Rescuing Northwest Indiana's Underdogs



“Happy Tails was extremely helpful during the adoption process for our new fur baby! I especially appreciated that Emily brought a dog trainer with her for the home visit so our new addition could meet the dog that we already had. It ended up being a great match, and we continue to refer Happy Tails to those looking to rescue!”
-Jake and Nicole Huppenthal, Crown Point, IN, Adopted Sasha the Pittie
"Thanks to Happy Tails, our family now includes our sweet Sophie! Emily is loving, professional, and passionately committed the wellbeing of animals. She goes above and beyond the status quo. I highly recommend Happy Tails."   - Charlene and Mark Brouwer, Adopted Sophie the Malti-Poo
"Working with Emily and Happy Tails Rescue has been wonderful. Emily's heart is as big as the sea. She always tries to help in any way she can, even if she can't take an animal. She has been a savior in our time of need with some of [Hammond Animal Control's] dogs. It's all about the animals with her. It's been my pleasure working with Emily to save the lives of so many animals that were cast off by their careless humans."
-Chris Karczewski, Director, Hammond Animal Control, Hammond, IN
(Pictured: Betty a Pittie saved from Hammond Animal Control)
Working with Happy Tails Rescue was a wonderful experience. Their first goal is to make sure the animals are well taken care of. Their second goal is to try to make sure that the animals and their adopted families are a good match. The rescue dog we were trying to adopt was in terrible shape. Happy Tails got her to the vet to see if anything could be done and they never gave up on her. They worked with us, keeping us informed, and today we have that sweet girl as part of our family. Happy Tails was a wonderful group to work with. I would not hesitate to adopt from them again."
                                                                                               -John and Linda Binder of Valparaiso, IN, Adopted “Polly” now “Lucy” the Pit Bull
"Our experience adopting from Happy Tails was great. Emily is passionate about what she does and it showed in the process of finding a home and a perfect match for Boo and for us. I have recommended Happy Tails to a colleague, and I will definitely go back to Happy Tails in the future."  
-Linda Gershenson, Adopted Boo the Labradoodle
"My experience with Happy Tails was great. I wanted a small apartment dog and Emily thought Stewy would be a good fit. And she was right! From the moment he entered my apartment I knew he was going to like living here as much as I was going to enjoy having him. He loves to give kisses and snuggle. I live on the 11th floor with a floor to ceiling window overlooking Foster Avenue Beach and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. One of Stewy's favorite past times is sitting in front of the window and watching the cars go by on the Drive."
                                                                                     -Jayne Hultman, Adopted Stewy the Shih Tzu.
"We had a very positive experience working with Happy Tails and Emily. After "chatting" via email Emily really helped us determine which of her dogs would be the best fit for our family. And, at our meet and greet she observed how the dogs reacted to one another and answered any of our questions. We found her both professional and extremely personable. You could tell she cares a lot about her foster dogs and wants to find the best fit and their forever home. As "settling in" questions came up, she was always quick to respond. Our experience with Happy Tails and Emily was extremely positive and we would definitely talk to her again if we decide to add another fur baby to our family." -Nancy and Andy Straatman
"My husband and I recently adopted two rescue dogs from Emily, the Director of Happy Tails Rescue. We have previously owned four dogs and this was our first experience adopting from a rescue. We found Emily to be very professional, compassionate and dedicated to the rescue animals at Happy Tails. The puppies were healthy, happy and well taken care of. (we ended up adopting two and not just the one we had gone to see). Our rescue puppies were up-to-date on all their medical and vaccination needs. Emily continued to provide all their booster vaccinations after we had adopted the puppies. She provided us with a wealth of information after the adoption process regarding any questions we had about training. Emily and Happy Tails Rescue have an excellent reputation among professionals dedicated to dogs and cats, including groomers and veternarians.  Our two puppies absolutely adore Emily as do we! I strongly encourage anyone looking to rescue an animal to seriously consider Happy Tails Rescue!" -Debbie & Bill Mihalo