​​​​Our Adoption Fees

The adoption fee is designed to offset some of the expenses we incur in caring for each animal.

All animals come fixed, 3 sets of shots, flea treated, wormed, dogs heart worm tested, microchipped. 

Dogs - $200

Puppies - $250 

Senior Dogs $175

Cats - $80

Kittens - $100

Pre-adoption Services
Feline leukemia testing (cats)
Heartworm testing and monthly preventative (dogs)
Spayed or neutered
Appropriate vaccinations
Flea preventative/wormer

Refund Policy
Adoption fees are non-refundable. They provide needed income to care for the pets that come to us.

Return Policy
Happy Tails strives to find permanent homes for its animals by matching the right pet with the right family at the time of adoption. We understand, however, that there are certain circumstances in which a pet may not work out. If at any time an adopter can no longer keep an adopted pet, the animal is to be returned to Happy Tails.  

Happy Tails makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee on the health, behavior, age, or temperament of any animal.  Where a pet's owner is known, we do ask about the history and behavior of the animal; however, Happy Tails makes no representation, guarantee or warranty.

​​​​How to Adopt

You can view our  adoptable pets on the Adoptable Pets page, on Petfinder.com, on AdoptAPet.com, our Facebook page, or by coming to the shelter.  We also have special adoption events at PetSmart in Sterling and other locations.

All pet adoptions require a completed adoption application.  Our office staff and volunteers act as matchmakers to find animals good homes. Your responses on the adoption application help them make a good match.  You can also take our Meet Your Match survey (see below), which matches adopters with pets.

Adopters must be 21 years of age and live within 200 miles of our shelter. 

Complete our on-line adoption application below:

   Dog Adoption Application         Cat Adoption Application

If you would like to submit a paper application. Stop by the shelter and pick up an application or send a request for an application using our contact e-mail:

Mail:  Happy Tails Humane Society, 1408 McNeil Rd, Rock Falls, IL  61071 

FAX:  815.380.6391 

E-mail:  contact@happytailshumanesociety.org. 

If e-mailing from a cell phone, attach your application as screen shots. 

Call or Text with any questions 815-626-2994.

Our shelter staff will review your application and notify you.  The application requests various references.  You can help the review process by letting those you name know that you have an application in place with Happy Tails and that we will be contacting them.  Better yet--ask them to contact us!