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Safe Haven focuses on adoption

No-kill shelter delays search for director
Safe Haven will host free adoptions this weekend at the Shingle Point Road shelter. BY RACHEL SWICK MAVITY
February 14, 2013

More than 40 pets were adopted in January from Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, which now houses about 200 animals.

Safe Haven board member Rick Kirchhoff said the board is working to move dogs boarded at other kennels back to Safe Haven, where they may have a better chance for adoption.

Kirchhoff said the shelter has placed a number of animals, primarily dogs, at other no-kill shelters or rescue groups that have available space. This week, the board is transporting several dogs to a Long Island shelter, and five pit bulls were taken in by a rescue group, he said.

Former Safe Haven Executive Director Anne Gryczon was removed by the board in January. Medical Operations Director Cindy Woods is serving as interim director.

Kirchoff said the board has not yet launched a search for a new executive director "We actually plan to search for a development director first," Kirchhoff said. “That position description is being vetted now and should be posted very soon. The board will continue to perform executive oversight functions," he said.

The board is also seeking new board members to expand the five-member board. Kirchhoff said the board invited George Coscia, a Rehoboth resident, to return to the board, but Coscia declined citing a lack of time to devote to the no-kill shelter.

"Safe Haven has a lot of work to do, but I was impressed with the board and the shelter," Coscia said. "I left the board last year because the entire board didn't face issues or wasn't aware of issues. They weren't running the shelter like a business. But after talking to them, I am thrilled with the changes I see."

Coscia was on Safe Haven's board for more than eight years. He said he is leaving the door open to return to the board in the future when he doesn't have as many other responsibilities.

New homes needed

This weekend, the shelter is hosting free adoptions. The event kicks off Friday, Feb. 8 with an adoption preview from noon to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Bring Your Sweetheart Home Today adoption gala is set from noon to 6 p.m. Adoption fees are waived, but donations are accepted.

Adopters need to show a valid driver’s license and two current utility bills.

Safe Haven is at 19022 Shingle Point Road, Georgetown. For more information, go to safehavende.org or call 302-856-6460.