Animal Shelter Programs


Happy Tails... 

Happy Tails Programs save animal lives, keep kids safe, and prevent animal cruelty. This is successfully accomplished through early education about the proper care and treatment of animals. The programs are centered around the children’s book, Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, which teaches important age-appropriate lessons including responsible pet care, patience in training, gentle handling, and safety for both child and dog. The book is available in English and Spanish. 

Happy Tails Humane Education® is an early education program that is compassion centered and uniquely designed to enlighten and empower children ages 5-8. The goal of this program is twofold: to foster strong human-animal bonds and to promote safe child-animal interactions in a way that young kids can fully comprehend. The program is available to animal organizations, schools, and community groups and is easily led by shelter staff and/or volunteers and ideal for internal programs, community outreach, and completion of scout badges. Happy Tails Humane Education® was created to be fun and interactive to help young kids learn and to keep them engaged. The customizable curriculum covers four key components: the Kindness Connection, Responsible Pet Care, Animal/Child Safety, and Paw it Forward. Exciting expansion activities include crafts and games. Each child participant receives a copy of Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend and certificate of completion. 

The Happy Tails Shelter Book Donation Program provides copies of Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, to be included in adoption packets to assist with the transition of having a pup at home and to help families with young children start off on the right paw. Book donations are available to animal organizations around the country.

The Happy Tails Shelter Reading Program helps kids improve their literacy skills by reading to shy shelter dogs. Kids build self-confidence and dogs are socialized helping them to be more adoptable. It’s a win-win!  

For more information about any of the Happy Tails Programs or to sponsor an organization in your area, please email:


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One of the Best Books for Kids Who Love Animals...A Must-Read Compassionate Book

How you can help!

Our goal is donate 1 million books to schools and animals shelters by 2025. Help us meet that goal and make a difference in your community by promoting literacy and spreading kindness! Corporations and individuals can sponsor Happy Tails by purchasing books at a reduced rate to donate to shelters of your choice. Co-branding and partnerships include specially printed books with designated page for donor bio and logo. Contact us at

Paw it Forward is another great way to help. Simply buy a book and we will donate one to a local shelter!