Our Story

Safe Haven Humane Society and Outreach Center was founded by two friends and fellow animal rescuers in 2012. The organization became incorporated in the State of Wisconsin in 2013 and earned its nonprofit 501c3 status in 2014. Safe Haven HSOC opened its first shelter building in Howard in 2015, but quickly grew out of that space after a year. For two years we searched diligently for a new shelter space, operating as a foster-based rescue and community resource.  

In May 2018, Safe Haven Humane Society and Outreach Center added a “doing business as” (DBA) name that more accurately reflected the mission and work of the organization. As a grassroots, nonprofit, volunteer animal welfare organization, Haven Animal Rescue and Community Outreach has been dedicated to helping the pets and people right here in Northeast Wisconsin. The mission of Haven Animal Rescue has been to provide a loving environment for homeless pets as they search for their forever homes, assist current pet owners to permanently provide appropriate care for their animals, and engage community members in the root causes of pet homelessness.  

To further our mission and increase the number of pets and people we could reasonably serve as a volunteer-based organization, Haven Animal Rescue and Community Outreach leased a new building at 991 N. Military Ave. in Howard in May 2018.

In August 2019, we announced we will be closing the shelter building due to a lack of volunteer resources. We are proud that in just the 16 months the small shelter building was open, Haven Animal Rescue found homes for over 70 pets, assisted a number of families through the onsite Pet Pantry, and provided temporary housing for nine pets of people in transition. 

We appreciate the support of our volunteers, adopters, foster families, donors, shelter/rescue partners, local businesses, and others who have been part of our journey. We encourage everyone reading this message to do something (ANYTHING) to help the homeless pets in our community. Please donate, volunteer, foster, and most importantly ALWAYS adopt your family pets and make sure they are spayed/neutered.