The bi-monthly newsletter of The Animal Haven, Inc.
Published on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month
A Letter from the President
Did you know that one of the ways our donors have increased their gifts to The Animal Haven is through their employee or workplace matching programs? Companies often will match a percentage of an employee's donation to a non-profit as a way of being philanthropic.

If you are interested in giving to The Animal Haven through your workplace and possibly having your employer match your contributions, contact your company’s Human Resources Department to confirm that your company has a Workplace Giving program in place, and that The Animal Haven is listed as one of its approved charities. Not listed? Ask your Human Resources professional if The Animal Haven can be included as an approved charity, so it can be supported by you and your colleagues. To complete the request, be sure to have the following information handy:

The Animal Haven
89 Mill Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Tax ID/EIN number: 06-0735382
Next time you think of donating, please check out your employee giving program, and increase the benefit to the animals in our care. Thank you!
Linda Marino
Jul-Aug 2022

Animals brought in:
Cats: 27
Dogs: 12
Total: 39
Animals adopted:
Cats: 35
Dogs: 3
Total: 38

Returns: 0

Animals spayed/neutered: 12
The Animal Haven Receives a Generous Bequest from the Estate of Dottie Michniewski
Dorothy (Dottie) G. Michniewski lived to be 102 years old. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She adopted many dogs from The Animal Haven, and named each one “Sam,” so it was easy for her to remember, says her nephew, Mark Glenn. Dottie had dogs when she was growing up and became a huge supporter of The Animal Haven. She bequeathed us a generous gift, which we recently received, and for which we are very grateful.

Dottie was a lifelong resident of North Haven. She grew up, lived, and passed away in the same house that her father built (before there was indoor plumbing). She was a golfer, bowler, walker (of the Sams), gardener, traveler, lover of UCONN Women’s Basketball, and, of course, of The Animal Haven. She even had a favorite sweatshirt with our logo on it.

Mark says she “had the gift of gab. You couldn’t go to the Stop & Shop without her seeing people she knew and chatting with them.” He was her devoted caretaker for Dottie's last decade.

We would like to offer our condolences to the Glenn and Michniewski families on the loss of this special woman and thank them again for the very generous donation Dottie made to The Animal Haven.
The Animal Haven is looking for an experienced writer to volunteer to write our bi-monthly e-newsletters. It would be helpful, but not mandatory, to know Constant Contact. If interested, please email Linda at
Pet Story of the Month: Nova

Nova is one lucky dog! She was a bit of a difficult case, having a fear of men and being a little testy around other dogs. Cheryl and her family adopted Nova last October, and when we checked in about how everyone was doing, here's what we heard: "We are soooo in love with Nova! She is an absolute sweetheart, loves to give kisses, wants to be a lapdog, and quickly got very comfortable.  She "protects" the family by barking at anyone she sees when walking, riding in the car, or looking out the front window of the house, but she quiets when directed, and the kids have even taught her a few tricks including "give me your paw." She is everything we were hoping for after having to put down our much beloved greyhound last fall. We are so glad AH and Nova trusted us to be the family who could help her come out of her shell. She definitely has!"

Thank you Cheryl and family, for giving Nova the life she deserves!

Nova gets comfy
Nova keeps an eye on the road
Volunteer Spotlight: Al Moenter

Al Moenter has done it all: desktop computer support tech, auto mechanic, generator mechanic in the army, self-taught plumber and electrical handyman. Lucky for us, he can now add “animal shelter volunteer” to his long list of accomplishments. When Al retired last year, he was looking for ways to fill his time and began volunteering last Spring. At the shelter he does whatever’s needed, including clearing brush on the trails, and keeping the kennels in good shape, among other things. Al and his significant other Patricia had four dogs and two cats, but unfortunately they have all passed away. They now have a guinea pig named Bertie, but Al is eyeing several dogs at the shelter. We are grateful for all his help. Thank you, Al!
Hours of Operation

The shelter is open by appointment only due to COVID-19. If you are interested in adopting an animal, please fill out and
submit an application on our website ( We will be in touch with you to schedule an appointment if your application is approved.

Newsletter written by Roberta Friedman