Tamira Thayne is founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, an award-winning national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the chaining and penning of dogs, and bringing Man’s Best Friend into the home and family.
Tamira and Dogs Deserve Better have won 12 awards, including a first in the ASPCA Chase Pet Protector Award and a 2nd in Animal Planet Hero of the Year Award. In 2010, Thayne was termed the “Godmother of Anti-Tethering” by USA Today.
Tamira is author of “Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues,” “Scream Like Banshee: 29 Days of Tips and Tales to Keep your Sanity as a Doggie Foster Parent“, and co-editor of “Unchain My Heart: DDB Rescue Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Caring.”
She is also an ordained Interfaith Minister, and holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Maryland, as well as a Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral Degree in Naturology from AIHT.
Dogs Deserve Better has rescued over 3000 dogs from chains nationwide, and Tamira has fostered over 250 from her home alone.
In 2011 her organization bought Michael Vick’s former dogfighting compound, and is transforming it to a 16-acre rescue center for chained and penned dogs. To date to they have rehabbed and rehomed over 120 dogs just from the home alone while they fundraise to build a large facility on the property.
Tamira’s personal website is at this link: http://www.tamiracithayne.com
“I love all of the work DDB is doing – while I realize that there remains so much to be done, DDB has directed the attention of so many in the nation to the realities of life on a chain. I know your journey has been hard, but your courage has started a revolution.” — Clova Abrahamson