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Tails Of Joy

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: We want to make the world better for animals. We work to end pet overpopulation and abandonment, abuse and neglect. We want to stop the killing of millions of adoptable companion animals across America by city pounds each year. We want to put puppy mills out of business, foster spay/neuter, fight dog fighting rings, and make the world better for animals, which in turn makes the world better for people. We fund programs that help animals in the wild. We work for a more humane world for all; companion animals, farm animals, wild animals. This makes the world better for people too!

Results: We have helped save the lives, exponentially through our grants to rescue organizations, of hundreds of thousands of deserving animals. We have helped desperate pet owners and rescuers when there was nowhere else to turn. We have made the world a little better, kinder, and more humane each day. Our goals are to continue helping, saving, rescuing, educating, and advocating for a more humane world. We would also like to fund scholarships for students who would like to work in the animal rescue world, city shelters, or veterinary staffs. City shelters are often draconian and usually staffed poorly by "government workers" instead of people who actually care for animals. We'd like be able to afford to financially help young people who could change all that, and ask that they repay us with two years of part time service in rescue. There isn't a city in this country that has enough animal control officers, so usually calls for help go unanswered, dog fighting rings go un-investigated, along with cruelty reports. Dogs can't vote, so they get the short shrift from city funding. We'd like to have enough money to train animal loving officers for jobs across the country. We'd like more money for spay/neuter programs, and we'd like to be able to negotiate better rescue rates from veterinarians across the country. We'd like to craft an animal awareness program for students of all ages that would be implemented in schools.

Target demographics: Rescue every kind of animal, from companion animals to farm animals to wildlife, sea life, small exotics, big cats, jungle animals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of animals through our financial support of almost two hundred rescue organizations.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide, and beyond.

Programs: Tails of Joy provides financial assistance to the smallest, neediest rescue groups across the country and beyond. We support the groups who don't have large fundraising infrastructure, yet do amazing rescue work. We keep the rescuers from falling through the cracks. We also do hands on rescue of companion animals. We are their last chance and their best hope. We provide food, medicine and veterinary needs, pull fees, boarding, training, transport, spay/neuter, supplies, emergency funds, networking, support in all areas to help animals find their forever homes and to make the world more humane for animals in the wild.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elayne Boosler is not only a brilliant, groundbreaking comedian - she is a hero for animal everywhere. Her nonprofit group Tails of Joy helps not only dogs and cats but all animals in need. And as an all volunteer organization, 100% of donations are directed to programs.

I'm a long time volunteer with a small animal protection group in Arizona that provides Trap Neuter, Return services for thousands of outdoor cats each year. Thanks to a generous donation from Tails of Joy, we were able to help many more cats and their caregivers in Arizona.

We are extremely grateful for Tails of Joy's help, and for all that this group does for animals in communities like ours across the country. Thank you, Elayne, for your hard work, dedication, generosity, and compassion for animals and their rescuers.

And also - thanks for making us laugh every day!

Thom W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tails of joy helped us cover some of the cost of Tiffany's 2 front broken legs!

DesertDogProjectInc

Board Member

Rating: 5

Desert Dog Project Inc is a non profit located in San Bernardino County, High Desert Region. We get many sick injured and dying dogs recovered after being dumped in the remote deserts. Many have been attacked by other animals and most hit by cars on the highways. We are non breed specific and help any animal that needs our help. We have huge medical bills for weekly surgeries for cancer dogs, seniors, eye injuries and many broken hips and legs. Tails of Joy has blessed us several time with generous donations that have saved the lives of many sick pets, abandoned pets and hoarding situations with many pets in danger.
We are so grateful to their help and their caring hearts for the animals who have been forgotten by society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a rescue dog because of Tails Of Joy. They saved our Henry. They have helped countless of Dog and cats find loving forever homes. They have helped countless people with pet food, medicine, and veterinary bills when they couldn’t afford it. They are truly the best for helping dogs and cats. We have the best dog in the world because of them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had great admiration for this non-profit for years. I think it was back in 2006 or 2007 when I found a lost Golden Retriever in the Sunland area. I needed a referral to a vet who could check for a chip and somehow was given Elayne's email address. I was/am a huge fan of her comedy, but tried to be cool and business-like. (Can't recall, but probably failed at that.) Her response was immediate and I took the dog to a nearby vet to be scanned. Over the years, I've become more involved as a rescue volunteer and I've learned more about Tails of Joy. I'm extremely impressed with everything they do. And now I'm an even greater Elayne Boosler fan. (BTW, the lost dog was chipped but never claimed and ended up adopted by a firefighter and EMT who had a Weimaraner and an acre of land. We should all be so lucky.)

Donor

Rating: 5

Elayne, Bill, and their supporters are tirelessly devoted to animal welfare. Integrity and ethics are wall-to-wall and up to the ceiling.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tails Of Joy has helped many animals in need. They are compassionate, eager to learn the story and history behind each animal in dire straits, and will generously help them. I support them 100-percent! Here are a few photos of animals they helped.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elayne Boosler is the real deal, a true animal advocate with a big heart! I'm so happy to support, in any way I can, the great work she does. I've purchased a few of those really cool canvas bags as gifts and they were a big hit with friends. Years ago, she helped me find a rescue group to take an abandoned white boxer dog that I found roaming in Griffith Park. I'd also like to mention that she is one funny lady and sometimes a sense of humour is what you need to get you through from one moment to the next.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elayne Boosler's Tails of Joy has been so kind to my small rescue that helps rescue dogs from Lebanon have the chance to be vetted and travel to Canada to have a chance at a better life. Without this support, many precious souls would still be waiting for their chance, still enduring terrible conditions.

I am ever so grateful for this wonderful human being who I had the pleasure of meeting in person 2.5 years ago on a flight. Little did I know that when she mentioned that she helps small rescues, that I would one day be in need of her support.

Tails of Joy is truly one of a kind! So thoughtful and so caring for the little guy who wants to make a difference for many deserving suffering souls.

Thank you Elayne!! Thank you Tails of Joy!!

Norm J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

100% of all donations go to help save animals. I love this organization.

Jennifer Pet Lover

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help and love of Tails of Joy, a beautiful Cane Corso named Luna would not be alive and thriving today. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. At the age of two, Luna was abandoned by her original family because of costs and because she was showing some minor aggression issues due to severe neglect. If she had ended up in a shelter there would have been little hope for her. But when I learned of her situation, I reached out to many rescue organizations in Los Angeles, many claiming to specialize in Cane Corso rescue and no one got back to me. No one except TAILS OF JOY! In one phone call, Elayne Boosler, the organization's founder, committed fully to Luna. She understood the situation even better than I, and knew that helping Luna and finding her a new home might take some time, which did nothing to sway her commitment. Luna needed eye surgery, vaccinations and a spay, Tails of Joy was there for her! Luna needed dedicated training to get her ready for adoption, Tails of Joy was there for her! There has never been a moment in her recovery that Tails of Joy and Elayne have not been there for Luna (and me) and because of this dedication, Luna, one year later, is now doing incredibly well and is ready for her forever home. This organization is by far the BEST nonprofit I have ever worked with and it is my honor to tell the world about Tails of Joy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tails of Joy has helped our organization every time we've needed it! They are selfless in helping all animals. Their help has always come quickly and without questions or delays.
There were times I didn't know what we would have done without their help.

Tina C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elayne with Tails Of Joy has been so kind in the past In helping us with some much needed kitten/cat food and vet expenses. When we were completely out of milk and food for some kittens that were trapped Elayne stepped in and donated so we could go to the store and purchase what the new kittens needed!

She also helped my Aunt's pitbull in Mexico needing immediate surgery for a cancerous growth. I can’t say enough amazing things about Elayne and her rescue, they are just the most generous kind hearted people who really help animals and caretakers in their hour of need! Always adopt a rescue furbaby to save a life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Light in the darkness. A double dose of life-saving help from Tails of Joy when beloved Lilith, the boxer/lab was diagnosed with bone cancer in her 11th year. (All animals are worth saving, but this girl- world traveler, therapy dog, genius-- was amazing. I, her "person," a senior myself, had no choice: chemotherapy could help extend her life and I could see she had a lot of life left. Of course I would! But where to find the over-the-top funds? Was even willing to stand on streetcorners with a tin can., but it didn't come to that because of Elayne, who not only pitched in with desperately needed cash so I, the senior, didn't have to give up eating or heating for a year, but did it FAST, so I could stop worrying. She gave two of us a sweet year together and I am forever grateful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Extremely dedicated and personalized! Tails of Joy helps the neediest animals in the most dire situations find amazing homes, get the medical treatment they need, and have the lives they deserve. Elayne is one of the most passionate animal rescuers in the world, and her organization continues to improve the lives of every animal and animal lover it comes across.

CritterCampMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tails of Joy is an amazing organization!! They help so many small and often forgotten rescues with their Little Guy Grants as well as helping these rescues network on their Facebook page and group and helps them place animals in need. It is just absolutely one of the best animal organizations because they actually help real animals and rescues in need. The have helped us at Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary many times when no one else would. Tails of Joy is the real deal!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best non profit! They really have their hearts in everything they do to help dogs and cats and other animals who need help and to help them find there forever homes. They help all the animals from all over the United States. They are truly amazing beautiful people. They definitely deserve this recognition!