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Stray Haven does NOT have a Humane Investigator on staff. If you have a concern about a humane, neglect, or cruelty case please contact the Tioga County Sheriff's Department at 607-687-1010. For cases outside of their jurisdiction, please notify your local law enforcement agency.
For Dogs Running at Large contact your Dog Control Officer:
Animals with New Families 2020 Year to Date: 527
Cats - 373/ Dogs 154
Animals with New Families 2019 - 368
Cats - 244 / Dogs 124
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Ehhh, what up, Doc? Oh wait, that's my name! Hey, I'm Doc, a 10-year-old mix breed gentleman here at Stray Haven. You're sure to notice that have a couple bumps on me. Don't worry, I just have a few skin tags, they're no big deal — I'm an old man! I came here all the way from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina. I'm excited to be here! The sights and smells of a new place were a little overwhelming at first, but I'm starting to get used to life here at Stray Haven. I kind of like to keep to myself. Sometimes new people approaching me can be scary. It took me a second to open up to the caretakers here, but I'm learning that they aren't so bad. I love it when they take me outside! There's a huge yard here that I loooove running around in! I just want to soak it all up! Once I'm inside, I'm a peach. All I need is a nice warm bed and I'm set. I was an owner surrender, so I'm cautious about getting too attached to people, as I am worried they will just leave me. All I need is someone to show me unconditional love, and I'll fill a hole in your heart you never knew you had. It's a very special thing to adopt an old dog like me — these are my golden years! I keep my kennel very clean. I'm not sure how I would feel about living with cats or other dogs; maybe ask the staff so you can have a conversation. I could probably live with older kids as long as they respect me. I think I need a home where the people love me for who I am and spoil me as I grow old and gray. If you're interested in being my new family, please come meet me at Stray Haven!
Hello there, my name is Abigale. I am an 9-10 year old kitty who lived 8 years with my dad but was with my mom longer than that. My dad brought me in and didn't seem to really like me. He said that my family was getting new flooring and didn't want me to urinate on the new floors so they gave me away. They said I had some accidents over my lifetime but it wasn't a regular thing and I'm sensitive to big changes so it's likely they didn't allow me to adjust to life changes. I've been at Stray Haven for more than 2 months now and I haven't had one issue here with using my litter box. Most of what my family said has proven not to be true about me so we are hoping that someone out there may be wiling to take in a senior gal with a big personality. I am ok with other cats but I sure like to be the boss. I exude strong lady so other cats can be a bit nervous about me but I did have a friend in my last home and some younger, easy going males have been good matches with me here at Stray Haven. I think dogs might be a bit much for me at this stage of my life unless he/she is older like me and easy going enough to give me my space.
Since I've been at Stray Haven, the staff lets me out to free roam and I love that. Although I'm not so keen on being picked up, I do LOVE attention. I can't get enough petting and I'd be a great lap cat. And I roll over to show my belly when I'm super happy. I'm often meowing to talk to visitors and do like to get all the attention. I am a very easy going girl and would love a home where I can just lazily hang out all day. I don't like too much stress in my life (who does?!) and I've become quite loved by staff here. They can't believe how someone could have given me up after so much time in one home and hope that there's someone out there who would love me. Because I'm a senior gal, I have a discounted adoption rate! I'm spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and just $40 to adopt! Please ask staff about me as I'm a truly special gal!
We DO NOT have a veterinarian on staff and we DO NOT have 24/7 staffing. We are happy to provide resources and to accept surrendered animals with accompanying paperwork when scheduled. Abandoned animals on our property face local wildlife and dangerous weather conditions.
Similiarly, please keep in mind, before moving traps by our local Trap-Neuter-Release groups that traps are positioned for the safety of the trapped animals. Please speak to the groups trapping in your area if you have concerns. We can usually put you in touch with the groups servicing your area.
Stray Haven has been proudly serving Tioga County, NY and the Greater Valley, PA for more than 50 years! Thanks, in no small part, to our amazing volunteers and dedicated staff. Through generous donations we are able to provide educational programs and short-term residential care for adoptable animals all to ensure the protection of animals in our area. We believe strongly in our no-kill policy which means fundraising relentlessly to cover medical and hygiene costs for our animals as we seek to pair them with their perfect home.
Stray Haven was established in 1967 by Elaine Forkan, the founder. Elaine began Stray Haven Humane Society as a solution to care for stray and abandoned animals in the community. In the beginning, our organization was a strictly volunteer operated non-profit using an old smokehouse called, O’Brien’s. We were established as a 501c3 on June 1, 1971 and moved to our current location at 194 Shepard Road in Waverly, NY 14892. As of 2012, we transitioned, proudly, to becoming a no-kill shelter.
Stray Haven is a Humane Society dedicated to ensuring the protection of animals through education and service.