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Our Featured Clarksville, TN Partner:

Second Chance and Happy Tails

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

No Shelter-Office are at
513 Yvonne Dr.
Clarksville, TN 37042
(931) 503-8300

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We adopt to all cities, towns and counties throughout the United States.

About Our Rescue Group:

Second Chance & Happy Tails was founded by Inge Irby, a native of Germany, in January 1997 after a reorganizational shutdown of the local Humane Society. The organization incorporated in September 1999 . We specialize in rescuing small (less than 25 lbs.) dogs from bad situations, although we have a special place in our hearts for the elderly. We serve as Clarksville's only no-kill rescue and retirement home for small, older animals that are no longer wanted - sick or healthy.

We are an all volunteer force and rely on donations/fees to continue. Dog food (Pedigree brand canned,pouches and dry, IAMS Little Bites and small bites puppyfood, or Purina ONE Lamb & Rice only please); Heartguard Plus; Frontline; copy paper; business cards; paper towels; laundry detergent; dryersheets bleach; any gasgiftcards,any nontoxic pain and any non-carpet flooring. Our veterinary bills average $800-$3500 per month, although special needs situations can cause these figures to vary greatly. Please send donations to Second Chance & Happy Tails or email us. ( You can also use the donation button on the website.

Please visit our website for more information about our services.

Come Meet our Pets:

We operate out of a PRIVATE RESIDENCE and ask that you please be considerate of the procedures explained below.

We will call YOU to set up an appt IF you are approved.

While we prefer e-mail, calls are accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday only. We do not have the funding to return long distance phone calls, so try again or email your inquiry.

We will contact YOU once we receive and approve your application. Please remember, applications are not automatically, nor always approved. What is best for the dog, determines whether an application is approved or not.

We are a private foster home, not a kennel. Please note the address is the home office. Please make inquiries between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday ONLY. Call 931-503-8300 or e-mail us at All that we know about an adoptee is listed in the information section of each dog.

After reviewing your application, we will set up an appointment to meet the dog.

Our Adoption Process:

When you find a pet you are interested in, you will be required to fill out an application. Once that application is reviewed, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to visit with the pet. Please read the application carefully before filling it out.

The fee ranges from $150-$400. Fee includes spay/neuter. heartworm testing, shots, rabies and deworming. All animals are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. No exceptions! All that we know about an adoptee is listed in the information section of each dog.

PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT a kennel but a private rescue/foster home. Please make inquiries between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday ONLY. E-mail IS preferred. Call 931-503-8300 or e-mail us at

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.