Tails of Joy is extremely happy to announce the founding of “Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy. This is a dream come true and we thank our benefactors very, very much.
We, like all rescue organizations, stand at the bottom of the waterfall of unwanted pets, trying to catch them all as they go by. As is documented by the reality of five to eight million adoptable dogs and cats being euthanized every year by cities across the country, we cannot help them all by standing so far down the river. Only spay and neuter, which offers the chance to prevent pet overpopulation in the first place, can change the deluge of unanswered lives going by, and put us further up the cliff to where the waterfall begins.
If you wish you could rescue but have a busy life, there are still so many things you can do to effect huge changes. For instance, our facebook friend, Donna Zeigfinger, a vegan, travel agent, and travel planner of vegan tours too, has always been a big supporter of rescue, animal advocacy, and Tails of Joy. She had a friend, Julie Bell, who talked to Donna about Julie’s desire to donate funds to a rescue organization after her death (she was suffering from terminal cancer). Donna introduced Julie to Tails of Joy, and after many great conversations between the three of us, discussing long term goals in rescue and what would make the truest impact, “Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy was established. Julie’s impact has been huge, because “Edith and Julie’s” fund’s impact has been huge, making life better for so many animals and people.
“Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy:
- Provides funds for the rescue organizations that provide low cost spay/neuter vouchers across the country, increasing their impact.
- Provides low cost spay/neuter where not yet available, by contracting with local vets for group discounts.
- Helps needy individuals/families who need to spay/neuter their animals and don’t have the means.
- Provides a program of “TNR” (trap, neuter, release) for stray cat colonies. We help fund already established non-profits providing this service. We partner with local rescue organizations across the country to provide humane traps, food, veterinary resources, and the funds to fulfill this mission.
UPDATE: This fund was founded eight years ago and has surpassed our wildest dreams. We continue to provide all of the above for rescue groups and individuals all across the country. And we have prevented feral cats from giving birth to hundreds of thousands of kittens whose lives would be short and awful, all thanks to Julie Bell, a woman who cared. She lives on.