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"May we, God helping us, be part of the answer, not part of the problem."
Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, Founder and Executive Director
Our wonderful volunteer, Christine and her husband, took our 2 dogs, Smokey Joe and Red, to the
This past Saturday, March 8, Raising Canes came out to volunteer! They recently made a generous donation
to the Haven! They decided to come out and help us! They did such a wonderful job!
This past Saturday, March 8, the Texas Tech Women Engineering Club and Delta Sigma Pi came out to
volunteer at the Haven! We appreciate all of the hard work they did to help our shelter!
DPS Turns Orphan Dogs Into K-9 Officers
Written by: Meredith Hillgartner (KLBK/KAMC)
and he is recruiting at the Haven Animal Shelter.
“It is amazing some of the quality of dogs that we find out in these places,” Sgt. Witt said.
A quality dog like 'Audi’.
Since the program started in the early 90's, Sgt. Witt said their office has used more than 50 dogs from animal shelters.
Not all dogs in the DPS are from shelters but Sgt. Witt said about 45 dogs are working for the state right now.
“We’re not looking for any type of breed,” Sgt. Witt said. “We’re looking for a dog that is very playful, very active, has a strong drive.”
If a dog passes the test, they get sent to
“We’ll use them on the road and they’ll search for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin,” Sgt. Witt said.
It's not all work, Witt said their K-9 officers think working is a game.
“We scent those toys with the narcotics so anytime these dogs go out and search for narcotics it is like a game to them, they are looking for their toy,” Sgt. Witt said. “All they are working for is to praise and to have fun.”
If a dog, does not pass training, they usually are adopted by an officers family, but Sgt. Witt said many their best K-9 officers have come from shelters.
“It’s neat to come out to these places,” Sgt. Witt said. “Not only for us, but so we can show people that you can find good quality dogs out at these shelters.”
Huge Thanks to Raising Cane's
The Haven would like to thank Raising Cane's for their recent donation.
We appreciate their willingness to be a part of our cause and for
allowing us to continue speaking for animals that cannot speak for themselves.
-Dr. Brenda Wilbanks
The Haven Now Hiring
Part time shelter workers needed for The Haven Animal Care Shelter.
Vet tech experience preferred, but not required.
Please fax resume to Dr. Brenda Wilbanks at 806-767-9045,
email to email@example.com, or bring to the Haven at 4501 N FM 1729
Birthday Parties and Volunteer Work
Saturday, February 22nd, was a busy and productive day at the Haven! T.J. and his group came out to complete his Eagle Scout project and did great work on rebuilding a porch and building benches for us!
Also, on Saturday, Our birthday girl, Emily, had her birthday at the Haven this past Saturday and her friends brought great gifts for our animals! We are very appreciative of our young people who think of the animals on their own birthday! Pictured below is Emily and her friends playing with our three dogs, Little Man, Smokey Joe, and Red! The next picture is Dr. Brenda Wilbanks handing Emily a signed birthday certificate!
We would like to thank everyone who helped us out on Saturday!
The Haven Animal Care Shelter appreciates everything!
Thank you to all of the supporters who voted for us in the City Bank Rewards Contest! The Haven placed in the Top 10 and won $3,000 which will be used to make life even better for all of our wonderful animals here! We appreciate everything!
Hot Off The Press...
2014 Calendars Honoring the Lubbock Fire Department and the Idalou Volunteer Fire Department
Are Available For Purchase
As a tribute to our Lubbock Fire Department an Idalou Volunteer Fire Department, the Haven has chosen to honor them through our 2014 calendar fundraiser. We thank them for their service and truly appreciate the sacrifice that they make daily to protect us in our times of need.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, & how to be free from it, that’s the point. Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.”-Francis Quarles
Calendars are $15! Calendars can be paid for on our website by credit/debit card, check, or cash. For debit/credit purchases use the PayPal at the top of the page, just note that you are purchasing a calendar. When paying with a check also notate the purchase is for a calendar. If you purchase with debit/credit or check you have the option for the Haven to mail your calendars or you may pick them up at the shelter. If you are paying cash, you have to pick the calendar up at the shelter. The Haven now accepts debit/credit onsite.
We will also be at different businesses before Christmas, where you can pick up your calendars.
The Haven has a new Adoption Process!
Please make sure and go to our "Adoptions" tab then the "Adoption Process and Applications tab!"
Haven Hope for Animals Fund
The Haven Hope for Animals Fund
began accepting referrals on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.
This is a spay/neuter program
funded by a personal donation of $100,000 from Dr. Brenda Wilbanks,
Founder and Executive Director of the Haven Animal Care Shelter, Inc.
Referrals will be accepted for this pilot program from veterinarians, Animal Services,
other animal organizations, and pet owners.
Please click here for more information and application on this program!
You may also contact The Haven at the contact information listed below.
Haven: 806-763-0092 Haven Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to check out our "New Arrivals" page...it is full of dogs of all ages and breed mixes that have just arrived and are ready for adoption! They are all waiting for that person to come and take them home forever!
(updated February 9)
Check out the Haven on Facebook:
Adoptions were great this month-Please see the pictures on our Facebook page!
What is The Haven Animal Care Shelter?
The Haven Animal Care Shelter is a non-profit foundation,
established in 1977 by Dr. Brenda and Joe Wilbanks.
The Haven is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary,
and is generally home to over 100 animals, primarily dogs and cats.
The Haven occupies a seven-acre property near Lubbock, TX.
In addition to special needs animals such as those with chronic illnesses and the elderly,
the Haven shelters a wide variety of adoptable dogs and cats who are in need of good, loving homes.
We encourage spay and neuter of household pets,
provide educational programs for schools and community groups,
and offer pet therapy programs to the community.
Goals of the Haven include:
Ø Saving the lives of helpless animals…one life at a time.
Ø Educating people to be responsible pet owners…one person at a time.
Ø Improving the lives of children through our pet therapy program…one child at a time.
Ø Changing the world to a kinder and more peaceful place…one day at a time.
Get Acquainted with the Haven --A Guide to our Web Site
Be sure to visit all the interesting areas on our web site.
Donations -- We always need help caring for the dogs and cats at the Haven -- click here to help us care for our animal friends who are hoping for homes and those who must live here permanently.
Adoptions -- This is where you'll find our adoptable pets-- just follow the links to all our dog pics and bios. Be sure to see the details-- you can either follow the links under ADOPTIONS or go to petfinder.com and put in 79403 for the Zip code search. If you can't adopt a pet and take it home, then get a "virtual pet" through our Adoption Option. This is the perfect option for students and others who can't have a pet at home.
Haven Events -- The Haven holds several annual events to raise money; more information about these events can be found in this section.
Ways To Help -- We will continue to update this section to give you some ideas about how you can help.
About Us -- Here you can find out the latest Haven news and learn about the Haven board and our Haven partners.
Featured Adoptable Pets-- Our featured dogs and cats! (Also don't miss the "former featured pets" -- these are some very worthwhile pets who have having a hard time getting past their bad luck!)
We always need your help
Please consider adopting any critter, but especially an older pet, a physically challenged pet, or
one of our youngsters that is energetic and needs a little guidance to become the dog or cat that he or she can be.
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