Holiday Newsletter for 2012
A message from the Director
Haven has come a long ways since its humble beginnings in a
garage on Pickeral Lake. We have continued to expand our
operation into two locations and some 40 foster homes. Our
newest location in Grant, Mi has remodeled a garage to
provide 4 secure indoor/outdoor kennels and a large fenced in exercise/training area. Lake Haven's own dog handler lives there and
rehabs difficult dogs. The Pickeral Lake location added two new
kennels this year to house puppy litters that come up from
Georgia. We were able to rescue over 150 puppies from Georgia
This year we experimented with "trap, neuter and
return" with feral cats as well. Three cats were live trapped,
spayed and vaccinated and then returned to the lake area where a
feeding station has been maintained for them. We are now planning
for a warm and secure place for them to shelter and sleep. I am sure more will
spay/neuter program continues to reduce the number of unwanted
animals by offering a low-cost sterilization for pets of those
who cannot afford to the full price. The number of puppies taken
to the Newaygo County shelter has been reduced dramatically. In
February of 2012 the County Shelter took in a litter of puppies
. They did not see another litter until November of 2012 !
Although the reduction in numbers was not as dramatic as with
the dogs, kitten litters were less also. What a wonderful thing
!! A special thanks to Newaygo County officials for their
participation in this program.
is the first year that Lake Haven has been responsible for
keeping the adoption center staffed at Grandville PetSmart. Our
new online calendar helps to keep it staffed almost every day by
Lake Haven volunteers, who are there to clean cages and do
adoptions. Because of this
cats and kittens have been able to find their way from County
shelters and certain death to a home of their own. I am so
grateful for the dedication and commitment of our wonderful
volunteers. They are true super hero's! Anyone wishing to help
with adoptions can go to our website and fill out
volunteer application. Please consider spending a little
spare time with us! I was told by PetSmart management that their
store was #1 in the state and #3 in the country for adoptions
and it's because of our volunteers that this happened.
I will take a moment and wish all of our volunteers , and
adoptive pet parents a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous
New Year ahead. And thank you so much for choosing to adopt or
make a donation.
Lake Haven's Goal is to:
Educate pet owners and the
public in proper animal care and the urgent need to spay and
neuter their pets.
Ensure that at time of entry
to Lake Haven, animal receives needed medical care.
Provide spay/neuter services
via area veterinarians partners.
temporary shelter for homeless cats and dogs.
Place animals in responsible
and loving homes.
Lake Haven is run by the kindness,
hard work and dedication of its nearly 160 volunteers BUT every
job here at Lake Haven is of equal importance. The fosters,
volunteers, shelter staff, transports, and laundry and cleaning, bookkeeping, computer entry, website maintenance, newsletters,
and so much more are essential to Lake Haven's success. We thank
each and every one of you for your part in helping homeless
animals find their forever homes.
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Success Story of The Year
Lake Haven saved him because no one else would.
Harvey, a Shar Pei and Beagle mix, was scheduled to be put down on the day Lake Haven
showed up at the County Shelter. He could barely see because
both of his eyes had what is called "Cherry Eye." It was
obvious to Dave (Lake Haven's dog handler) that the odds of
someone adopting this dog were slim-to-none. After an assessment
of his temperament, which was excellent, Cheryl (Director of
Lake Haven) readily agreed to rescue Harvey and get him to the
vet to determine what could be done for his eyes.
did we know that we were starting on a journey that would last
just over a year, be one of our costliest rescues, and provide
more joy and happiness then we could have hoped for.
the Lake Haven vet assessed Harvey's eyes and performed his
neuter it was agreed that an initial operation would be
performed on his eyes. After the surgery poor Harvey was almost
blind due to the initial swelling. He didn't much care for the
"cone" he had to wear but be quickly adjusted and after a few
weeks it was removed and you could see that his eyes were
getting better but they were not good enough so the
Director had the Lake Haven dog handler take Harvey to an eye
specialist in Lansing Michigan.
By now many weeks had passed where Harvey had taken up
residence in Dave's home. During this time it became obvious to
Cheryl and Dave that Harvey was a VERY special boy. He was so
calm, friendly, and gentle to everyone and everything (i.e.
adults, children, babies, cats, whatever). He became a "therapy
dog" of sorts for Dave and helped the behavior work with other
dogs. No matter what another dog would do Harvey would put up
with it. Smaller dogs would seek him out and there were always
other dogs sleeping by or on him.
After Harvey's 1st trip it the eye specialist in Lansing it was
determined that he would need an additional surgery for the
Cherry Eyes. In addition one eye had a condition called
Ectropion (a slight droopy appearance of the eyelid) and the
other eye had Entropion (an inward rolling of the eyelid edges).
An appointment was scheduled for the 1st of two more surgeries
that Harvey would need.
A number of weeks after that 1st surgery in Lansing and he as
able to take off the "cone" Harvey was noticeably better but one
more surgery was in his future. It should be noted that during
all of these doctor visits and surgeries Cheryl never once
hesitated to do what was best for Harvey.
FINALLY, after one more surgery to correct Ectropion,
Entropion AND a cosmetic adjustment of one eyebrow Harvey was
finished with wearing those "cones" and ready for adoption. It would be hard
to let this sweet boy go but we were determined to find him a
deserving home where he had multiple people to love on him.
Along comes the perfect family
Cheryl and Dave met Harvey's new family for the 1st time it
became clear to them that he had found his home. He is now
enjoying his 1st Christmas in his forever home and here's what his
new family has to say about him:
He fit right in, right from the beginning, just like he
finally came home. It is like he has been here forever. He is
the missing link in our family, and has given so much love. Our
youngest girl, who is disabled, sings the Dukes of Hazard song to
him all the time, "just a good ole boy, never doing no harm,"
and he is sooo gentle with her, such a blessing because of her disabilities. Harvey is just like one of the kids. He has
had no problems and they have had no issues with him. He sleeps
with our older daughter or sometimes with mom. He waits
patiently at the gate for as much as a 1/2 hour waiting for the
children to come home. He cannot even be distracted by the
neighborhood cat. He is a friend to all and a pleasure to be
around. He is a special gift to this family. Thank you for all
you do and for saving Harvey.
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Success Story of The Year
Lake Haven rescue recovered 2 German Shepherds and a Golden
Retriever. Both German Shepherds were heartworm positive. The
Golden was used for breeding and was in terrible shape. She was
shaved down in many spots due to mats and she was extremely
frightened of almost everything. She was so afraid that she was
the only dog we have known to scale a 6 foot kennel straight up
the side. After she escaped it took 3 days for our dog handler
(i.e. Dave) to catch her with the help of Newaygo Animal
Control. Once caught she was brought into Dave's home to start
an intensive process of gentle rehabilitation. The following is
the story of these 3 dogs from the wonderful people who adopted
weren't quite looking for a dog just yet, or so we said, a few
months after losing our dear German Shepherd, Sophie, at the
ripe old age of 15. There was one evening we were listening to a
concert on our local beach and found ourselves wistful as we
watched people enjoying the music while spending time with their
dogs. I found myself browsing Petfinder quite often, but not
quite committing to a search. One day I came home from work to
Tony on Petfinder saying "come look at these dogs! I'm already
filling out the application!" And there, at Lake Haven Rescue,
were two beautiful German Shepherds named Jesse and Minzi! Tony
never goes on Petfinder, yet he went there and found these dogs
almost immediately after they were listed. It felt fateful,
somehow, but we tried not to get too excited yet.
We were so happy when Cheryl contacted us and invited us to
come meet the dogs. We found out that both had been surrendered
due to a heartworm infection and were going through treatments.
It was love at first sight for us, however, and from then on
they were "our babies." Our hearts were broken along the way
when Minzi had to be put down when advanced kidney cancer was
found in her body during the spay surgery. Both vets felt she
would not survive everything she was up against. We still think
of her and how much we loved her right away. Of course there was
no question in our minds that we would wait for Jesse to come
through treatment. He was such an incredible and beautiful dog
with gorgeous wise eyes.
Not long after, Cheryl told Tony about a Golden Retriever
named Nina, who was frightened and needy, and maybe we'd like to
meet her. She had really bonded with Jesse. The picture we saw
of her was of a scared girl, curled up in a ball, with big eyes.
We returned to Lake Haven to meet her. Dave had worked very hard
with her to help her come out of her shell. We really loved her
right away, especially once she was brave enough to shove her
nose under my hand for attention. We wondered all the way home,
however, if Dave would really give her up. We could see how fond
of her he was! It was awhile before we realized that we would
really be taking the two of them home and we were really happy
were so very impressed with Cheryl and Dave. Jesse was
completely free of his heartworm infection before we took him
home. Both dogs had their neuter and spay done. They came to us
already micro chipped. When we went back to get the dogs we
could not believe the difference in Nina already! The hard work
and dedication of what these people do is so obvious. They love
these animals and do the best by them out of the goodness of
their hearts. We cannot say enough about this. Cheryl has called
to check on them and offered any advice when needed.
We've had "our babies" home for awhile now, and though we've
a few *ahem!* challenges to get through with them, we love them
so much and bond closer with them every day. Jesse is a strong,
smart, and confident German Shepherd, who has naturally taken to
guarding the house and property, yet is incredibly gentle. Nina
has really come out of her shell and even likes to help Jesse
guard the yard. She is the cuddliest dog ever and likes to lay
her head in our laps while on the sofa.
We are blessed to have these wonderful dogs as companions in
our lives and these dogs have been blessed to have been rescued
by the awesome people at Lake Haven!
Jeri and Tony
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If at first you don't succeed.......
was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This is the
opening line of a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and an
accurate summation of my experience with Lake Haven, but in
reverse order. After having to put down my dog of over 12 years
I was thrilled to find not one mixed border collie on your
rescue sight but several. I filled out the adoption form, a
first for me, and awaited to be approved. I was, and started the
3 hour drive at 5:00 am in order to get the first pick of the 44
puppies arriving from Georgia. It was a close choice between
Joan and Jan, I chose Joan. She came with a bright and bubbly
personality, unfortunately she also came with parvo. After the
first night with me she became very ill and died a week later.
Now, for the best of times. I was devastated losing two dogs
within 3 weeks of each other and wasn't about to get a third.
Cheryl had other ideas. She e-mailed me often, (well,
incessantly), suggesting(well, insisting) I take Joan's sister,
Jan. She didn't give up, and after assuring me that if Jan got
sick I could bring her back to Lake Haven I agreed.
and Allison fostered Jan until they were sure she was totally
healthy for which I am eternally grateful. She also came house
broken which was quite an added attraction.
Jan's name is now Dixie and she is a healthy and happy 11
month old very bright and very happy dog. Dixie is on track to
be my best dog ever and even though it was a rocky start I can't
thank all the volunteers at Lake Haven enough for making this
possible. Dixie makes me laugh every day and my life is
definitely fuller, as is my vacuum. A special thanks to Cheryl
for her inability to give up on matching dogs and people, even
when they protest!
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very happy dog
Well first, we had to change Ellie's name because it's what
people call my grandmother; we call her Rosie. She plays with
her squeaky football, LOVES being brushed, and has her own spot
on the couch! We're working on getting her used to car rides so
she can travel north for the 4th of July. Also in July, she
starts her obedience classes so we can hopefully teach her some
better leash manners. My husband also made
this video of Rosie rolling on top of a bee she just killed. She was so happy!
Thank you for our little family!
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Wonderful gift of adoption
We started out to adopt one kitty about one year old, however we didn't find any that we really felt a connection with so we stopped by to see if Cheryl had any that we would want to adopt. She had a mother kitty with four kittens just a few hours old, we decided to foster the mama and four babies. We took them into our home and raised them until they were ready to be adopted. One of the babies went to a wonderful home in Grandville. After watching these babies grow and enjoying them so much we decided to adopt all three of them, they are now a huge part of our family, we love and adore these little darlings as naughty as they are at times. We feel very fortunate that they allow us to live with them ! Thank you Cheryl for giving us the most wonderful gift of adoption. Joe and Jane
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He fits right in and we love him
In early April we adopted one of the boxer-mix puppies you rescued from Georgia - named Leroy. We renamed him Hunter and he's a fabulous fit with our family! We thought you'd appreciate knowing he is VERY loved & spoiled. He's doing fabulous with our 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd, Rocky. I'm attaching a picture just so you can see how adorable they are together!
Jerry & Josh
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Couldn't have asked for anything better
We just got legal guardianship of a 13 yr old boy. We wanted him to feel at home, and find him something he could truly call his own. We decided a puppy would be a great idea. After no luck with any puppies we went to Pet Smart in Grandville were we met Angie, a yr old German shepherd/ rott who our child feel in love with. Through out the search we seen a lot of puppies, that's when our son decided, no matter how old they are everyone needs someone that will love them and a place for them to call home! Cheryl the owner of Lake Haven took the time to meet with us a second time to make sure she was a right fit. We’ve had her for two days now and we couldn't have asked for anything better! Thank You Lake Haven !
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In our forever home
My husband Drew and I recently adopted two kittens from Lake Haven via the Grandville PetSmart. We went into PetSmart with kittens on the brain – we just got married and our new house was just too empty without a cat. 7 week old Dexter (then “Domino”) immediately popped out to me as “The Perfect Kitten” and I brought him home that day. Dexter adjusted wonderfully, he’s an incredibly bold little guy and he’s not afraid of anything. (Although a little spoiled) he’s the friendliest, nicest cat I’ve ever met. After a couple weeks I realized (okay, assumed) Dex was lonely, so Drew picked up Loki last weekend from the same PetSmart. Dexter and Loki hit it off immediately. Thank you so much for “my boys”! Both are safe and sound in their new forever-home.
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Katie has enriched our lives
just wanted to send an update about Katie, who I adopted about 3
years ago. She has learned how to be a great pet, which wasn't
quite the case when I got her. She'd not been treated well until
Lake Haven got her: she was cleaned up, and healed from
heartworm, and given some love from her foster family. Early
this year she had a couple growths on her mammary glands that
had grown progressively, one approaching golf ball-size. The
prognosis was pretty dire but she had her surgery and is doing
just great! You can see she's so great with kids. So after three
years of much love from my senior, adopted dog Katie, my family
just wanted to give an encouraging update. Lake Haven's effort
with Golden Setter Katie has enriched me and my family's lives
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Thanks for taking a chance with us
I adopted a puppy from you a few years ago and since then
have myself become a dog foster mom. One of my favorite things
is when people follow up and let me know how their dog is doing
so I figured better late then never on our adoption of Dudley.
We were turned down by a local rescue because both my husband
and I worked and I don't think they believed that we were
planning on taking the puppy to puppy daycare daily and I was so
thankful you gave us the chance. We call him saint Dudley which
is funny because he was trouble with a capital T - and made
Marley (from the book) look like an angel - but he finally grew
up and is the smartest, nicest boy and is so wonderful with
every single dog I've brought in to foster. He loves to camp,
dock dive, fetch, and pick tomatoes. We loved him so much we
rescued a second dog and they are inseparable. We don't have
kids so you can imagine they are spoiled rotten....thank you for
taking a chance on us!!
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Why do people volunteer?
The following are only two of many stories that I have
experienced on how happy people are after they have added a new
family member. Seeing the joy that rescuing brings to the new
adopters is one reason that I volunteer for Lake Haven.
was only 8 when he lost his best friend and older “brother”
Louie. At a Saturday adoption event Ross came to the table with
his teary eyes buried at his mom’s hip and his dad’s hand on his
shoulder, his sister standing at his side. He asked to hold a
puppy and one was handed to him, then he asked to hold a
different one. After about 15 minutes he said this was the one,
a lab mix puppy that was 10 weeks old. He had already had a name
he wanted to name his new friend, Lander, after his favorite
pitcher Justin Verlander. After the paper work was complete,
Ross’ dad sat behind the adoption table for 45 minutes holding
Lander while Ross and his sister brought things over asking if
they could buy them for the new puppy. Each time the dad shook
his head yes, dad was so happy to again see smiles on his kids
faces that he just kept nodding.
and Jan were empty nesters, except for Lucy; but it was time for
Lucy to also leave their home. Jan needed a new dog that would
greet her with their tail wagging when she walked in to her
home, Tom was not sure if he was ready. Jan talked Tom into
visiting a Saturday adoption event, thinking just seeing what
was there would make him ready for a new family member. For Jan
it was love at first sight, a 3 month old, black and white
beagle lab mix. She held him, walked him around the store and
held him again. She could see that Tom still was not ready, so
she handed him the little girl to hold. The puppy looked at Tom
and then put her head on Tom’s shoulder and fell asleep, Tom’s
eyes were watering. That was it, Tom was ready. After the
paperwork was finished, with his eyes still teary, Tom came up
to me gave me a hug and said, ” just so you know, I don’t have
allergies, I’m happy”.
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Seasonal Helpful Hints
the holiday seasons upon us it’s important to keep your four
legged loved ones safe! Here are a few tips to keep you and
yours happy and safe this holiday season!
Be mindful of cold weather products such
as de-icing products, salt, and anti-freeze! When walking
your pet outside during the snow and ice be sure to wipe
their paws and undersides thoroughly when returning inside.
This will ensure your pet is safe from any skin irritations
or more serious conditions.
Keep all holiday decorations out of reach such as tinsel
and ribbon. Ingestion of these materials could cause serious
health complications for your pet.
There are lots of beautiful holiday plants out there but
many of them are dangerous to your pets if ingested. Keep
lilies, mistletoe, ivy, holly, and poinsettias out of reach!
We all love our fur friends very much and want them to
enjoy some of the same yummy treats we do but keep in mind
that turkey bones can be very dangerous to our pets and
could cause obstructions. Holiday sweets such as chocolate
are dangerous too! Keep the yummies out of reach of your
With the holidays come lots of visitors and/or out of
town trips. It’s important to ensure your pet is properly
tagged and micro-chipped in the event they become spooked
during this holiday season.
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Special Thanks To...
Haven would like to thank the many
veterinary clinics that participate in our
spay/neuter program. We all know how
important it is to spay/neuter in order to
prevent pet overpopulation and to keep our
pets healthy. Visit
our website for a
detailed listing of these veterinary
Great Lakes Hospital for
Byron Center Animal Hospital
Southkent Veterinary Hospital
Southkent Veterinary Hospital
South Crossing Vet Center
Family Friends Vet Hospital
Cascade Animal Hospital
Dorr Veterinary Clinic
Fremont Animal Hospital
West Michigan spay/neuter
Grand Haven Animal Hospital
Prelesnik Animal Hospital
Plymouth Road Animal Clinic
Red Barn Veterinary Clinic
Safe Harbor Animal Hospital
Schmitt's Animal Hospital
Westwood Hills Animal Hospital
Ottawa Animal Hospital
East Holland Veterinary Clinic
Howard City Animal Hospital*
Georgetown Animal Hospital
Jelsema Veterinary Clinic
Chicago Drive Veterinary Clinic
Jenison Animal Hospital
Animal Hospital of Lowell
Rockford Animal Hospital
Sand Lake Veterinary Services LLC
Companion Animal Veterinary Service
Kelley’s Animal Clinic
Animal Wellness Center of White
Animal Medical Center of Wyoming
Wyoming Animal Hospital
Zeeland Veterinary Hospital
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Making a Donation
DID YOU KNOW: All of our support at Lake
Haven comes from donors and volunteers. This includes the
director of Lake Haven who receives no income for animal rescue.
Because Lake Haven is an all volunteer organization, operating
from a donated shelter building and foster homes, 100% of
all donations received benefit the animals themselves.
HOW IS THE DONATION MONEY USED: All
donations collected, which are tax deductable, go into the general animal rescue fund. This
fund is the mainstay of our organization. It is how we pay for
all medical expenses of animals that come into our program. It
also pays for their food and comforts, heat and air
conditioning. We also have a low-cost spay/neuter program for
the public, but that is a separate fund not paid for by
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION: You can go to our
online webpage and
make an electronic donation using a credit card or PayPal. If
you want to use a personal check simple print the form below and
send it to Lake Haven in Newaygo (see address below).
would like to contribute:
My Name: __________________________________
City: ___________ State: _______ Zip:
My donation is in Memory/Honor of:
Donation Purpose (see suggestions above):
Send Acknowledge Card to:
City: _________________________ State: _______
Send your personal check
made out to "Lake Haven" at:
551 Pickerel Lake Dr.
Newaygo, MI 49337
Lake Haven Rescue
551 Pickerel Lake Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337
Phone: 231 652-7505