About Hopes Haven

It is our mission to shelter dogs who have run out of options, and we exhaust every effort to find them the perfect family, perfect home.

Hopes Haven began as a dream.  A televised news story about a case of obscene animal abuse broke our hearts. Video from the scene revealed several deceased and emaciated dogs.  Of those still alive, only two were determined to have any chance of survival. Marsha called the humane society where the dogs had been taken and asked if a terribly emaciated Doberman on the newscast could be held for her to adopt if she survived.  Care givers named the Doberman Hope.  Hope’s life had been one of being chained inside of a barn and forced to have litter after litter of puppies, all while rarely seeing the light of day. Although Hope never did fully recover, she did indeed survive and lived with Marsha for almost 13 months before she died.  Hopes Haven is a tribute to her and to all innocent dogs that have had their trust betrayed by unworthy guardians.

While Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes in need are the breeds of focus, Hopes Haven will rarely turn away a dog in need. We love dogs of all breeds and believe that any homeless animal deserves a second chance.  Hopes Haven is devoted to giving these dogs the precious time they need to find their perfect new home.

In addition to being a safe haven for dogs looking for a new home, Hopes Haven is also a sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs that are looking for a safe, quiet, happy place to live out their golden years.  So many dogs in their plus years are found homeless and are not candidates for adoption.  These beauties live their lives at Hopes Haven.

Scotty, a sanctuary dog

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Hopes Haven – Salem, Oregon
Marsha Chambers, Founder

Our founder and some grateful pooches

 Marsha Chambers, of Hopes Haven, was the winner of the 2010 “Humaneitarian Award”. She was recognized for her work over the last 20 years which has resulted in the adoption of over 4,000 dogs…all in honor and in memory of Hope, the Doberman who lead Marsha to this mission and passion to save the unwanted and “unadoptable” dogs.


2010 Humaneitarian Award Recipient

Marsha and her hard-working teens, Savanna and Nick


Humaneitarian Award