About Happy Tails Dog Rescue, Inc.

Happy Tails Dog Rescue Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. We are a small, foster based dog rescue located in Suffolk County, New York, staffed by people who volunteer their time to save the lives of dogs and puppies. Our goal is to end pet overpopulation through education regarding spay and neuter programs and to place as many shelter animals as possible in loving forever homes.

Thousands of animals die in shelters nationwide due to overpopulation. We pull animals from high kill shelters and also work with local outreach groups. Many of the animals we pull have been mistreated or surrendered to shelters due to very simple-to-treat medical conditions. They are “thrown away” in shelters and face a short, bleak future.

We Need Your Help!

Foster Homes

We are a foster based rescue and as such are limited as to how many animals we can save by the number of foster families we have willing to take dogs and pups into their homes. Happy Tails Dog Rescue, Inc. is looking for people willing to open their hearts and homes and become foster families. Fosters provide short-term, in-home care for friendly dogs and puppies in need until they are adopted. Fostering can last from a few days to several months and is a great way to make a difference in the rescue journey of an animal’s life. As a foster, you would be responsible for the day-to-day care of the animal, providing food, water, shelter and an abundance of love and attention. In return, you receive unconditional love and the knowledge that you played a vital role in saving an animal's life.


Happy Tails Dog Rescue is in need of volunteers to assist at our adoption events. We also need help with administrative duties, help recruiting foster families, scheduling additional special adoption events and organizing fundraisers throughout the year. We also encourage individuals who need credit for community service to spend time with us at events. It is a great way to fulfill your commitment and at the same time make a difference in the life of an animal.


We greatly appreciate any and all donations - food, crates, x-pens, towels, paper goods, cleaning supplies, collars and leashes, toys for the pups and other related items. Financial donations help us with medical expenses for emergency veterinary treatment, ongoing care for animals with special needs and our seniors. Please email us at happytailsdogrescueli.org, or instant message us on Facebook to learn more about how you can help us save these wonderful animals.