He is kennel trained and potty trained, and doesn’t seem to have any major separation anxiety issues. He doesn’t seem to be a “flight risk” as he stays fairly close to his owner(s) and his behavior is wonderful at the dog park.

Like most Huskies, Phoenix does have an independent and stubborn streak in him. This, coupled with the strong prey drive and herding instincts he gets from the German Shepherd mixed into his DNA, makes living with small dogs a less than ideal situation for Phoenix. One of his foster brothers is a Pug/Rat Terrier mix and Phoenix does tend to pick on him; however, he plays nicely with his larger Australian Shepherd foster brother.

As soon as 10:00pm rolls around, Phoenix is all cuddles. If his behavior for the evening has been good, he is allowed to sleep on the human bed, and he LOVES it! He gets to stretch out and lay his head on a pillow, finally letting his guard down to relax and snuggle. It is in these moments that one can see how truly sweet this overgrown puppy is.

One last note about Phoenix: he has an amazing ability to belch like a human. On some of his best “pushes” you can hear him from another room in the house. As a result, Kate and William probably will not be bringing him into the royal family…but that means he’s available for you!

Phoenix is up for adoption. For more info check out Phoenix's bio.

If you are interested in learning more about fostering/volunteering with Pet Haven email

Friday, June 10, 2011

Spay Neuter Resources for pet owners with limited incomes

Rescues, animal control facilities, and shelters across the country tirelessly work to save as many animals through adoption programs. The reality is ... we simply can't adopt our way out of the overpopulation problem. Millions of healthy adoptable dogs and cats across the country are euthanized each year.

Help us get the word out about the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. For many, limited income is what prevents them from spaying/neutering their beloved pet. Just recently a new resource has become available to the Minnesota community through the support of the Animal Humane Society ... Kindest Cut:

Kindest Cut provides low cost, high quality spay neuter surgeries for cats, dogs and rabbits through a traveling mobile surgical unit. Services are geared to pet owners with limited incomes in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on an appointment basis and are performed by licensed veterinarians who are skilled at small animal care.

Spaying and neutering your pet is one of the kindest things you can do for him or her and for all animals. When you fix your pet you’ll help with pet overpopulation by ending the cycle of unwanted litters. Such a simple surgery can help reduce animal homelessness and save lives.

To learn more visit the Kindest Cut website:

Another resource available to pet owners on limited incomes is Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP ... The following video is a great video that will introduce you to the work of MNSNAP.

To learn more about Pet Haven's Spay Neuter Initiative click here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Adoptable Dog: Milo

Milo is a 7 year old beagle/basset hound mix who is super, super sweet. He would make a great addition to your family ... he is good with kids, dogs and cats! And to top it off he will love you and will show it by the way he looks at you (check out the photo below as he looks with loving eyes at his foster at a recent adoption event).

His foster shared the following update. Milo came back to Pet Haven at the end of April but was recently moved to a new foster home. His new foster adores him and shared the following:

"I've had Milo for 2 full weeks now and I am continually learning more and more about him. He's such a "go with the flow" kind of guy. No matter what we do, he just makes himself fit right in. His favorite things to do include car rides, dog park visits, going to the lake for a long walks and just hanging out in the back yard. I'm amazed by how well he will just adapt to whatever is going on.

I learned this past weekend that he enjoys playing with a tennis ball. I'll throw it for him and he'll go get it and bring it back (sort of). He loves to go to an open area and just run around... sometimes with his nose to the ground (he is a hound after all).

I look forward to getting to know Milo even better... he truly is a great dog."

For more info check out his bio.

Milo (left) with his foster sibling Milton.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Adopted Dog Monday

This is one of the best adoption reports ever! Sampson the 13 year old chocolate lab has found his forever family.

His new mom is thrilled to have a constant companion. Sampson gets along with the cats too.

Sampson has a vet in his new family so his every medical need will be met. His mom is dedicated to adopting the older harder dogs to place. She just lost another Pet Haven alum Cindy/Lulu.

He may be an older guy but Sampson still enjoys a game of fetch the stick.

Thanks to Lena who faithfully fostered this sweet boy for over a year. Lena reports are all good. Sampson is finally home!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Saturday Adoption Events

Come meet Tug, the beagle, and all his large dog friends at the Minnetonka Petco Saturday June 4th from 11-1pm.

Charlie, the Yorkie, will be greeting his fans along with the other small dog rock stars at the Chuck & Don's Wayzata Saturday June 4th from 11-1pm.