A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

About Us


SHARK’s Elected Officers (2 year term):

  • President - Gordon East
  • Vice President - Maribeth Herndon
  • Treasurer - Kaye Brown
  • Secretary - Terrie East

SHARK’s Appointed Logistics Director - Dave Rice


Founded in 2008 with a total of 11 dogs, Shark now has more than 48 dogs in our new Kennels Facility located at 205 Industrial Park Road, Abbeville, AL 36310. Safe Haven Animal Rescue and Kennels are a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization 100% staffed by Volunteers.


Kennel Care, Administration, and Operations are all performed by Pet Loving Persons willing to give their time to provide Animal Care as volunteers.


Kennel Supplies, Food, Medicines, and Medical Care Rely on Donations entirely. We are and always have been a No-Kill Rescue Organization (for more on No-Kill and its meaning see below)


We take this time to share our Goals and Needs since Improving the Care and Rehabilitation of our Residents is very much “Who We Are” Please visit Our New Home project page to see what we’ve done and want to do. …..Please -Give a little or Give a lot, we urgently need your help to Build on this progress. We just started in January 2020 and we’ve still got a ways to go. Your SUPPORT is Critical to our Success.


Please follow this link and learn more.


No-Kill Shelter/Rescue is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. We’ll use many strategies to promote our shelter animals; to expanding its resources using volunteers, fostering, housing, and medical protocols; and to work actively to lower the number of homeless animals entering the shelter system.