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December 2015
May 2015

Wellness Clinic Now Open Two Days Per Week

New!  Reduced fees for spay and neuter

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


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

Not a Good Year, a Great Year​

2016 was an amazing year at Happy Tails. I say this because we were able to help a tremendous number of cats and dogs. As a result of helping our furry, four legged friends we feel we have improved the lives of our two legged friends immeasurably. One doesn't happen without the other following. You just have to be at the shelter to watch how happy people are when picking up their cat or dog. We get emails, cards, and they even drop by to tell us how the animal is doing. The stories of how animals improve the lives of people is both moving and inspiring.

That said, here are the numbers for the animals and humans we helped this year. This year we adopted out 281 cats and 137 kittens. This is up from last year, but not near enough to make a difference in the vast number of cats in our area that need good homes. Our mission is to see to it that pets are neutered to help us control the population and thus reduce the unnecessary suffering of stray cats that no one cares for. One of our goals in the coming year is to write and implement a grant that will help us offer free spay and neuters to area residents for community cats. When these grants are effectively implemented, they bring down the cat population dramatically. We look forward to partnering with the local agencies to make this opportunity available without cost to our communities.

Our dog adoptions numbered 270 and puppies were at 43. This number is up from last year. We expect, as we standardize our procedures and practices, this number can go even higher in the future. Our process for identifying dogs that are adoptable is a very good one. We have not had problems with pets we have taken into the shelter if we are able to find the right home. The key is 'the right dog, in the right home.' Matching the animals needs to the new environment makes it a win/win for dog and human. Given the positive feedback we receive on our Facebook page, webpage, and when adoptees drop in to share their story, we are doing things correctly.

I want to make the point again, as I have done repeatedly in communications from Happy Tails, that none of this is possible without the generousity of our community. We are a not-for-profit that lives on donations. We can only do with what we have, and we make every dollar go as far as possible.

If you have been on our Facebook or webpage, you have seen the pictures of people dropping off supplies, food, and checks to the shelter. Be it church groups, community groups, or individuals, it is always heart-warming to have people show their love and concern for our animals. Having an educational background, I want to point out, the number of our young people who raise amazing sums of money and loads of supplies for the shelter. Proof positive that kindness is a value being taught to young people by our schools and parents. The adage, 'It takes a village to raise a child' is in full force in our communities.

We wish all of you a happy and safe new year from all of us at Happy Tails. Let's make the coming year better than the last!

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

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 theSociety of Animal Welfare Administrators(SAWA), theHumane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and theIllinois Animal Welfare Federation(IAWF).

Hours Open to the Public

Every day 8:00 a.m. to noon

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

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Happy Tails Tales

Pet of the Week


The start of the new year is just the right time to get a beautiful, sweet, loving cat. Guess what! I'm that cat. My name is Friendly and I live up to my name. I'm a nine month old Tabby who is the most beautiful cat in the shelter (just my opinion). I'm in room 12, at Happy Tails in Rock Falls, waiting for you to make me yours. Come see me, we can talk, spend some time together, and I'll cast my spell of love on you. Hope to see you soon.