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Our Featured Ocean Ridge, FL Partner:

Happy Tails Dog Rescue

41 Coconut Lane
Ocean Ridge, FL 33435
(201) 892-3959

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.

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Happy Tails Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, vetting, and rehoming dogs from kill shelters in Southern Florida.

We service the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward

About Our Rescue Group:

Happy Tails Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, vetting, and rehoming dogs from kill shelters in Southern Florida. We are a husband and wife team, together with a small team of volunteers who rescue, vet dogs, and rehome dogs who are about to be euthanized. It is our goal to provide the necessary veterinary care, grooming, and attention they may need to ultimately place them in forever homes.

The inspiration for Happy Tails Dog Rescue came about after my husband and I rescued our dog, Sophie, who was 24 hours away from being euthanized at MDAS. She was considered "undesirable" due to the fact she was an older dog in desperate need of grooming, costly dental work, and lots of love and attention to heal from the trauma of being abandoned on the streets. Today she is the most loving and affectionate dog we have ever met; we call her our "angel dog". Sophie's story is a reminder to us that we "can't judge a book by it's cover".

We have self-funded most of our rescue efforts but have also received many generous donations. We have raised monies through fundraising events and have created a sponsorship program where individuals and/or businesses can choose to sponsor a dog. Banfield Pet Hospital in Delray Beach has been tremendously compassionate to our cause, donating medications and offering discounts on many veterinary services performed on our rescued dogs. Today all of our rescues are vetted by Dr. Tanis Whyte at Colonial Animal Hospital in Boynton Beach. We are very grateful to Colonial Animal Hospital and Dr. Whyte for their continued support.

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Come Meet our Pets:

All of our rescued dogs are cared for by volunteer fosters who are part of our foster network. If you are interested in meeting any of our rescued dogs please contact us directly and we will schedule a meet-n-greet with the foster currently caring for the dog you are interested in potentially adopting.

For more information on us, please visit our website at and "Like" us on Facebook at to keep up with daily announcements via social media.

Our Adoption Process:

Our goal is to make the adoption process as thorough and easy as possible. If you are interested in adopting a dog, the first thing we will ask you to do is complete an Adoption Application. Upon review of your application, a decision to approve or decline will be made.

If approved, we will schedule a time for your to meet the dog you are interested in adopting. If there is a match, a home visit will be conducted before the final adoption decision is made. Once the final approval is made, an Adoption Agreement is signed and the adoption is complete.

We ask that adopters make a discretionary donation of their choosing (instead of paying a set adoption fee) for the dog they adopt. We believe adopting a dog is enough of a contribution to the cause and all donations made are applied towards the rescuing and vetting of future dogs. To learn more about our adoption process and to download an application, go to

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.