Tails of Joy is a nationwide, not-for-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization founded in 2001 by comedian, writer, and animal activist Elayne Boosler. (Catch up with Elayne.) We are all volunteer, so 100% of every dollar of every donation and purchase is used to save animals’ lives.
Wiley Miller is a champion rescuer, and rescue supporter. He designed our amazing Tails of Joy signature dog totes and cat totes, for free! Wiley also donates money to us from some of his most popular strips sold to the public. And now, on October 24th, he gave us another nationwide boost in his comic strip. We can never thank him enough, but here’s one way. If your newspaper has dropped Non Sequitur, or doesn’t carry it, can you please send a quick email to the editor, requesting Non Sequitur be carried by your newspaper? What a gift to be able to see Wiley’s strip every single day. You will be much happier!
We rescue every kind of animal: from companion animals to farm animals to all wild animals and sea life. We have a gold rating from Guidestar for transparency. TOJ raises funds for the smallest, neediest rescue groups all across the United States, and beyond. With our daily “Little Guy Grants“, we keep the small rescue groups in your community from falling through the cracks when there is nowhere else for them to turn. In addition to hands on animal rescue, we are here to rescue the rescuers. In this way, we have helped save the lives of tens of thousands of needy, abused, homeless and neglected animals. When there’s an emergency, we’re their first call and their last chance. We provide assistance, boarding, medical care, shelter fees, food, training, supplies and transport, for desperate animals, often on what would be their last day of life in a shelter. We also help needy individuals with pet emergencies. And we have a dedicated spay/neuter fund, our “Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund at Tails of Joy“, which not only pays for pets’ spay/neuter across the country, but also funds the TNR (trap, neuter, release) of feral cats in many communities. We are here for rescue emergencies; from animals getting hit by cars, to small groups’ broken water heaters, food shortages, materials for kennel runs, whatever it is to keep them from falling through the cracks, we are here.
100% of our income rescues animals. The only way you could donate to help animals more directly would be to hand a dog or cat five bucks.
But we don’t just rescue dogs and cats. We help rescue bunnies, horses, burros, small exotics, big cats, primates, wildlife, sea life, farm animals, elephants, bears.. we help them directly, or help the groups that do.
Our goal, with your help, is to make the world better for animals and their people.
Little Guy Grants
Hey Friends, we receive all your grant requests, and will get to read them all, but right now we are absolutely inundated with grant requests. Since we are all volunteer it takes time to get to them and respond. We appreciate your patience. If you qualify we will let you know, and put you on the list for future grants. To apply for a Little Guy Grant, please fill out this form.
“Elayne Boosler – Timeless”
Boxed Set Available Now
Five hours of great comedy benefitting animal rescue. Four DVD specials and a new CD. Order “Elayne Boosler – Timeless” on Amazon. Get “Party of One”, “Broadway Baby”, “Top Tomata”, “Live Nude Girls”, and new CD “The 50/50 Club”. Now stream any or all of the specials or cuts on Spotify, iTunes or Pandora. And remember, always start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com, choose Tails of Joy, Studio City, as your chosen charity, bookmark it, and every time you shop, Amazon will donate a portion to us at NO cost to you. You’ll be saving lives every time you shop.
Thank you Wiley Miller, creator of Non Sequitur and champion of animal rescue.
The Best People We Know
Leon Wagner (right), generously put together the new Tails of Joy website, and has also spent many years supporting Mutt Match L.A. and Much Love Animal Rescue. Leon is president of the software company FORTH, Inc. John Hesse (left), owner of Seven Colonial donates a percentage of its sales to animal rescue groups, including Tails of Joy. They live in Los Angeles with their three rescued dogs, Gunnar, Ruby, and Rosie. You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. –John Bunyan The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. –Mahatma Gandhi
Our Wonderful Tiger
This is Tiger. He spent 7 years outside on concrete at the end of a heavy chain, never knowing a moment of kindness. When the people moved away and left him, the new renters gave a neighbor the weekend to find him a place to go, or be killed. Several rescues, including us, banded together to find him a perfect, loving home. He is truly our Cinderella poster boy.
Fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Stray* *Slogan courtesy of Marco A. S. Freitas.