Do not volunteer here!! My husband and I were dedicated fosters with them for over 6 years. Literally have fostered 100’s of kittens. Even when we moved to Roseville we stayed with them. But because of some “incident” that I am being accused of (which they won’t tell me what I am being accused of) I was told that I would be on “suspension” until an investigation was done. WTF?? So I’m being accused of something and they don’t have the balls to say what it is Do not volunteer your time, gas, money, blood and tears to this crappy organization.
Thank you Happy Tails for giving me Aiden. I understand he was returned twice and lost his "spirit", He now has a loving home, indoor only and getting along great with SweetP (my other cat). He is so lovable, mellow and very family. I just don't understand why anyone would want to return him, but it worked out and I guess it was meant to be me. I am bless to have a wonderful "guy in my life-Aiden. I love you Aiden. You are home, safe and loved.
I adopted a young cat last year who had been rescued from a feral area and they took the time to tame him and he is a sweet healthy cat. Nice volunteers and clean place.
I adopted two cats from this group and know that they recently added a second level to their feral cat space. I am also a donor because I know they do good work in the community for cats and dogs and trust they use donations towards the animals.
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!
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!
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.
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.
If you want more information read the two articles below. Roger Dunstan, happy tails board member doesn't deny the allegations.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 07/20/2013
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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.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 04/26/2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 07/20/2013
Thank you for your positive review!
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.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 01/23/2013
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
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.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 01/23/2013
Thank you for adopting, donating and for the kind review! Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
A number of times people have brought unwanted cats to the Happy Tails facility that is near our program director's private home. Happy Tails won't/can't take the animals in for whatever reason. Rather than giving out the phone number of another rescue group, they have occasionally given the people the address and directions to our director's home. So the director gets people leaving animals on the doorstep or ringing her doorbell to get her to take them in. Giving a phone number would be fine - we all are working towards the same goal and often refer to one another - but giving out the home address is completely inappropriate.