​​​Happy Tails Humane Society

Every day 8:00 a.m. to noon

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

Hours Open to the Public

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​​About Us


​Happy Tails operates Whiteside County's only animal shelter.  We are 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) and the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation (IAWF).




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It's Kitten Season!


It's that time of year again when cats are busy having litters of kittens.  The season lasts through summer and fall, but spring is the peak time.

Many of the kittens who need Happy Tails' help must be bottle-fed and require foster care until they're old enough to be weaned. 


Your support helps us buy the supplies we need to give these babies a chance at life.  When they are old enough we find them loving homes.


Please consider donating to Happy Tails or attending our fundraisers.  You will be making a difference in the lives of animals.

Dog Fest is Coming!


June 13

Grandon Park Civic Center, downtown Sterling

  • Run for the Paws 2K fun run
  • Pet-friendly vendors
  • Presentations
  • Family Fun
  • Giveaways
  • Activities

For more information and to sign up for Run for the Paws, click here!