Why do you charge an adoption fee?

The sad reality is that we get the unwanted, unvetted, uncared for. We have had, and still have adult dogs, most of whom came to us in need of medical care.

Veterinary costs for the special cases can run into thousands of dollars. Some are in need of surgery, some are on lifelong medicine, others have special diets etc.  Some of our fosters stay in foster care forever due to medical or behavioral issues. Issues and require training.

Younger healthier dogs may not have quite the same health issues as the older dogs do but they too need to be examined, vaccinated and altered prior to adoption. Theyt could also have problems like eye surgery, lump removals, dental etc. The adoption fee only partially covers these costs. Donations from the public are limited. HAPPY TAILS RESCUE offsets the difference through fundraising efforts where we can.

What should I expect once I send in my application?

Stage 1 – Your application will undergo an initial review by a HAPPY TAILS RESCUE volunteer and is assigned to a screener. If we find that your application is a good match for the dog that your are interested in a HAPPY TAILS RESCUE volunteer will be in touch with you to set up a telephone interview.

This interview lasts 10-45 minutes.

Stage 2 – Your references – both veterinarian and personal will be contacted.

The volunteer will then submit a report to the HAPPY TAILS RESCUE adoptions committee. Once the results of the interview are in, and positive, HAPPY TAILS RESCUE will request that a home visit be done.

Stage 3 – Depending on your location, the home visit may occur within days of the interview, or weeks later. Rescue work is largely volunteer based and many people have family obligations beyond rescue which might limit their immediate availability to conduct the visit.

Approval and Adoption – Once the first 3 stages are complete and successful, the adoptions committee at HAPPY TAILS RESCUE will notify you that you are “Approved to Adopt”.

Why do you ask for so much personal information? It would be much easier to go to the store and buy a puppy...

HAPPY TAILS RESCUE believes that we have a duty to ensure that our dogs are placed in the homes best suited for them, with applicants that believe in the philosophy of rescue and have the patience to work through the screening process. The application provides some of the detail needed to make this determination.

Certainly it is easier to walk into the store and buy a puppy because of the “instant gratification”, but adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, not something to take lightly. We go through this process to make sure that the fit is right, the dog is ready and you are the best home for them.

Can I donate to Happy Tails Rescue?

Yes! We are a nonprofit organization. We count on the support of others. If you would like to donate items please contact us at or to make a monetary donation visit our donation page. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Can I foster a dog in my home?

If you have room in your heart and your home, you might consider fostering for us. At any given time, there are up to 20 dogs in foster care. The need for foster homes is so great that we have no choice but to turn away requests for help from shelters and from the public. If you would like to become a foster home, please go to our contacts tab and complete the form.

How else can I help?

If you have room in your heart but not in your home, consider giving your time to help us in other ways. We need help with outreach at adoption events. We fundraiser volunteers to help come up with ideas or contact people for donations.

There are many roles to be filled in rescue and we need your help to be able to help more dogs. Please go to our website “foster” to complete the form if you are interested in helping out.

I'm interested in a puppy - how big will Rex be when he's full grown?

Most of the pups that come into rescue, or are born while in rescue, come from an unknown background. We can’t tell you what dad was – breed or size – because we don’t know ourselves. Based on mom and our best guess, we can try to estimate, but please understand that it’s only a guess.

My current pet is not spayed or neutered - is that a problem?

HAPPY TAILS RESCUE’S policy concerning all cats and dogs, regardless of whether they are indoor or not, is they should be altered unless a medical condition prevents it, We will not consider a home with an unaltered dog or cat unless there is a valid reason for this not being done.