Safe Haven Rescue Kennel began 2016 with a puppies bouncing and ended with a beautiful cheery senior Christmas guest! What follows are highlights from a year that gained momentum and ultimately did not disappoint our mission of Hope from Despair.

We stayed true to our focus and sometimes we just provide a place for a wounded spirit to reawaken.  We ended the year with twenty three (23) dogs; six in foster and seventeen on property.  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.

Organizational Transparency

Save Rate (2017 90%) (2016 86%) (2015 88%)

2016 In Review

Annual Reports and Financials

Safe Haven Rescue Kennel in Yerington NV, is run by B.A.R.K. (Build a Rescue Kennel) EIN 26-1759463 Established in 2008.

As a participant in the Shelter Animals Count, we are proud to be transparent and report our statistics which tell us where we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go. Click the link year to download our statistics in PDF format. 
2016 Report  /  2015 Report

IRS Reporting 990   Taxes 2015  / Taxes 2016

28 Hwy 95A North, Yerington NV 89447 775-463-18422

Our vision of giving a comfortable place for decompressing, healing and living in a spacious healthy environment continues to grow.  Safe Haven was honored to have received generous grants from Community Foundation of Western Nevada and the Blinky Foundation which allowed us to build three new cottages this year. With the Community Foundation of Western Nevada grant we were also able to transform the entire front property adding three individual privacy fenced enclosures and a social meet and greet area.

Safe Haven Dogs received an unexpected grant for 10 dog beds from the Petco Foundation/Pet Play Initiative. With this and the cottages providing a temperature controlled comfortable living environment Safe Haven was able to pay it forward by donating truckloads of blankets to the county shelter during this winter season.

This year, the community donated, rallied and pulled together towards our dream of providing the dogs with a more home-like and comfortable environment.  Individuals, businesses and the community donated landscaping, lawns, memorial trees and discounted services. A special thank you to the volunteers who donated and supported to this year’s garage sale!  Although our volunteer base is small, Safe Haven dogs truly appreciate their time with the social outings, the treats provided and the new student project program we have recently started. If you come out on Sunday, don’t miss the Sunday Lunch meals.

As a small rescue we do not rescue on a regular basis and always keep at least one enclosure open for the unexpected. Safe Haven’s goal of rescuing the unadoptable or hard to place dogs spotlighted itself a few times this year.  In partnership with Lyon County Animal Services and our foster, Safe Haven was able to rescue nine out of 20 hoarded dachshunds when their owner unexpectedly died. We were also able to help facilitate placement of two local dogs that found themselves unexpectedly homeless with appropriate breed rescues.

Safe Haven includes both temporary and permanent resident dogs. The dogs sometimes take a year or two before they are considered adoptable.  In 2016 Safe Haven rescued 17 new dogs and found homes for 27.  Of those 27, half are from rescues in 2015.  We also had three dogs pass this year: our beloved Olympic Animal Sanctuary Max, Apple the patriarch of the Gabbs dogs and sweet senior Akita, Bear.  Although Bear, outlived his prognosis by a year, his death at the beginning of December touched many who watched him for three years.

We are expecting 2017 to be a productive one for Safe Haven’s beautification projects.   We look forward to concluding the Concept-to-Reality initiative with a cottage for Rosie/Dusty and Nubia/Phoenix and a pergola for the Gabbs dogs.  Our outreach programs next year will be focused around community awareness for Safe Haven and the work we do with rescue and its commitment.

We are thankful for all the people who have come together to support us and help make this year a success. Shoes for Shelter, our last fundraiser of the year, brought us closer to old friends and introduced us to new ones. We have all shared tears and laughter as we have welcomed the dogs into our lives and said good bye as they headed out on their next adventure. Thank you again for being part of rescue.

With deepest gratitude,
Kris Brown, Director
Safe Haven Rescue Kennel

Safe Haven / Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc.