Founding Father and Mother

The Founders


Norm and Joy Yadon unintentionally founded Home At Last Animal Haven when they moved from their home in Dallas, Texas to rural Godley in 1976, when they came across so many abandoned or friendless animals wandering beside the roads of Johnson County.  As long time animal lovers, they could not leave the thirsty and starving animals they saw.  Even more heart wrenching were those dogs waiting for their previous owners to return, sitting by the road exactly where they had been dropped off, still watching for their owners to return for them.  Norm and Joy began bringing home one or two animals at a time.  They became totally devoted to the cause, once they had picked up several homeless dogs and cats.  Soon their life was limited in scope by these animals, they were unable to be away from home for any length of time and their finances were impacted.  Their long, desired move to the country became completely devoted to these friendless animals.

After 14 years of going it alone, the burden of placing 8778 feet of perimeter fencing, to separate their dogs from the increasing traffic on the county road, Norm and Joy finally decided to take the first step toward receiving donations.  Home At Last Animal Haven, Inc, or Halah, became a non-profit, tax-exempt, type 501(c)(3) organization as recognized by the IRS Code in 1991.  Qualifying as a charitable organization, which provides a tax deduction for donors making charitable contributions.  Halah is not funded by any government agencies. 100% of funding is from private donations.  Norm and Joy’s legacy is an ongoing lease of their 20 acres for $10/year to Halah; as a result all gifts are used to provide food, shelter, and care for the animals and The Haven. 

Norm passed away in September of 2006 at 83 years young, and Joy died a little over 13 months later.  Home At Last was their existence, their love, and life long passion.  It is now run by their family; headed up by their son, Court, who has been a fixture at The Haven for over 30 years.

Adoptions are on going every Weekend, or by appointment, on the Home At Last Animal Haven grounds for dogs that are still waiting for their permanent, loving, forever homes.  Please consider bringing a Halah dog home as an additional to your family. The goal of Norm and Joy was for every dog to adopt a permanent family and be finally Home At Last!

Mom Dad and Dogs

Home at last animal haven