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TAILS OF JOY, INC.

"Fighting for Truth, Justice, and the America Stray."

Studio City, CA   |  www.tailsofjoy.net
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TAILS OF JOY, INC.

EIN: 91-2159894


Mission

Our mission is to make the world better for animals. We financially help the smallest, neediest rescue groups across America, and beyond. We help support the groups who do great hands-on rescue work, but are too small to fundraise in a big way, or get grants, and would fall through the cracks without us. We help people with pet financial emergencies. We also network and provide temporary assistance, boarding, medical care, pull fees, and transport, for desperate animals. We have a designated Spay/Neuter fund which awards "Little Guy Grants" for TNR and low income needs. We campaign and network for more humane laws in all areas concerning animal welfare. We are the place to go when there is nowhere else to turn, and exponentially have saved thousands of lives since we began.

Notes from the nonprofit

NO SALARIES OR PERKS FOR 22 YEARS! All volunteer! 100% to RESCUE! We do hands on animal rescue but mostly we financially fund hundreds of small rescues across the US, plus Mexico, Canada and Lebanon. We fund capitol and building projects for small rescues. We provide pet food, supplies, vet visits, medicines for the pets of the homeless, needy and families and small rescue orgs when they are in need. We provide funds to feral cat rescuers to feed and TNR (trap neuter release) feral cats, preventing the birth of thousands of cats who would live short brutal lives in the streets. We provide Little Guy Grants for all of this as well as for farm animal, all companion animal, wildlife, horse, mule, donkey, and rabbit rescues as well as primate, big cat, elephant, rhino rescues and sanctuaries. We help all animals. We help people who need help with and for animals. We rescue the rescuers. Exponentially we have saved hundreds of thousands of animals' lives.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Ms. Elayne Boosler

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Leon Wagner

Main address

11684 Ventura Blvd #881

Studio City, CA 91604 USA

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EIN

91-2159894

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are too many companion animals born due to no enforceable spay/neuter laws across the US, and due to horrific puppy mills. Millions of healthy adoptable animals are killed by shelters every year. The problem of overpopulation leads to abandonment, abuse, and neglect of cats, dogs, rabbits, and other companion animals. This is worsened by the fact that everything has become much more expensive now; pet food, pet supplies, and veterinary medical care. This has led to more pets being abandoned and killed in shelters and turned out into the streets to fend for themselves than ever before. Thousands of small, hands on rescue groups across the country, self funded, all volunteer, save as many of these animals as they can every day, but there is not enough time, space, or money. They need financial support from somewhere. Too many people see pets as disposable property, not the intelligent, sentient beings they are and the family members they should be.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Little Guy Grants

We award small grants to rescue organizations for either a specific purpose, like a TNR program, a need for more kennel runs, a broken heater, a fire, and/or various desperate situations. Or, sometimes the grants are there to just help them continue their great work, and allow them to rescue even more needy animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Partnering with Hundreds of Rescue Groups 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals saved from death, starvation, abuse who were rescued and placed in forever homes.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Activists, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Little Guy Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our results are exponential as we financially support 100s of small rescue groups nationwide who save hundreds of animals a year. We save thousands of street cats from being born with our TNR fund.

Numbers of animals saved from death, cruelty, starvation, homelessness, illness.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of disaster

Related Program

Little Guy Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We exponentially save and help animals by supporting the scores of small, local, under-funded rescue organizations across the country and beyond. We feed pets of the homeless and needy.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to save as many lives as we can every single day. We want to prevent suffering, abuse and abandonment. We want to help people see animals as the sentient beings they are, as non - disposable family members, so they are not so easily abandoned, abused or neglected. We want to do all we can to help cut down on the over breeding of dogs and cats, and to help cut down the feral cat populations across the country. We want to close puppy mills. We want to help as many dogs, cats, rabbits, rats etc. get adopted into forever homes as possible. We want to help people in financial need keep their pets instead of giving them up. We feel keeping an animal in a home is as valuable as placing an animal in a home. We want to help the homeless keep their pets fed and cared for. We want to help the small rescue organizations all across the country stay funded during lean times or emergencies when they need somewhere to turn. We want to help reduce the numbers of adoptable animals being killed in pounds across America every year. We also support farm sanctuaries, horse, donkey, burro, big cat, and wildlife sanctuaries and rescues. The more all animals are seen as intelligent and emotional beings worthy of life, the fewer will be killed for food, over population, trophies, hunting, and for the crime of being born. We want to make "Adopt Don't Shop" the first thought you have when you think of getting a pet. We want you to strive towards eating a more plant based diet. We want to help people treat animals kindly and compassionately, and understand they are not simply at our disposal. We want to cut down on the killing, abandonment, and abuse of animals everywhere we can.

First, we rescue the rescuers. We financially support small rescue organizations across the country who take animals on kill lists out of the shelters in the nick of time and get them healthy and placed in forever homes. We pay for pull fees, food, supplies, vetting, medicines, vaccines, spay/neuter, training and boarding when necessary. We grant meaningful amounts of money to the small rescue organizations for capital projects, emergency needs, paying down vet bills, whatever they need to keep going to save animals. We send hundreds of pounds of pet food at a time to these groups when they are running low. We help individual pet owners in financial need feed, supply, train, and get medical care for their pets so they do not have to give them up due to financial hardship. We pay vet bills for individuals in need across the country. We pay those vets directly by phone after the appointments are done. We feel keeping an animal in a home is as valuable as putting an animal in a home. We network adoptable animals all across social media and help facilitate adoptions. We provide all supplies and stipends to individuals willing to foster animals for rescue organizations. Fostering saves lives when rescue groups are full. We help supply the pets of the homeless by financially supporting small rescue groups who have direct outreach. We help directly, and we also help the helpers do their best work. We help fund small independent cat rescue organizations and individuals who feed stray cat populations in order to then TNR (trap, neuter, return) or find them homes when possible. We take every opportunity to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. To that end we also make "LIttle Guy Grants" to sanctuaries abroad for endangered species protection. We support farm animal sanctuaries and spread the word of vegetarianism/veganism to our hundreds of thousands of social media followers daily. Our volunteers will be doing this long into the future. We have millions of dollars in trust for us, so our future is assured.

We started with our strengths. First a great website (https://www.tailsofjoy.net/). Flooding all our social media platforms with rescue information, adoptable animals, offers of help where needed, helping to get the mindset and the term "Adopt Don't Shop" into the public consciousness. Having unique items made for Tails of Joy to sell, in person and from our website. I (Elayne Boosler) was a touring comedian when I started Tails of Joy. In every city in which I performed, we sold our Tails of Joy merchandise after my shows, 100% for the benefit of rescue groups in those cities. We treated the groups to the show as guests, distributed their literature on every seat, included them in all advertising in all media, and got them a higher profile in their own communities. The local groups kept 100% of all sales as well as selling their own merchandise. They brought animals for adoption. We then added them to our "Little Guy Grants" (https://www.tailsofjoy.net/little-guy-grants/) section of our website and kept them in the donations hopper. We were saving animals' lives in every city.

We built from that and are now widely known across the rescue community and by the public. We function on donations and sales, which have remained constant and strong for years. We give out our "Little Guy Grants" across the nation and beyond (Mexico, Canada, Lebanon..). We have a very large social media presence. With that and our website (https://www.tailsofjoy.net/) we are extremely available across the country for groups and individuals to contact us with their needs. We give these Grants out continually on a timely basis where most needed. They can reach up to $10,000 each. In special cases we have given a higher dollar amount.

We have a dedicated spay/neuter fund within our organization, "Edith and Julie's Spay and Neuter Fund at Tails of Joy". It garners bank interest and dividends so we can keep giving out those Grants for the foreseeable future. In this way we have prevented the birth of thousands of homeless cats who would have led short, painful and dangerous lives in the streets.

We sell unique merchandise on our website, with 100% of the profits going to animal rescue. We list new items all the time. We have a dedicated list of monthly donors who let us project dollar amounts coming in so we can plan. We also have a constant flow of online and snail mail donations from people who want to support our work. Our volunteers network and fundraise across many social media platforms. We average $24,000 yearly from Facebook birthday wishes made for Tails of Joy's benefit.

When we are paying the bills for individuals' vet appointments across the country, we have the vets office call us upon checkout and we pay by phone with our credit card. This has allowed needy pet owners to keep their pets by getting them the medical care they could not afford.

We have millions of dollars in trust for Tails of Joy. We will be able to continue our work far into the future.

We have directly and exponentially saved thousands of lives in our 22 years. One example: during the holidays of 2022 we announced we would pay for a full year of food/supplies/toys/medical for dogs/cats rescued by anyone off that days' kill list from any pound across the country. That allowed needier people to adopt and get all they needed throughout 2023.

We funded the feeding, trapping, spaying and neutering of feral cat colonies through organizations like POLA (Port of Los Angeles) rescue, Lauren's Lost Cats (Philadelphia), Little Dirty Whiskers (Los Angeles), Cat Republic (NY), and independent rescuers Terri Hamel and Nickie Driggers (S. Carolina). This prevented exponentially thousands of births leading to short cruel lives on the streets for homeless cats. Many were also taken in and found forever homes.

We enabled many rescue organizations across the country to pull out -of- time dogs and cats from shelters often only hours before their scheduled euthanasia. We helped them feed and medically care for these animals, as well as helped them get forever homes by networking them across social media. These organizations include: Florida Boxer Rescue, The Pitty Committee (So CA), 2nd Chance Dog Rescue (So CA), The Rescue Coop (N. & S. Carolina & Wisconsin), Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (Oregon), LHRR (TX), Martina Rescue (Benecia CA), Healing Hounds (So CA), Giselle's Legacy (CA & TX), Voice For the Animals (TX), The Little Red Dog (CA), All For Love (CA), Pits and Tits (San Diego), Happy Go Lucky Mastiff Rescue (Maryland), Labradors and Friends (CA & the Southwest), Carolina Animal Network, Rescue Dogs Rock (NYC), Dogz in Need (nationwide), Blue Waters Dog Rescue (FL), ARK Rescue Consortium (FL), Baja Animal Sanctuary, Badass Animal Rescue (Bklyn), Crossing Guardians (US/Mexico border), Liberty Dog Network (CA), West Coast Cane Corso Rescue, PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance), Dizzy Dog Rescue (TX), Tail Waggers Rescue (Oregon, supporting the pets of the homeless), Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary, Los Feliz Animal Rescue (CA), Desert Dog Project (CA), Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers, Golden Years Animal Sanctuary (mostly farm animals), Dolly's Dream Home (Missouri, rescuing rabbits), Animal Recovery Mission (worldwide), Rescue Dogs Lebanon to Canada, BFF Rescue (CA), The Pepper Foundation (So CA), UTAN Rescue (Alabama), Maui Humane Society, Animal Protection Society (Friday Harbor), German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (CA), Much Love Rescue (CA), Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Africa). Most of these groups received at least two "Little Guy Grants" during the year. We also sponsored, supplied and paid bills for approximately 50 individual dogs, cats and fosters in 2023, along with our full year of food and supplies for forty more dogs & cats.

In 22 years we have saved many thousands of animals' lives and helped better their treatment. Many people no longer think of buying animals. People are proud to say they adopted!



How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, We are constantly assessing how to help the most people with the resources we have.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We rescue animals and support small rescue organizations. We see the lives saved and respond to all.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

TAILS OF JOY, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

32.00

Average of 35.55 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

71.9

Average of 43 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

TAILS OF JOY, INC.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

TAILS OF JOY, INC.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of TAILS OF JOY, INC.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $539,422 -$15,771 $38,681 -$20,955 $144,191
As % of expenses 502.8% -18.8% 54.9% -18.5% 121.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $539,422 -$15,771 $38,681 -$20,955 $144,191
As % of expenses 502.8% -18.8% 54.9% -18.5% 121.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $646,701 $68,101 $109,190 $75,193 $257,574
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -89.5% 60.3% -31.1% 242.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 24.9% 0.0% 0.0% 3.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 75.1% 100.0% 100.0% 107.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -10.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $107,279 $83,872 $70,509 $113,539 $119,075
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -21.8% -15.9% 61.0% 4.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 1.5% 0.0% 1.1% 1.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 100.0% 98.5% 100.0% 98.9% 99.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $107,279 $83,872 $70,509 $113,539 $119,075
One month of savings $8,940 $6,989 $5,876 $9,462 $9,923
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $116,219 $90,861 $76,385 $123,001 $128,998

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 61.2 73.7 99.8 57.8 71.9
Months of cash and investments 61.2 73.7 99.8 57.8 71.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 61.0 75.7 96.7 57.8 69.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $546,927 $514,776 $586,222 $547,005 $713,490
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.3% 0.0% 3.1% 0.0% 3.1%
Unrestricted net assets $545,050 $529,279 $567,960 $547,005 $691,196
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $545,050 $529,279 $567,960 $547,005 $691,196

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Ms. Elayne Boosler

Elayne Boosler is a Writer, Comedian, and the Founder of Tails of Joy, Inc. animal rescue. Tails of Joy is a nationwide, non-profit 501(3) organization that has been helping to fund the smallest, neediest rescue organizations across the country, and beyond, for almost twenty years. We also help the pets of people who need financial assistance.

Co Principal Officer

Leon Wagner

Company: Forth, Inc. President 2006 Present. Specializing in real time embedded systems since 1983. Rescue volunteer since 1988: Donating websites, maintenance and troubleshooting, commerce oversight and fulfillment, fundraising, bookkeeping and volunteer and donor outreach. Volunteer. No salary.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

TAILS OF JOY, INC.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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TAILS OF JOY, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ms. Elayne Boosler

Tails of Joy, Inc.

Term: 2000 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mr. Leon Wagner

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Term: 2015 - 2025

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Hank Teverbaugh

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Rick Bursky

Michael Boosler

Judy Orbach

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David Schlocker

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Natalie Schlocker

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Leon Wagner

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Dorothea Sargent

Laura Heller

Brent Fausett

Ramona Otto

Bill Siddons

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.