Safe Haven / Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc.

Cottage #3 (A/B Split Room Unit)  6'x11'
for Hazel / Caesar

The Binky Foundation supported both the cottage 2016 and landscaping 2017

Astro Turf donated by Moana Nursery

February 2015 Hurricane Windstorm changed everything for Safe Haven Dogs !

Cottage #6 (8'x10')

(Funded by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Sept 2018)

We cannot thank the continuing support from The Community Foundation of Western Nevada in joining us with this endeavor and building upon our collaborative community success by showcasing ourcontinued efforts one cottage at a time.

We devote to each individual, focusing on their unique needs with force free training to off-leash runs, to socialization activities on and off property.

We never pressure a dog to conform into an 'adoptable' dog.  We know that each one will settle into the environment in his or her own time and, as we remain patient, we watch their personalities unfold while they relax into life of peace and safety. The 'Concept-to-Reality Initiative gives them this freedom.


BEFORE / AFTER (Summer 2017)

Safe Haven Cottages have PROVEN behavioral changes in dogs who thrive in a better environment

Future Cottage #D (2019) 12'x20'

Cottage for the most compromised; hospice dogs and/or mothers with puppies.

2016; Front Property Transformation; Grading/Landscaping, Privacy fencing, Cottage A/B and a enclosed social area. This project was funded by a grant from the Community Advised fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada fulfilling the legacy of a donor who loved animals. Founded in 1998, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada strengthens our region through leadership and philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter.

Cottage #2 (Smaller Single Unit) 3'x6'

Max, Joan & Betty

Sponsored by the Sager Family

Cottage #4 (large single unit) 8'x8'

Completed August 2017

Sponsored by the Sager Family & donors

Landscaping funds needed

Cottage C (Larger Single Unit) 6'x6'

Built November 2017
(Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada)

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  • Freedom to express normal behavior
  • Freedom from fear and distress

Support Sponsors; Van Der Sluis Family, Iron Mountain Nursery, Nevada Organics, Community supporters
(Finished May 2016) Cottage #A/B Duplex Unit

Cottage #1 (Larger Single Unit) 8'x8'

Sponsors; Van Der Sluis Family, Gordon Hutting, Moana Nursery, Nevada Organics, Iron Mountain Nursery, community supporters

Privacy fencing donated by supporters October 2018

Since the February 6, 2015 wind storm, Safe Haven started working towards providing a higher quality of life for the dogs with positive behavioral changes. The ‘Concept-to-Reality’ initiative replaces normal size dog houses with human style dog cottages and configures the enclosures to be more home-like for the resident dogs. The cottages are intended to be of different sizes (6’x6’, 8’x8’, 8’x7’ and 6’x12’) and styles focused around the need of the particular dogs. The cottages are fully insulated, shingled roof, a patio desk, fully functioning screened windows, air conditioner/heat, lights and people and dog door. In addition, the yard is configured to be more “home-like” for the resident dogs.

Since Safe Haven implemented this initiative, the dogs have proven to be more social and continue to improve on removing negative behavioral issues from the past. The ‘Concept-to-Reality’ initiative has shown to enhance the journey in so many ways and allows the long term residents to live a thriving life.  The advantage of the cottage size provides an all-weather condition to work with the dogs by the staff, volunteer and our youth student program. It took three years but by end of 2017, Phase I of the initiative is flourishing and the dogs proved the initiative works! All of our long-term/sanctuary dogs now have eight cottages. The facility has trees and bushes, roof over both sides of the indoor/outdoor kennel runs, four enclosures with privacy fencing, pergola and gazebo and some have water ponds! Phase II started in 2018 with Cottage #6.

We stay true to our focus and sometimes we just provide a place for a wounded spirit to reawaken.  Since many of our dogs are not bonded to people and do not like being touched we allow them to live a comfortable unpressured lifestyle until they are ready for the next step in their journey.  The inspiration of providing an opportunity to make an impact focused on measurable goals for the well-being of each individual dog truly excites us.  Follow us on Facebook - SafeHavenRescueKennel

Cottage #5 (Larger Single Unit) 8'x8'

Re-Built November 2017

(Sponsored by the Maddie's Fund)

28 Hwy 95A North, Yerington NV 89447 775-463-1842


Gabbs Dogs Pergola (10'x10')

Completed Nov 2017

(Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada)

Wolfie House

Sponsors; The EWB fund, Van Der Sluis Family, Kris Brown, Moana Nursery, Nevada Organics, Iron Mountain, community supporters
Wolfie Palace House over Den for Denali and Gypsy

BEFORE / AFTER (Nov 2017)



Cottage B (Duplex 6'x6')

Safe Haven' Concept-to-Reality'

Since 2015, the Safe Haven Rescue Kennels ‘Concept-to-Reality’ initiative is about changing the quality of our dogs lives by transforming to a more healthier shelter environment. By replacing the typical dog house with human style dog cottage and a yard configured to be more “home-like', we empower dogs and the people that work with them to have a more peaceful and engaging life experience.  More importantly, this initiative creates a better dog than when they arrived.

Cottage #B

The dogs are not warehoused in small areas at Safe Haven. The outdoor housing are home-like atmospheres (from the traditional kennel environment). Dogs are housed in cottages within large enclosures (averaging 30'x30')

Cottage A (Duplex 6'x6')

Office tin roof will be replaced with wooden shingled roof.  Outside patio will be demolished and replaced with Cottage D