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Haven Happenings Newsletter
Lost / Found a Pet
Haven Special Needs Animals
Haven Pet Memorials
Haven Rescues
Haven Hope for Animals Fund


Welcome to the Haven


To donate to the Haven online
click below


"May we, God helping us, be part of the answer, not part of the problem."

-Peter Marshall

Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, Founder and Executive Director

What is the Haven?

The Haven Animal Care Shelter is a non-profit foundation,

established in 1977 by Dr. Brenda and Joe Wilbanks.

The Haven is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary,

and is generally home to over 100 animals, primarily dogs and cats.

The Haven occupies a seven-acre property near Lubbock, TX.

In addition to special needs animals such as those with chronic illnesses and the elderly,

the Haven shelters a wide variety of adoptable dogs and cats who are in need of good, loving homes.

We encourage spay and neuter of household pets,

provide educational programs for schools and community groups,

and offer pet therapy programs to the community.

Haven Goals

ØSaving the lives of helpless animals…one life at a time.

ØEducating people to be responsible pet owners…one person at a time.

ØImproving the lives of children through our pet therapy program…one child at a time.

ØChanging the world to a kinder and more peaceful place…one day at a time.

Haven Hope for Animals Fund

The Haven Hope for Animals Fund

began accepting referrals on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.

This is a spay/neuter program

funded by a personal donation of $100,000 from Dr. Brenda Wilbanks,

Founder and Executive Director of the Haven Animal Care Shelter, Inc.

Referrals will be accepted for this pilot program from veterinarians, Animal Services,

other animal organizations, and pet owners.

Please click here for more information and application on this program!

You may also contact The Haven at the contact information listed below.

Haven: 806-763-0092 Haven Email:
Haven Website:

Requests for Placing Animals

We are currently overwhelmed by requests to take animals 
and are accepting them as we have space and resources available.  
The most efficient way to reach us is to email all of your information to
including a description of the animal, why you need to place the animal, and a picture if possible. 

You will be placed on a wait list 
(which is very long at this time since requests are at an all time high), 
and will be notified if space becomes available.  

 We are also trying to help in other ways through our Haven Hope for Animals program.  
Please look for information regarding this program 
on our website at 
to see if you can be helped through this fund.  
We have provided help with emergency vet care on a case by case basis, 
with part of the spay/neuter cost, and with other special needs.  


Dr. Brenda Wilbanks

Love, Blessings, and Gratitude

The Haven would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our animals this year. 
Our animals are enjoying their new beds, all of their food, toys, and other donated items.  
Donated supplies have helped us keep the sanctuary functioning (especially in the frigid temperatures).  
Gift cards and monetary donations have allowed us to rescue even more animals than before.  
We are currently remodeling to make more room for puppies.  
We appreciate all of you for your donations, your kind words,and for joining us in our love for animals. 

Dr. Brenda Wilbanks and Haven Staff

Haven Updates

Raising Canes Continues to Help the Haven

We want to thank Raising Canes again for the adoptathon/fundraiser last Saturday! 
Their staff was great to work with and our animals and volunteers had a great time! 
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to save the lives of animals. 
--Dr. Brenda Wilbanks

Haven Now Hiring

The Haven is hiring part-time shelter workers to start immediately!
Hours will be during the week and weekends, according to schedule needs. 

Must like and be able to work with both cats and dogs!

If you are interested, please email your resume to

100 Mile Puppies

They came 100 miles just to see us, and we couldn't say no to those sweet faces. 

These guys are just sleepy little babies and are currently 8 weeks old. 

There are two boys and four girls. 

For more information please email the Haven at

Tent City Kittens 

(Gray one was too shy for a picture)

They were raised by Tent City residents, and are now 6 weeks old. 

The man that primarily raised them kept them in his tent, 

keeping them warm with hand warmers and warm water bottles to keep sheltered from the cold weather. 

Today, they were playing in the Tent City garden, just as happy and healthy as can be! 

He did a pretty amazing job, and the kittens are just gorgeous! They will be ready for adoption in a couple weeks! 

There are two black ones, one gray, and one Siamese mix. 

For more information please email the Haven at  

Haven Helpers

Is there anything more handsome than hard-working men volunteering for an animal shelter?

Haven Page Updates

Check out our recent updates on Adoptions, Newest Arrivals, Ways to Help, 

Volunteering at the Haven, and Haven Pet Memorials. 

Stay tuned for more updates!!! 

-Dr. Brenda Wilbanks

Upcoming Adoption Events

Stay tuned for new events coming soon...

Check out the Haven on Facebook

  Please see the adoption pictures on our Facebook page!

Get Acquainted with the Haven --A Guide to our Web Site

Be sure to visit all the interesting areas on our web site.
Donations -- We always need help caring for the dogs and cats at the Haven -- click here to help us care for our animal friends who are hoping for homes and those who must live here permanently.
Adoptions -- This is where you'll find our adoptable pets-- just follow the links to all our dog pics and bios. Be sure to see the details-- you can either follow the links under ADOPTIONS or go to and put in 79403 for the Zip code search. If you can't adopt a pet and take it home, then get a "virtual pet" through our Adoption Option. This is the perfect option for students and others who can't have a pet at home.
Haven Events -- The Haven holds several annual events to raise money; more information about these events can be found in this section.
Ways To Help -- We will continue to update this section to give you some ideas about how you can help.
About Us -- Here you can find out the latest Haven news and learn about the Haven board and our Haven partners.
Adoptable Pets-- Our featured dogs and cats! (Also don't miss the "former featured pets" -- these are some very worthwhile pets who have having a hard time getting past their bad luck!)

We Always Need Your Help

Please consider adopting any critter, but especially an older pet, a physically challenged pet, or
one of our youngsters that is energetic and needs a little guidance to become the dog or cat that he or she can be.

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