Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. – June Pet Rescue of the Month
Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc.
For the month of June, we have chosen Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. in Huntington, IN as our Pet Rescue of the Month. HPPH is currently a feline only, no-kill animal sanctuary and adoption center, although they hope to open their doors to dogs in the future. But as of now, they are a safe haven for abandoned, abused or neglected cats.
HPPH started in 1995 with 2 little kittens. As more abandoned and neglected kitties joined the group, the owners saw a need and established Helping Paws Pet Haven. HPPH can be a short term residence for those felines lucky enough to get a second chance with a loving family. HPPH is also a forever home, for those unfortunate cats that are seen as unadoptable due to medical conditions, age, temperament, etc.
HPPH is mostly a cage-free shelter. There are 6 separate catteries, 5 of which are cage-free. The largest part of their facility is the Adoptables Room. There are toys, comfy beds and areas for adventurous felines to explore. The pets in this area have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested negative for feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS and are waiting for the right family to come along and take them home.
The second room is the Un-Neutered Males Room. These males are unaltered, but are still available for adoption. These cats are separated from the general population to avoid pregnancies and because sometimes unneutered males can be more aggressive.
The Kitten Area is built for kittens and nursing mommas to have a little privacy away from the adult cats. There are beds, chairs, toys, etc to help each mom cat to focus on her new babies.
The FELV area is the room in which cats with Feline AIDS and Feline leukemia are kept. These animals have diseases that are contagious to cats that don’t have the disease, but are not transmittable to humans. These pets are fully adoptable and can usually live fairly normal lives. The only difference between a FELV/FIV positive cat and “regular” feline is because of their condition, these kitties need to be the only pet in the household or needs to live with another FELV/FIV positive cat.
The Feral Room is for cats that have been wild their entire life. Some may never be domesticated while others may just take a longer time to adjust. The feral cats are unavailable for adoption until they have been tamed. If they cannot be trained, these cats won’t have to worry about a home or ever fending for themselves. They can be forever residents of the Helping Paws Pet Haven.
The last room is the only Caged Area. The cages in this room are for short term period only. They are used for newcomers that are quarantined until they are tested for FeLV and FIV. This area is also used for sick kitties, or those that are badly injured and need some time to heal.
Since this is a non-profit organization, HPPH depends on grants, fees from adoptions and its feline-loving volunteers to keep its doors open. Some options to help include:
- Becoming a member of Helping Paws Pet Haven
- Donating money
- Donating cat care items
- Volunteering your time to feed or visit with the cats
For more information about Helping Paws Pet Haven, please see their contact information below:
Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc.
2242 S. Marion Road
Huntington, IN 46750