Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc. (B.A.R.K.) began as a vision in 2007 inspired by rescuing over two dozen feral dogs from the 149 Gabbs Nevada dogs left orphaned in the desert when the owner died. Early 2008 Build A Rescue Kennel was granted a 501.c3 non-profit status.

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In 2008, Bev and Larry Beaman established Safe Haven. Former volunteers at the Yerington Shelter, Bev and Larry took over the facility that is now Safe Haven to insure the Gabbs dogs, and other rescues, had a safe place to land. They maintained a boarding facility on the property to help support the rescue dogs. Bev and Larry were an elderly couple. In 2009, ill health cut short their rescue dream and they were forced to retire. Fortunately, Bev’s daughter, Ruth Tippets, took over and the rescue continued. Ruth was instrumental in improving the property by coordinating with the landlord to build the perimeter chain-link fencing, install the concrete pad where cottages 1, 2 and 3 are located and planted many of the trees that now provide shade.


In January 2010, B.A.R.K. assumed the lease on the Safe Haven facility in Yerington and transitioned into a small private rescue / sanctuary facility. 

History of B.A.R.K. / Safe Haven Rescue Kennel

OUR BELOVED GABBS DOGS

28 Hwy 95A North, Yerington NV 89447 barkdogsinfo@gmail.com: 775-463-18422

Safe Haven / Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc.

Build A Rescue Kennels, Inc. / Safe Haven Rescue Kennels
C e l e b r a t i n g   1 0 y r s   i n   R e s c u e !  Est.2008-2018
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In 2012 there was a need for rescues to step up and help support a large 50+ free roaming hoarding situation in Mina Nevada.  The dogs had started killing cattle and needed to be removed.  B.A.R.K./Safe Haven took in thirteen of the Mina dogs and placed a majority but a few will remain with Safe Haven as they have not become bonded to people.

On New Years day 2014 Safe Haven found and re-rescued 3 of the 5 Gabbs dogs (Herbie, Itsy and Tippy) from the defunct Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) in Forks Washington.  Able and Dixie are still missing.  During the next 8 months Safe Haven took in additional ten OAS dogs out of the 124 dogs needing out of Arizona left by OAS.

February 2015 was a year of mental growing for our dogs and rebuilding after devastating 90mph hurricane winds destroyed the entire back covered pens.  Work began mid 2015 to transform Safe Haven from outdoor kennels to a cottage 'home-like' enclosure. The initiative 'Concept-to-Reality' began with generous donations for the Wolfie house, Wolfie Pergola and Bears Cottage #1.  More importantly, Safe Haven continues to support the community rescues and shelters and in 2015 collaborated with an out of state rescue in taking two pregnant female coated (Xolo) Xoloitzcuintli out of 48 from a breeder turned hoarder situation.


In 2016 in support with the county's animal control unit, Safe Haven rescued nine dachshund out of 25 when an hoarder owner died. 2016 was a property transformation for the dogs. Cottage #2 was funded by a private family trust and a generous grant support from The Binky Foundation funded half of Cottage #3, The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada ($10,000) funds built four privacy fencing enclosures and a duplex cottage (A/B).


2017 was an exciting year for the dogs with another generous grant from the The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada ($10,000) and The Maddie's Foundation ($5,000) providing Cottage #4 and #5 and #C, Pergola for the Gabbs dogs and a roof over the indoor/outdoor kennel runs. The Binky Foundation ($1,800) funded the landscaping for Cottage #3. Our rescue efforts continued with supporting three Craigslist unfixed dogs needing extensive dental and medical needs.  We are so grateful for grant opportunities from the PetFinders Emergency Grant and The Paws for Love Foundation

The vision has grown over time from easy adoptable dogs to more of the 'unadoptable' dog in need. Safe Haven has become known as a highly respected rescue/sanctuary with dedication to supporting the whole dog in their care.

Euthanasia Policy:
From time to time Safe Haven Rescue Kennel receives questions about its policy toward euthanasia and we would like to take the opportunity to address this concern. Safe Haven Rescue Kennel's policy regarding euthanasia for any dog is determined by medical need only based on the recommendation of our veterinarians. Reasons for euthanasia might be severe trauma with no chance of recovery, chronic disease that involves suffering, or a diminished state of the dog's health so as to prevent any quality of life.  [Full Euthanasia Policy]