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Impact Statement

About Us

Impact Statement

Impact Statement

Because of YOU . . . We are saving innocent lives every day!

Many, many lives were saved this past year at SAFE Haven due entirely to your support. You are the main reason for our shared success. We provided services to 6,433 animals this year (8% increase) at a cost of $148.12 each. The only way we are able to accomplish this is with the support of our unselfish volunteers who donated 14,496 hours of time this year with a value of over $350,658. In addition, $95,745 worth of food, towels, beds and other in-kind services were donated in 2018 / 2019.

Adoption Program Recap

Thanks to your support, we have had the most successful adoption year in the 26-year history of SAFE Haven for Cats. We found homes for 899 stray cats this year compared to 864 last year. This also means that each cat’s time at the shelter is shrinking and they are finding homes quicker and quicker. The average time it takes a cat to get adopted at SAFE Haven is 4 weeks. (After a one-week isolation period.)

We attribute this success to our adopters, volunteer adoption counselors, our special groups of behavior experts (the Cat Enrichment crews) and our life saving fosters.

Thanks to YOU . . . . Happy Endings

Hurricane Florence – September 14, 2018:
When Hurricane Florence was bearing down on the coast of North Carolina that September, it looked like she was going to be coming right over our shelter so we had activated our Emergency Plans.

At the time, Florence was projected to decimate the outer banks so SAFE Haven stepped in to assist the Dare County Animal Shelter and agreed to take 20 cats two evenings before the storm hit, as they evacuated their shelter. We met a van at 10:30 at night in Zebulon and transported the cats back to SAFE Haven. In that group was a mommy cat, Zaria and her six little kittens.

When Florence came ashore, on September 14, it caused extensive flooding to the Fayetteville SPCA. We were in contact with them and as they were forced to evacuate their shelter 4 days after the storm, we took an additional 14 cats and kittens from them.

All in all we took 34 cats and kittens because of the Hurricane in conjunction with the Humane Society of the U.S.

SAFE Care Clinic Program Recap

We specialize in helping the public with pets, strays and feral cats.

From “Beat the Heat” to “Toms for $10” we have had fun while promoting one goal: to spay and neuter as many cats and kittens as we can every day, to reduce euthanasia of healthy animals.

More than 34,000 cats have been spayed at the SAFE Care Clinic since it opened in 2001. If they would have produced even two kittens each, they would have added 208,000 stray cats to the Triangle in only two years. In 2018 in the Triangle and surrounding counties, 49% of cats entering the shelter system were euthanized. (NC Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Division, Animal Welfare Section, Animal Welfare Reports.)

The SAFE Care Clinic, owned by Dr. Jennifer Bledsoe-Nix, helps cats, kittens, feral cats and dogs every day. The clinic is founded on the principle that no one is ever turned away because they cannot pay the already low fee of $85.

By the numbers:

3,284 sterilizations performed this year

1,247 (38%) free or reduced price

53.5% female; 46.5% male

85% of the animals coming to the clinic have not had any prior or recent veterinary care.

31 counties in NC were served by the clinic in 2018 / 2019

The Clinic is licensed by the NC Veterinary Board

SAFE Haven helps other rescue groups and shelters to make sure more cats get sterilized before adoption. They include: Best Friend Pet Adoption, Franklin County Animal Services, FCAS / Paws for Life, Marden’s Cat Tales, Friends of Wake County and the SPCA of Franklin County.

SAFE Haven’s TNVR Mission

“Un-owned or semi-owned community cats number between 30 to 40 million in the U.S. Only 2% of them are sterilized.” (Managing Community Cats, HSUS, 2014.) How many community or feral cats do we have in the Triangle? According to experts, a mid-range formula is 10% of the human population. The current population of the Triangle is 1.3 million people. In fact, we are the 16th fastest growing region in the nation. That would be 130,000 cats.

Through aggressive and mostly free services, with your help, we have sterilized and vaccinated 486 feral cats and kittens this year. You will notice a change from TNR to TNVR. This is to emphasize what has always been true: that these services include a Rabies (and distemper) vaccine. In helping government officials and others accept TNVR we emphasize this important requirement.

SAFE Haven supports our community in many other ways to help feral cats:

  • Loan of humane traps and training / support to safely catch elusive cats
  • Classes – Basics of TNVR – Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Management of the TNRWake feral cat registry. Confidential, third party registry that can help you reclaim a feral cat in Wake County
  • Free food for feral colony managers
  • Home of Operation Catnip, the Triangle’s oldest feral cat sterilization program. Housed one Sunday a month at SAFE Haven, OC sterilizes about 700 cats a year.

SAFE Haven is successful because of individual donations

Donations are vital to our organization since adoption fees do not cover the basic medical care of the cats SAFE Haven takes into our shelter. And as a “No Kill” shelter, we believe in treating every medical condition we are able to – just like you do for your beloved pets. You may not know it, but as a private non-profit animal shelter we do not get any funds from the City of Raleigh, Wake County or the State of North Carolina. Because it is of the utmost importance we continue to offer no-cost or low-cost sterilization services to every person/cat in our community who needs it, the support of our donors is vital to this mission. Several hundred cats who use the spay/neuter services of the clinic have never been to a veterinarian. Were it not for the availability of these services, many cats would go unneutered and hundreds of homeless kittens would be born.

Thanks to 6,116 gifts from compassionate animal people, SAFE Haven met our financial goals this past fiscal year. Additionally, we successfully managed our expenses and benefited from $350,658 of donated time from our volunteers. Over $33,000 of cat and dog food, paper towels, toys and litter were also donated to the cats. A total of $95,745 of in-kind goods and services were donated to our special events.

The Pet Food Pantry

The Pantry is the only one of its kind in Wake County. Last year, we fed 390 cats, 128 dogs and helped 127 families providing over 11 tons of food. People in need can apply for the Pantry. They can’t have any more than 6 animals, cannot get any more while receiving food from the Pantry and SAFE Haven assists them to assure that 100% of their pets are spayed and neutered.

Low Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic

This year we were able to provide 302 low cost rabies vaccines ($5) to members of our community at our twice yearly rabies clinics.

Education Programs

Over 100 people attended classes at SAFE Haven on topics such as Senior Cat Care, Starting a Rescue Group, Emergency Planning for your Pets and Bottle Feeding Orphan Kittens.

Take a virtual tour of the SAFE Haven shelter via this video:

SAFE Haven for Cats video tour (7:11)

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Upcoming Events

Tuxedo Cat Ball Is Back!

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join your fellow cat lovers for the first-ever online Tuxedo Cat Ball on Friday, August 21, 2020 fro...

CANCELED – Fill A Truck

August 22 @ 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

September 19 @ 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...

CANCELED – Adoption Event at PetPeople

October 17 @ 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...

Fill A Truck

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Support SAFE Haven by purchasing much-needed items from our wish list! At the Walmart in Wake Forest...

Fill A Truck

November 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Support SAFE Haven by purchasing much-needed items from our wish list! At the Walmart in Wake Forest...