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The average pet owner thinks about their pet within minutes of waking, often because of a meowed request for kibble or a bark to indicate it's time for a walk. They are a priority in a pet owner's day, but are often forgotten when planning for the future.

"We make assumptions about our furry family members, maybe because it's something we'd rather not think about. Kyla KelimWe tell ourselves someone would step in to take care of them, but that is leaving their future to chance. Pet ownership comes with costs and responsibilities, and should be as much a part of our estate planning as our other responsibilities," said Michael Graham, executive director at The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter. 

"I would estimate the number of requests I have had to include a pet in planning is a fraction of a percent, which is alarming, considering the huge number of requests I get for assistance in rehoming a beloved pet by the family after death," states Kyla Kelim, attorney with Aging in Alabama elder law firm and keynote speaker for this event. "In one hundred percent of those cases, I am positive it is not what the pet owner envisioned or desired, so it's a sad situation that can be easily avoided with some common sense, simple planning,” she added.

To help pet owners plan for the future, The Haven is offering a free estate planning seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, November 4, at Westminster Village,500 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Kyla Kelim will assist pet owners in planning for the future in the event their furry family member outlives them.

A complimentary lunch will be provided by Mary Ann's Deli & Catering, but participants must register before noon, Thursday, November 3 by calling 251-929-2494 or by emailing their name and contact number to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We could not have asked for better weather for our Fall Yard Sale held on Saturday, Oct. 15. Thanks to all of those who supported the important fundraiser, we raised $1,700 for the homeless Thank you sign with dog holding the sign compressed for web 72dpianimals. 
We would like to thank the following for their support in helping make our sale a success:
• EVERY customer who purchased item(s)
• Haven "DEDICATED and TENACIOUS volunteers
• Julie Ford for raising additional funds by selling beautiful plants
• Zippy Shell of Greater Mobile - Thank you, Michelle for allowing us to use your convenient portable storage
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• Jubilee Printing & Design


The public is invited to shop for a good cause at The Haven Resale Shop’s upcoming Fall yard sale on Saturday, October 15, from 8 am to 1 pmLocated at 357 Morphy Avenue in downtown Fairhope, the shop is open Tuesdays thru Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and is now accepting tax-deductible donations for this upcoming yard sale. 

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The best-kept secret on the Eastern Shore, the shop is housed in a historic building on a quiet street in Fairhope.  The store carries many gently used donated items such as glassware, decorative items, and furniture amid a unique charm that can only be found in Fairhope.

Since 2003 and because of the kindness of others, the shop has been generating funds to help Baldwin County’s no-kill animal shelter.  To make room for more items, the volunteers host a yard sale twice a year. 

The shop’s manager, Heather Delker, says: “Shopping at...