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Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

Dog and Cat
Yes, Happy Tails helps cats, kittens and dogs, too!

We're looking for local adult volunteers who can be a foster caregiver for abandoned or abused cats, kittens, or dogs that were rescued by Happy Tails (these are NOT animals that YOU have personally rescued). We can supply the food, litter, and basic medical needs to prepare them for adoption. You supply the room, socialization and lots of love until there forever home is found. You will also transport them to our participating veterinarians as needed, and bring them to adoption events in the Greater Sacramento area.

If you have other animals in your home, you should have a separate room or isolation arrangements you can use for your foster animal(s) - at least until they have acclimated to your other pets and had vet exam and vaccines. If fosters cats or kittens, your own cats or kittens as well as fosters must be indoors only. In order to ensure proper socialization and protection, foster dogs must be kept primarily indoors and have a secure, fenced area when outside. Length of foster placement varies depending on animal. Yes, you will get attached but fostering is the best way to help ensure more homeless animals find a forever home!

If you are interested, please go to our website Click Volunteer, then Getting Started to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation meeting where you can learn more about our organization and how to get started helping animals. Thank you!

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About Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary


6001 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819, US

Mission Statement

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.


Happy Tails, Sacramento's first no-kill pet facility , 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 organization with over 200 volunteers whose hard work resulted in the City's first cage-free adoption center for cats. We have continued to grow and on October 17, 2009 moved into the larger Patricia L. Holmes Adoption Center. In 2014, we also expanded the adjoining Zoe McCrea Feline Sanctuary for special case cats who are not yet "ready for prime time" (adoption).

Happy Tails cats and dogs come from many places...anywhere and everywhere that there are homeless or abused pets in need. We provide necessary veterinary care for these animals before placing them in our foster care or adoption system.

We continue to help fill many needs of our community, including:

  • providing temporary foster care for homeless and abandoned animals before placing them in safe, caring homes
  • providing continuing care for animals that cannot be placed in homes
  • encouraging spaying/neutering to break the uncontrolled reproductive cycle in these animals
  • promoting education in the humane and caring treatment of animals.

Federal and state tax authorities recognize Happy Tails as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation.


We'll work with your schedule.


6001 Folsom Blvd. (corner of 60th & Folsom Blvd)Sacramento, CA 95819


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Adequate time at home to socialize animal
  • Positive atttidue and friendly demeanor, safe home with room to foster animal

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