Rescuing Northwest Indiana's Underdogs

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Happy Tails Rescue is a Proud Petco Foundation Partner & Grant Recipient, was chosen as Whole Foods Schererville, Indiana's "One Dime at a Time" Partner, was Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning's Charity of the month, and is a proud Petfinder Foundation Grant Recipient. We have also partnered with Spay Neuter Services of Indiana to fix community cats in need. Buy a special license plate to support spaying/neutering!

 To err is human, to forgive, canine.
~ Anonymous

Mission: To reduce euthanasia rates of dogs in shelters by transferring those deemed unadoptable into our care -- senior dogs, dogs with medical issues, unpopular breeds like Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas, dogs that are not handling the stress of the shelter environment well, and dogs with manageable behavioral issues.

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” 
~ Abraham Lincoln

Featured Adoptable Pets 

Age: Adult  Sex: F, Breed: American Bully

Reesie was seen a few times running as a stray in her old neighborhood. One of our great volunteers picked her up and actually found her family. To her surprise (and dismay), while sweet Reesie did have a home, her family was indifferent to her and frankly had no interest in keeping her. When asked if ...

Age: 14 years old Sex: M, Breed: Poodle Dachshund

Poor sweet Monty has had a tough time of it and is looking for a kind, selfless family to care for him the last 1-2 years of his life. Monty was already micro-chipped when we got him from the shelter but the chip was a dead end and no one came to claim him. The chip tells us he's 14 years old and he's about 15 pounds.

Age: 1 year old Sex: M Breed: Chihuahua

Teeny 4-pound Peanut was found outside alone and very scared. As a result, once picked up by animal control, he was showing very poorly in the shelter setting, preferring to stay away from people because he was so scared. Our friends there knew he had a good core though and reached out ...

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~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Polly the Starving Pittie, Before and After

Our sweet Polly made it, and is living the dream with her new Mom and Dad and pittie brother, Sully. 

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Read Polly's story at these links:

Northwest Indiana Times 10.21.15: 
Rescue group raising funds to care for malnourished dog 

Northwest Indiana Times, 10.23.2015
Rescued malnourished pit bull improving

The Dodo 10.27.2015

Dog is nearly frozen to death, but she still wants love from her rescuers