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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.




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Average Review 10 reviews

Would you recommend Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary?

by Jessica P. (October 20, 2012)
I've volunteered with Happy Tails for several years and I just can't say enough good things about the organization and the volunteers. I've volunteered doing voicemail retrieval, cleaning, fostering, events committee, and social media. I highly recommend getting involved with Happy Tails - they're a wonderful group of people and it's easy to stand behind their mission as a no-kill shelter.
by Roger D. (September 7, 2012)
Working to be a best friend to a cat or dog who xoes not have any friends at that particular time is so rewarding. I can look back at the foster dogs that I have helped save, some literally saved from certain death, and feel good. The people at Happy Tails are so dedicated and have been a joy to work with. These cats and dogs need more friends.
by Jude T. (June 10, 2012)
This place it amazing! So many wonderful kitties to come visit! It's just a neat place to see and visit. I love visiting with the kitties and it's great to see others feel the same way. I didn't even know of this place 'til recently. We should have more places like this in the community. I only minus 1 star because they can't take in all the poor kitties left out on the streets these days. I wish this place was bigger - or, better yet, this place wasn't needed at all - and all these kitties had loving 'forever' homes.
by P.L. C. (February 13, 2011)
This is a wonderful non-profit animal rescue group who not only treats their animals well, but offers volunteers at least 10 different tasks to get involved with. It is a friendly environment that is cage-free, clean and very organized. If you want to help, this is the place!