2013-03-14 / Front Page

Yard sale benefits Safe Haven’s no-kill mission

By MIAH Staff


Hayden was dropped off at the doors of Safe Haven Humane Society in Wells without a note or information about the cat. Volunteers are looking for someone who can take in Hayden and be patient with him while he learns to trust humans again. (Courtesy photo) Hayden was dropped off at the doors of Safe Haven Humane Society in Wells without a note or information about the cat. Volunteers are looking for someone who can take in Hayden and be patient with him while he learns to trust humans again. (Courtesy photo) March 16-17: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., indoor yard sale, Collectiques Building, 1616 Post Road, Wells, next to our adoption center. Huge inventory, all bargain-priced ready to go. Fore more information, call 229-8314.

March 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., adoption event, Tractor Supply, Sanford. Come and meet some Safe Haven kitties and the volunteers who love them.

Maverick Nights: Every Monday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. join us at the Safe Haven Adoption Center, 1616 Post Road, Wells. It’s cat lovers night when we all enjoy refreshments and play with the kitties.

Shakespeare, last week’s featured kitty, put on such a show in his new foster home that he won the hearts of the family who rescued him. They’re adopting him and will keep him as their own. Thanks to them, and to all those who called regarding him.

Hayden’s story: Last Monday morning it was a frigid 28 degrees at 7 a.m. As volunteer Leonore walked up the adoption center ramp to begin feeding and scooping, she noticed a cat carrier in front of our door. First she thought someone was returning a borrowed carrier. Instead, a terrified cat huddled inside, cold and bewildered. How long he shivered there, we don’t know, but we pray it wasn’t all night.

Abandoning a pet is cruel, yet we know it can also be an act of love by someone who has cats and can’t afford to feed or care for them. No note was on this carrier, so we have no idea about this kitty’s circumstance. Although we were angry to see an animal abandoned on our doorstep in freezing weather, we are thankful he wasn’t killed or dumped in the woods.

Hayden has now received all his medical care and volunteers are working with him to overcome his fear and depression. He’s still very sad and hides under his blankets. We sit with him, talk to him, moving slowly. We offer him deli chicken and special treats to encourage him to eat. We want him to know he’s safe now and with friends.

If you wish to foster this dear cat, call Joyce at 229- 8314. A quiet home would be best, where Hayden will have time to relax and feel secure. He has been through quite a trauma and is still grieving for the family he lost.

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