I was once the proud owner and companion of a handsome prince named Bernie Counts.  He was my hero.  He loved our Mother Earth and spent his life protecting it.  He went to work each day to sample streams and rivers for signs of pollution.  If he found the water to be contaminated, he took those responsible for it to court to make sure they didn't do it again.  When he came home, I was always there to greet him and keep him safe.  But one sad day, the 25th of June 2000, he fell asleep and never woke up…so I was left alone.  My companion's nephew, Garrett, adopted me, and I now have a new home.  But I will never forget Bernie, my hero.  I was lucky enough to have someone dear adopt me, but so many others aren't so lucky.  That's why I wanted to start a haven for lost and lonesome pets like me, so they will never be left alone.  This shelter will be in honor of him because I know he would like it so much.  So please do what you can to help.  The world is a very lonely place when you have no one to love you and no home.

Thanks so much,  SIERRA  
Footnote: Bernie Counts, Jr. was the brother of Dr. Gail Counts, President and Executive Director of Sierra's Haven. He died at the age of 42 of a heart attack. Sierra, his cat, stayed by his side until he was found by a neighbor. He was a field investigator for the EPA. Sierra has since passed away, but both Sierra's and Bernie's memories will live forever in the work that we are doing at Sierra's Haven.
Our Objectives:
Sierra's Haven is a group  of volunteers working together to help find safe, loving homes for adoptable pets. In our brief existence, we have made a difference in the lives of thousands of animals. Whether they were strays or animals needing medical attention.  Sierra's treated, spayed/neutered, and found them wonderful homes.

We cared for 462 animals:
201 dogs and puppies
261 cats and kittens
We adopted 273 animals into new homes:
127 dogs and puppies 
146 cats and kittens

We cared for 773 animals:
412 dogs and puppies
361 cats and kittens
We adopted 435 animals into new homes:
230 dogs and puppies
205 cats and kittens

We took in 477 additional animals:
269 dogs and puppies
208 cats and kittens
We adopted 474 animals into new homes:
288 dogs and puppies
186 cats and kittens

We took in 675 additional animals:
341 dogs and puppies
334 cats and kittens
We adopted 571 animals into new homes:
350 dogs and puppies
321 cats and kittens

We took in 1109 additional animals:                                                                                   
833 dogs and puppies
276 cats and kittens
We adopted 934 animals into new homes:
264 dogs and puppies
433 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin
  14 Returned to Owner
223 cats and kittens

We took in 1164 additional animals:
941 dogs and puppies
223 cats and kittens
We adopted 1120 animals into new homes:
338 dogs and puppies
521 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
 17 dogs to other Rescues
 10 cats to other Rescues
 13 Returned to Owner
 221 cats and kittens                                                                                                                     

Spay/Neuter Program:
From 2006 - 2016, our veterinary staff (Drs. Gail Counts, executive director, Angela Sherman, Julie Bilchak, Naomi Dean and Liza Guess) spayed or neutered over 16, 000 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.   Many pets belong to low-income families who pay only $20 per cat and $25 per dog.

We have a full-time administrator,  two full-time animal care technicians, part-time office manager, part-time kennel/maintenance supervisor,  and one other full time kennel personnel. Several people volunteer their valued services daily or weekly. Sierra's is one of Job and Family Services largest employers.

The shelter receives funding from these sources:
Relinquishment fees
Adoption fees
Local business donations (such as Applebees’s, Verizon, Wal Mart, USEC, LATA Paralax, Palmetto GBA, Glockners, DESCO, SOMC and Southern Ohio Poultry Association)
Fundraiser's such as yard sales and raffles
Kroger Community Rewards
Pot ‘O Luck dinner and auction 
United Way (spay/neuter program)
Scioto Foundation
Portsmouth Eagles Aerie #4285
Marting Foundation
PetSmart Charities
Ohio Pet Fund
William & Charlotte Parks Foundation
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
Greg Biffle Foundation
Ms Joan Scherer
Mattie's Fund
Petco Foundation
SOMC 2016 Giving Program
SOMC 2017 Giving Program
Glockner's Pets for Vets Program
Many local individual donations

Sierra's Haven is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 
Sierra's Story
Sierra's Haven For New And Used Pets
80 Easter Drive - Portsmouth - Ohio - 45662   
(740) 353-5100  -  sierrashaven@hotmail.com 
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday by appointment    

Saving Lives Since 2006
Lives Saved

2006 to the present
over 15,000

Sierra's Spay/Neuter Program 
over 15,000 cats & dogs
We took in 1536 additional animals:
1185 dogs and puppies
351 cats and kittens
We adopted 1497 animals into new homes:
490 dogs and puppies
691 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
  12 Returned to Owner
304 cats and kittens

We took in 1369 additional animals:
991 dogs and puppies
378 cats and kittens
We adopted 1375 animals into new homes: 
448 dogs and puppies
536 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
  18 Returned to Owner
373 cats and kttens

We took in 1285 additional animals:
880 dogs and puppies
405 cats and kittens
We adopted 1125 animals into new homes:
345 dogs and puppies
468 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
  11 Returned to Owner
312 cats and kittens

We took in 1359 additional animals:
968 dogs and puppies
391 cats and kittens
We adopted 1194 animals into new homes:
412 dogs and puppies
438 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
 29 dogs to other Rescues
 24 Returned to Owner
291 cats and kittens

We took in 1576 additional animals:
999 dogs and puppies
577 cats and kittens
We adopted 1401 animals into new homes:
652 dogs and puppies
121 dogs and puppies to Rescue Waggin'
 144 dogs to other Rescues
  26 Returned to Owner
458 cats and kittens
Thanks to Dr. Gail E. Counts
our Executive Director and Veterinarian