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Meet the SAFE Haven Team – Andrea

Meet the SAFE Haven Team – Andrea

With our Pet Food Pantry distributing thousands of pounds of cat and dog food each year, it takes a lot of coordination. Andrea Acevedo, SAFE Haven’s Pet Food Pantry Coordinator, is bringing her eye for detail and ability to manage tasks to help oversee this vital program.

Get to know Andrea:

Why did you choose SAFE Haven to work at? 
I have volunteered at SAFE Haven for Cats over the course of 12 years and it only made sense to pursue a career in a field that I am passionate about…helping cats!

What are you looking forward to as a new employee of SAFE Haven?
I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of cats.

What do you love about cats?
I love all of God’s creatures, but cats hold a special place in my heart because they are misunderstood and I feel a close connection with them.

Do you have any pets?
I have 7 cats. Nala, Luna, Jasmine, Trixie, Axel, Roze, and Reggie.

Fun Fact:
I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, so I am a Baltimore Ravens fan!

Meet the SAFE Haven Team – Danyea

Meet the SAFE Haven Team – Danyea

Danyea Turner is SAFE Haven’s new Community Engagement and Volunteerism Manager and she’s putting her 8 years in animal welfare to work in that role! 

Get to know Danyea:

Why did you choose SAFE Haven to work at?
When talking to my coworker Cindy, the Rescue Coordinator at Wake County Animal Center, she would rave about how awesome of an experience she would have working with the people here! When I did my initial interview, it seemed like such a positive environment that it made me excited to come here and get to know everyone! Not to mention, I love doing outreach and working with people, and it seemed like it would be a great experience here! 

What are you looking forward to as a new employee of SAFE Haven?
I’m looking forward to being able to do a lot more community involvement and helping others get to know what an amazing organization SAFE Haven is!

What do you love about cats?
I love their weird personalities! You can never know

Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have 3 kitties!
Hanako – Tabby kitty 2.5 yrs old – she’s a huge cuddle bug!
Kikori – Tuxedo 2 yrs old – She is likes to think she owns the house
Goji – Siamese Kitty 6 mo – He’s a perfect mixture of his sisters 😂

Fun Fact:
Danyea has a BA in Animation and Game Design and loves creating graphics that will catch people’s eye. She loves anime, video games, and drawing and, when able, sells her art at events. 

The Cat Chronicle –  May 2024

The Cat Chronicle – May 2024

Thank You! Gracias! Danke! Merci!

We raised more than $148,000 at this year’s Tuxedo Cat Ball!! We truly appreciate all of you cool cats who celebrated with us, especially all of our sponsors and volunteers. Click here to see photos from the evening. We hope to see you all at next year’s ball!

One Month Until a Hole-in-One

Tee off for a purr-fect day on the greens while making a real impact for our furry friends! Join us on Monday, June 3 for our first charity golf tournament at North Ridge Country Club for a great day on a prestigious course.

🏌🏾 Sign up as an individual or with your group of friends.
Volunteer to help us on the day.
🏌️‍♀️ Sponsor the tournament to make an even bigger impact.

Shower Those Kittens

Kittens are cute but they sure are a paw-ful We’re hosting a Kitten Shower on Friday, May 3, to collect much-needed supplies for our cute but high-maintenance kittens. Drop off supplies at the shelter from 6-8 pm. Can’t make it? Ship supplies to the kittens from the comfort of home. Peruse our Registry to find easy-to-donate items. Help us keep these little ones healthy and strong!

Memorial Day

Please note that we’ll be closed on Memorial Day – May 27 – to honor those we’ve lost. We’ll reopen as usual on Tuesday, May 28.

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The Scratching Post: Spring 2024

The Scratching Post: Spring 2024

Message from Our Interim Executive Director

Dear SAFE Haven Champions and Cat Lovers:

It would be an understatement to say that this has been a great year in many ways for life-saving. While kitten season keeps getting longer and there are more and more requests for our organization to take in homeless cats and kittens, we are able to welcome so many helpless animals into our adoption program and find them forever homes, thanks to YOU and your generous support of our mission.

In the first six months of our current fiscal year:

  • Adoptions: 694 cats and kittens adopted to forever homes
  • Surgeries: 3898 spays and neuters
  • Pet Food Pantry: 9,241 lbs. distributed to 166 families
  • Admissions: 662 cats taken in
  • Volunteers: 865 volunteers contributed 161,957 hours in the shelter and the clinic

These big numbers are impressive but what is more important is the one individual who was helped by our amazing team—whether it was to provide a bag of cat food so they would not have to decide between feeding their beloved pet or going hungry; to welcome a stray cat or kitten into our adoption program who might have otherwise been harmed; or to find that forever companion for a lonely person who might have spent the holidays by themselves, those are the most important statistics of all.

SAFE Haven is about LOVE, and you express your love to us in so many ways. We are so grateful for all of you!

With thankfulness,



Patti Godin
Interim Executive Director

Click on the image above to read or download this issue of The Scratching Post.

The Cat Chronicle –  April 2024

The Cat Chronicle – April 2024

Raise a Paw – Place Your Bids Starting Tomorrow!

We can’t wait for you to join us at the Tuxedo Cat Ball to do good for the cats while you dine, dance, and support our efforts to reduce feline overpopulation and improve cat health.

Tomorrow, April 5, is the first day to place your bid on one of the fantastic items we have available at Tuxedo Cat Ball. From beautiful paintings by local artists to sports memorabilia to fine jewelry, there’s an item to catch everyone’s eye. Take a look at the available items in our Silent Auction and start picking out your favorites!

Help Cats + Win Big

While getting your tickets to join us for Tuxedo Cat Ball, don’t forget to grab raffle tickets. With this 50:50 Furever raffle, the more tickets sold, the more money you could win! You must be present at the Ball to win.

No Foolin’ – Pet Food Needed!

There are still a few days left to donate to our Pet Food Pantry Food Drive. You don’t even have to leave home to help! Shop our Amazon wish list and have your donation sent directly to us. Whether you’re helping cute cats or delightful doggos, thank you for giving all pets a healthy meal!

Did You Say Birdies? ⛳

Now’s the time to grab your golfing buddies! During the Purrfect Putt Golf Tournament on June 3, you’ll help cats while enjoying a round at North Ridge Country Club. You will have a great day on the greens and have the chance to bid on our exclusive silent auction items, participate in special competitions, and more. Buy tickets now.

Do you want to volunteer or just have questions? Contact Maddie at

Work with SAFE Haven

While we’re sad to announce that Jamie Hazard, SAFE Haven’s Community Engagement Manager, is leaving us, it’s an excellent opportunity for a cat-lover to join the SAFE Haven team full-time! Here’s all you need to know about our position for Community Engagement Manager and how to apply.


Plants & Cats

Plants can brighten your home, but did you know you must be careful if you have cats? Some plants are toxic. But have no fear. We have all you need to know to keep your cat safe.

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