194 Shepard Road
Waverly, NY 14892
(607) 565 - 2859
Our lifesaving mission envisions a community that promotes turning compassion into action for dogs and cats by adopting healthy animals into loving homes, promoting the human-animal bond through outreach, education and advocacy, spaying and neutering to end the suffering of overpopulation and to improve public health and the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals.
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 is a Humane Society dedicated to ensuring the protection of animals through education and service.
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 2011, we transitioned, proudly, to becoming a no-kill shelter.
Our mission here at Stray Haven is to continue to provide quality care for the abused, neglected, and unwanted animals of the Southern Tier region. Our staff cares deeply for this mission and strives to provide the best quality care for these animals. Unfortunately, between medical expenses and day to day care this comes at a high cost. We are reaching out to the generous members of our community looking for sponsors for our kennels. These sponsorships will cover both routine and emergency medical care, food, training, enrichment opportunities, and everything needed to make the animals stay at the shelter the next best thing to being in a forever home.
Please consider reaching out and sponsoring a kennel. Your generosity will make a significant difference in the quality of life of our shelter pets. What you will get with a sponsorship: a plaque with your name displayed on the kennel, your business link posted on our webpage, a copy of our newsletter with you listed as a sponsor, and the warm feeling and good karma that comes with giving to the needy animals.
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Hey!! I'm Peli! Named after the famous character from the Disney+'s hit series The Mandalorian! I am a gorgeous Grey and White Female kitty who is estimated to be around 3 years of age. I traveled to Stray Haven when my owner knew he needed some assistance in downsizing the amount of kitties that he had. I came here with a number of others too and we were all able to get Spayed and Neutered, and Up-To-Date on all of our shots during our stay! I'm sure you're already aware that my face looks a little different than your normal cat. From what my owner was able to tell my new human friends on the staff here, is that I showed up one day as a stray and my face was already like this! I have seen a number of Veterinarian's and Vet Tech's and they all concluded that I had probably sustained an injury to my face at some point in my life. It was also determined that I was the Mother of some of the cats/kittens that came from his home, so the Vet's & Vet Tech's said that it wasn't congenital, as none of my offspring shared the same special nose as me. I have an extra slit to my nose because of this and sometimes you can hear me breathing a bit funny. It doesn't seem to bother me though, and I live and breathe as best as I can. Sometimes I can be prone to sneezing and be a bit of a 'snuffler' but if you've experienced that before, you know that this is just me, and I'm doing the best that I can with what I've got. To tell you the truth, I forget that it's even there sometimes! It just makes me one unique little cat! I have mostly only ever known my owner, so it takes me a little bit to warm up to people. After all, cats deal with change much differently than humans do, so the staff here sits and works with me every day! I now come out when they're around and if you're my friend, I will show you just how good I am at making biscuits! The softest and most delicate ones that you ever did see! A lot of times when they sit with me, I will put my head into my basket or blanket and just enjoy myself as they gently stroke and rub my head. I am a naturally shy and timid cat, so if you're one that loves to be patient and have the challenge of winning me over, then I'm the perfect cat for that! I thrive on feline companionship too, and as long as your kitties are nice to me, I would love the chance to become friends too! I would really love to get back into a nice and quiet home, where I can spend my days sun bathing, window watching, and the daily comfort of my forever person. Would you be that person for me? The one I can look to whenever I need them? I really hope so. I'll be here at the shelter until I find the match that is perfect for me!
Hello! My name is Courage! I came to Stray Haven off of the streets. I'm a medium-sized fella and would love to be a part of your family! I'm pretty easy going. I don't make a mess in my kennel and I respond really well to the staff here at Stray Haven. I can be slow to warm up to strangers, I can be a little insecure sometimes and as a stray no one really knows what I've experienced before my time here at the shelter. I'm hoping that some day I can find a home that can help me work towards being the best boy I can be. Oh! And hikes, I would love to go to a home that goes hiking, or walks a lot. My favorite thing to do is go on walks on the trails here! If you'd like to meet me, stop by Stray Haven and maybe we'll be a good match!
***NEW DATE due to a veterinary conference being held on 7/17 we had to move our rabies clinic to Sunday 7/24. It will be from 9:00-11:00. Pre-registration will be open until 7/21/22 online or by calling the shelter at 565-2859