Founded in 1997 by Silvia and David Harvey, Happy PAWS Haven (Progressive Animal Welfare System) is located in Arab, Marshall County, Alabama.
Inc., a no-kill, no-kennel, spay and neuter Companion Animal Shelter, received
the IRS 501(c)3 Federal Non-profit Agency status in January 2002. Our EIN number is 72-1519078. This
allows all donations to be tax-deductible that follow IRS guidelines (please
consult your accountant to find out how this can benefit you).
Our EIN number is 72-1519078. This allows all donations to be tax-deductible that follow IRS guidelines (please consult your accountant to find out how this can benefit you).
The History of Happy PAWS Haven, Inc.
Like most people that become involved in this work we started by taking in stray cats and dogs in 1997. We provided medical treatment, housing, food, training and love to each animal, then spayed or neutered each one, then found a good, loving home for them. David and Silvia have been involved in cat and dog rescue since the 1960's and 1970's. In 1998 we rescued several dozens of animals and our veterinarian began speaking to us about becoming a non-profit organization.
We decided to name our organization Happy PAWS Haven, Inc., with the acronym PAWS related to "Progressive Animal Welfare System". The PAWS system has been developed by trial and error and then success in rehabilitating abused and neglected animals by combining them into a pack system for canines and a cattery for felines. We found that recovery time is greatly reduced by incorporating previously tethered canines (especially) in a pack/family unit based on Alpha and Beta personality combinations, for example.
With the guidance of several people and many hours of research we applied for our 501c3 status with the IRS in 2001 after incorporating as a C Corporation in the State of Alabama. We were granted that status in 2002.
Over the past years we have processed an average of 65 animals per year through our Haven, largely funded with our private funds.
Happy PAWS Haven, Inc., moved to Arab, Marshall County, Alabama in 2003 after purchasing our current home/facility and acreage. Since our arrival in Marshall County we have helped a large amount of animals from intake to adoption. We have 2 dozen or so animals that are not adoptable for various reasons and they will live here until they pass.
As a non-profit facility, we rely heavily on donations, grants, bequests, membership dues, gifts-in-kind and fundraising events. Like every non-profit, we always have a "wish list" and welcome any and all gifts. Find out what's on our Wish List.
Happy Paws Haven, Inc.