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​​About Us


​Happy Tails is a limited-intake, no-kill facility that shelters and cares for stray and abandoned dogs and cats until they are adopted into loving, permanent homes.  We promote pet adoption and humane education.  Happy Tails is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values
Code of Conduct

​​We follow practices and guidelines established by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).  We are a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation (IAWF).




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Hours Open to the Public

Every day 8:00 a.m. to noon

Wednesday and Thursday 5:00-7:00 p.m.



Wellness Clinic Now Open Two Days Per Week


Our low-cost Wellness Clinic is now open on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information.

To report animal cruelty/neglect in Whiteside County, contact Animal Control (815.625.3507).

State Finds No Animal Welfare Violations at Happy Tails


Following allegations raised by Advanced Animal Health Center in Rock Falls, the Illinois Department of Agriculture inspected Happy Tails Humane Society in late October and found no violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  Department of Agriculture inspector Ron Settles found all animals to be “healthy and happy” and the facility to be in good sanitary condition. 

Read Happy Tails' statement

View Inspection Photos


​​​Happy Tails Humane Society