Adopting love from a ‘safe haven’

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LANDRUM – Carlee Bobo picked up her new cat last week from Animal Safe Haven in Landrum. Animal Safe Haven founder, Kristy Thomas, rescued Pebbles four months ago.  

Pebbles, a one-year-old light gray striped, female tabby took to Bobo right away, rubbing on the side of the cage and standing up to lick Bobo’s fingertips. 

Though Thomas has rescued animals most of her young life, she officially gained 501(c) 3 status for Animal Safe Haven three years ago. The rescue is a foster home, no kill shelter that takes in all types of animals, from dogs and cats, to birds and horses. They currently have eight cats and seven dogs for adoption.  

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Thomas works as a vet tech for a veterinarian in Spartanburg, and spends much of her free time at Animal Safe Haven in the little building just across the railroad tracks in Landrum. When she has foster homes available, Thomas takes in surrendered animals, finds them in animal shelters, brings abandoned puppies and kittens home from the vet’s office, and even picks up abandoned animals on the side of the road. 

When she adopts out an animal she makes sure they are healthy, have had their vaccines and been spayed or neutered. Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids. The dogs are tested for heartworms.  

Those wishing to adopt an animal can fill out an application and are given a home visit and vet check.  For more information contact Animal Safe Haven at 864-909-9249, visit www. or drop in for a visit on the corner of Hwy. 14 and S. Howard St.