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 reflects the mission and work of the organization. Haven Animal Rescue and Community Outreach is a grassroots, nonprofit, volunteer-run animal welfare organization dedicated to helping the pets and people in Northeast Wisconsin. The mission of Haven Animal Rescue is to provide a loving environment for surrendered and stray animals 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 can reasonably serve as a volunteer-based organization, Haven Animal Rescue and Community Outreach has leased a new building at 991 N. Military Ave. in Howard. The 1,440-square-foot space will house a handful of dogs, up to 15 cats, and a few small mammals while we search for their forever families. We also house a number of pets in our network of foster homes. 

Haven Animal Rescue is a true community resource, serving the pets and people right here in our neighborhood. Our goal is to keep pets with their loving families, and we offer a number of resources for struggling pet owners so they can continue to care for their pets. We accept surrendered pets as a last resort and as space and funds allow. We also assist overcrowded shelters by transferring in their pets to free up precious space that enables them to continue helping others.  We rely on our community to do our work. We always need volunteers, foster families, supplies, and financial donations. Please contact us to learn how you can help. Thank you for your support!