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Location: Golden Horseshoe and Greater Toronto Area, ON
Year established: 1999
Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Almost 20 foster homes, and 25 volunteers
Types of animal you work with: “We rescue mainly small dogs such as Bichon Frise and Maltese, but with the volume of dogs needing rescue, these are only some of the breeds we help. We have been known to take in dogs no one else would touch – those that are very sick, seriously injured, etc.”
Fundraising projects: “Being such a small rescue, the need for funds is a challenge. Donations are always greatly appreciated. We have an annual fundraising BBQ, and you will usually find us with our donation jar at events like Ridgeway Days (Ridgeway, ON), Dog Days of Summer (St. Catharines), Barkfest (Barrie), and WoofStock (Toronto). We also receive support through PetValue’s annual Rescue Awareness in April.
Favorite rescue story: “Ten years ago, we took in a senior Bichon named Fuzzi who had been surrendered to a shelter with mammary cancer. One of our foster moms adopted her and the little dog blossomed under her care. Fuzzi quickly became the mascot and canine ambassador for Happy Tails. She lived almost another three years – way beyond her original prognosis — and became a bit of a celebrity and diva! She appeared on TV promoting small breed rescue, and modelled dog apparel at Woofstock. Fuzzi passed away in 2010, but we feel blessed to have had six years of pure joy with this little trooper.”