The Sanctuary at Haafsville is a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs.  

In our first 12 years, we've saved over 12,000 animals and placed them in loving "furever" homes! In 2021, we placed almost 1,200 animals.  We adhere to a No-Kill animal welfare philosophy which means we do not euthanize animals to create space.  We partner with shelters that are overcrowded, we work with 14 Lehigh County and 1 Berks County municipalities to take in stray dogs and cats, rescue dogs and cats from natural disasters, accept dogs and cats from owners who need to relinquish them, and work to place animals into loving homes.  


Thank you so much to our supporters who allow our mission to grow!!

Help us in our mission to create a safe haven for animals adopting an animal,  becoming a Volunteer or by providing critical donations.



There are many ways you can help, even if you cannot adopt.




Want to get involved? Learn how to become a Volunteer.




Check out our wonderful animals available for adoption.


05/31/2023: One of the Lehigh Valley’s leading animal rescues to open cat-only adoption center.

One of the Lehigh Valley’s leading animal adoption centers is expanding and plans to open a new, cat-only adoption center near Orefield.

In an announcement on its social media, The Sanctuary at Haafsville said it is moving all of its cat rescue and adoption operations to the former Orefield Veterinary Clinic building at 7209 Kernsville Road, Lowhill Township and hopes to open in mid-June. The facility will be called The Sanctuary Cat Adoption Center.

02/2023: The Sanctuary at Haafsville is pleased to announce the launch of a new program -- PawsAbilities! Through this program, we will be able to host small groups of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities wishing to participate as Sanctuary volunteers. Participants will engage in various activities and tasks related to animal care and enrichment, light house-keeping/cleaning, and of course -- socialization with our very deserving animals! Events are held once per month at The Sanctuary.

If you are interested, or are a caregiver of someone who could benefit from a program like PawsAbilities, please read through and complete our sign up form at When your completed form is received, a Sanctuary volunteer will reach out for a phone consultation to evaluate how to best support our participants. Please reach out to with any questions.

Paws Abilities information and waiver form
Paws Abilities information and waiver form
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02/13/2023: New billboard campaign aims to find homes for animals in the Lehigh Valley.  WFMZ News

02/09/2023:  Retriever Brewing pregaming Super Bowl with adoptable puppies from Sanctuary at Haafsville.  Lehigh Valley Live

10/17/2022:  Dog injured in Philadelphia hit-and-run getting new lease on life thanks to prosthetic technology and the Sanctuary at Haafsville.  CBS News Philadelphia

03/30/2022: The Sanctuary at Haafsville helps 74 stranded dogs get home to their new owners!  Check out the coverage on WFMZ!

09/21/2020: Did you join us for our 10 year anniversary?  We loved seeing everyone who came out to tour our facilies, brought their wonderful adopted dogs, and participated in some of our onsite events.


Check out the coverage on WFMZ during our 10th Anniversary Event held on September 19th.  WFMZ Coverage

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       Adoption Spotlight


Ween is hoping for a miracle. She is the longest resident in the Sanctuary at Haafsville Cat Building. Ween is sweet, loving, playful, and a shameless mooch! Besides that, she is gorgeous with thoughtful eyes and lovely coloring.

You may be wondering how such a great cat is still at a shelter. It is because this purrfect girl also has occasional accidents outside of the litter box.

Ween is a very special cat who needs a special person, someone who is patient, understanding, and good with a Swiffer! However, the reward is a truly amazing companion. Ween has participated in multiple photoshoots while on a leash and harness. She even completed a 5K riding along in a backpack.

Ween is 5 years old, healthy, spayed, vaccinated, negative for FeLV & FIV, and microchipped.

Ween spends most of her time on the nice list. Don't let a few moments on the naughty list stand between her and a forever home.
**Direct adoption inquiries to:
484-285-5445 (option 4)
**Request an application by emailing:

The Sanctuary at Haafsville

901 Nestle Way

Breinigsville, PA 18031

PH:  (484) 285-5445


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