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Happy Tails Rescue, Inc.

Maiden, NC

Our Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the unwanted. One dog at a time until they all have homes. One hand, one paw, one voice.

Adoption Policy

We hope this post will answer a lot of your questions about Happy Tails and our process. If you have additional questions, please ask!
Who are we?
HTRI is a foster based rescue based in the Catawba/Lincolnton county area. We are a private, non-profit organization that is run completely by volunteers. That means that no one, not even our director, collects any funds from the rescue. This rule is 100% without exception. The upside is that it means our adoption fees and donations go right to helping local shelter dogs. Every penny counts, and every penny helps.
Where do we get our dogs from?
We pull from local shelters in order to help dogs that are in need. Please note that we are not the same as a shelter. We do not take owner surrenders.
What are our adoption fees?
8 weeks - 2 years $300
2 years - 6 years $200
6 years and over $100
We base our fees on our average cost per dog. This includes spay/neuter, microchipping, heart worm test, age appropriate shots, and one months heart worm prevention. Also in the event the dog is heart worm positive we put them through the treatment. Your new family member will come with a welcome packet that includes their vet records and chipping information as well as new owner products such as harness, poop scoop bags, toy and treats.
In addition to our veterinary costs we also have daily upkeep expenses such as supplies, medications, and grooming. At times some of the items on this list may be donated to us which is always appreciated. Your fee helps up to cover our costs, plus allows us to help with medical cases as well, which can result in veterinary bills in the thousands just for one pup. Regardless of the amount spent on medical care for your new baby, their adoption fee will adhere to the above schedule.
What is the application process?
HTRI uses the following guidelines when evaluating an application:
All pets must be spayed or neutered
All pets must be up to date on shots (rabies
and parvo/distemper)
All pets must be on, and kept on, heart worm prevention along with the required yearly test.
Some dogs will require a fenced yard, if this is the case exceptions will joy be made. This is in place to keep the dog safe and ensure it's safety.
We generally do not adopt puppies out to homes that have children under 5 years of age, but this is at the discretion of our director.
Generally, dogs who are large and active will not be adopted out to apartment or condo situations, final decision is at the discretion of our director.
All pets living in the house must be listed on the application.
The person who is going to be legally responsible for the adopted dog must make the application in their own name.
We schedule meet and greets on approved applications. In the event that there is more than one approved application, preference will be given to the first received application.
We check all veterinary references, and processing can take time so please be patient with us. Our number one priory is making sure we adopt our babies to safe and loving forever homes.

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