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Major has found his forever home with Christine Baird Carter and her husband. 

Christine wrote the following:

Little Major is officially a part of the family. He may have had a rough start in life. He is blind and he arrived at the Haven after being attacked by a large dog. Dr. Wilbanks paid for his vet expenses for his then owner but they decided they didn't want him anymore. It worked out okay for him. He no longer has an "owner". He has a family who loves him and we have a wonderful, loving little guy.


I adopted her from the Haven 12 years ago.  At the time she was 6 weeks old, having been dumped with her 4 siblings in a box in the bar ditch near the Haven.  She has been "the mother" to the 3 later adoptees...AWESOME GIRL! Along the way, she has had 2 surgeries to remove cysts from her spine (all is well).  The vet just does not believe Krisie is 12 years old.

Thank you Haven for my sweet girl,


Dear Drs. and Staff of the Haven,

I "adopted" Ruthie last August by way of winning her at the Lubbock's Lion Club auction.  Ruthie has brought my whole family such happiness and joy daily. She is very healthy.  When I got her she weighed about 2 lbs and now she is about 7-8 lbs.  She has gotten her shots and her spaying.  I wanted to send you some pictures so you can see how cute and adorable she is. I love her dearly.


Amanda Stanton


I adopted Scarlet a week ago yesterday (4/18/15) and it was a rough start. She's a stout gal, but managed to hide in the smallest of places. I was beginning to think she would never come around and wondered if I had done her a disservice adopting her. Your shelter has been her home for the 8 or 9 years of her life. I was warned at adoption that she had not taken to people during her stay. And then, slowly, she came out. She loves on Simon more than he's yet comfortable with (my eleven year old kitty), and is constantly forcing her affection and cuddles on him— but there has been zero hissing or weird cat noises—even during her first several days of seclusion. She is still a little perplexed by playing, and watches Simon in bewilderment when he gets his furry butt worked up over a feather stick.But she is wonderful. Her name is Nora now. Simon kept coming to me exasperated whenever I'd call for "Scarlet," so we ditched the S-name. (I even looked it up, and cats aren't prone to psychological damage/identity crises over a name change.)


Anyway, Nora is wonderful and has been coming out of her shell. She has embraced the life of having a home, and I finally got the cat selfie I'd been craving since bringing her in.


Seth was adopted in the family back in December of 2017.  So we've had him for 4 months now and he is my best friend.  I take him everywhere possible. On his first day with me I took him to Starbucks and he enjoyed his first pup cup, and those are his favorite treat!  I also work at Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital and he enjoys doggy daycare there about 3 times a week.  He has made a lot of new friends there and knows when I put on my blue scrubs that it time to go to work.   His best friend is my mom's dog Thor, who is a 7 year old weimeranier, who looks out for him. I've also learned that he loves the water, and will jump into the pool at work whenever I let him. He has also met my horse and others as well.  And he does very well around them and knows to stay out of the way.  He has also discovered the rabbits that run along the empty fields by the house and barn.  He has gotten fast and has caught and killed 2 so far.   He always comes back when he is called and most the time understands that no means no. 


However, Seth does have some major separation anxiety issues that we are having to work through.  Basically if I can't take him with me, he will start to shake and pace the house as I'm getting ready.  We have also destroyed many windows blinds, so I have to put him in a kennel when my husband and I aren't home.  He is very much attached to me and not my husband.  And I love that he follows me everywhere and will stay by my side even without a leash, but it has created some problems.  


Seth has been a blessing to me and has helped with my depression and anxiety as well.  It was truly love at first sight for the two of us, and I want to thank everybody at the haven to finding him and putting him in my life.  He is truly loved and is extremely special to me.  


Thank you so much!

Kiersten Johnson-Brow 


Hi Haven staff,

I adopted “Alice” who I called Katee from the Haven in June of 2016. It’s her second birthday (as we figured) tomorrow, March 27. For her birthday present she is attending her first agility class. It started last Saturday. I thought you’d enjoy the video of our first day in the class sent by the instructor. She’s a little cautious and object shy by nature, so I thought it was time to up her training a little. As you can see she is calm and attentive. A lovely best friend to have!

Santa Fe, NM



We adopted Delilah a few weeks ago (we renamed her Bear since Delilah is my sisters name). We figured y’all might want to see how she’s doing.

She’s loving her doggie roommates in Lubbock and adventures in Arizona. She also loves naps and cuddles. Tomorrow she’s going to the vet to get her last round of shots! Thank y’all for our baby we love her:)

-Abbey and Mikey




In the summer of 2013, my daughter, Paige Green, who was a student at Texas Tech at that time, adopted a puppy, “Jake”, from your shelter. 

We just wanted you to know how blessed we’ve been to have Ranger in our lives. He is well loved and spoiled rotten.



The Green Family



I wanted to send another quick update on Anakin, now named Samson. I sent y’all an update on him about a year ago, but figured y’all would enjoy seeing another.

Samson is still doing great! He is the goofiest dog I have ever met, he has the funniest personality; He is my constant entertainment. He is constantly getting sooo many toys, because he loves to see how quick he can destroy them. A few months ago Samson got a roommate, Saint. He is a Australian Shepherd mix. At first Samson was scared to play with Saint because he was so small, but it didn’t take long for them to become best friends! 

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures of Samson.


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