Safe Haven Humane Society

Ionia, MI   |  www.shhspets.com

Mission

To find loving, appropriate lifelong homes for homeless animals; implement sterilization initiatives to reduce pet overpopulation; support efforts to stop animal abuse; and to educate the public regarding pet responsibility.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Mary Snyder

Main address

P.O. Box 55

Ionia, MI 48846 USA

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Formerly known as

Ionia County Humane Society

EIN

38-3409016

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Adoptions

Abandoned pets taken into county and municipal shelters are taken into Safe Haven's adoption program based on temperament and adoptability.  All pets are temperament tested and heartworm (dogs) and feline leukemia and FIV (cats) tested.  Dogs that test positive for heartworm disease may still be taken into our program if funds are available for heartworm treatment.  Cats that test positive for FIV are held pending available space in a sanctuary for FIV/FeLV cats.  All pets are removed from the county shelter facilities and moved into foster homes.  The pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and treated for internal and external parasites. While in foster homes, they are socialized and evaluated to determine what type of home they are best suited for.  All pets are posted online on Petfinder.com with photo and description.  During the last two weeks of every month, available pets are taken to PetSmart in Kentwood (Grand Rapids), Michigan for adoption days.

Population(s) Served

During March and April of 2010, Safe Haven offered to subsidize half of the cost of spaying female cats for Ionia County residents.  Advertising as "Beat the Heat" and offering a cat spay for $20 (Safe Haven paid the balance of $25), at least 163 spays were done under this program.

Population(s) Served

Safe Haven Humane Society operates as a foster-home dog and cat rescue.  Our cat foster homes are at capacity by April-May of every year due to "kitten season" when large numbers of cats and kittens are dumped at the local county animal shelters.  Once we take as many cats or kittens from shelters as we can accommodate in foster care, cat/kitten intake at the shelters is still high and illness and euthanasia are the logical outcome of that shelter overpopulation.  To promote adoptions of cats and kittens, Safe Haven offered to pay for the spay/neuter surgery of any cat or kitten adopted from the Ionia County Animal Shelter during June, July and August.  In June, the promotion was primarily responsible for the adoption numbers increasing by 250%.  Numbers are not yet available for July and August, but in one week of July, 20 cats or kittens were adopted which is a huge increase over last year during the same time.

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Safe Haven Humane Society

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shannon Beech

No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2009 - Jan 2012

Shannon Beech President

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Eileen McFadden Vice President

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Elizabeth Wellman Secretary

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Mary Snyder Treasurer

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Gayle Thompson Member At Large

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Donna Huhn Member At Large

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Sue Hinz Member at Large

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