The Animal Haven


The Animal Haven needs people to fulfill many volunteer duties such as:

You have to be at least 18 years old to volunteer at The Animal Haven,
and at least 21 years old to walk the dogs.

Foster Parent:  We often have animals who come to the shelter who, for a variety of reasons, would do much better in a foster home.  For example:

  • during kitten season, we have pregnant cats who would much prefer to give birth and take care of their kittens in the peace and quiet of a room in your home and we have kittens without their moms who would love to be cuddled and spoiled by you until they are big and strong enough to come back to the shelter and be spayed or neutered before they are adopted;
  • we sometimes have skittish cats who need individualized love and attention so that they can learn to trust humans again;
  • we have dogs who are very nervous and upset in the shelter environment who would benefit tremendously by being fostered until they find their forever homes; and
  • we sometimes have puppies who would do much better in a home environment, rather than in the shelter, until they grow big and strong.

If you are interested in helping any of these dogs, cats, puppies and/or kittens, please apply to become a member of The Animal Haven’s foster team.

Dog Walker:   Come walk The Animal Haven’s dogs on our seven acres of land and enjoy some canine companionship.  Our dogs so appreciate getting out of their kennels and runs for a little while and some quality one-on-one time and attention.  If you would like a little exercise with a canine friend, please consider becoming a volunteer dog walker at The Animal Haven. Dog walkers must be at least 21 years of age.

Fundraising Events Volunteer:  We are always looking for volunteers to help organize and assist at fundraising events.  If you would like to work with us on fundraising events to help raise money for the shelter, we welcome your participation!

Happy Volunteers!

Happy Volunteers! Wendy, Linda & Wally helping out at Walk-A-Dog-Athon

Adoption Awareness Events and Food Drive Volunteer:   The Animal Haven has monthly adoption awareness events and periodic food drives at different locations in the area.  The adoption awareness events spread the word about adoption generally and about The Animal Haven in particular and feature one of the dogs at the shelter.  At food drives, we collect food for the shelter generously donated by the public.   If you would like to participate in adoption awareness events and/or food drives, please let us know by providing us with your volunteer application today.

Building Maintenance Volunteer:  The Animal Haven is in need of a building maintenance person.  If you have experience in the building industry and/or as a carpenter and have some time to volunteer at The Animal Haven, we would greatly appreciate your help with the routine maintenance of the shelter.

Gardening and Grounds Maintenance Volunteer:  Do you love to garden?  We have lots of land at The Animal Haven that can use some beautifying by someone with a green thumb.  All of us here at The Animal Haven – canines, felines, and humans alike – will appreciate any and all of your efforts!

Administrative and Data Entry Volunteer:  Do you want to put your computer and excel skills to work?  If so, we need you!  Please fill out a volunteer application, and we will contact you to discuss the shelter’s needs in more detail.

Shelter Assistant:  We can always use help caring for the animals at the shelter.  We need people to help us feed the animals, do the mounds of laundry that develop each day, clean the cat cages, clean the dog runs, and do general cleaning of the shelter.  If you are interested in helping us care for the animals and keep the shelter clean, please apply to volunteer today.

If you would like to help enrich the lives of homeless animals complete our Volunteer Application & Agreement by clicking here and then e-mail it to or fax to (203) 239-2649, or deliver in person at 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 


Volunteer Spotlight: Bill Stetson

Volunteer for 3 yrs | Patient | Builds trust | Enjoys hiking

It all began when Bill started visiting a cat at The Animal Haven named “Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear.”  She would sit on his shoulder and walk all around with him.  After that, Bill was hooked. 

He now comes to the shelter a few days a week during the summer months and more often during the winter months.  Bill helps out with whatever needs to be done at the shelter, but his favorite task is to work with the more shy cats and patiently, over time, help calm them and teach them to trust and accept love from human beings.

Bill is great at what he does.  His work with “Sprinkles” was life changing.  When Sprinkles arrived at the Animal Haven, she was afraid of everyone and would cower in a high corner.  Bill would get on a chair and pet her gently and calmly.  It took three months, but one day Bill arrived and Sprinkles came running to greet him at the door. That’s when Bill knew that he had a great gift.  Fortunately, he uses that gift every week to help the shelter’s animals.  Bill feels that the unconditional love he receives from the furry felines at The Animal Haven is so much greater than the time and love that he gives to them. 
In his free time, Bill likes hiking the trails at Sleeping Giant State Park and has actually received a certificate for hiking all of the 32 miles of marked trails.  He finds that along with the great exercise that hiking offers, being one with nature is soothing for him.  In addition to hiking, Bill also keeps up on world events by reading two newspapers a day. He loves to read nature and travel books, and as an ‘arm chair’ traveler, he has been all over the world.
We at The Animal Haven are grateful to have Bill as a volunteer and appreciate all that he does for the shelter.