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CLOSED – Shelter and Clinic

CLOSED – Shelter and Clinic

Coronavirus/COVID-19 has created a very fluid, quickly evolving situation in Wake County and its surrounding communities. SAFE Haven for Cats and its SAFE Care Spay/Neuter Clinic are working to manage the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus and are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

After careful consideration, and to ensure the safety and health of all volunteers, visitors and staff, SAFE Haven for Cats has closed to the public at 11 am on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Doing our part to reduce the probability of virus transmission is the most important choice we can make right now and we will evaluate re-opening on a weekly basis. Follow us here on our website, on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news about our status. 

Our staff will provide exemplary and daily care to all of the cats and kittens in the shelter and remain in close contact with fosters. Our priority is their well-being, and staff will continue to provide not only sheltering and medical care but also enrichment and loving attention.

Thank you and we look forward to re-opening soon and introducing you to the amazing and adoption-ready felines at SAFE Haven.

Questions? Contact Pam at or (919) 582-7834.

Last Hours To Give

Last Hours To Give

All your donations are TRIPLE MATCHED! … AGAIN!!! We are in our final hours to reach our goal of raising $140,000 for cats! 

2018 Thermo 115 raised

2018 has been an incredible year for cats in the Triangle… 

Since July – just six months – 
490 cats and kittens have been adopted
1,623 cats have been sterilized at the SAFE Care Clinic (47% for free thanks to generous donors like you!)
34 cats saved from Hurricane Florence

We’ve promised our feline friends to do even better in 2019.


We need YOU to help keep our promise.
A donation of $25 will grow 3x to $75 and will feed three kittens for six days.
A donation of $85 will grow to $225 to help control the pet population by spaying or neutering three cats.
A donation of $125 will triple to $375 to pay for a month of antibiotics, nose drops and eye ointment for 12 cats with colds.


If we reach our $140,000 goal by midnight on the 31st, our leadership donors have pledged to give an additional $140,000! That brings our total to $280,000 to help homeless cats in the Triangle in 2019.

YOU can make it happen! But, you only have a few hours left to donate!

Click here or the button below to make your donation!

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News & Observer Features Our Kitties For Christmas

News & Observer Features Our Kitties For Christmas

News & Observer reporter Brooke Cain and videographer Travis Long came by the shelter to feature our kitties to promote the Christmas Adoption Event. Our Founder and President Pam Miller also talked about the benefits and challenges of pets as a present.

Miller says if the circumstances are right, it’s perfectly fine to adopt pets at Christmas. Reputable rescue groups already have criteria in place to try to ensure the right pet goes home with the right adopter. That is no different at Christmas.


The problem scenarios — well-meaning adult children who think mom and dad would like a cat, or someone giving a pet to a significant other who may not even want one — aren’t going to happen at SAFE Haven to start with, Miller says.


“The person who owns it is the person who picks it out,” she said.


SAFE Haven has trained adoption counselors who guide prospective adopters through the process. It’s a “friendly process,” Miller said, but thorough.


“It’s a marvelous experience for families and an opportunity for teaching children,” Miller said. “What is an animal shelter? Why are they here? What is spay and neuter? How do you take care of an animal? What are our responsibilities?”


Besides, Miller points out, adopters sometimes have more time to spend with new pets during the holidays.

“Maybe you have time off,” she said. “That’s a great time to be at home with your kitty and get it comfortable and into a routine.”


As for the reduced adoption fees, Miller says they’ve seen no correlation between the price someone pays for a pet and the longevity of keeping the pet.


“Our experience does not reflect that at all. We have a good screening process and a good track record,” Miller said. “And there are so many more cats are losing their lives in shelters than dogs. Eighty percent of dogs get out of shelters alive, but only about 40 percent of cats do.


“We can’t adopt them out fast enough to save them all.”

Read more here:

The Cat Chronicle – November 2018

The Cat Chronicle – November 2018

Everybody Likes To Get More For Their Money – Even Our Cats! 

Now through the end of the year, your donation will be matched thanks to our generous leadership donors. Every dollar goes directly to saving the lives of cats in the Triangle. Our goal is to raise $280,000 before 2019. You can help. Donate today! 

6,000 Steps to Success

Thank you to the nearly 200 runners/walkers who raised nearly $5,000 at the Run for Their Lives 5K in October. See photos from the event here. 

Volunteers Needed! Are You a Good Match? 

Volunteers on Sunday

Do you love cats and want to help your community? Then consider joining our volunteer team and attending the next Volunteer Information Session on Tuesday, Nov 13 at 6:30 pm. Come a little early at 6:00 for a special session focused on becoming a foster!. By becoming a foster family, you can help save more lives by increasing the number of cats we can take in from local shelters, the community and emergencies. RSVP for both events here.

COMING SOON: Black Friday Special Adoption Event

Watch our Facebook page for details about special reduced adoption fee days during the weekend after Thanksgiving!


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