July 2008
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Video Pays Tribute to Lake Haven Volunteers, Donors

July 28, 2008

Watch the video below for a touching tribute to Lake Haven's volunteers and donors - without whom Lake Haven's rescue and adoption efforts could not exist.  The video features photos of Lake Haven's rescued animals taken by pet photographer and Lake Haven volunteer, Darlene N. 



Donations Needed to Save Puppy's Eye

July 12, 2008

This adorable puppy is approximately five weeks old and was found running down a busy highway.  A concerned passerby called Lake Haven, and she is now in our care until she is well enough to be adopted.  Her original owner was eventually found, but did not want her.  She has a rare genetic eye condition called corneal dermoid and needs specialized surgery to save her eye.  The surgery costs anywhere from $800 - $1,000.00.  Lake Haven is hoping you will donate what you can to help save this sweet puppy’s eye!

Donations can be made payable to Lake Haven (be sure to write “corneal surgery” in the memo section on your check)

Checks can be mailed to:

Lake Haven
551 Pickerel Lake Dr.
Newaygo, MI 49337

As always, donations to Lake Haven are tax deductible.

Lake Haven Featured in Cats and Dogs Magazine

July 8, 2008

Lake Haven is featured in a generous three-page spread in the July issue of Cats and Dogs Magazine. The article focuses on Lake Haven’s founder, Cheryl McCloud, and the organization’s dedication to homeless animals as well as the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

Also included is Cheryl McCloud’s letter to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, which was posted in our own “news and views” section urging the commissioners to make humane policies and to stop giving their homeless pets to research.

You can read the Cats and Dogs Magazine article about Lake Haven here.

You can read Cheryl McCloud’s letter to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners by clicking here.

Special thanks to Cats and Dogs Magazine for giving us permission to post this article. Pick up your free copy of Cats and Dogs Magazine today!

Humane Solution to Future Swan Population Control

July 7, 2008

Take a moment to read the Grand Rapids Press article about the recent swan killings on Big Whitefish Lake and then read a more humane solution from Lake Haven’s founder below:

DNR biologist: Swan reduction could have been handled better

Lake Haven Founder Calls for Humane Solution to Future Swan Population Control

Living on a lake myself, I do not disagree with controlling swan populations. But why didn’t the Big Whitefish Lake Association, the lakefront owners and the township come up with more compassionate solutions to the issue? Humane individuals should try all costs to avoid the slaughter of innocent animals. Killing already hatched fowl is a backwards mentality. Much like with cats and dogs, up-front population control is the key.

A humane approach would have been for a team to poke holes in or shake the eggs and leave them in the nests. This way, the swans would have tended to the sterile eggs—preventing them from reproducing. This method has been proven to work with wildfowl in the past.

It saddens me that this solution was never employed. With just a little more restraint, ingenuity and compassion, this barbaric slaughter could have been avoided. I hope in the future, a more humane approach such as this will be strongly considered.


Cheryl McCloud
Founder and Director
Lake Haven Rescue

To contact the Big Whitefish Lake Association, visit: bigwhitefishlake.org

Lake Haven Announces Barn Cat Program

July 1, 2008

Sometimes we have cats that cannot live as house pets because they are shy or fearful of people and prefer the company of other cats and animals. We do not adopt cats who are suitable to be house pets to barns, only cats without other options. This is the last chance for these cats; they have nowhere else to go.

If you have a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding, there are cats that need you. Having barn cats help keep down the rodent population. The cats will be helping you, while you provide them a safe place to live. And because these cats are already spayed/neutered, you won't have to worry about endless litters of kittens appearing!

What you need
The farm or barn owners who adopt the cats agree to give them:
• Shelter in barns, buildings, or stables
• Daily food and water (cats cannot live on mousing alone)
• Veterinary care, as needed
• A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to your barn. This can be a tack room, or any secure indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from.

When you adopt a barn cat(s), we will go over with you how to acclimate your new cat(s) to the barn and make them feel at home.

Adoption Fee
We only charge a $25 adoption fee for barn cats. Since many of these cats thrive on the company of other cats, be sure to ask about discounts when adopting more than one barn cat at a time.
We provide the same medical services with these cats as we do our house cats…

• Cats six months of age or older are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes. Cats less than six months of age are sent home with a voucher for spay/neuter service at a participating veterinary clinic.
• All cats/kittens are tested for feline immunodeficiency (FIV) and feline leukemia (FeLV) viruses, in addition to vaccinations. They are wormed, bathed and treated for any parasites.

If you have a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding, there are cats that need you. Save a life! Adopt a barn cat today! To find out about the barn cats we have available, please call Cheryl at (231) 652-7507.

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Lake Haven is a non-profit no-kill animal rescue shelter dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless and/or injured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies in the West Michigan area.  Lake Haven is a recognized 510(c)3 organization that is 100% volunteer operated.