The Haven Animal Shelter holding canned food drive - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/10

The Haven Animal Shelter holding canned food drive

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Haven Animal Shelter in Lubbock needs your help in providing for special needs cats and dogs.

The shelter is hosting a canned food drive until 8 p.m. today. They are needing canned food for the elderly pets. The Haven is located northeast of Lubbock, near Idalou, 4501 N. FM 1729 Lubbock, 79403. From Loop 289 take 62/82 eastbound, about 4.5 miles. Turn right at the Country Apple sign, southbound FM 1729. It's on your right, take second entrance and look for blue buildings.

The Haven is holding the canned food drive today, however, they are always accepting donations. They will take dry cat and dog food as well. They are open Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and they are closed Sunday and Monday.

The Haven is a non-profit, no-kill shelter for abandoned, ill, and injured animals. The Haven was founded by Dr. Brenda and Joe Wilbanks, and the initial plan was simple: help a few animals. They never dreamed that someday they would be providing shelter and care for over 150 animals, consisting of more than 100 dogs, 60 cats, 2 pigs, and several horses. In addition to many special needs animals, such as those with chronic illnesses or the elderly, the Haven also shelters a wide variety of adoptable dogs and cats in need of good, loving homes.

As well as sheltering abandoned animals, the Haven offers a pet therapy program as a service to the community. Through the program we hope to teach respect for animals and educate the community about the value they provide. The Haven also offers a children's program known as "Pets as Pals." The program allows children the opportunity to interact with pets in a controlled environment and develop skills for life.

Since the Haven is a private foundation there are two things we can never have enough of: donations and volunteers. The Haven receives no money from the government and is supported mainly by the Wilbanks. We do have many wonderful people who have donated money, supplies, building materials, and their time, but we can always use more.

The Haven always needs help caring for the dogs and cats. Click Here to help care for their animal friends who are hoping for homes and those who must live at the Haven permanently.

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