Kids Can Make a Difference at SafeHaven

At SafeHaven Humane Society, we know that even the youngest members of our community can make a huge difference for our animals.

Over the summer, we received a check from a teacher at Adams School in Corvallis. Mrs. Ash’s 4th-grade class runs a Mini Mart, a cart with school supplies that kids are able to purchase. They have made a list of local charities, and the kids chose SafeHaven as the recipient of the school year’s profits.

We are always so grateful when any group volunteers or does a fundraiser for us, but we are especially happy when those acts of kindness come from the youth in our community.

With all that said, there are many ways for individual children as well as classrooms, scouts and service groups to get involved.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Host a fundraiser to help our animals! 
    Follow the steps of Mrs. Ash’s 4th-grade students and consider setting up your own fundraiser. Host a car wash, bake sale or coin drive! Donating the money you receive is one of the best ways to help our animals.
  • Host a Pet Food Drive
    Donations of high-quality, healthy and nutritious foods are another great way to lend a paw to our animals!
  • Host a Pet Toy Drive
    Kongs are a pet toy made of durable rubber and can be purchased at most pet stores. We give our animals kongs filled with a special doggie-treat of frozen food every day because it’s a fun and easy way to keep the dogs busy.
  • Donate your gently-used items to our Gift & Thrift
    All proceeds from purchases made at our Gift & Thrift shop support the animals at SafeHaven. Want to help even more? Come shop at our Gift & Thrift too!

Want to do something a bit more hands-on? You can put your skills to work and provide some enrichment for our cats!

Make Braided Cat Toys
These toys provide a fun distraction for the cats at SafeHaven. When attached inside the kennel, they also provide a great way for visitors to interact and play with our cats. They’re easy to make from scrap pieces of felt or fleece.

There are lots of ideas and craft projects that you can do to provide enrichment toys for all our animals. Check out Pinterest online or feel free to contact us for ideas, supply lists, and instructions, as well as what some of our needs are.

If you make a project for our animals, please let us know. Bring your projects to the shelter and we’ll let you deliver them to the animals. We’ll even take your photo and share it on Facebook.

For questions or more information, please contact Katie Bateman at or call 541-926-2924.

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