What is Henry’s Haven?
Henry’s Haven rescues cats from desperate situations. We embrace all cats regardless of age, medical issues, or temperament, making us a safe haven for all cats. Most of our cats will go on to be adopted; but those who aren’t will have a loving home at Henry’s Haven for the duration of their lives.
We want to work towards a time when there are no more homeless pets. By working together, and with your support we believe this is possible.
What Makes Us Unique:
- We do not choose cats based on “adoptability” so we are a haven for ALL cats. We consider it an honor to care for and cherish these cats.
- Extraordinary medical care will be made available to every cat no matter their condition, even those deemed as difficult cases. Cats will receive all the medical care they need to thrive, regardless of cost.
- We operate an almost 100% cage free sanctuary to provide an extremely nurturing environment. We offer the tenderness, patience, and personalized care that cats need to be able to trust humans and feel as safe and secure as possible.
- Our building and rooms were designed specifically to be comfortable and to meet cats needs for stimulation and access to fresh air.
- Our personal devotion to ALL cats. Love, grace, and compassion guide all our interactions with any animal we take in. We are committed to treating each and every cat or animal with respect and generosity, and to be a pure community of love for all animals.
- We are a no-kill rescue group committed to saving all healthy and treatable pets. We only ever consider euthanizing terminal, non-rehabilitable pets who are irremediably suffering, or in acute, irreversible pain. Every pet’s life is precious and we do not make this decision lightly. Multiple opinions will be gathered before this decision is ever made.
- We are committed to educating the community on animal care, spay and neuter, and through resources to keep pets safe and healthy.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer, and foster based organization. Donations keep us going and growing so that we are able to continue to help even more animals.
We are always looking for volunteers to help support our group and the homeless and needy animals in our community.
Thank you so much for all you are doing to help us care for these precious beings who share our beautiful planet, and are without a voice.
Our rescue is always in need of donations: financial, organic dry food, bedding, toys, and cleaning supplies are always needed.
If you would like to be a volunteer please fill out and submit the volunteer application.
All of the donations we receive go directly to the care and support of our animals.
We pull cats from local shelters that would very quickly be euthanized from overcrowding or “undesirable” personalities. Most cats when placed in a better environment will respond much better and in fact do have desirable personalities and can go on to be adopted. Even cats that are slower to respond to human interaction due to their past are usually able to gain trust with some patience and love.
We also work with barn placement programs for feral cats that need relocation and are involved with community efforts and initiatives for TNR.
We adhere to a holistic and integrative approach to treating and maintaining our animals health and will always try methods to heal the root cause of any medical issues rather than mask symptoms with medications. Our philosophy on nutrition is the same; to provide high-quality (organic when possible) food that is free from questionable fillers, ingredients, and chemicals.
Before adopting out any animals we make sure that they are spayed/neutered vaccinated appropriately, and micro-chipped.
THE FUTURE OF HENRY’S HAVEN
We have many goals here at Henry’s Haven, including purchasing land to expand our efforts to include other animals, independent suites for FIV+ and FelV+ cats/kittens, and a facility to accommodate disabled cats.
To rescue, rehabilitate, and care for suffering and homeless cats in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes, foster kindness for ALL animals, and to advocate humane values and behavior.
A world that fosters and inspires reverence and kindness for all animals and communities that work together for a peaceful and respectful relationship with all species.
OUR TEAM – MEET THE FOUNDER
Jessica Johnson, President & Founder
Growing up Jessica never had many pets. It wasn’t until she was an adult and moved to a 7-acre farm that this began to change. What started out as rescuing 1 male cat (Rufus) and 1 pregnant female cat (Piper) to reside in her 3000 sq. ft. brick barn, soon became 13 cats and a deep, deep love and bond with cats that she never knew was possible. Rufus and Piper quickly stole her heart and started coming into the family home. Piper ended up giving birth to her first litter of 5 kittens in Jessica’s closet during the night. Jessica was able to find a loving home for 3 of those kittens and decided to keep the other 2 who she named Twinkie and Brownie. Piper was delayed in being spayed due to nursing and unfortunately became pregnant again. She gave birth to her second litter in August 2016 and Jessica repeated the process, again keeping 2 of the kittens who were named Francis and Henry. Rufus and Piper were immediately neutered and spayed! When taking Twinkie and Brownie to be spayed and neutered it was discovered that Twinkie was pregnant! Jessica did not want to abort her babies, so chose to delay Twinkie’s surgery. She went on to deliver 5 kittens. Unfortunately one was stillborn and another passed away shortly after birth. Jessica kept all 3 of the remaining kittens and named them Charlie, Olive, and Milo.
In February 2017 when Henry was just 6 months old, he somehow escaped the closed pet door and in a very rural area away from main roads, was hit by a car. Jessica was absolutely devastated. It was at that moment she dedicated herself more fully to the cats she had been blessed with and promised to help many more in Henry’s name. But shortly thereafter, in April 2017 Jessica and her family experienced a devastating house fire that took every belonging they had. By a miracle all of the animals and 3 new kittens of Twinkie’s escaped. After getting reestablished Jessica went on to adopt Cosmo, Rocky, and Luna, and also took in another stray cat Leo.
On March 6th 2019, 2 year old Charlie went missing from the farm and 3 year old Brownie boy went into medical distress. At the advice of the trusted veterinarian Jessica and her husband proceeded with what they believed to be the most compassionate choice for Brownie and his wellbeing. It was only days later when consulting with other vets and doing some research that they realized there may have been other options for Brownie that would have extended his life and the quality of it by up to three years! This was the day that Jessica decided to ensure that no one person’s opinion should determine the future of a cat.
All of the animal’s health at Henry’s Haven will be reviewed with the vets by at least two people and second opinions will always be obtained. Henry’s Haven only works with vets who’s values line up with their mission that every cat receive the best chance at life, no matter the obstacles.
In the days after Brownie’s passing is when Jessica took action on her dream of the past 2 years of beginning a cat rescue and sanctuary. In Henry’s, Charlie’s, and Brownie’s honor Jessica carries on their legacy and memory to help ALL cats.
All of Jessica’s time is now spent caring for the cats and advocating for all animals. Jessica views all creatures as beautiful, unique, and special little spirits that deserve the absolute best we can give them. She has a deep and profound connection to all animals (especially cats) and lives a compassionate lifestyle.
All of the gorgeous little beings that Jessica has been lucky enough to raise and care for helped her realize her purpose. She is so grateful for the lessons these special souls have taught her. If we can truly step back and “see” them for the purposeful soul’s they are we can change the world! Jessica passionately believes that a kinder world IS POSSIBLE!
We know we can’t save them all which is why we continue to advocate and educate for all of the homeless, unclaimed, and neglected cats out there. Their stories need to be told and are some of the most important tools in guiding others actions. Jessica hopes to inspire change in the way society views and treats animals.