July 16, 2024
St. Paul rescue Pet Haven last but not least finds its have home

Even though it has been placing animals in loving residences due to the fact 1952, Minnesota’s oldest foster-centered animal rescue has eventually found a home of its individual in St. Paul.

A woman holds a cat.
Pet Haven executive director Kerry D’Amato with their mascot “Zipper” on Sept. 27, 2022 at Pet Haven’s new facility in St. Paul. (Gabrielle Lombard / Pioneer Push)

Pet Haven has not had a actual physical space for the reason that it operates as an option to standard shelters. It currently has above 200 animals residing in homes and being cared for all over the neighborhood alternatively than keeping in kennels.

“Some animals do not perform in shelters at all and wholly shut down,” government director Kerry D’Amato claimed. “That’s why Pet Haven was commenced, to remove these animals in shelters that are regarded as ‘unadoptable’ into foster homes, rehabilitate them and get them adopted. Which is our mission.”

But that doesn’t imply the firm could not use its possess dwelling. They are opening their 1st in-particular person facility to the public this weekend in St. Paul’s Frogtown community to support cats and canine be positioned in households that are the most effective match for them.

Beforehand, the only way for men and women to meet up with adoptable pets via Pet Haven was at pop-up adoption activities at pet shops. Or men and women would come across them on-line and established up a personal assembly with the pet they were being interested in.


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Mascot “‘Zipper” at Pet Haven’s new facility in St. Paul. (Courtesy of Wendy B. Pictures)

Getting a bodily house will not only gain adoptable animals, it will also assist keep pets in their unique households. Pet Haven now will have area to distribute additional donations to pet owners and eventually supply expert services these kinds of as low-price wellness and microchipping clinics, D’Amato claimed.

“We do a good deal of diversion function,” she explained. “So if it is a circumstance in which perhaps a cat isn’t making use of the litter box, and the persons just can’t choose it any longer, and they want to surrender it, we offer them behavioral support and a bulk of the time we’re able to reset the cat and they can stay in their property.”

D’Amato claimed Pet Haven functions tricky towards acquiring the “perfect match” for every pet by having families perform with an adoption counselor and the foster spouse and children to guarantee the animal’s personality and requires are the right fit.

“Part of owning a behaviorally balanced, emotionally healthier animal is creating positive they are in the suitable ecosystem,” D’Amato reported. “Sometimes these animals go into new households and they are frightened or uncertain or complications come up and the adopters really don’t know what to do, so we leap right in.

“Once you are section of the Pet Haven relatives, you’re truly always aspect of the household.”


Pet Haven requires in animals from animal-regulate facilities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, but a majority now appear from Minnesota Indian reservations through nonprofits such as Leech Lake Legacy, a rescue lover for 11 many years.

Director Jenny Fitzer explained Pet Haven plays a critical purpose in their function by having in on common 200 cats and canines per yr. Fitzer mentioned Leech Lake Legacy is not able to choose in animals unless they have a household established up for them.

“I get all the details on the animals and I reach out to our partners such as Pet Haven,” Fitzer explained. “Then Pet Haven operates to find a foster dwelling.”

Fitzer mentioned they transportation cats and canine each and every Sunday from the reservation down to Golden Valley, the place Pet Haven will choose them up to convey them to their new homes.


Dog and cat silhouettes.
Artwork adorns the walls of Pet Haven’s new facility in St. Paul. (Gabrielle Lombard / Pioneer Push)

Jill Steele, who has been a doggy foster with Pet Haven for 4 yrs, mentioned her foster mentor considered she was the appropriate suit for her first foster puppy following examining her living environment and being familiar with the persona of her other puppy. Steele was first assigned to Rose, who was introduced to Pet Haven from the Minneapolis Animal Command Centre due to currently being an “escape artist.”

Steele had Rose for about three months — as a result of various tried escapes and weekly examine-in appointments — ahead of she was in a position to obtain her a new, loving property with a substantial back property that would give her the space to operate totally free.

“There’s a little something magical about that approach … the distinction you make in not only the lives of the animals, but you actually also build families,” Steele reported.

Steele reported possessing a Pet Haven facility will support assistance fosters as properly.

“There’s truly a location now for us to do coaching and welcome potential adopters,” Steele explained. “Having a central area that we can all go to meet up with will make the system so a great deal simpler in addition to currently being equipped to open up it up to clearly show the public what we do as opposed to just telling them.”

Together with getting endlessly households, the nonprofit helps supply pet nourishment, veterinary care, behavioral assist and provides. Pet Haven also functions to lower pet overpopulation by supporting spay and neuter initiatives and offers a “Get Them Home” microchip application.


Pet Haven will host its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 505 W. Minnehaha Ave. (in the RestPro building).

Readers can see the new house, fulfill adoptable rescued animals, donate to the pet foods shelf, strike a pose in the pet picture booth, enjoy “bags for wags” and much more.

“Adopting and bringing a new relatives member in is a massive final decision, so we want to make sure that you have assist to do so,” D’Amato reported.