​​​Happy Tails Humane Society

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Planned Giving

Planned giving is a charitable tool that allows you to help animals through Happy Tails for many years to come. Planned gifts include bequests made through your will and other means. The gifts can be in the form of cash, stocks, bonds, personal property, life insurance and real estate. For more information, please give us a call at 815.626.2994.

Paw It Forward

Paw It Forward lets donors pay the adoption fee for a particular Happy Tails animal.  When the animal is adopted, the adopter is informed that the adoption fee has already been paid and is given the opportunity to "paw it forward" and donate the adoption fee for another animal waiting for a home.

If you would like to sponsor a Paw It Forward adoption, visit
Petfinder.com and select a pet.  Send us your adoption fee by check or by clicking on the Paypal link at the top of this page.  Be sure to tell us:

Your name
Your phone and e-mail
The name of the pet you wish to sponsor

Our adoption fees are listed on our Adoption page.


Helping Paws

You can help pets whose families need help to pay for needed preventive veterinary care through our Community Wellness Clinic.  To make a donation, contact the shelter at 815.626.2994.

Thank You Betty Frank

Special thanks go out to Betty Frank for her incredible generosity.  Her numerous donations to Happy Tails have now reached the $1000 level.  As part of the Let It Grow Program, she will be getting a 'shingle' on the dog house in our Giving Tree Mural in the reception area at Happy Tails.  

Our amazing donors allow us to do the wonderful things we do for our animals.  Thanks again, Betty.

Monthly donations are very important to us.  They allow us to spend more time helping animals and less time fundraising.  Your regular donation of any size will help us tremendously.  You can schedule a donation by direct deposit from your checking account (our Let It Grow program) or through PayPal (be sure to check the "monthly" box).

12 Gifts in 12 Months

Direct Deposit Donation


Let It Grow!

Donors who support Happy Tails through direct deposit become part of our "Let It Grow" Tree.  The tree is a large sculpture on the wall of our shelter lobby where donors are recognized with inscriptions as their donations reach various levels of contribution. To sign up for direct deposit donation, download our brochure/donation form.


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Our adoption fees are listed on our Adoption page.


Our Wish List

Donations of pet food, paper towels, dish and laundry soap, and cleaning supplies are always appreciated!  Our
wish list includes those items and many more.  For some special items that will help the animals, visit our Amazon Wish List.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Help Happy Tails!

Please consider shopping through AmazonSmile, where 0.5% of your eligible purchases can be donated to Happy Tails. It works! We are already receiving donations from AmazonSmile! Go to
Amazon.Smile and select Happy Tails as your charity, or go to our specific link.

You can save lives all year long!