Romance to the Rescue
We were so eager to bring you all the good news of the last months in our current GoodNewsLetter, we overlooked two of the greatest things that helped Tails of Joy this year! Duh. We thank our incredible friends for their incredible generosity in this update.
Every year for the past several years, a group of New York Times Bestselling
romance authors put out a boxed set of ten great novels that, for its initial
run, benefits a charity.
Tails of Joy was lucky enough to be chosen by these wonderful authors to be
that charity in 2015:
The books were great, and the authors and we had contests, raffles, online parties, and everything we could do to encourage people to buy the books and save a pet. The generous authors even let the boxed set be sold for our benefit beyond the initial promised period, which helped us do so much incredibly important work for animals this year, and continues to help us rescue. We can never thank them enough, but so many lives were saved this year because of them. Here they are so you can continue to buy their books and support their great writing:
Marie Force, Bella Andre, Eliza Knight, Debra Holland, Kathryn Shay, Lauren Royal, Julianne MacLean, Shelly Thacker, JoAnn Ross, and Glynnis Campbell, who did all the legwork to make this a huge success.
We also thank our animal-loving friends who made videos for us with their own pets, and supported our campaign, “Buy a Book, Save a Pet”:
Kevin Nealon, Jon Stamos, Carol Leifer, America (the band), Bill A. Jones, Bill Mumy, Jon Provost, and our authors, plus these best selling authors: Marshall Karp, Tanya Anne Crosby, Marie Campisi, Cynthia Wright, Danelle Harmon, Laurin Wittig, Brenda Hiatt, Lucinda Brant, Sharon Ihle, Willa Blair, Debbie Conrad, Amy Jarecki, Selena Laurence, Deb Stover, Kathryn Le Veque, Riley J. Ford, Josie Riviera. You can enjoy these fun videos here:
We hope you will support the work of these great writers and their generosity long into the future. Special thanks to our friend Penny Dachel Bunnell, who brought Tails of Joy to the attention of this great group.
Announcing “Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy
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. This is the fulfillment of a long-held goal: We have been endowed by a caring, generous benefactor with the funds to establish a meaningful spay and neuter fund.
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 has a friend, Julie B., who talked to Donna about Julie’s desire to donate funds to a rescue organization. Donna introduced Julie to Tails of Joy, and after some 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. By networking, and keeping rescue in mind, Donna’s impact will be huge, because Edith and Julie’s fund’s impact will be huge, making life better for so many animals and people.
“Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy will:
- Provide funds for the rescue organizations that provide low cost spay/neuter vouchers across the country, increasing their impact.
- Provide low cost spay/neuter where not yet available, by contracting with local vets for group discounts.
- Help needy individuals/families who need to spay/neuter their animals and don’t have the means (application forms will be posted early next week).
- Provide a program of “TNR” (trap, neuter, release) for stray cat colonies. We will help fund already established non-profits providing this service, and provide an online directory to find this help in your city. We will partner with local rescue organizations across the country to provide humane traps access, instructional guides, veterinary sources, and the funds to fulfill this mission.
- Provide free, engaging, downloadable teaching guides to get children started early on the path to responsible pet guardianship and spay/neuter. Provide free, downloadable information guides for shelters/rescue organizations to give out when animals are adopted. Instruction manuals come with everything from electric toothbrushes to cars, yet when bringing home a living creature, many people have no idea what to expect, or the best way to insure a happy and successful future with their new family member.
Please check back here next week as we continue to post useful information about our new fund, ways to access our spay/neuter help, and more about “Edith and Julie’s Spay and Neuter Fund” at Tails of Joy.
Please keep our lovely benefactors in your good thoughts, and thank them too as we do, for helping us help animals.
We are very sad to report that our kind benefactor has passed away after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She died surrounded by those who loved her and shared her full, happy, and adventurous life. We, and every animal she is helping through her planning and generosity, know that her life mattered in the most important way possible; making other lives better. Rest in Peace dear friend.