Pam Miller and her family founded SAFE Haven for Cats 20 years ago in Raleigh, North Carolina. The shelter was first located in her 2-car, heated and air conditioned garage. In fact, SAFE Haven’s first 400 cats were adopted from that garage. Five years later, SAFE Haven moved to a larger facility on Durant Road in Raleigh, opening the Triangle’s first permanent no-kill shelter for cats.
In 2001, Dr. Betsy King founded the SAFE Care Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic. At the time, SAFE Care was the only freestanding clinic for cats in North Carolina. Housed in the same building as the shelter, the clinic provided low-cost sterilization services for the Triangle’s pet, stray and community cats.
SAFE Haven and SAFE Care have expanded three times since their departure from Pam’s garage, and now occupy two buildings near the corner of Capital Boulevard and Durant Road in Raleigh. To date, a total of 5,883 cats have been adopted and over 14,882 have come through the SAFE Care clinic.
SAFE Haven for Cats is licensed by the North Carolina Agriculture Department, Veterinary Division and receives exemplary inspections. The SAFE Care Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic is licensed by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. A 501(c)3 organization, SAFE Haven spends 84.7 percent of their annual budget on adoption programs and SAFE Care Clinic spay and neuter programs. Only 8.3 percent is spent on administrative costs. All money supporting the shelter comes from individual donors and is tax deductible under IRS code. To learn more, contact SAFE Haven for Cats at (919) 872-7233 or visit them at http://www.safehavenforcats.org.