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About Us

History and Who We Are

About Us

History & Who We Are

History & Who We Are

Since opening, SAFE Haven has orchestrated the adoptions of more than 10,550 cats and kittens and spayed or neutered more than 34,000 cats, kittens and small dogs in our clinic.

During the last fiscal year, 899 cats and kittens were adopted; 3,284​ cats, kittens and small dogs were sterilized in our clinic; 518 animals were fed through our Pet Food Pantry; and 350 cats were temporarily housed in 45 foster care homes. We rescued 37 cats from natural disasters and took 384 cats from the Wake County Animal Shelter and other traditional county shelters.

The shelter began in the two-car, heated and air-conditioned garage of founder / President Pam Miller 26 years ago. SAFE Haven’s first 400 cats were adopted from that garage. Five years later, SAFE Haven moved to a larger facility in a business center on Durant Road in Raleigh, opening the Triangle’s first permanent no-kill shelter for cats. In 2001, the SAFE Care Spay / Neuter Clinic was opened, a major initiative. At that time, it was the only freestanding clinic for cats in North Carolina. In 2012 SAFE Haven launched a pet food pantry to supply food on a temporary basis to low-income households in danger of having to give up their companion animals. SAFE Haven has expanded twice and now occupies rental space in two buildings: one space for the adoption center; the other for the spay / neuter clinic.

SAFE Haven gets no government funds and relies entirely on individual and corporate donors, grants and its own fund-raising initiatives, including a 5K race and in the spring, the Tuxedo Cat Ball. SAFE Haven spends 83 percent of its annual budget on its programs and services. Only 17 percent goes to administrative costs. SAFE Haven is also the recipient of $350,000 (yearly) in donated time from 125 volunteers per week.

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Upcoming Events

CANCELED – Fill A Truck

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Support SAFE Haven by purchasing much-needed items from our wish list! At the Walmart in Wake Forest...

CANCELED – Adoption Event at PetPeople

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a ...

CANCELED – Bottle-Feeding Orphan Kittens

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Yes, these bottle babies are super cute, and their care is both an art...

CANCELED – May Volunteer Information Session

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Do you love cats and want to help your community? Then consider joinin...

Cat Communication

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cats talk with their whiskers?! A cat’s body is one giant communication tool, and you can learn ho...

Adoption Event at PetPeople

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Are you thinking about adding a new cat to your family? Join us for a kitty meet and greet at PetPeo...