Safehaven Humane Society33071 Highway 34 SE, Albany, OR 97322
History: In 1995, Mr. Henry Wessel died and left a modest estate to Linn Humane Society. The Society at that time consisted of a network of foster care homes and a small group of dedicated volunteers. The proceeds of the estate were used to purchase the one acre parcel on Highway 34 where the shelter now stands. After expanding the existing building on the site, the shelter opened its doors as SafeHaven Humane Society in the summer of 1986. Initially, the non-euthanizing shelter accepted only dogs and puppies, but with the construction of the cat room in 1993 SafeHaven was able to take in cats and kittens as well. In 1999 a manufactured home was added to the site providing space for an isolation/quarantine room, a business office, and an exam/grooming area. Although SafeHaven is a private organization, the shelter provides a high level of service to the community. SafeHaven houses approximately 30 dogs and 40 cats at any one time. When possible, SafeHaven assists the county by taking in adoptable dogs from Linn County Dog Control. SafeHaven is committed to companion animal population control, and relies on Spay/Neuter programs to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem in our community. SafeHaven's concern for animal welfare also drives our education program, where school children learn about the humane treatment of animals. This helps foster a caring community and also can help reduce the risk of violence against animals and people. SafeHaven partners with other humane societies in the Willamette Valley. For example, we may exchange long-term residents (under strict non-euthanasia orders) with other shelters. The change in surroundings usually gives a lift to the animals' spirits and exposure to a new group of people often results in a quick adoption. These partnerships benefit all of us and our communities and foster a spirit of cooperation in animal welfare.