CAT HAVEN

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phone: (225) 636-2680

11130 N Harrell's Ferry Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70816

fax: (225) 663-6626

OUR STORY

Working towards a no-kill community

Cat Haven began in 1999 as an all-volunteer grass roots group in response to a community need for comprehensive rescue, foster, and adoption services for cats and kittens. Twenty years later, we have grown to an organization with a staff of 6 employees, 300+ volunteers, and a state-of-the-art adoption center. Through collaborating with Companion Animal Alliance and other animal rescues, we hope to make Baton Rouge a no-kill community.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 

RACHEL WALDROP-HOLZHAUSER

Executive Director

Rachel and her husband relocated from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in July of 2019. Prior to coming to Cat
Haven she worked in grant development and economic development for the State of Oklahoma. Rachel
holds a Master’s in Investigative Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has
three small lovable pups at home and one new Cat Haven addition. She loves cooking, watching
competitive cooking shows, and eating. She is a fierce advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

THOMAS AHLQUIST

Development Director

Thomas Ahlquist is originally from Boise, Idaho, but relocated to Baton Rouge to accompany his wife while she attends LSU Law school. Thomas graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in Business Management in May of 2019. His professional career has consisted of multiple marketing positions, as well as time as a veterinary technician. Thomas' passions in life are his love for his wife, animals, and all things Star Wars. He has two crazy kitties and one mischievous puppy at home. As Cat Haven's development director, he is tasked with helping to raise awareness about Cat Haven's mission and helping every cat possible find their forever home!

SAMANTHA HANKS

Operations Director

Samantha Hanks is a native of Maine who fell in love with Louisiana while attending Loyola University
New Orleans, where she studied English Writing, French, and Biology. She is passionate about animals of
all sizes, and has had the opportunity to work with quite a variety--from cats and dogs (both domestic
and wild!) to rhinos and giraffes. As Cat Haven’s Operations Director, Sam manages all new intakes to
the shelter and oversees our network of foster volunteers. She makes her home in Baton Rouge with her
husband David and feline companions Scottie and Shadow, who will be getting a human little sibling this
spring.

MARIBELLE REBSTOCK

Shelter Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

KYLIE SANDERS

Animal Care Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

 IVY PHILLIPS

Animal Care Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

ELLA DIRESTO

Animal Care Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

OFFICERS

Meredith Hathorn - Past President
Cathy Turner - President
Kris Beatty - Vice-President
Glenda Foster- Secretary
Rawley Penick - Treasurer

DIRECTORS

Jennifer Anderson
Kathy Baker  
Tom Boggs 
David Butler
Peggy Polk
Jeff Stafford
Nancy Trahan
Jim Wade
Kim Wampold