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The Animal Haven in North Haven has been selected as the 2016 Service Organization honoree by the Hamden Chamber of Commerce. Representatives of The Animal Haven received the honor during the Celebration of the 20th Annual Hamden Regional Chamber Choice Awards held on November 10, 2016 at Cascade Fine Catering.

Each year the chamber asks its membership for nominations for the award, according to Nancy Dudchik, chamber president. Nominees are successful businesses and community leaders that are actively involved in the community during the past year, emulating the chamber’s mission. Nominations are reviewed by the chamber’s board of directors and awardees are selected by a majority vote.

“We at The Animal Haven are incredibly proud to have been selected as the 2016 Service Organization honoree by the Hamden Chamber of Commerce,” said Linda Marino, president of The Animal Haven. “To be honored for the work that so many staff, volunteers and board members put in every single day to help save, care for and re-home homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. We thank everyone in the community for their continued support of our mission.”



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Donations Needed for our dogs

  • A simple bench to be used in our garage
  • Tennis balls (the dogs love the ones that squeak but any balls will do)
  • Bigger balls for the dogs to play with such as soccer or basketball balls
  • Skinneeez toy (plush animal toy without stuffing)



The Animal Haven is hiring part time staff (12-20 hours per week). Stop by the shelter and fill out an application if you are interested.  

Thank you to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven from the Lillian and Henry Konopacke Fund for their donation

The Animal Haven, Inc. is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven from the Lillian and Henry Konopacke Fund to support an HVAC and dehumidification system to improve the living conditions of the animals awaiting adoption at the shelter.  The Konopacke Fund was established in 2013 by a bequest of North Haven resident Henry Konopacke, who was a machinist at the Winchester Repeating Arms Factory during his life.  Chris Gagne, the President of The Animal Haven, stated that “The Animal Haven will use this grant to cover part of the cost of replacing its HVAC and dehumidification system, which will enable The Animal Haven to better contain the spread of disease among its animal population, reduce the stress the animals experience at the shelter, and enable the Animal Haven to take in and adopt out more animals.”

The Animal Haven, Inc. is a no-kill shelter in North Haven, CT, whose mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs, and to subsequently place those animals in quality, adoptive permanent homes.  The Animal Haven is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization serving the greater New Haven area since 1948.  Anyone interested in supporting The Animal Haven can visit its website at www.theanimalhaven.com to make a donation or search for a companion animal.  For information on how to support The Animal Haven through a gift by bequest, please contact Jeffrey O’Donnell at jeffreyodonnell@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks to the generosity of three generations of donors, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded over $30 million in grants and distributions in 2015 from charitable assets of more than $500 million and composed of hundreds of individually named funds.  In addition to its grantmaking, The Community Foundation helps build a stronger community by taking measures to improve student achievement, create healthy families in New Haven, promote local philanthropy through www.giveGreater.org® and The Great Give®, and encourage better understanding of the region.  The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s 20 town service area includes: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.  For more information, visit www.cfgnh.org or follow The Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.org/cfgnh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/cfgnh).


Many thanks to our supporters Leila & Violet for their donation. This is their letter to Animal Haven along with a drawing of their cat Chrissy!


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