Born in New York, but raised in East Windsor, New Jersey from the age of three. Kathy spent her youth in the corn fields and mud (much to her mother’s chagrin) that are now an industrial area. She began rescuing German Shepherds in her early twenties and spent twelve years helping abused and neglected shepherds to a better life. Dozens of shepherds were in her care during that time; personally she had two in her pack. A bi-black female named Doc and a rescued blonde male named Morgan. Morgan was removed from a home in Newark, NJ that starved and beat him to near death. He recovered well and they both lived to the age of 12. When she lost her beloved shepherds to old age, she could not get another and turned to the Great Dane. She has now had five Great Danes and is currently working with a severe abuse case, who is progressing nicely. She began training; kenneling and exercising her dogs at the Country Haven Kennels & Dog Park in 2007 and spends as much time as possible at Country Haven.
Vanessa left the corporate world in 2010 to pursue happiness working with dogs! She has been working in doggy daycares and grooming facilities ever since. She adopted Ernie from the first group of Puppy Mill rescue dogs we fostered for All They Need Is Love Animal Rescue in November 2011. Ernie surely has come a long way from his small cage in a Midwestern Puppy Mill thanks to Vanessa's love and commitment! Vanessa also loves nature, yoga, classic films, and adult coloring books.
Deanna has volunteered for the Burlington County Animal Shelter for 4 years. She is co-coordinator of the socialization and evaluation program, the volunteer dog coordinator, and dog a foster. She cares deeply for all animal welfare but her specific passion is to educate people on pit bulls to foster more adoptions, reduce unwanted liters, and bring positive awareness to the breed. She is a foster failure with her current dog as well as a shelter cat owner.
Casey, the owner and dreamer behind Country Haven Kennels & Dog Park, has been an animal lover all her life. As a child, she used to ask neighbors if she could walk their dogs and begged her parents for a family dog. As an adult, she's studied dog training and behavior, worked as a pet sitter and in doggy daycares, and she trained and volunteered with Paws For People Therapy Dog program with two of her pit bulls. It was her dream come true to own and operate her own business caring for animals. Casey loves to help rescue dogs find their forever home, and she has personally adopted a couple dogs through the kennel and helped many others find their Happily Ever After. She oversees everything and lives on site with her husband Rob, son Robbie, and pets. This place is her little slice of Heaven.
Haley has had a love for animals ever since she was little. She's always had a house full of dogs. She loves working at the kennel and caring for the dogs. (It's much more fun than cutting bagels). When she's not working or in school she loves going on adventures with her golden retriever Yoda.
Kendra works full time Monday-Friday at a Screen Printing Company and dedicates her weekends when able at the Kennel. She's rescued a couple of dogs that we've fostered at the kennel. She has a love for all types of dogs, but has a soft spot for Pitbulls. She has two of her own. Kendra also loves curling up on the couch with a good book, horror movies and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Although Rob has a very successful full time career of his own, he still makes time to take care of the kennel in numerous areas as Head of Maintenance, Security, Collections, and various other departments within the company. He's brilliant, patient, and strong, and the dogs generally are drawn to him. All of our snow removal, tree removal, and future fence building will be thanks to him as well! Without Rob's skill and expertise, this place definitely couldn't function as smoothly as it does! Rob enjoys hunting, fishing, working on anything with a motor, and of course spending time with his little boy Robbie (who is just like his Dada)
Kaitlyn grew up around the kennel as a young child helping Casey with the various guests and rescue dogs, and now she's a high school senior with a driver's license!! She's such a special friend to the kennel and it's a pleasure to have her working here in her spare time when she's not in school, caring for her little sisters, or working her other job. Kaitlyn has considered a career in interpreting American Sign Language.
Country Haven Kennels & Dog Park is more than a clean, secure facility. It's people who love dogs doing everything they can to keep their guests comfortable and happy while they're boarding with us. Each of us brings a unique blend of experience and love to the table.
Carin left her job in education after 20 years to follow her passion... dogs. As a parent of 3 rescue dogs, and an established customer here, Carin understands what dogs and their parents need to feel assured that they are safe and loved. She is a very gentle and loving presence here for our guests. She gives the dogs space that need time to warm up and snuggles with those who want kisses and scratches. When not at work, Carin and her family enjoy the Jersey Shore and spending time with friends.
Robbie is growing up here at the kennel "helping" us out every day and learning to care for dogs in the process. He considers them his fluffy brothers, and looks forward to his time in the Kennel and Dog Park. His best friend Razzle Dazzle was a foster failure from the Burlington County Animal Shelter where he has a reputation for being feisty. Once the special relationship with Robbie started to become evident, we knew Razzle Dazzle was going to be a Crotchfelt dog. What greater gift can we offer our son than his very own best friend?
We first met Abbey in the Summer of 2011 when she came in with money she had raised selling her toys and clothes. She wanted to use that money to make our foster dogs lives' better! She bought raised beds for them and then used the leftover money to donate things from the Burlington County Animal Shelter's Wishlist. Ever since then Abbey has helped out with one shift a week caring for our residents and guests. Outside of the kennel, Abbey is a stand out talented gymnast who also loves her life growing up on a farm. What an amazing young lady!
Matt is a busy boy but always makes time for animals. He describes his volunteer time at Country Haven Kennels as his "happy place." When he is not running around a soccer field, playing the alto sax or enjoying the outdoors, this 13-year-old can be found lending a hand every Sunday evening. His tender way with four-legged friends may have started when he took in a rescue cat from the Burlington County Animal Shelter when he gave "Oscar" his forever home. Oh, and Matt is the only one on our team who also has an IMDb profile. Yes, Matt can be found on the big screen as well as in our dog park!
Sierra graduated from BCIT Veterinary Assistance of Technology program in 2015 and is now getting her Veterinarian Technician Certification. She is CPR and first aid certified for canines and felines and experienced in grooming and handling/restraint. She says, "I enjoy my job the most because I love caring for and loving all the animals as if they were my own." We love the sweet way that Sierra talks to all the dogs too :D Outside of work and school, Sierra can often be found cruising around in her sweet little car or attending dirt bike and car events.
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