At Happy Cats Haven we believe that cats are valuable, lovable and trainable, not disposable. Each adoption matches our deep understanding of our cats with their new families, handcrafted for a feline lifetime.
The Gift of Time
Shelter cats are usually traumatized cats. They come from all walks of life, stripped of everything they knew and loved. We give them time to recover from losing their homes and time to show their true personalities to our loving staff and volunteers.Research shows that cats in unfamiliar environments can be so scared their behavior is the same as a completely unsocialized, feral cat. It can be weeks before their true personalities emerge.Based on our Five Cat Wishes, we try to look at the world through their eyes. We use play therapy and clicker play to help regain their confidence and rebuild their bonds with people. We take the time to get to know each of our cats and kittens, noting their personalities, petting, play styles and scratching preferences.
Hand Crafted Adoptions
Most of of our cats live in comfortable colonies where they can express natural cat behavior, based on the Five Freedoms. We learn about their relationships with other cats too, matching them carefully so no one gets bullied.Cats often make good friends with other cats here, so we nurture those friendships and try to find homes where they can be adopted together. You’ll never have better kitty friends than two siblings raised together, so we always try to help keep them together too. At least 40% of our adoptions are friends and family groups!We take the time to get to know you and your family too, including all your animal companions. This helps us to find the best cat for you and the best family for our cats. We have placed over 2,500 cats and kittens since we started and our adopters can testify to those happy placements.
It's Not a Save Until They Stay
Cat lives can span a human generation, 15-20 years. Our goal is a forever home for each cat and kitten. We support their full life cycles, as many of their nine lives as they need.We help them to thrive–not just survive–with regular follow-ups to make sure everything is going smoothly. We also offer ongoing support with classes, online advice and referrals to our behavior consultants Melissa Shandley and Carole Galloway that continue long past adoption.Our adoptions are no-fault. If we need to take back one of our cats, our Happy Cats Safety Net is here for them, no matter the circumstance.
A Feline Friendly Shelter
More importantly, we back up our commitment to taking in cats and keeping them until they are adopted by being a Feline Friendly Shelter.Our focus is only on cats. Much more like their wild cat cousins in behavior, they can become very anxious in a shelter–even our kind and gentle one. We try to recover every cat from the Feline PTSD of being abandoned.Several of our volunteers and staff are Fear Free Certified. These gentle handling techniques help us replace fear with joy so everyone’s true self can shine again.