The Animal Haven

About Us

The Animal Haven, Inc.

89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473
203-239-2641   Fax (203) 239-2649

Mission statement:

The Animal Haven’s mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs, and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive and permanent homes. We advocate responsible pet ownership, follow a mandatory spay-neuter policy, prohibit euthanization of our animals, and work in our community to fight animal cruelty through education. The Animal Haven enlists and promotes public involvement in the humane treatment of animals, and is committed to principles of justice and compassion for all animals. Since 1948, The Animal Haven has been celebrating the special friendship between people and their animal companions.

How we survive

The Animal Haven is self-supporting and receives no annual income from town or government sources. Funding comes from membership dues, private contributions, entry and adoption donations, and many fund raising projects.

Many homeless pets really need your help for a second chance of life at The Animal Haven, so please donate generously.

Animal Haven Facts:

• The Animal Haven is dedicated to taking in adoptable homeless cats and dogs, and finding them well-matched loving homes since 1948.

• The Animal Haven is a private, nonprofit, and charitable organization exempt from federal and state taxation under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and related Connecticut laws.

• The Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter where the Greater New Haven community can relinquish orphaned animals for a small donation.

• The Animal Haven is a shelter that adopts lifetime companions to well matched, loving homes.

• A shelter that receives NO funds from town or government sources.

• The Animal Haven’s annual administrative costs are 3.2%.

• The Animal Haven operates by private donations, grants and numerous fundraising events.

• The Animal Haven has a small and dedicated staff of compassionate employees to care for our animals 365 days a year.

• Weekly, we receive over 250 phone calls and 75 emails regarding animal placement and adoption.

• Volunteers do the majority of administrative, financial and maintenance duties.

• 2,187 members reside in 81 CT towns and cities and 100 members live out of state.

• In 2016, The Animal Haven rescued 246 homeless animals (92 dogs, 337cats/kittens)


The dedicated people who work with the community to carry-out our mission:

Board of Directors
  • President – Linda Marino
  • Treasurer – Jane W. Griffitth
  • Assistant Treasurer – Donna Cifaldi
  • Membership Secretary – Elaine Keith
  • Financial Officer – Jeff O’Donnell
  • Tricia Caldwell
  • Arnie Cary, DVM
  • James Bonito
Shelter Staff
  • Shelter Manager – Michelle DeRosa