• Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary


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Mission Statement

To rescue the abused, abandoned, and dumped animals in the area.

To provide loving care, medical attention, and socialization in as homelike an environment as possible.

To provide sanctuary to those deemed "unadoptable".

To educate the public on humane treatment of animals and the importance and impact of spaying and neutering dogs and cats.

To do our part to put an end to pet overpopulation, abuse, and inhumane treatment of animals.

Euthanasia is necessary to be humane to a pet, not to control population.


The Haven is a "no-kill" shelter for dogs and cats. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) facility offering long-term care to dogs and cats until they can be found a loving forever home.

We have two full-time and one part-time paid staff members and are otherwise run entirely by volunteers. We receive no government funding, payments, or assistance of any kind.

The animals receive kind attention and humane treatment. Because of the mentally and physically healthy way in which our dogs and cats live, they are adoptable even after many years. We follow up on all adoptions and require animals to be returned to the Haven if they are no longer wanted or cannot be kept for any reason. Adopters share so many successful adoption stories that it boosts the spirits. We try to put one or two story in each quarterly newsletter.

What We Do

We place approximately 450 pets into new homes each year. All pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, without exception. They receive all vaccinations and are microchipped for identification. Medical and dental care is provided if required for the animal’s comfort and well-being.

We are a true no-kill facility. Only suffering animals with untreatable conditions and those rare, unpredictably vicious dogs (averaging less than 1 per year) are put down. Feral and 'barn’ cats are allowed to roam the grounds freely after being spayed or neutered.

The sanctuary is open seven days a week including most holidays. We welcome volunteers, visitors and potential adopters to drop by any time we are open.

All pets available for adoption are listed on our website, www.thehaven.petfinder.com. We post photos and descriptions on two major pet search engines, www.petfinder.com and www.adoptapet.com.

We promote involvement of area youth by letting them volunteer and teaching them jobs with increasing responsibility. We host visits from youth groups and school classes which we use to promote spaying and neutering of pets and humane treatment of all animals. Several youth groups have organized fundraisers for our shelter.

Our Facilities

Our cats live in community rooms with plenty of space to climb, play, and hide. One room has an outdoor area, with plans for more. We recently finished an isolation room for cats with any illness that might be contagious.
Our dogs live in large, outdoor pens - most 16’ X 16’ for 2 dogs, and 30’ X 90’ fields holding 3 dogs each. They enjoy access to fresh water, food, shelter, and shade, with swimming pools during warm weather.



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