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Since 1952, Pet Haven has been a pioneer in creating a refuge for Special Needs animals in need of loving homes. In the last 6 years, we have been grateful to raise more than $465,000 for rescue-related veterinary expenses. Realizing that nearly half is spent on life-saving services for Special Needs Pets, and inspired by a heroic and sweet German Shepherd, we created The Phoenix Fund, dedicated to support the recovery and health of animals most in need of medical care.
On a 17-degree winter day, a Minnesota shelter received a call about a white German Shepherd who lay dying on the side of the road. The shelter, ill-equipped to care for the animal, contacted Pet Haven for help. We didn’t hesitate.
The nameless, abandoned dog came to us with a broken leg, severe mange, double ear infection, road rash, multiple lacerations, and weighed in at a heartbreaking 40 pounds. We named this gaunt, yet gallant gent Phoenix, in honor of the mythological bird who was given new life and rose from the ashes. We’re proud to report, not only did Phoenix heal physically, he came to accept the kindness of his caregivers and learned to trust people.
8 months later, he was welcomed into his new family as a happy and healthy angel of a dog.
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Winnie came to us at just 3 months old with what is called a “degloved foot”. We don’t know what happened but we’re sure glad he landed with us!
Winnie’s foster just so happens to be a vet tech who was able to give him the TLC he needed to heal.
And guess what? After all that love, Winnie’s fosters decided they just couldn’t let him go and adopted him into their family furever!