Rescuing Northwest Indiana's Underdogs

May 4, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Animal Lovers-

We are writing today with a heavy but grateful heart as we announce that we are closing Happy Tails Rescue. A job opportunity that has us moving out of NW Indiana and a human baby on the way means the start of a new chapter.

Happy Tails Rescue has saved and found homes for well over 300 dogs and many cats since 2015. The number of people to thank are many ... the foster homes, volunteers, adopters, vets, transporters, social media supporters, donators ... you have all given us such reassurance of the ultimate goodness of the human heart.

In tough times like these, when discouraged or you're tempted to let bitterness win, remember with gratitude the hundreds of thousands of GOOD people out there who care, who give their hard earned money, their precious time and energy, and their love to groups who care for and help our animal friends. They are often silent and invisible, but they make the American spirit what it is. For every act of evil you hear of, there are 10 acts of love you don't.

Peace, love and happiness to you all. It's been the absolute pleasure of a lifetime to do this work.

-Emily H. and the Happy Tails Team

Proudly Sponsored By ...

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

All our adoptable dogs can be viewed at 


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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My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.
~ Edith Wharton

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. 

See all of Polly's pictures here.

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