HAPPY TAILS PET SANCTUARY

Rating: 4 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 6001 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento CA 95819 USA

Mission: "Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves" Happy Tails is a no-kill facility dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals. Needy animals are rescued, nurtured, and provided shelter and medical care (including spaying and neutering) before being placed in loving homes or safe sanctuary. Happy Tails is also dedicated to educating the public about the joys and responsibilities of caring for these creatures whose lives also have value.
Results: Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary celebrates 20 years of providing a safe haven for abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless animals in the Sacramento area and beyond. We plan to serve our community for another 20 years with the dedication and commitment of our many volunteers and supporters. Happy Tails was founded in 1993 by volunteers committed to a common goal: creating a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals. Happy Tails has grown to an all-volunteer organization with close to 200 volunteers whose hard work resulted in the City's first cage-free adoption center. Happy Tails has helped close to 20,000 animals – including rescue and placement of domestic cats and dogs, trap/spay/neuter of feral cats, assisting our community and encouraging responsible treatment of animals. In addition, an even higher number of unwanted animal births were prevented, making a major contribution in the reduction of the local cat and dog over-population problem. We also maintain several feral cat colonies in the Sacramento area. Cats are humanely trapped, tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS, vaccinated, altered, de-wormed, flea treated, ear notched, returned and maintained. Cats receive food and water daily from our feral caregivers. Cat health is monitored and animals are removed for veterinary care if they appear unhealthy. Through our extensive trapping program, we are able to maintain our colonies as sterile, healthy colonies. Dumped friendly cats are picked up and brought into our foster care system for adoption. Because we do not want to encourage the dumping of friendly animals at the colonies, we do not make the location of the colonies public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated and adopted my cats from this group and I am very happy with what they do. I drop in on a regular basis with my daughter to see how things are going and they are always friendly and make every effort to safely adopt out the cats. It's always clean and the cats get plenty of food and attention and are healthy. They recently added an additional floor to the feral area, which is also very nice and maintained. I feel very comfortable donating to this rescue!

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Rating: 5 stars  

To become a Veterinarian I volunteered as a Med Assistant at Happy Tails and they do great work for the cats they rescue. I volunteered with other animal rescue organizations over the years which were good but overall Happy Tails exceeds. The dedication and sincere care the volunteers give the animals is amazing! I only wish there were more organizations like Happy Tails!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a retired Veterinarian I am impressed with this organization for a number of reasons. During a full tour and from visits with my family, I observed a friendly and organized group of volunteers who truly care about the animals. The facility was well maintained and clean, and I saw no over crowding within the enclosures, or in the area where the feral cats are kept. I have seen and worked in many animal rescue facilities and this one is first rate.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted and donated to this rescue and I am impressed by the number of animals they rescue and their facility. It is cage free, clean, well run. My sister volunteers in the feral area which is enclosed, semi outdoor and the cats have plenty food, water, litter boxes and space.

Without Happy Tails these cats would otherwise parish outdoors, and they are all also altered, properly vaccinated and cared for. I enjoy my visits to this facility and look forward to many more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  



If you want more information read the two articles below. Roger Dunstan, happy tails board member doesn't deny the allegations.


http://ransackedmedia.com/2013/04/25/happy-tails-boardmember-responds-to-claims/

http://ransackedmedia.com/2013/04/25/not-so-happy-tales-concerned-volunteers-allege-hoarding-cruelty-at-popular-cat-sanctuary/

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A new board of directors needs to be put in place. The feral cats need to be adopted out to qualifed outdoor homes.

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Happy Tails has already commented on this review, which you may read by clicking 'more' under the Sept. 15, 2012 review. If anyone has questions about Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary or how we operate, please contact us purrball@happytails.org.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Happy tails is housing (hoarding) over 100 feral cats in a small room. (about 600 sq ft.) They adopt out cats with ringworm and other health issue. When you question the cats health you are referred to the "feline health advisor". The advisor is not a vet or even a vet tech. When asked happy tails said she has a lot of life experience. It's obvoius happy tails has their priorities mixed up. They obviously don't put the animals well being first.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Accusations of hoarding and mistreatment are unsubstantiated and unfounded. All of our cats – including those in Catnip Gardens – receive daily care, feeding and socializing by a team of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers work day and night to provide a clean and healthy environment for the cats, and licensed veterinarians provide weekly health checks and treatment. Since 1993, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary has rescued abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and kittens in the Sacramento area. Our mission is to provide these animals high-quality medical treatment, including spaying and neutering, and then to place them in safe, loving, permanent homes. In our 20 year history, we have helped nearly 20,000 animals. We continue to be all volunteer, no kill and cage free. Happy Tails recently received generous funding to expand Catnip Gardens, our semi-feral, enclosed area. Plans include expanding the current floor plan and adding a second level to Catnip Gardens. No additional cats will be taken in – the objective is to extend space to the facility. Our dedicated volunteers work with these cats every day to socialize them for a home environment. As the cats become more accustomed to human interaction, Happy Tails moves at least one to two cats out of Catnip Gardens and into our Adoption Center on a monthly basis. Happy Tails’ main concern is always the health and well-being of the animals. If anyone has questions about Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary or how we operate, please contact us purrball@happytails.org.

Rating: 5 stars  

I recently had the privilege of working with the current and past volunteer coordinator for a joint event and they were terrific! The organization itself it amazing but the fact that it is ENTIRELY ran by volunteers astonishes me. I have the upmost respect for these two and the volunteers that dedicate their time, energy and heart. They are making a huge difference in the lives of our furry friends but also in the lives of many people. Pets bring so much joy to people and that is what they are doing, they bring joy and happiness through pet adoption.
I cannot say enough good things about Happy Tails! They deserve to be at the top of the list!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for many nonprofits in my life but I would have to say Happy Tails is one of the best. It's been going on three years for me at Happy Tails and I don't believe I have ever met a more dedicated group of people. Both the staff who work at the center and those who foster our cats and dogs in their homes only have the animals best interests at heart. In addition to volunteering at the center I can proudly say I have also adopted a cat from Happy Tails and let me tell you our Ruby is both healthy and well adjusted. She is the purrfect addition to our family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you for volunteering and adopting a Happy Tails cat, and posting your review. We very much appreciate your time and dedication to our cause. Thanks again! Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Happy Tails has given me the meaning back in my life. After loosing my mom several years ago, I became depressed and despondant. It took all my energy just to go to work. That's where I was introduced to Happy Tails. Participating in a Mother's Day fair at work, Happy tails volunteers were showcasing kittens and dogs available for adoption. I was so moved by their kindness and self sacrafice, I couldn't stop thinking of the extrodinary people I had met and the life saving work they were doing. I had to be a part of it! By becoming a Happy Tails volunteer and joining in the massive effort to help those who cannot help themselves, I found once more my inner happiness. The satisfaction I have found working side by side these selfless and loving volunteers for the past two years is immeasurable. Never have i seen a group of people so consistantly and completely dedicated to the well being and happiness of each animal as an individual. Not only do I feel my heart swell with pride over the difference we make in hundreds of animals lives, but have found my own life and meaning in the process.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you for volunteering for Happy Tails and dedicating your time. Along with the rewarding feeling of helping animals, it's great you also have found social meaning as well. Thanks again! Happy Tail Pet Sanctuary

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love Happy Tails! The adoption center in East Sacramento is clean and well run. The volunteers are friendly and helpful -- and clearly care about the cats and their well-being. The cats are healthy and well socialized. It is amazing that the entire organization is operated by all volunteers -- no paid staff. So all donations go directlly to the care of the animals. And Happy Tails is "no-kill." The cats and dogs they rescue are kept safe for the rest of their lives. While Happy Tails has to turn some people away who want to surrender a pet -- mostly due to capacity issues -- they also take in all the at-risk and unwanted animals -- pets that would be automatically euthanized at other shelters. The public is always welcome to come into the center and just socialize with the cats in the cage-free environment. It is a great organization -- and I am proud to be a volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you for volunteering and taking time to write a review. HT values your time and efforts!

Rating: 5 stars  

I have 2 cats and 1 dog from Happy Tails and they are great and healthy pets. We like it they are cage-free when we take the family to pick a pet. The volunteers know their personalities, medical records are current, it is clean and the cats are content. They are polite and positive and we donate as well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Thank you for adopting, donating and for the kind review! Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary