SAFE was established in September 2017 by staff from the closed AWL Ingleside animal shelter. We initially set up a few foster carers to care for the many unwanted animals in the area and for the next two years expanded this network preparing animals for adoption. Our President, Tim led the way and devoted all of his time to running the charity from his small bedroom as well as looking after 8 foster cats!
We knew the path to helping more animals was to establish a Rehoming Centre where animals available for adoption could be viewed, but this seemed an impossible task. We had no money and no support from the local councils. But we had a small core of loyal supporters. We put a lot of energy into finding suitable premises whilst spreading the word and concentrating on fundraising.
At long last in August 2019 we moved into premises in Roseville Sydney. We called our Rehoming/Adoption Centre SAFE Haven and since then it has been full of cats available for viewing & adoption seven days a week. We also offer premium boarding for cats which helps to fund our operations. One of our long term aims is to find premises where we can keep dogs for viewing and adoption but until then we continue to rescue dogs through foster carers, which are very hard to find.
Click here to look at animals available for adoption
Our animals are surrendered by owners or good Samaritans, and some come from the pound or other rescues . They are all microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, treated for fleas/worms and health checked before being made available for adoption.
We have on our team two experienced, qualified behaviourists who assess, treat and advise on any behavioural issues before and after adoption. They are also available for private consultation on any pet issues. For more information click here or contact us.
The issue of unwanted animals affects everyone in Northern Sydney and we do everything we can to make a small dent in the numbers. If you can donate towards the running of SAFE Haven please click here. SAFE depends on continued community support to fund operations – to provide food and medication and pay the rent. We rely on everyone we touch to spread the word.
We have come a long way since 2017 and we are continuing to develop. Most importantly we are changing the world little by little. In 2020 after only one year at SAFE Haven we were a finalist in the Jetpets Outstanding Animal Shelter category, a huge achievement for a small charity run totally by volunteers at the time of the nomination!
Our vision statement is “Every animal deserves love, understanding and as many chances as it takes to find a perfect home”