The Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) is proud to announce that, after many years of fundraising and planning, we will soon be opening this community’s very first no-kill animal shelter.
The shelter will house adult cats and kittens only, with dogs in the HAVA system cared for by foster families.
The shelter will be called Harry’s House and is named in honor of Harry Jones, a longtime resident of the Raymond area. Harry’s wife, LaPriel, made a large donation in Harry’s memory in 2011 and HAVA was able to purchase a building in downtown Raymond because of her generosity. Sadly, LaPriel passed away in March of this year, before HAVA finished renovating the building.
For the past year, HAVA board members, under the leadership of President Dee Roberts, have been working at renovating the house, adding a new ventilation and heating/cooling system, new flooring and creating unique spaces for cats and kittens.
“We are very proud of what we have accomplished,” said Dee Roberts. “This has been a community driven effort believe me! Not only have many of our board members and volunteers put in several hundred hours of time and work, but the community at large has also helped to achieve this important step in HAVA’s history. For years, people in our area (North Pacific County and the Westport area.) have donated money and that money was used to renovate the house and turn what was once a beauty salon into a state-of-the-art animal shelter.”
HAVA is looking for volunteers to work a few hours a week at the shelter. If you are interested, call 942-4716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The house is located at 431 Second Street in downtown Raymond, behind Jensen’s Furniture and will be open for Adoptions on Sept. 23 from 2-5 p.m. HAVA’s Pet Food Bank will also be available for those needing cat or dog food. An Open House is planned for October 12 from 11-3 and the community is invited to come and tour the shelter.