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  • Safe Haven releases statement, says it's not closing

  • The board of directors for Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown has released a statement saying the shelter will not close its doors.
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  • The board of directors for Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown has released a statement saying the shelter will not close its doors.
    See Wednesday's edition of The Sussex Countian for a full report.
    Please find the statement below:
    July 23, 2013
    Safe Haven has a future
    After restructuring the board and operations, Safe Haven is deferring closure, and will continue to operate and to perform duties under the dog control contract with Kent County. Support from the public is now more important than ever if Safe Haven is to protect and re-home animals in their care, which is often the last hope these animals have for safety. On Friday, staff was reduced to save costs.
    Blending "no kill" with an animal control contract is an unusual and challenging combination of operations. Most shelters with dog control contracts are "high kill" shelters. Safe Haven has chosen to take a more difficult road by giving animals a chance for a new home and a good life. Euthanasia of any healthy animal is not an option. Second chances, however, are not without cost.
    Many animals picked up under the contract are not ready to re-home. Many require re-socialization and/or medical care. This is where the cost is outside the contract and born by Safe Haven. For this reason, community support is essential. Under our dog control contract, Safe Haven has adopted out over 400 dogs and cats who would have almost certainly been euthanized by the previous contractor.
    For Safe Haven to continue to protect, rehabilitate, medicate, socialize, and re-home animals we must have community support. Here is what you can do to help. Donations of food and litter are essential. We must have help with facility and grounds maintenance. Volunteers are badly needed due to the reduced staff to help in many capacities; we can use wide ranging skills.
    Safe Haven has over 170 dogs and 86 cats looking for forever homes. See them at www.safehavende.org or on Facebook: Safe Haven No-Kill Animal Sanctuary Delaware. Identify your next best friend and contact the shelter at (302) 856-6460. After 5 p.m. leave a message and you will be contacted within 24 hours. Show Delaware abandoned animals that you care and that they have a future.
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