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The Haven offers free estate planning seminar Nov. 6

 FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- In recent years, a cryptic commercial asked, “What would happen to your family if you weren’t here tomorrow?” The Estate Planning Seminar Nov 6 2015 FBHaven wants you to think about what would happen to your furry, feathered or other less-traditional family members.

“We spend as much or more time with our pets as with our two-legged family members. Their care, feeding and happiness are often more of a priority than that of two-legged family members, though some of us might hesitate to admit that,” said Michael Graham, executive director of The Haven.

“We’re more attuned to their needs simply because they’re not able to help themselves,” he said, “and we have to ask ourselves what would happen to those furry family members if they outlive us.”

The Haven wants to help ensure a safe and secure future for pets through a free workshop on estate planning to care for them after you’re gone, noon to 1 p.m., Friday, November 6 at The Baldwin House  Assisted Living located at 10171 Papa George Street in Daphne. Speaking on the topic will be national speaker and local attorney Kyla Kelim with Aging in Alabama.

The seminar is free, and a complimentary lunch is provided by Mar y Ann ’s De li, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat before November 6 by calling 251-929-2494.

“You should plan now to ensure that they continue receiving the same level of care if they outlive you. And, you can be almost guaranteed they won’t contest the will or be upset if they don’t get grandma’s silver,” he added.




The Haven Will Participate in Fairhope’s Fall Farmer’s Market Fall Farmes Market 2015
Fairhope, AL – Everybody knows eating fresh foods and getting exercise are good for your heart. The Haven’s dogs can’t wait to hit the sidewalk with you. The crop of animals, including abandoned, abused and neglected dogs The Haven has helped rescue from around Baldwin County, can be found behind the Fairhope Public Library as part of the summer Farmer’s Market. Local farmers and bakers present their freshest produce, flowers and goodies every Thursday from 3p.m.-6p.m. between Sept. 24 thru Nov. 12. 
“We are grateful to join the City of Fairhope and bring our shelter on wheels to the Farmer’s Market,” says The Haven’s Executive Director Michael Graham. Along with


For most people, friendship is a necessary part of a happy life. Now science tells us we’re BaldwinExpo2015Flierhappier and healthier even when those friends are furry or feathered.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. On the up side, pets can increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.


The American Heart Association has even linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with greater longevity and a reduced risk for heart disease.


“Any pet parent will tell you there are obvious, immediate joys that come