COMO YOU KNOW: Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary

Sunday, February 26, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:14 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Established in 1998, Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary is a private, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) animal welfare corporation in Missouri founded by Susan Hatfield and Jim Johnson. It operates under a “no-kill” philosophy, utilizing foster homes until permanent placement can be achieved by offering safe refuge and medical care to animals.


Established: 1998

Tax state: exempt under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, donations are tax deductible

Web site: Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary


Contact number: 573-445-1680

Mailing address only: 5900 South Rangeline Road, Columbia MO 65201

There is no permanent facility at this time.

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Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary (HTAS) is dedicated to rehabilitating, caring for and finding permanent placements for abused, neglected and unwanted animals in danger of being euthanized.

It is committed to building a premier animal sanctuary and educational center in the hope of collaborating with various agencies and businesses to provide educational and awareness campaigns regarding animal welfare.


After many years of working with animal shelters, the owners and founders of HTAS, Susan Hatfield and Jim Johnson, saw a need for an alternative approach to euthanasia. In 1998, the idea was born for HTAS which is solely funded by donations.


HTAS accepts animals (mainly cats and dogs) on a space-available basis and provides them with a safe refuge and medical care. Each animal available for adoption is given a comprehensive medical examination. This includes all vaccinations, de-worming, feline leukemia test for cats, heartworm test for dogs, micro-chipped and spay/neuter surgery. It also requires adoptive families to undergo a strict screening process to ensure all our animals are placed in appropriate homes. HTAS does not charge a surrender fee to the individuals relinquishing animals.c

HTAS does not have a permanent facility for the public to visit or drop off animals. All animals are in private foster homes and shown by appointment only. It currently receives no city, state or federal funding and relies solely on donations.

Other work

HTAS has operated an educational program in conjunction with the Boone County Juvenile Justice Center since 2003 working with youth offenders. It also works with the Columbia Public School System in educational programs throughout the district and with various other youth groups in the surrounding area.

It also periodically visits various nursing homes in Columbia and surrounding areas.

Links and sources:

Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary website

Happy Tails Tips, a column written by HTAS founders Jim Johnson and Susan Hatfield for the Columbia Daily Tribune

Updated: Feb. 26, 2012

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