Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

The Big Day of Giving was May 2, 2024 and we are very thankful for donations we received to help animals in need! Those donations are already at work rescuing cats and dogs in the Sacramento area. If you missed it and would like to donate to Happy Tails, please visit our website donation page. 

Founded in 1993, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary is a no-kill cat and dog rescue group serving Sacramento, California and surrounding areas.  Happy Tails provides compassionate care for cats and dogs and adopts them out to their forever homes.  Happy Tails operates a brick-and-mortar facility with an adoption center and a feline sanctuary.  The Patricia L. Holmes Adoption Center houses adoptable cats. The Zoe K. McCrea Feline Sanctuary offers permanent, cage-free shelters for cats who cannot be adopted out due to injury, illness, and/or behavior issues.  In addition, Happy Tails has a network of foster homes for cats and dogs and also manages several feral cat colonies in the Sacramento community.

Every year, Happy Tails finds loving homes for approximately 500 cats and dogs in addition to caring for over 100 cats in its sanctuary and offsite feral colonies.  Being a no-kill shelter, Happy Tails particularly specializes in providing care to animals with significant medical or other needs. Your donation helps us continue to save the lives of cats and dogs.

Giving Activity


Happy Tails values the life of every cat and dog by providing compassionate care and a cage-free shelter for homeless animals.


Happy Tails depends primarily on donations and grants for its operations. Your donation directly contributes to the following programs:

Cats and Dogs Adoption: Happy Tails finds loving homes for approximately 500 cats and dogs each year. Donations contribute to routine medical care, spay and neuter procedures, food, and other supplies for all our adoptable animals.

Cat Sanctuary: The Zoe K. McCrea Feline Sanctuary houses over 100 cats. These sanctuary cats include cats who are displaced from their outdoor homes or cats who are unsuited for adoption for medical or behavioral reasons. The sanctuary provides a safe space for cats who need a longer adjustment period to learn to socialize before transitioning to the adoption center. Donations provide for food and litter to keep the operation of the sanctuary.

Medical Care: As a no-kill sanctuary, Happy Tails takes pride in going the extra mile to provide medical care for cats and dogs with illnesses and injury. To help keep pets in their home, Happy Tails also provides monetary support for essential medical procedures to individual owners who have demonstrated a need.

Feral Cat Colony Caretaking: Happy Tails’ volunteers manage several outdoor feral cat colonies. Volunteers feed the feral cats daily and also carry out trap-neuter-return (TNR) of unaltered cats to keep the feral cat population in check. Donations help cover the cost of food and spay and neuter procedures.

Equity Statement

Regardless of race, socio-economic status, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or marital status, we are an organization that celebrates the richness of our community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Animal Related

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Other, Funding: Program, Technology, Space: Office or Other, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served


Local Counties Served



6001 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95819

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US



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