What we do
The purpose of HappyPaws Haven is to provide short term care to cats and dogs that have been lost, abandoned or mistreated. Permanent homes are found for rehabilitated animals.
The animals which arrive at HappyPaws Haven are fed, cleaned, treated for fleas and worms if necessary, and given a place of shelter. Initially, the animals are housed separately, either at a carer or at Riverbank Animal Hospital. At this time, the animals are vet checked to determine the health of the animal, and provided with any treatment required.
If a positive identification can be made through the presence of a micro-chip, owners are notified as to the whereabouts of the animal and inviting them to come and collect it thus determining whether the animal is lost, abandoned or surrendered. Animals which have not been surrendered are reported to the pound so that the correct process to try to locate the owner can be initiated.All vets in the area are also notified, as is the local radio station 2GF.
Following assessment of the animal’s health and behaviour the animal is integrated with similar type animals placed in temporary care at the home of a volunteer.
Any ongoing health problems are monitored and treated by the Riverbank Animal Hospital. All adult dogs are assessed by Carole Bryant, a local professional behavioural dog trainer, and rehabilitation and training plans are implemented according to the professional advice given. All animals are cared for in a clean sheltered environment, until homes are found for them, at the residence of a volunteer carer or at the shelter. Cats and dogs are immunised, micro-chipped and de-sexed as necessary prior to being taken to the carer.
During their time at a carer’s residence or at the shelter, cats are housed in a purpose built facility which has been fitted out for comfort and safety. Separate areas are provided to provide both quiet time and play areas. A specially designed area enables cats and kittens to have access to the outside while still being safely enclosed. These areas, including floors, food and litter containers are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily. These facilities are inspected by the RSPCA regularly to ensure that they meet the requirements for the housing and caring of animals.
Happy Paws Haven also takes in a limited number of dogs. Cabin style kennels are provided at the shelter for some, but most dogs are cared for at volunteer carer’s homes in the Clarence Valley. All animals are fed quality foods while in care, receive training and veterinary care when required.
HappyPaws Haven is fussy about who adopts these animals and where they are housed and cared for. The adoption criteria is documented as a questionnaire and strictly adhered to.
All animals and their details are recorded in a Microsoft Excel Workbook and are updated as changes occur.
Micro-chipped animals have their details recorded on the official micro-chip database. Information on our activities is published through the local media, the HappyPaws Websites, community notice boards, and veterinary clinics.
A dedicated website www.happypawsgrafton.com.au is used to find suitable homes for rescued animals and those de-sexed animals belonging to the general public and other rescue organisations. Descriptions and photographs of individual animals are published to enable suitable homes to be matched to the animals needs. This site has enabled us to relocate animals into homes both locally and as far a-field as Launceston, Esperance in WA, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gympie, Bendigo, Cairns, Alice Springs to mention just a few.
A register of potential new owners is maintained and people wanting pets are interviewed, during which their suitability as a pet owner is matched against their ability to provide a safe and comfortable home for their pet. Vet references are checked, and where possible the accommodation for the pet is inspected. This strict adoption criterion is adhered to in all cases and is well documented.
As manager of HappyPaws Haven and principal carer, Sally Rogers, has educated volunteers, carers, and work experience students, at both the school and TAFE level, in aspects of responsible pet care and ownership. School children, seniors, those in aged care and disabled people have been encouraged to visit HappyPaws Haven to interact with pets in an appropriate and caring manner. TAFE students visit HappyPaws Haven to complete practical assignments as a part of their course work. HappyPaws Haven works with the various community service agencies to assist people build a path back into the community.
We are committed to promoting a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for pets, and the families that care for them.
This site allows other rescue groups and individuals to advertise - for free - animals in their care along with photos and descriptions. Our policy includes the desexing of all animals before they go to their new homes. If you are a member of the public wishing to find a home for your pet, proof of desexing must be provided before we can assist you with advertising of your pet on this site.
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How we think
"We need another wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. 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. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the next of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
From the book called 'The Outermost House' by Henry Beston.