ASPCA Organizes Mega Adoption Event for Nearly 700 Dogs, Cats Rescued from “The Haven” in North Carolina

Variety of pets including puppies, adult cats/dogs, barn cats looking for loving homes March 18 - 20
March 14, 2016

Sanford, N.C.—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is hosting a major adoption event at its temporary shelter in Sanford, N.C. from Friday through Sunday, March 18 to 20, for nearly 700 dogs and cats who need loving homes. These animals were rescued on January 27 from The Haven, a 122-acre unlicensed, self-described animal rescue in Raeford, N.C. Hundreds of animals—including dogs and cats of all breeds and ages—will be made available for adoption to the public.


Friday through Sunday, March 18 to 20
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


2215 Nash Street, Sanford, N.C. 27330
(Across from the National Guard Armory)


Potential adopters should bring with them one government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID), proof of address, and an appropriately-sized pet transfer crate, if possible.

All adoptions fees will be waived. The ASPCA has provided all basic medical care, including spay/neuter surgeries, micro-chips and vaccinations free of charge. Additionally, members of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior and ASPCA Veterinary teams will be on-site to help answer questions about animals’ temperaments and medical histories in order to make the best possible match with potential adopters. 


On January 27, the ASPCA assisted the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office in removing nearly 700 animals from “The Haven” and transported them to a temporary shelter where they have been receiving medical care and enrichment. ASPCA responders discovered the animals living in deplorable conditions and suffering from untreated medical issues including open wounds, severe upper respiratory disease and emaciation. The owners of the facility were charged with four counts of animal cruelty and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from an animal medication not authorized on the property.

“For nearly two months, more than a hundred ASPCA responders have managed the sheltering, medical treatment and behavior enrichment of these animals,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Today these animals are healthy and happy and are ready to be placed in safe and loving homes. These animals will make wonderful additions to families willing to open their homes and hearts to give them a second chance.”

Nearly 600 responders from 56 agencies have provided round-the-clock care for these animals since the rescue in late January. Additional groups that provided assistance for the operation include: Greater Good; Rescue Bank; STAR Rescue; The Animal Rights Alliance; The Shelter & Rescue Partnership; The SPCA of Westchester; Unitex; and medical support from the North Carolina veterinary community.

For more information on the adoption event, please visit or call 800-738-9437.