Originally HHAF served the local area. Through the years the foundation has reached out statewide and with internet technology nationwide. By 1989 the rescue work had grown so much that Happy Hills Animal Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Thousands of dogs and cats, as well as other animals like potbellied pigs, rabbits, etc. have been rescued and adopted through Happy Hills. We are no-kill, and adoptable animals may stay with us weeks, months, and even years before they find their forever home. Many changes have been seen through the past 29 years but the purpose of the foundation has always remained the same. Our mission is to furnish nutritious food, veterinary care, and love for the abandoned and abused animals that we shelter. We will find responsible loving homes for as many of these animals as possible. Through humane education, and special programs for children, we will reduce the number of animals abused and abandoned in our community. Through spay/neuter education and by altering all the animals we adopt out, we will reduce the number of unwanted animals in our nation.
Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc. is currently one of only two state licensed shelter facilities located in Randolph County, North Carolina. The other shelter is operated by the county. Although many great strides have recently been made to improve the adoption programs at the county animal control facility, the county shelter still remains over crowded with greater than an 80 percent euthanasia rate. For the past 29 years Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc. has provided shelter for the homeless animals of Randolph County and its surrounding areas. The foundation receives no government funding and is funded primarily from private donations and sponsorships
Over the past 29 years thousands or animals have called this facility home for a period of time while waiting on their special family to adopt them. Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc. works closely with many community organizations and provides many valuable services through our shelter facility. Examples of organizations that work directly with our foundation are: Boys and Girls Club of America, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, The Salvation Army, YMCA, College Student Groups, and New Beginnings Girls Home. We also provide a community service worksite for Randolph, Guilford, and Chatham County Adult Offender Community Service Programs, as well as working closely with the Randolph County Juvenile Restitution Program. Our Foundation has a working relationship with the local school system in which we provide services for and work with students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Our Humane Education Program has recently reached out to the Randolph County Public Library System as well as several local pre-schools and churches.
Easter Sunday 2004 proved to be the most devastating day in HHAF history. A fire broke out in the early night hours. With the rising sun the staff found all animals rescued and safe, although the office, house, storage areas, as well as both cattery buildings were destroyed.
Devoted to continue the dream, Cheryl Routh and the HHAF staff continue on day by day in the hopes that "one more will find a home". This dream is supported entirely from private donations, sponsors, gifts and volunteers.
With a generous gift from the estate of Joseph C. Gaudioso, Happy Hills is moving forward. Happy Hills is excited to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Joseph C. Gaudioso Memorial Building on April 11, 2011 starting at 6:30pm.
Happy Hills currently has many wonderful dogs and cats still waiting at the shelter for their forever families to adopt.
Our mission is to furnish meals, warm beds, veterinary care, and love for the abandoned and abused animals that we shelter. We will find responsible loving homes for as many of these animals as possible. Through humane education, and special programs for children, we will reduce the number of animals abused and abandoned in our community. Through spay/neuter education and by altering all the animals we adopt out, we will reduce the number of unwanted animals born in our community.