Welcome! Happy Tails Dog Rescue is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, vetting, and re-homing dogs from kill shelters in Southern Florida.
Most of the dogs rescued to date have been saved from Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS), the largest kill shelter in Southern Florida. In 2011 the intake rate of dogs at MDAS more than doubled due in part to the failing economy, resulting in people not having the money to care for their dogs and therefore surrendering them. Once at MDAS, these dogs have a very short time frame - just a few short weeks - before being euthanized. Each year MDAS impounds 36,000+ pets and that number is expected to be significantly higher in future years. See video clip below.
The unfortunate reality is that many of the dogs at kill shelters get overlooked because they often times need costly veterinary care and extensive grooming which make them less desirable to potential adopters. For this reason, it is our intention to give these dogs a second chance at life by rescuing them before they are euthanized and providing the necessary veterinary and grooming services they need to be ready for adoption.
Video Clip: This is the shelter where Happy Tails rescues our dogs from, Miami Dade Animal Services. After watching, you will see why we focus our rescue efforts here.
Rescuing animals is everyone's responsibility.
Happy Tails Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, vetting, and re-homing dogs from kill shelters and other abandoned situations. Currently we are a husband and wife team, together with a network of volunteers and foster families, who rescue and rehome dogs from kill shelters and other abandoned situations. It is our goal to provide the necessary veterinary care, grooming, and attention they need to ultimately place them in forever homes.
At Happy Tails we believe every dog deserves a loving home regardless of age, condition, or situation. We have discovered over the last several years of rescue that it "takes a team" to successfully rescue a dog. If you love animals and want to get involved there are many ways you can contribute to saving the life of a dog. Learn more about how you can become a Volunteer, Donate, or Adopt a dog.
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Below are some of the happy homes our rescues have found:
Recent Adoption Announcement
Negrita was recently adopted by Rita and Randy Conway! See her pictured to the left with her new family, kitty sibling, and new wardrobe. Just weeks before Happy Tails rescued her, Negrita had been dropped off at Miami Dade Animal Services by her previous owners and left there abandoned.
You can see what your help and support is doing for the lives of these amazing dogs and for the lives of the families who adopt them.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and donation supporters for your continued support, dedication, and love.
Happy Tails Team
***ATTENTION: Happy Tails Adopters and Fosters...***
...Pet Meals on Wheels is Giving You 5% Off Each and Every Purchase!
If you have adopted a dog from Happy Tails or if you are currently fostering a dog for us, 'Pet Meals on Wheels' is offering you 5% off each and every purchase and will donate that savings to us! Simply contact Mercy at (561) 909-9909 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are an adopter or foster with Happy Tails Dog Rescue to receive your ongoing savings.
The inspiration for Happy Tails Dog Rescue came about after we rescued our dog, Sophie, who was 24 hours away from being euthanized at MDAS. She was considered "undesirable" due to the fact she was an older dog in desperate need of grooming, costly dental work, and lots of love and attention to heal from the trauma of being abandoned on the streets. Today she is the most loving and affectionate dog we have ever met; we call her our "angel dog". Sophie's story is a reminder to us that "you can't judge a book by its cover".
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Help Us Find Dog Fosters
If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a Dog Foster please let us know. You can help us find fosters by forwarding the flyer below to your network and/or printing it out and hanging it up at work. As if you need any more convincing, read this article in the Huffington Post on "The 16 Reasons Why Fostering a Shelter Pet is Basically the Best Thing in the World"!
Thank You Dr. Whyte for Vetting our Dogs!
All of our rescued dogs are vetted by Dr. Tanis Whyte of Colonial Animal Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida. Dr. Tanis Whyte has over 18 years of veterinary experience, including an extensive emergency care background. We are extremely grateful to Tanis for her continued service and dedication to Happy Tails.
Building Awareness: Youngsters in Dog Rescue Making a Big Difference
Happy Tails Dog Rescue is working to support the efforts of Lovable Paws & Claws. This organization, led by 22 year old Jessica Hernandez, together with her rescue crew pictured below, take on the rescue of dogs left to die in what is known as the "rock pits" located in Homestead, Florida. The rock pits is where the majority of their rescues come from. The rock pits sadly is a place where dogs are taken and left to die and starve (often brutally killed), but these active young adults are trying to prevent that. They make weekly trips to the rocks pits to feed these dogs, give them warm blankets and towels, and also rescue, vet, and adopt out as many of them as they can. These inspirational youngsters are doing this on their own dime and on their own time. We need to give them as much support as possible. Learn more about their cause.