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.
We do not have a shelter or boarding facility, but instead rely upon foster homes to shelter and nurture our furry friends until a loving forever home is found. We are always happy to answer any questions about adopting a new pet and will gladly provide any support you may need throughout the adoption process.
Each animal is tested, and upon meeting a series of criteria may be chosen for training as a therapy dog for a Soldier at no cost to the military member.
Our organization evaluates, tests, trains, qualifies, and assists therapy dog/handler teams in order to provide loving, nurturing and compassionate visitation in nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, senior residences, schools, private homes, military care facilities, and other locations where emotional support dogs are needed for America’s active and veteran military.
Our mission is providing physical and emotional rehabilitation through pet assisted therapy. Our program objectives are as follows:
Honoring America’s Soldiers by providing support and encouragement to our service men and women in rehabilitation, through pet assisted therapy, offering hope and inspiration to them, as well as their families.
Nurturing, training, and caring for the special dogs that provide therapy or service.
Promoting and educating others through stories of healing, service, and courage exhibited by these animals, patients, or persons who have served our nation.
A home visit done by Tails of Courage if local to our rescue, or another rescue local to your area.
We do adopt outside of Connecticut to families, but require each family, including all family members who will be responsible for the animal, to come to the adoption in Connecticut to meet the animal as well as to meet a member or members of our Board at the time of meeting the animal before an adoption is finalized. We do not transport animals to you.
Tails of Courage reserves the right to perform a public records background check on any applicant including but not limited to criminal, civil, and most importantly to check with the local animal control regarding any prior animal abuse or neglect charges.
In these tough financial times our rescue receives many owner turn-ins. Verification of employment and financial ability to care for the animal are required with each adoption.
All other animals in the home MUST be altered and up to date on all vaccinations, unless Tails of Courage is provided a written statement from the Veterinarian for noncompliance based on medical purposes.
We do adopt to first time dog owners. It is important when adopting a dog to research and choose a Veterinarian. Prior to any adoption, all adopters must have a chosen Veterinarian with a scheduled appointment for the animal. Tails of Courage may follow up on the scheduled appointment.
All dogs must be licensed in the towns in which they live. Responsible pet owners are careful to register their pets annually. Tails of Courage reserves the right to require proof of registration of your pet following any adoption.
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.