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The Scratching Post: Spring 2023

The Scratching Post: Spring 2023

Message from Our Founder and President

Dear SAFE Haven family,

I always enjoy writing our Spring Newsletter because it gives me the opportunity to report back to you (our most cherished supporters) on our lifesaving progress for the first seven months of our fiscal year (July 1, 2022-January 31, 2023) thanks to YOU!

The Great News Is:

  • The expansion of SAFE Haven and SAFE Care (completed mid-2020) is working to save many more lives, just the way we planned.
  • We are adopting nearly 114 cats per MONTH! In the last seven months we have adopted 797 cats! This is remarkable considering just six years ago we were adopting 825 for the entire year!
  • We are spaying and neutering 550 cats and 40 dogs a MONTH in the SAFE Care low cost spay/neuter clinic. We will sterilize over 7,000 this year.
  • Pet Food Pantry distributions to needy cats and dogs are up 15%.
  • Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, donating over $427K per year in service. I just counted the volunteers from last week – there were 131 people volunteering h here in the last seven days!
  • The sterilization of feral cats in the SAFE Care Clinic continues to be a priority. Over 1,600 were trapped and came through the clinic in the last seven months.

But these facts are for your head. And although they are important and demonstrate our impact, we all work with, volunteer for, support and adopt from SAFE Haven because of our hearts. Because of the love we have for animals and our desire to see them safe, well fed, warm, and loved. That is what SAFE Haven is really about—love. Thank you for expressing that love in everything you do for the kitties.

With much gratitude for you,

Pamela Miller
Founder & President

P.S. And to warm your heart check out the transformative cat stories on pages 3-4.

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Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru

Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru

Pet Food Pantry Drive-Thru Events:

These challenging times have forced too many families to choose between filling their pet’s bowl or their own. Help these local families in need by donating during our Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru!

Between Thursday, July 30 and Thursday, August 6, we’ll be accepting pet food donations at the pink tent outside of SAFE Haven. These donations will help us build our stockpile of food as we prepare to reopen our Pet Food Pantry.  Founded in 2012 to help feed the dogs and cats of members of our Triangle community, the Pet Food Pantry helps feed hundreds of animals every year.

What are we looking for?

  • Sealed and unexpired dog and cat food
  • Biggest need: dry dog and cat food

We could really, really use your help now so drop off your donation!

Unable to drop off contributions? Take a look at our Amazon Wish List for items we need or make a financial donation.

Look for the pink tent!

Dates & Times:
Thursday, July 30 – Thursday, August 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431 Garvey Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616-3267

There are no more Upcoming Drive-Thru Events to show at this time.

Past Pet Food Pantry Drive-Thru Events:

August 6, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

August 5, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

August 4, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

August 3, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

August 2, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

August 1, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

July 31, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats

July 30, 2020

9:00 am Pet Food Pantry Donation Drive-Thru @ SAFE Haven for Cats



I just recently adopted this cute kitty. It’s been a great journey so far and I hope we have a long journey with it too. When I first saw it, I fell in love with the way it purrs at me and meows. I knew this is the right cat for me. I have been diagnosed with bipolar at 14 years old and I wanted a cat to help me with my journey to the light. My sister has autism and I wanted her to be comfortable with her self and know it’s okay to be different. Everybody is different in there own way, just like cats. I never have really owned a cat before but with my knowledge hopefully, it can live a long happy life with us. Even though cats are costly, it’s worth to see life grow and develop a love for the cat throughout the years. I haven’t done much work to help the SAFE Haven community but in the future, I wish I could help and volunteer more at the shelter. I would like to donate some food and also a cat tower for the cats at the shelter. I recommend you to adopt a cat from SAFE Haven, the employees and volunteers have the right advice to give at such a low cost. Just pay under 100$ for everything already prepared for you to continue your journey and your cat’s as well. I hope people that are reading this story get inspired and grow a love for themselves and others. Happy New Year!

The Story of Caterpillar

Start 2020 with a New Friend

Start 2020 with a New Friend

Start your 2020 with love, furry snuggles & extra sweet mews.

Adopt a kitty during our New Year, New Cat adoption event for just $20.20 EACH!

Meet the cats available for adoption and plan your visit!

UPCOMING / ONGOING DATES (All times 11 am to 5 pm):

There are no upcoming or ongoing New Years Adoption Events to show at this time.

WHERE: 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616



Mia was adopted in January of 2003. She was estimated to be about 11 months old, so we put her birthday in February of 2002. She was called Marie at that time, but due to her love of chasing and batting little balls around the house, we changed her name to Mia after Mia Hamm, a noted women’s soccer player of that time.

She was a wonderful pet. She loved everyone and even ran to greet them at the door. She was talkative and let you know if you walked near her, just so you wouldn’t step on her. She loved to have her face rubbed and would wake you up in the middle of the night if she needed it rubbed then. But I didn’t mind.

She put up with us having to babysit other cats and even dogs, but she was queen of the house and preferred to be the only fur-baby we owned.

Mia lived her 9 lives. She had to have a front leg removed in 2012 due to cancer. She ran, jumped and went up and down the stairs just fine for years after. But age and illness finally took it’s toll on her comfort and quality of life. She left us on December 9, 2019. She would have been 18 in February 2020. She is missed.