From Rte. 17 East, take Exit 61 (Waverly/Sayre). Turn left off of the ramp. At the second stop sign, turn right onto Rte. 17C/Chemung St., continue on 17C for approximately 3 miles leaving town. Turn right onto Shepard Rd., go through both underpasses and turn left toward the entrance to Stray Haven.
From Rte. 17 West (I-86), take Exit 62 (Nichols) and turn right off of the ramp. Turn left at the stop sign onto 17C, continue on 17C for approximately 8 miles, take a left onto Shepard Rd., go through both underpasses, and turn left toward the entrance to Stray Haven.
Please be cautious entering our grounds as staff and volunteers are frequently walking dogs on the property.
Jen, originally from Rochester, NY, graduated from Cornell University ('98 B.S. Animal Science), SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry ('01 M.S. Ecology), and received her M.B.A. in 2011 (University of Phoenix). She joined our team as the Executive Director in May of 2019 after and long, successful career in animal welfare, with Best Friends Animal Society, as Director of Animal Control with Kern County, and Vice President of Training Programs with the "Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan. She and her husband, a former Animal-Control Officer for Los Angeles County, ran a cage-free dog boarding and training business for nearly 4 years in San Francisco's East Bay. The couple returned to the Southern Tier in late 2018 where they opened Red Maple Dog Care and Training in Spencer, NY. Jen, her husband, 5 dogs, and cat have made this area their home.
Kala is the proud cat mom of TEN cats! Originally joining the team as an Office Assistant, she proved herself to be incredibly competent and knowledgeable about animal welfare. When the Office Supervisor position opened. Kala was the perfect choice to work closely with Jen to improve animal care and expand on Stray Haven's programs. Originally from rural Michigan, Kala moved to the area two years ago with a degree in forensic psychology, but has gained a wealth of knowledge about animals due to her experience as a long-term foster for local rescues. Kala has amassed years of experience and is an integral part of our underage kitten foster program.
Amber leads our Cat Care team and ensures the health and safety of all of our feline friends. Whether bottle feeding kittens, coaxing out nervous surrenders, or introducing feral cats to consistent food and cat beds; you'll find her sprinting around our shelter everyday of the week. Amber will work to help you pair with the perfect pet!
Sam has worked for Stray Haven for several years. . Her commitment and service, combined with her deep affection for the well-being of our dogs has earned her the position of Dog Care Supervisor. As an adopter and dog owner (of 5!) she is uniquely prepared to fit you with the perfect dog.
Carol has been an animal lover forever; pets of all kinds! Her pets have included a blind chicken, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, and a horse. She became involved with Stray Haven in 1992 when enrolling her German Shepherd puppy in obedience class. Hannah and she attended several classes and enjoyed it so much that Carol began to volunteer. As these things happen, the head trainer moved on to other dog-related activities and Carol took over the obedience program. She, with two other trainers, still hold classes.
In 1998, Carol became a member of the Board of Directors and very quickly found herself serving as secretary. In 2004, she was elected as President of the Board and, with some breaks in between, still holds the position today. Clearly, Stray Haven is a very important part of her life and will always have a special place in her heart.
Susan is a life-long Waverly resident and makes her home with two dogs (Bella and Buffy), two barn cats (Thumper and Monica), and her 37-year old horse (Sassy). In addition to being a board member, Sue teaches high school Social Studies at Vestal High School in Vestal, NY, where she's worked since 1994.
After adopting her Cocker Spaniel (Buffy) from Stray Haven, Sue felt motivated to help other dogs and cats find forever homes and decided to get more actively involved with Stray Haven. She has been on the board of directors for the past six years. In addition to doing handy-woman jobs when needed, Sue is also the parade coordinator and takes a Stray Haven float throughout the summer to local area parades!
Preston has been the Vice President of Development and Donor Relations for ACHIEVE since 2018, with a prior 10 years experience working in a nonprofit. When he's not working, he can be found with his family, including his cat and dog, enjoying music or playing bass in The Kitchen Sink Band.
Corinne is a sixth grade teacher and librarian who has lived, worked, and volunteered within Tioga County her whole life. She began with Stray Haven the summer of 2019; fostering, volunteering for events and clinics, and eventually joining the Board of Directors. You will often see her on the weekends or after school, spoiling the animals by slipping them extra toys and treats (Sam and Amber are aware). She has a bassett hound (Bo) and three cats (Phoebe, Lucille, and Aries, the foster fail) of her own, but if ever they're the only animals in her care you'll find her at the shelter pestering the staff for more.
Stan is a lifelong resident of the Valley. Upon graduating from high school, he and his parents owned and operated a successful retail business in downtown Sayre for a number of years. After they closed the store, Stan worked for Waverly School District, spending summers working at residential summer camps for special needs children. For the last 22 years Stan has been employed at ARC of Chemungina variety of positions, most recently supervising the day habilitation program.