Animals with New Families 2021 (as of 05/17) - 314
Ferrets 1 / Cats 175 / Dogs 135 / Rabbits 3
Animals with New Families 2020 - 527
Cats - 373 / Dogs 154
Animals with New Families 2019 - 368
Cats - 244 / Dogs 124
Do you, or someone you know need to rehome companion animals? We're here to help. We have a waitlist of more than 4 dozen families. Each intake requires a scheduled appointment and a behavior/medical assessment by our staff. We're helping as many animals as we can as quickly as we can, please be patient.
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Greetings. I'm Diane and it's nice to meet you. I was adopted from Stray Haven more than 11 years ago and I was recently returned. The person who adopted me left me behind when they moved to another state. The person who was renting the property found me and took me home to live with her and her family. Unfortunately, I am at that stage where I pretty much don't care to be around very many animals in my life. Dogs, most likely not, unless they are ones that are respectful of my boundaries and leave me alone. Children, probably not very young ones so I don't have to worry about having to get away from grabbing and rough little hands. I can coexist with other cats, but they have to respect me and my energy level. Not getting in my space, leaving me to do things that I want to do, like relaxing and sleeping and warming myself in a nice patch of sunlight. The lady who brought me home said I mostly confined myself to a single room and spent a lot of my time in there. Sadly though, she was unable to keep me and I was forced to make my return back to Stray Haven. Since I am quite old, I don't have the best teeth anymore, so a diet of both wet and dry food is a must for the rest of my life. I can eat dry food, but wet food is best. I hope there's still people out there who adopt senior cats... I really, really don't want to spend my golden years living inside a cage until it's my time to leave this Earth... Will you be the one to give me consistency for the rest of my life? I sure hope so...
Hey people! I'm Vera! It's so nice to meet you! I am a 3 year old spayed female who is up to date on her vaccinations. I was brought to Stray Haven by a lady who just couldn't bear seeing me out on the streets. Since coming here, the staff knew I was quite the interesting lady. For starters, I was NOT a fan of the gloves that the staff were wearing when they were doing my intake. They are unsure if it's just the blue gloves, or if it's all gloves.. But man did I hate the sight of them. I didn't calm down until they took them off, then we were all fine. How dare they touch me with anything that isn't like the normal human hands that I'm used to. I proceeded to love on them, let them examine me thoroughly and we started getting along great! That is until they went to take my picture and started trying to get my attention with an array of squeaky sounds.. That just irritated the heck out of me! They were making high pitched squeaky and whistling noises and the more they did it, the more I started grumbling! I couldn't understand why they were doing that and why they couldn't talk normal?! We have since then reached an agreement where they won't do that and that I have no reason to grumble or get salty at them. Cats are quite fickle and I guess that I am no different. They set me up with my very own cage with a big window all to myself. A bird feeder on the tree right outside and I have constant entertainment for most of the day. They are still learning about all of my tendencies and little quirks but I am not a hard cat to figure out. I like what I like and I will let you know if and when I don't. Now who's gonna argue with me on the fact that all house panthers have quite the personality? No one! My black coat is beautiful and I'm sure we'll be able to play lots of hide and seek in your home if you decide to pick me. Here's a hint, I'll most likely be the winner so don't get sad if I'm perfecting the art of blending in. I can sometimes be cat selective so I suggest you talk to my people (the staff) about me and what type of personalities I'm more than likely to get a long with! I hope someone comes for me soon, I'm ready to break out of this place and find my forever home. Will it be with you?
Hi everyone! My name is Opie, and I had a home for many years. In fact I had two. My original owner started having some health issues so I would spend more and more time at her son in law's house, with his dogs. Eventually I went to live with him permanently and everything was fine co-habitating with his 2 dogs but we never got along famously. My family felt they couldn't continue to manage that situation in the long-term. They were devastated to bring me to Stray Haven and did a lot of crying about leaving me, but they didn't know what else to do. They took good care of me and had all my medical records for the staff. Since I've been at Stray Haven I have been friendly with the staff although it's a little loud at the shelter and it's not something I've ever experienced before. I do love meeting people and I'd really prefer to be in a home with someone who can love me and I am great with kids! Staff would say I'm dog selective, so I'll need to do a meet n' greet if you have any dogs. But I did live with cats and enjoyed playing with them. I am housetrained, and a lovely companion. I'm loyal, loving, playful, but also love to lounge around, and I'm the perfect age at 6 years young. I'm neutered, microchipped, fully vaccinated, and ready for you!
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 2011, 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.