Steps To Join

Membership is open to pet owners with dogs, cats and/or rabbits. Members are required to complete and meet the following requirements prior to application:

  • Potential member must be at least 18 years old.
  • Pet must be at least 12 months old for dogs and 6 months old for rabbits and cats.
  • Pet must have lived with the potential member for at least 6 months.
  • Dogs must have completed basic obedience training in a group class with the potential member.
  • Pet must not be on a raw animal protein diet of any type and must not live in a household where a raw protein diet is fed to any animal.


Steps to Membership are in the following order:

  1. Attend a one-hour Volunteer Orientation
  2. Have your veterinarian complete a medical evaluation of your pet 
  3. Pass the Happy Tails Pet/Handler Evaluation 
  4. Review and agree to uphold the Happy Tails Code of Conduct 
  5. Complete a two-hour Handler Training Session 
  6. Attend a one-hour Observation visit without your pet