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The haven - friends for life animal shelter

400 fulford-mcmillan road
Raeford, NC 28376
910-875-6768
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User Reviews (53)

  • 1. Not very good

    by: justtwo

    It seems like most of the reviews are from people who either volunteer here or have adopted pets from them at the PetSmart location. \r\nI believe most people have good intentions behind them, but this shelter is very horrible compared to what they can be like. \r\nI think they take on more than can be handled and so more animals suffer than need be. They have way too many animals than the facility can handle and instead of building up first to be able to handle more animals, they take in the animals first and then try to find the space for them. I have heard from numerous people who have been to the facility that there are cats housed in carriers/crates stacked on top of each other. I have heard from a lot of people who say they just couldn't leave the animals in that condition - they "rescue" them from the rescue facility. How sad is that? Especially when some of these people are the ones who volunteer out there!\r\nWe see a lot of animals come out of there with diseases such as parvo, distemper, panleukopenia, severe intestinal parasites, etc. These are disesases that can be controlled with good management and veterinary care. Linden seems to care more about quantity than quality. \r\nThe state is NOT trying to close down these shelters, rather they are trying to increase the quality of the shelters and make sure animals are housed in quality conditions. There are other shelters in the same area that are not having the problems that this place is with the state because they have made sure the housing is quality. Linden is real good at being the "victim" when in reality the animals being kept there are the true victims.

    Pros

    No kill

    Cons

    No kill, lots of diseases

  • 2. Proud Mom

    by: jittrbug

    My daughters and I fostered an adorable yellow lab a couple of months ago. When it was time for him to go to Petsmart my ten-year old daughter and I decided to volunteer for the day and do our best to get him adopted. We were so excited when he was one of the first dogs to find a good home. Since then my daughter and I have been volunteering as many Saturdays as we can. She has even volunteered by herself. I cannot express with words how proud I am of her and her commitment to saving animals.

    Pros

    Great group of caring volunteers

    Cons

    So many pets, so few families

  • 3. Thanks Haven

    by: gizike

    One day we happened to walk around in Petsmart and seen all the dogs and cats waiting for adoption. When I looked at this cute little fluffy puppy, I fell in love with her right away. After a couple days, we were able to bring her home, and she is our joy ever since. This was 6 years ago.\r\nI am happy to see that a lot of these animals can find good homes, thanks to the Haven and all the good hearted people out there.\r\n

    Pros

    really helpful and friendly staff

    Cons

    none

  • 4. Great shelter.

    by: raineymykela

    I've been to this shelter and to volunteer at Pets Mart a few times with my friend Danielle & loved it!

    Pros

    Wonderful shelter.

    Cons

    None.

  • 5. Great place from someone who volunteers!!

    by: mylesroth

    I have been helping out at the Haven for about 2 months now, and am loving. All the staff there is always so friendly and volunteering there is very nice. There animals are well taken care of, and are loved 24/7 by the staff. The haven is one of the best shelters, I have volunteered for!!

    Pros

    Selection of animals and friendly staff!!!

    Cons

    None!

  • 6. Help the animals

    by: Janedogluvr

    The Haven is one of the best shelters I have seen. They give all they have to help animals but they need a makeover, big time! I am going to do my part to help them get it!

    Pros

    Caring owner and volunteers

    Cons

    needs a makeover

  • 7. I wasnt too impressed

    by: Steffy416

    We just adopted a puppy from here. I love my puppy she is such a great dog. The only problem was she was spayed at 6 weeks old. I talked to my vet and they dont recommend spaying them before 6 months. However we were told that the Havens moto was they would rather loose 2 or 3 when spaying them young than they procreate and they end up with more homeless animals.I see what they are talking about the only problem is my puppy had serious complications from the surgery. After many trips to the vet she is now doing better. I am so thankful we got her instead of another couple who wouldnt take care of her. So this shelter has its advantages but some disadvantages as well.

    Pros

    No Kill

    Cons

    Spay/Neuter too early

  • 8. keep up the good work

    by: lyyndavisd

    this operator and staff have fought to keep this facility open since it has opened. there would not be so many animals here if owners would do the right thing for their pets. law makers need to get with the program and offer low cost clinics for people to care for their animals and these folks wouldn't have to fight for the right of these animals to have homes and live a good life. operator of shelter is the best..

    Pros

    staff constantly fighting for these homeless animals.

    Cons

    none

  • 9. It is great!

    by: balmerbird

    My mom volunteers for The Haven. Many animals are saved due to the efforts of this organization!

    Pros

    Saves a lot of lives!

    Cons

    Needs more funding!

  • 10. Great Place!

    by: EmbraceableUrns

    The Haven is a great place for unwanted animals and a great place to find one! Wonderful people!

    Pros

    Great people, no kill shelter, caring

    Cons

    not enough funding for these great people

  • 11. Awesome No-Kill Shelter

    by: Kailyn

    The Haven is a wonderful shelter. They truly love their animals and make lots of sacrifices to save the lives of many helpless and homeless animals.

    Pros

    Wonderful service

    Cons

    None

  • 12. Great Place

    by: K9daddy

    The Haven is a great place to find a new pet family member, anyone in the fayetteville- raeford area should give time to volunteer or donate food, money or anything pet related.

    Pros

    lots of pets to choose from

    Cons

    needs more of the community to volunteer

  • 13. the haven is great

    by: msenger76

    the haven is a great place. they rescue so many animals. my wife and i walk dogs for them and even got our puppy there! i wish i could adopt more. someone please adopt DIXIE the sweetest dog ever

    Pros

    no-kill shelter

    Cons

    not enough help

  • 14. Best hearts in the world

    by: snugglebug7758

    Linden Spear has the heart of an angel to give her life to these animals that others have abandoned. No matter how she feels she is always there and working her tail off. I wish there were 100 Lindens, the world would be a much nicer place!

    Pros

    super owner

    Cons

    not enough money

  • 15. The Haven is a GREAT place!

    by: Skibo

    Please go to The Haven - either their website or their adoption drives - before you buy another pet. There are thousands of animals who want to be your best friend and will be loyal to you til the day they die! This place is awesome. Check out - www.thehaven-nc.com

    Pros

    Animals given second chances!

    Cons

    None

  • 16. The Haven is a miracle

    by: wielgoszinski

    I can't put into words how I feel about The Haven. The first time I saw the place, I got choked up. To see the hundreds of cats and dogs currently living at The Haven blew my mind. Each one wants to be your new best friend. The animals love you before they've even met you.\r\nThey operate only on donations and they could really use your help. Please continue to raise points for them on zootoo. Come out and volunteer at Hiking Hounds. Spread the word about the amazing things Linden and her volunteers are doing. With all of our help, The Haven can become the model for what all other shelters should be!!!!

    Pros

    No animal is ever turned away

    Cons

    Need more volunteers and donations

  • 17. The Haven is the greatest!

    by: Trooperdan

    The Haven is what a shelter should be! They really care and are doing all they can, with very little resources.

    Pros

    They really care!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  • 18. great shelter

    by: jcs007

    This is a great shelter. They do so much for the animals and the pet owners. Support the Haven and you will see what a great shelter it is.

    Pros

    helps animals

    Cons

    none

  • 19. Great Place for Animals & Volunteers

    by: Jansy

    This is a great place for both animals and volunteers. The grounds are beautiful. The people are friendly. The volunteers are awesome and The Hiking Hound Buddies program is one of the best walking programs in which I have participated. It is a wonderful place.

    Pros

    Good animal care, clean and friendly

    Cons

    none

  • 20. A great place

    by: calvonni

    I love the people and animals at the Haven.

    Pros

    I love the Haven

    Cons

    None

  • 21. Great Place to Volunteer!

    by: CDuncan

    I love volunteering at the Haven! I love seeing the faces of adoptive parents as they carry their new pets away! I just wish we had more volunteers to help!

    Pros

    Great staff!

    Cons

    None

  • 22. Amazing place

    by: bena313

    The Haven gives a 2nd chance to so many loving animals. It is such a fantasic place; full of wonderful people and volunteers. Really just warms the heart.

    Pros

    Wonderful people!

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 23. There isn't a better place for animals

    by: armyof4

    I am priveleged to be a part of the volunteer force for this amazing shelter. I work there three times a week, and every minute I spend with those animals makes me realize just how much good we truly are doing. I brought Duchess home from the Haven last week, and she is a wonderful, beautiful animal...she would have been euthanized immediately at every other shelter in North Carolina, thanks to breed-specific euthanasia practices. Three cheers to this wonderful place for animals.

    Pros

    It's a no kill shelter, and everyone there truly loves those animals

    Cons

    Needs more volunteers-don't wait, act now to help!

  • 24. Healthy animals

    by: manivongtai

    all the animals were healthy and in great shape. the shelter staff really cares about these animals.

    Pros

    very friendly, animals are healthy

    Cons

    needs more space and renovations

  • 25. A Good Thing.

    by: vickip

    The people at The Haven are very caring and nice. They really do a wonderful service. People such as these inspire me to do more! For all you do....... I Thank You.

    Pros

    animals are finding new families to love, instead of being killed

    Cons

    not enough time, money, space and help to save more.

  • 26. My time

    by: LadyHawkec

    my time at the haven has been well worth the energy i have had to put in.

    Pros

    lots of animal to choose from

    Cons

    lots of ground to cover

  • 27. The haven need help

    by: pauljohnstonpa

    There are a lot of animals there, but at times the number of people available to help is not enough.

    Pros

    lots to choose from

    Cons

    getting someone to help at times

  • 28. Such a great facility

    by: parkersmom

    The Haven is a truly wonderful facility with so many amazing volunteers. It's a shame more people don't know how much good they really do.

    Pros

    Fill a community wide need for area animals

    Cons

    Not enough support from community

  • 29. A Long-Time Volunteer

    by: Rak

    I've been volunteering for about three years, and it's a great place to meet new people, work with animals, and develop sales skills and work ethic. The volunteers work hard to get animals adopted to the right people, keep things running smoothly, packing the van x_o, and having fun while doing it.

    Pros

    Thousands of adoptions every year

    Cons

    Unadoptable animals

  • 30. Brillant.

    by: raineylovesyou

    I went up to Pets Mart with my friend on Saturday and saw everything that the Haven is doing, its great.

    Pros

    Wonderful.

    Cons

    Needs help improving.

  • 31. Got my Little Iana Here.

    by: GregWarsco

    I adopted my cat "Iana" from the Haven. She is an absolute joy!

    Pros

    Great Staff.

    Cons

    None that I noticed

  • 32. Great place to adopt

    by: McMillans

    The Have is a great facility. The people there care for the animals a great deal. They save thousands of animals every year. I can't imagine how many have been saved since their beginning. Please help support this incredible grass-roots organization.

    Pros

    No Kill, many many animals

    Cons

    needs more shelter buildings

  • 33. great shelter with great intentions

    by: Guardian37

    I love this shelter. Everybody tries so hard to give all these animals a better life that their owners chose not to give to them. \r\nThis shelter deserves this make-over!

    Pros

    great intentions

    Cons

    needs some updating

  • 34. great place, just needs some remodeling

    by: JandS

    The Haven is a wonderful shelter. It is the only no-kill shelter in NC, which of course contributes to the fact that the shelter houses over 900 animals. The shelter has the best intentions for their animals, and the volunteers have great motivation to find the pets new homes, but also temporary homes if the pet needs to be fostered.\r\nThe shelter relies on the community, thats why I bring food, cat litter and other needed supplies to the shelter whenever I have a chance. You should do the same !!!!

    Pros

    great shelter

    Cons

    needs some remodeling

  • 35. Two new family members

    by: chad1782

    My wife and I went here on the advice of a friend. The lady was very helpful, listened to what we were looking for, and was able to match us with two wonderful cats. She even looked up previous owners for us and helped establish an accurate medical history. A great Company.

    Pros

    all manner of animals, no-kill, friendly

    Cons

    distance

  • 36. Shelter needs Help

    by: Volleyfrog134

    Th Haven is the best animal shelter. It is in a very bad place where hundreds of innocent animals are dropped off on peoples doorsteps. I myself have had close to 40 dogs dropped off at my house alone in the past 5 years. The Haven is always there. The staff is wonderful and it is always really clean! The only problem is that you are charged when you drop off an animal. But that comes from the amount of space and resourses. We here are operating on donations alone. It's no wonder that we have no space. It's such a wonderful place. Please help!

    Pros

    Great pets, no kill, nice staff

    Cons

    So small of space, fee when dropping off animals

  • 37. Great place.

    by: maineframe

    It is a wonderful place that helps hundreds of dogs and cats get a home.

    Pros

    Wonderful place.

    Cons

    N/A

  • 38. Great shelter

    by: doglover80

    My wife and I live an hour away from the shelter but we drive their whenever they need somebody to foster dogs. The shelter is great, and Linden dedicates everything to this shelter. This shelter DESERVES this make over because everybody has been working so hard for this to happen!!!!

    Pros

    only no kill shelter in nc

    Cons

    n/a

  • 39. tantan

    by: martantan

    Hi I'm On A Bell Phone So I Dont Really Know If This Is Working But I'm Trying So I Can Get Points Up For The Shelter :)

    Pros

    what

    Cons

    huh

  • 40. Great place.

    by: K1765

    I love spending my Saturdays up at Pets Mart helping out this wonderful shelter.

    Pros

    Love it.

    Cons

    N/A

  • 41. The Haven-Friends For Life

    by: dialdy1980

    I think that Linden has a huge heart for animals. She runs the largest and most successful No-Kill shelter in NC. She has given up everything she has to keep her shelter running. They do over 35 adoptions a week to good homes. The only thing is she probably saves just as many from the kill shelters around us and people who can't keep there animals for what ever reason.

    Pros

    The Haven places at least 35 animals a week in good homes

    Cons

    not always easy to reach.

  • 42. Great place.

    by: FreezFrame

    This is a great place that needs help getting things straight. The people are friendly, my children have been volunteering here for years and love every minute of it.

    Pros

    This is a great place.

    Cons

    Needs help cleaning up.

  • 43. a heart for pets

    by: MaureenY

    obviously, The Haven simply wants to help pets. There are obviously no ulterior motives. This is a sanctuary for our fury friends, no doubt about it. \n

    Pros

    genuine compassion for pets with alterior motives

    Cons

    long drive

  • 44. Great Shelter.

    by: goldenwolfga

    I used to go and volunteer with my sister. I loved going and seeing all of the animals and the friendly people.

    Pros

    Great people great animals.

    Cons

    Needs fixing up.

  • 45. so many options how to help

    by: ss0011

    I have been fostering for the shelter since Jan 2005. I took care of a few dogs that simply had to recover from surgery or some kind of illness, but I mainly fostered moms and their litters. A few were born at my house. Fostering for the Haven is the best thing I could have ever done. The dogs bring such a joy to my place, but even better I give them a good home to recover or raise their puppies.\r\nEven if you can't foster, there are so many more options how to help. Just check out their webpage: www.thehaven-nc.com

    Pros

    they do a wonderful jobfinding new homes

    Cons

    not enough support

  • 46. adopted 2 dogs

    by: peeweestacos

    i adopted 2 puppies from them who were shown at petsmart. Muffin 1st pup born just before 911 a great dog now 6 years old. Simon born in 2005 also a pup a really good dog as well.. Now 2 years old

    Pros

    very helpful

    Cons

    none

  • 47. Shelter needs more support to keep doing great work!

    by: jacndac

    This is a wonderful shelter that is providing a great service to the surrounding community and the military. They offer a place where a family new to the area can find a wonderful pet. They also are an alternative for military families who have to PCS overseas and who cannot take their pets nor have anyone else willing to provide a home fore their pet. This no-kill shelter needs a makeover to keep saving lives and providing a service for everyone.

    Pros

    The shelter saves as many animals as they can!

    Cons

    Desperately needs repairs to meet new state laws.

  • 48. Great home for abandoned pets

    by: momamia

    The Haven gives a home to animals who would otherwise be euthanized. Then places them wth loving families... what more can I say.

    Pros

    They hold adoptions every weekend at PetSmart

    Cons

    The actual location is a bit out of the way

  • 49. A wonderful local shelter

    by: CarrieKing

    The Haven is a wonderful shelter with the right goals and is run by a woman who is doing it for the right reasons. Many animals have been saved by her kindness.

    Pros

    This place saves hundreds of animals

    Cons

    Not enough community support

  • 50. A Haven Volunteer

    by: wafflekisser

    I have been a volunteer for the Haven for three years now and of course I've adopted at least one dog from there. \r\nHis name is Fizz, he is the sweetest dog you've ever meant but gets jealous when other people and or animals get my attention, its cute.\r\n I spend many of my Saturdays up at Pets Mart helping out and with great people like John, Gail, and Nancy and I've loved every minute of it. Thanks for a ton of great Saturdays, I look forward to years more.

    Pros

    Great people doing what they love, helping animals.

    Cons

    N/A

  • 51. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE

    by: LisaBiller

    I have been voluntering with the haven for a month now and I will do anything to help them.\r\nThey are great. They save animals fromlocal high kill shelters and give them all a chance at love and freedom. They also spay and neuter all of them!!!

    Pros

    they know every animal

    Cons

    need more money

  • 52. This place is a true haven for animals!

    by: allrightyroo

    What a great mission and great example for all! This place is truly a haven for animals!

    Pros

    The care they give to animals

    Cons

    None

  • 53. The Haven needs your help

    by: darbysdad

    I adopted a wonderful dog from the Haven and she has been an absolute joy to our family. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

    Pros

    I have adopted a wonderful dog from here

    Cons

    There isn't enough positive community support