Pioneering comedian Elayne Boosler, who’s also founder of non-profit animal organization, Tails of Joy

by | Mar 16, 2011

Elayne Boosler–who’s been a touring comedian since the 1970s, and was slated to perform locally two days later–discusses the circumstances that led to founding her own non-profit animal organization, Tails of Joy, in 2001. She also describes how Tails of Joy functions, and the enormous, international scope of rescues and other animal organizations that it supports.


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She confirms that at her stand-up performances, any merchandise she sells or other revenues generated from signing items, etc., all proceeds generated go to a rescue or other organization in that area. (A current exception: half the proceeds are sent for assistance of animals in Japan, half still go to a local organization.) She also explains that she’s spent the last two-plus years fostering dogs (often pit bulls), and enthuses about Facebook, which she’s embraced as a boon personally, professionally and for the fund-raising and support work of Tails of Net. (,

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Dr. Jeanne Hart, of Tampa Mobile Veterinarian Service, about her background, her practice, the Healthy Weight Check-Ups she’ll be conducting at the Talking Animals Festival, and more. (

COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “Eat Vegetarian” (snippet) (

MUSIC:Split Lip Rayfield’s “Blue Tick Hound,” Sons of Hippies’ “Animal Battle,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden”

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