HappyPaws Haven is an incorporated and endorsed animal welfare charity providing services in the Clarence Valley Region. HappyPaws Haven in Grafton was founded by Sally Rogers in July 2006, and has grown to include a number of local volunteers who dedicate their time to providing care and re-housing for local cats and dogs who have been lost, abandoned or mistreated. Veterinary Services are provided by the South Grafton Veterinarian Clinic. Volunteers are covered by public liability insurance and volunteer activities are an option for people on New Start, Work for the Dole and other Centrelink Programs. The charity is run based on the model rules for associations supplied by the NSW Office of Fair Trading.
HappyPaws Haven is managed and operated by volunteers, there is no paid staff, all donations and adoption fees go towards the care of the animals. We are not funded by any government or quasi government body.
At our Animal Re-homing Centre/Shelter we do not impound these wonderful creatures in an antiseptic, caged atmosphere, like that found in typical animal shelters. The dogs and cats are kept in a natural setting. The dogs have the opportunity to roam in grassy paddocks with oversight and control by our volunteers. Our cats live in a community environment within a large open cattery.
When an animal arrives injured or sick they are quarantined and nurtured by caring human hands back to health. Dogs and cats are kept separated from the main population until an emotional, behavioural and psychological assessment can be made, then if all is well; they are slowly integrated into a pack or cattery.
We are involved in the Pedigree Adoption Drive seen on television and PetRescue.