The bi-monthly newsletter of The Animal Haven, Inc.
Published on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month
A Letter from the President

The Animal Haven is extremely grateful for the continued, generous support of the community and each of the shelter's donors! It is this wonderful support that keeps our doors open year after year and enables us to do the best we can for each and every animal we take in. We couldn't possibly do what we do on behalf of homeless, abandoned and surrendered animals without you!

This support was most recently exemplified by the generosity of all of our donors during The Great Give® 2022. We received individual donations totaling $40,718! As a result of these donations, we also were awarded $6,570 in matching funds from the Konopacke Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and the Valley Community Foundation. The grand total was $47,228 -- the largest amount we have ever received during this important fundraiser.

Also, on May 23rd, The Animal Haven was the very grateful beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds of the Madras Charity Golf Tournament sponsored by Toyota of Wallingford and the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce. A BIG thank you to Steve Zion, President of Toyota of Wallingford, and Nancy Dudchik, President of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, for choosing The Animal Haven to be the beneficiary of more than $5,000 raised during this charity event!

For everyone's generosity during these two fundraisers and for the support that the shelter receives throughout the year, all of us at The Animal Haven sincerely thank you!
Linda Marino
Meet The Animal Haven's Legacy Society Member Tony Johns (and Mittens)
Mittens is Tony's recent senior rescue
Tony Johns is a long-time donor to animal shelters. Before he retired as an IT project manager for AT&T, he and his late wife had been donating to many different animal charities on the east coast. After he retired, he decided to focus his giving on smaller organizations like ours, "rather than bigger charities that are often very well-funded." He became aware of us through several of our volunteers, and after learning what we do, Tony knew we were the kind of organization he wanted to leave some money to.

Tony had a dog and cats when he was growing up, but as an adult, his job at AT&T and his wife's job demanded too much of their time. They didn’t want to adopt an animal that would only see them for a few hours a day. Once their schedules opened up, Tony and his wife rescued several senior cats who would live out their final years with the Johns family in a loving home. Tony's latest rescue, Mittens (pictured above) is an 18-year-old whom he adopted several months ago.

When asked what he would say to other people who are considering making a legacy gift to the shelter, Tony said “The Animal Haven really relies on donations and has a critical need.” 

Thank you, Tony, for thinking of us and for making a legacy gift to The Animal Haven!
March-April 2022

Animals brought in:
Cats: 40
Dogs: 5
Total: 45
Animals adopted:
Cats: 27
Dogs: 2
Total: 29

Returns: 1

Animals spayed or
neutered: 28
Alya and Orion
Pet Story of the Month: Alya and Orion

No matter which team they were rooting for, Emma and Rob won big on Super Bowl Sunday this year. That’s the day they took Orion and Alya home from The Animal Haven. Their intention was to adopt just one cat, but after seeing them both, they couldn’t resist. Emma says the cats took quickly to their new home and to each other. Alya loves a good nap in a cardboard box (despite having couches, chairs, cat cubbies, beds, and towers to sleep on, of course) and Orion will cuddle up with anyone on the couch, to get a good head scratch. They have a nightly routine of sprinting between the living room and the kitchen counters, and Emma notes that “it’s fun to wake up in the morning to see how they've redecorated.”  The cats have brought laughter and warmth to Emma and Rob, and they are “so, so happy” to have them in their lives. And, we are grateful to them for giving these two a loving home. It’s a win-win situation!
Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Capozziello

When Joe Capozziello retired from Sikorsky Aircraft after working in the toolroom for 37 years, we were extremely lucky that he decided to use his many talents at The Animal Haven. Joe has been so helpful in doing all types of repairs and improvements at the shelter, that we now wonder how we got along without him! He’s a native of Milford, and grew up with cats, and at one point, two St. Bernards, whom he described as “interesting, strong, and very drooly.” His most recent dog Cappy, a Labrador Retriever whom he rescued 13 years ago, very sadly just recently passed away. Joe enjoys working at the shelter. The staff describe him as "funny and so talented ... he is absolutely amazing and we love having him around."

Thank you so much, Joe, for choosing The Animal Haven as the recipient of your many talents and skills!
Hours of Operation

The shelter is open by appointment only due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in adopting an animal, please fill out and
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Newsletter written by Roberta Friedman