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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to get sterilization (spay/neuter) surgery for all our animals. If you adopt an animal who is not sterilized, you will be expected to have that animal sterilized at your expense,  within 90 days. Once your animal is sterilized, we will refund a portion of your adoption fee. $100 for dogs/puppies and $75 for cats/kittens. 

We are open every Sunday 12:00-5:00. When you arrive at the center there will be bar codes on the window. You can scan this with your phone and enter the name of the animal you would like to meet. We will text you when it is your turn. We are able to have 6-8 meets at a time depending on the number of people in each party meeting animals. The line moves pretty quickly. We are able to finalize the adoption process paperless and touchless. We are also taking extra cleaning precautions during this time. Masks are required. 

Happy Tails Rescue

Happy Tails Rescue of Minnesota, founded in 2005, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals.  By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers and boarding facilities, we are able to rescue dogs and cats providing them with loving temporary care until a well-matched, carefully screened forever home can be found. 

Veteran ESA Program
Cody’s Heroes - partnering veterans and emotional support dogs! Click here or on the picture for more info and to apply for the program!

Want to donate to Cody's Heroes? Click here!

Do you have questions about Happy Tails? Check out our FAQ!

Please read about our adoption policies and process here!

Browse all of our available animals here!

Dog Training 
Happy Tails now offers dog raising classes! Watch this video to learn more about the classes https://youtu.be/b4bz414ngsY

Dogs of all ages are welcome. Classes are held in the evenings and weekends in Fridley. We have teamed up with Your Dogs Best Friend (YDBF) who focuses on supporting your dog's development and nurturing their natural gifts. 
For more questions, pricing, and enrollment please email traininghtr@hotmail.com

Stop at our Adoption Center, 7940 University Avenue, Fridley any Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and meet some of our pups and cats looking for their new forever homes! If there is a certain animal you want to meet at one the events please fill out an application to contact their foster family or visit our Facebook page to see if they will be there! Their event attendance is based on the availability of their foster family!


We have many dogs available in all sizes, breeds and ages that are waiting for a foster home. If you can help out, we will have a dog that works for you. Please complete the online foster application if you are interested. We are also looking for fosters for our cats!

Thinking about getting a dog or cat, or a second animal, but not quite sure? This is your chance to see how life would be with a dog, cat, second or third animal without making a lifetime committment.

When fostering for Happy Tails Rescue we supply food, authorized medical expenses, and supplies. You provide a safe and loving temporary home for a dog or cat while they await their forever home. It is a very fun and rewarding experience and a great way to get to know other breeds of dogs and cats and save a life at the same time! We have both short and long term foster opportunities available. And as a foster parent, you always have the first option of adopting your foster animal. 

Because we choose to foster all of our dogs and cats versus kenneling them, we are limited to the number of animals we can take into our group by the number of available foster homes. So, we could really use your help!

If you are interested in fostering or wish to receive more information, please complete our Foster Home Application


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 Happy Tails Foundation


                            For the Kiddos 
- Happy Tails is happy to offer field trips to schools, daycares, girl scouts, etc. at our adoption center. We believe education is a HUGE part of rescue.
- Happy Tails now offers BIRTHDAY PARTIES! They are at our adoption center in Fridley. What is better than a party with puppies!!!  
- We love to visit places, depending on voluteer availability. A few places we have gone are summer camps, schools and daycares. 


*For more infomation on parties, field trips, or having a volunteer visit please email dogs@tailsrescue.org 

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