Welcome to Happy Paws Haven, Australia


Who are we?

Happy Paws Haven is a no-kill animal rescue and rehoming centre in Northern NSW which provides adoption or re-homing services throughout Australia. At Happy Paws Haven our primary focus is on the animals in our care.

We are an essential part of the community which is demonstrated by:

  • Our work with schools and colleges,
  • We are run by volunteers
  • We provide the ability for community service
  • We provide work experience
  • We assist families with animals in crisis,
  • We educate the community about responsible pet ownership. 

Urgent Help Needed!

Please donate today!

SOS Save Happy Paws Haven

For those out there lets join a prayer circle and pray for the good of the animals and the survival of Happy Paws Haven.
This is a very critical time for us at the moment!
 DONATE help in the very worthwhile cause.
The only non kill animal sanctuary
 between Newcastle and Tweed Heads! 

Our BSB is 633-000 and the account No. is 130786031.
The Account Name is Happy Paws Haven.
The account is with the Bendigo Bank, South Grafton Branch.

A tax deductible receipt will be sent for all donations.
We would like your contact details for the receipt.
Name, address and email as a minimum.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help save animals now! 

Urgent! Please donate today!

Please donate today! All donations to get a tax deductible and will help to support the powerful work done by Happy Paws Haven 
Last Year with your help we made a difference to nearly 150 cats and dogs by finding them loving forever homes.

Due to you and your generosity, we have rescued approximately 90 dogs and cats so far this year, 2018. We have desexed them all, vet checked them all, vaccinated them all, they are regularly treated for parasites, and protected against heartworm bearing mosquitoes. Every one of them  has visited the vet at least once this year so far and all have been vet checked regularly by the vet at Happy Paws Haven several times this year. All our fur babies are fed with premium grain-free holistic kibble to ensure they receive the best nutrients they need to give them a good nutrition foundation for rehabilitation ready for their new homes. With your help they are well socialised and loved while at Happy Paws Haven so they are no longer afraid of people or other animals being more affectionate as they gain confidence.

You and your charitable donation will help us continue the critical hands-on work we do for the animals that come through our doors.
Please help us by making a generous contribution today and together we will further our no-kill work during the rest of 2018 and well into the future.

We have already reduced our intake significantly! We are down to less than 65 cats and 50 dogs.
We have no plans to increase numbers at all.
We will not rescue or accept any more cats until we have at least achieved our goal!
 This will give us the opportunity to rebuild a centre of excellence.

Happy Paws Haven desparately needs your HELP Please

Every day thousands of cats & dogs in Australia are abandoned or surrendered. Those who come into our care are given safe haven until they find a new home no matter how long that takes.  We currently have a very special girl who has just had a very special operation so that she can walk without pain and play again.  

Here is a link to a video, a demonstration of Sharman and her painful leg 


Our beautiful girl is shy Miss Sharman. she is fine with women but not to keen on men and we don't know why. Our girl is in Sydney in foster care after being operated on to repair her Achilles Tendon at SASH. The good news is that we have a sponsor who will donate $1 for every $1 donated and with a rescue discount we need to find $5800. Please help us do so by Donating to her vet expense. 

The Achilles tendon is the largest complex tendon in the dog. It is the combined insertion of five different muscles. There are three different types of Achilles tendon injuries. One type is a complete disruption of the of the tendon apparatus itself; this means there is no tension placed on the Achilles tendon when the hock is flexed. Dogs with this type of injury typically have a plantigrade stance or flat footed stance. This is what Sharman had. The surgeon at SASH cut away the scar tissue which had formed and found enough viable tendon to join. He also placed a screw through the tibia and heal bone with the hock in extension and applied a cast to the limb. This has to stay in place for at least 8 weeks after which if all is well they will remove it and send her home. She may still be in a cast and or a supportive bandage for another 6-8 weeks.

 For every $1 you donate our sponsor will donate $1.
Please help Sharman so we can pay her vet bill for the 
repair her foot so thay she can play again

a Happy Paws Haven Super Hero!

But we have a problem we need your help to continue.
We get so many requests for help but we just cannot help everyone!
We have limited resources so have to manage our intake with our capacity to care!

 Rusty was surrendered not long ago with a sore leg, is also doing well.  He came to us because the other dog in the household would not accept him and had bitten him a couple of times during his short stay with them. He was on antibiotics for a while with the owner but it did not make much difference. We had him x-rayed only to find a broken leg and a bone infection called osteomyelitus. He is now on special antibiotics, his leg in a splint and having his bandage changed every week. He has a very sweet nature so once we get him through all this, I know we will have no trouble finding him a truly loving home which he deserves.

Please donate so we can continue to help special cases like Max

Our BSB is 633-000 and the account No. is 130786031.
The Account Name is Happy Paws Haven.
The account is with the Bendigo Bank, South Grafton Branch.

A tax deductible receipt will be sent for all donations.
We would like your contact details for the receipt.
Name, address and email as a minimum.

What have we done so far this year already!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have found homes for 43 cats and 76 dogs giving us a total 119 adoptions so far this year. Our adoption rate has increased year on year which is great. 

Some of the adoptions that have taken place have included long time residents like Koko who had been here for nearly 3 years have now been adopted into wonderful loving home.
Jennifer saw her on line and fell in love with her smile. She rang to make sure she was still here and we had a long chat. She came down for a meet and greet. Jennifer said that Koko was better in the flesh and wanted to adopt her straight away! Koko came to us with her brother and sister, they were nearly run over one night, in April 2014. The driver stopped to see whether they were ok, found no injuries. They took them home to give them a feed and to try and find their owner.  The pups were very hungry, skinny, full of fleas and worms. They had been dumped and they were only about 4-5 months old. They tried valiantly to find their owners without success. Her brother and sister found homes a long time ago. 

"Hi Sally just thought l would let you know Koko and l are doing great.She is wonderful to walk with and we are still having our cuddles each morning, she is my shadow still and its wonderful. I feel like we have been together longer than two weeks because she fills each day with love and joy for me and me for her my girl.Thanks again for taking such good care of her until we found each other. love Jennifer"

Please help us help the animals and make a difference

Our BSB is 633-000 and the account No. is 130786031.
The Account Name is Happy Paws Haven.
The account is with the Bendigo Bank, South Grafton Branch.

A tax deductible receipt will be sent for all donations.
We would like your contact details for the receipt.
Name, address and email as a minimum.

Here are our senior cats who are looking for homes. From top left is Suraya - 2011  and next to her is Elliott - 2009, bottom left is Nari - 2008 and Daphne - 2007 is next to her. Each of these beautiful cats are still looking for homes.

We are still struggling financially to meet our costs especially our vet bills.  We still owe April at $9437.20, May at 4399.05, June  at 4241.45 and August at 9639.55.

Just in the first eight months of this year alone, we have already de-sexed over 100 cats and dogs, given at least 35 dentals and over 200 C5 or F4 vaccinations to dogs and cats and had over 95 other procedures done not including Heart worm, FIV or Parvo testing..  and so far this year 2018 we have spent a total of $61100.

It costs us approximately $9.38/animal/day which covers everything including maintenance of the animal facilities. We are continuing to find ways to reduce costs so that we cover our capacity to care.
There is more to be done but are waiting on the funds to do so. 

On average we spend $900/week on food, approximately $1200 - $2200 per month on parasite control depending whether it’s a worming month or not, every new animal is micro-chipped as they arrive, wormed, treated for heart worm, mites and de-flead. Then off to the vet for a thorough vet check, heart worm test, immunisation, desexing and anything else they may require..

Please help by joining us to help these animals in need

 We urgently need to meet a shortfall in donations so that we can continue to care for every animal that turns to us for help. 

Spring is here and puppy season has already started, we already have 3 litters in our care, one litter is already up for adoption with everything done, One litter have had their first vaccination and the third litter is too young to be vaccinated. This is always the start of the businest time of the year at Happy Paws Haven, but this year’s challenges have been unprecedented and have placed a huge strain on our sanctuary's resources. 

Please donate urgently so that all animals have a second chance at happiness this spring.

With your help, no challenge is insurmountable. Happy Paws Haven is so fortunate to have people like you by our side. Your generosity will help sponsor the care of a special animal in our sanctuary like Max  or the S-Team Puppies. It will keep them safe while they wait to be adopted by their future forever family.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please make an urgent gift now! 

We are only taking in animals in crisis now, due to our shortage of funds. We balance our intake with our rehoming rate and our capacity to care based on our funding and cash flow.

Please help us to help these animals in need

When you donate to the Happy Paws Haven today, you are helping us continue the good work that we are doing. From emergency rescue, animals in crisis all the way through to adoption, we are there for animals every step of the way. Please make a gift right now and ask you friends to do the same

  • We are looking for people who would like to sponsor a task and in return we would happily put your name on the item or ask you to name it for us.

We have a policy to minimise our impact to our natural environment!
  • we plant approximately 50 native trees and shrubs each year

  • we use tank water for all our clean water needs

  • Grey water goes back into to ground
  • Solar power
  • Solar hot water
  • Recycled newspaper for litter
Please donate to help us care for the animals and help them to find new homes!

Our BSB is 633-000 and the account No. is 130786031.
The Account Name is Happy Paws Haven.
The account is with the Bendigo Bank, South Grafton Branch.

A tax deductible receipt will be sent for all donations.
We would like your contact details for the receipt.
Name, address and email as a minimum.

All funds go directly to the welfare of the animals



'In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.' From: 'The Outermost House' by Henry Beston.


 Where are we?

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