Tails of Joy is celebrating 23 years! TOJ is a nationwide, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 2001 by comedian, writer, and animal activist Elayne Boosler. We are all volunteer, so 100% of every dollar of every donation and purchase is used to save animals’ lives.

We don’t just rescue dogs, cats, and companion animals. We help rescue bunnies, horses, donkeys, mules, small exotics, big cats, primates, wildlife, sea life, farm animals, elephants, bears.. we help them directly, or help the groups that do. We have a Platinum (the highest) 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. 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.

Beau and Elayne
Beau and Elayne

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.

Our goal, with your help, is to make the world better for animals and their people.

Tails of Joy testified to the California state senate advocating for shelter bills that would actually help animals. More to come….

July 10, 2024. Read our happiest new newsletter yet. See all the great rescue stories your donations made possible. Thank you!

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. We’re at least a year from getting to new ones. 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.

California residents: Fix’n Fidos is a non-profit that pays for spay & neuter for low-income residents. They also pay for unexpected vet bills so pet owners don’t have to surrender their beloved pets to shelters for financial reasons.

“Elayne Boosler – Timeless”
Autographed Boxed Set Available Here

Over five hours of great comedy benefitting animal rescue 100%. Four DVD specials and a new CD. Order  a signed copy of “Elayne Boosler – Timeless”  right here. Now stream any or all of the specials or cuts on every streaming platform in the universe, and listen on SiriusXM.


Thank you Wiley Miller, creator of Non Sequitur and champion of animal rescue. Tails of Joy Cartoon by Wiley

Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur

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 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!

The Best People We Know

John Hesse, Leon Wagner, and their four rescued dogs Leon Wagner (right), generously put together our Tails of Joy website. He does so many different jobs for us we could not run without him. 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 pack of rescued dogs and cats.


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.