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: 2  Sex: F, Breed: AmStaff

Jenna is a teeny (like knee high teeny) 1-2 year old Staffie and is just as great and goofy sweet as they come. This is pretty surprising as she was brought into the shelter by thugs with her tail mostly hacked off (she now has a cute little nub that's always wiggling). She LOVES people and absolutely loves toys ...

Age: 7 years old Sex: F, Breed: American Eskimo

Sweet sweet Ivy. She came from the worst and we're on a mission to find her the best. Ivy was confiscated by animal control from a filthy hoarding situation in which many children were also removed from the home. She was skin and bones and barely had the strength to walk. She was missing a ton of hair ...

Age: 2 years old Sex: M Breed: Chihuahua

Teeny 4-pound Peanut is about two years old. He's a bit of a typical Chihuahua -- cuddly and loving and affectionate, but also particular about strangers and possessive of his favorite people and his home. Peanut lives with other dogs and cats fine, but wouldn't be a match for a household with children and large ...

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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
~ 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