Safe Haven Cafe

Safe Haven Rescue (775) 463-1842, Yerington NV

Our Beginnings

Kris Brown, co-Founder and Director of Safe Haven Rescue Kennel made a commitment to the 56 remaining Gabbs, Nevada dogs in the winter of 2007.  She helped transport over two dozen and personally rescued over a dozen.  Kris Brown made a promise to these dogs, and today, she continues to re-rescue any Gabbs dogs in need. Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc. became a 501.c3 in 2008 because of the Gabbs Dogs. 

Abandoned and stranded in the barren Nevada desert of Gabbs, Nevada, 149 dogs needed help. Countless were on the verge of starvation, some had already passed on and all were neglected. This situation was unique as the owner had died May 2007 and once winter arrived and the cattle started eating the hay bale houses built for the dogs it became necessary to remove the dogs.  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Nevada Humane Society, Best Friends and the Yerington Animal Shelter supported the remaining 56 dogs.  The National Geographic series DOGTOWN aired this hoarding situation.  More information can be learned with Red Rover (previously; Emergency Animal Rescue Service or (EARS): Two Dozen Dogs Find Canine Bliss at “Camp Reno” .

And this is where things started and a monumental effort began within the Lyon County community to help the Gabbs Dogs get re-homed. Unfortunately, some were so feral, un-socialized that many were at-risk of being euthanized. February 2008 the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) in Forks Washington took the remaining five Gabbs Dogs.  December 2013 OAS closed down and Safe Haven re-rescued Herbie, Itsy and Tippy now permanent resident of Safe Haven. Gabb dogs Able and Dixie are still missing and presumed dead.

Newsmedia reports by Sheila Gardner on the Gabbs Dogs  Nov' 2007  /  Feb 2008   /  Jan 2014

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Build A Rescue Kennels, Inc. / Safe Haven Rescue Kennels

Celebrating 10yrs in Rescue!

Read the Reno Gazette Journal  / Mason Valley's Newspaper

The Gabbs dogs started Safe Haven Rescue !


Gabbs Dog Apple was originally rescued January 2008, but after a short stay and a number of escape artist activities, Apple came to live at Safe Haven.  He is thought to be one of the main patriarchs at Gabbs and fathered a number of litters. 


Our apple tree was planted in honor of Protest OAS who back in 2013 worked to free the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) dogs, including the Gabbs dogs that had been placed at the now defunct Olympic Animal "Sanctuary". Apple watched over Herbie and Itsy, two of the returning OAS/Gabbs dogs until his death May 2017. Apple's ashes will always remain in our apple tree's. 


Gabbs Gazebo is courtesy of a Community Foundation of Western Nevada grant and the fence for privacy and shade is courtesy of donations from donors / supporters.


Built late 2018

Our beloved Olympic Animal Sanctuary wolfies

Gypsy & Denali weare sponsored by Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue.  They arrived Jan 2nd 2014 from the large rescue of the defunct Olympic Animal Sanctuary along with three of the Gabbs Dogs.

On New Years Day, 2014, Robin Wenham arrived in Golden Valley Arizona to look for the Gabbs dogs that had been released from the Olympic Animal "Sanctuary". He had five crates. Unfortunately, only three Gabbs dogs had survived OAS. Robin was asked if we could possibly take two "wolf dogs". He was led onto the semi that the dogs had been transported in. Denali and Gypsy were still in their wooden crates. They were starved and almost completely shut down.

Gypsy was quicker to recover from OAS than Denali. She watched over him, and helped him learn that humans can be trusted.

RIP Denali & Gypsy. You left us in Jan and March 2019.  Run pain free together now.  You both are missed greatly.