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Community Foundation of White County

Happy Tails Animal Care Center

Nonprofits are usually highlighted for the projects and stories that come out of their services, yet the daily menagerie of operating a nonprofit is often lacking in luster—staff and volunteers can be found scrubbing toilets, making phone calls, shredding documents, and overall…doing the behind-the-scenes dirty work of keeping a facility functioning. Some of the Community Foundation granting offers exciting stories with neat collaborations or initiatives, while other times, our granting helps those less-than-glamorous needs. HAPPY TAILS ANIMAL CENTER, a grant recipient from our Fall 2019 Grants, was recently faced with one of those demands.

Happy Tails Animal Care Center is a No-Kill Animal Shelter whose mission is to save as many animal lives as possible and place them into loving, forever homes. Since 2009, over 850 animals have been adopted through Happy Tails, with the facility holding 30-35 animals at one time.

Animals are brought in through the Monon Vet Clinic to ensure that each animal is properly examined, up to date with shots, provided any necessary medical attention, and spayed or neutered before arriving at Happy Tails. From there, volunteers meet the needs of the animals each day before they find their forever homes.

Some needs, however, require more gusto than any volunteer can provide to ensure the sustainability of their mission.

Esther Hardy shares, “Thanks to a grant received from the Community Foundation of White County, Happy Tails was able to replace the roof on our building that we recently took possession of.  Additional roof repairs were made at the time to help keep the animals safe in their temporary home while awaiting their forever home. On behalf of the board of directors for Happy Tails Animal Care Center, we would like to send a huge thank you to the Community Foundation of White County for the assistance!”

With this crucial need met, volunteers can continue to care for their furry friends. But while this important mission carries on, Happy Tails is always in need of volunteers. To contribute to helping animals find their loving, forever homes, reach out to Happy Tails at 574-278-7102 or

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