Adopting a New Pet

To promote responsible pet ownership, we’ve put together some thoughts for you and your family to consider before adopting your forever friend.

Finding Your New Best Friend

Owner Relinquishment of Pets

Members of Happy Tails know and understand that there may come a time when you are no longer able to care for your cat or dog. We ask that you make every attempt to find a loving, forever home for your pet and to view the shelter as a last resort. The shelter generally equates to death for these animals. We can offer some tips on how you can try to re-home your pet. Please take a moment to read our tip sheet entitled 'Finding a Home for Your Pet'. If you need to relinquish your animal, please contact us to discuss the possible option of re-homing through our Community Outreach Program.

Finding a Home for Your Pet

Local Resources

  • Spay/Neuter Surgeries – Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic (276) 591-5790
  • Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance – Animal Defense League of Washington County 1-877-301-2290
  • Wildlife Emergencies – (276) 889-5515
  • Washington County Animal Control – (276) 676-6210 / (276) 669-7134
  • Emergency Vet Clinics – After Hours
  • Airport Emergency Vet (423) 279-0574

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Fetching Apparel

Local news anchor Rebecca Pepin and her husband have created the Fetching Apparel line which helps homeless pets find forever homes. By purchasing a tote bag, short sleeve tee shirt or long sleeve tee shirt, you are helping the cause. Fetching Apparel will donate 40% of their profits to animal rescue organizations and spay/neuter programs. Check out the wonderful products at Fetching Apparel.

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