Welcome to the site of Tamira Thayne—Author, Animal Activist, Artist

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Tamira is finishing up editing for More Rescue Smiles this month. Visit her blog here.

A Varied Career Path Leads to Animal Rescue, Activism, and Finally to Writing on Behalf of Animals and their Oft-Unheard Pleas for Help

Author Tamira Thayne writes fiction, nonfiction, and children's books, all with the common theme of advocating for the voiceless—animals in today's society.

Foster Doggie Insanity

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Rescue Smiles

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Happy Dog! Coloring Book

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The Wrath of Dog

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The King's Tether

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The Knight's Chain

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Smidgey Pidgey's Predicament

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Tamira Thayne was labeled the 'animal lover' in the family from an early age growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. This love combined with a deep empathy for dogs—the most social of beings—ostracised to the end of a chain led her to form Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. in the fall of 2002. Ms. Thayne passed the reins of the nonprofit organization to new leadership in March 2015.

Tamira led Dogs Deserve Better through the organization's quest to buy Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound in Smithfield, Virginia. In mid-2011 they succeeded, and began the transformation of the property formerly known only for abuse to a rescue haven for chained dogs. Tamira oversaw payment in full of the Good Newz Rehab Center by 2014.

Tamira chained to a doghouse in PA, advocating for laws

Through her work for chained dogs, Tamira has suffered in her quest to bring them freedom, but only a fraction as much as the dogs suffer. She spent 878 hours chained to doghouses in front of State Capitols and other locations educating and advocating for better laws; she has spoken at over 75 venues nationwide about the issue and how we can be better friends to those who depend on us for their very existence; she has been arrested four times for helping dogs left in deplorable conditions and sometimes so ill they were unable to stand.

In 2012, Tamira was falsely charged with animal cruelty by Surry County, Virginia authorities in an attempt to destroy her reputation and force her and her organization from the former Vick property. The DA? The very same commonwealth attorney who let Vick walk from all cruelty charges, despite Vick's own confession of the horrors inflicted on dogs who were poor fighters.

Thankfully, Surry County's attempt was unsuccessful; the judge declaring "there is a very clear lack of evidence of abuse." Thayne then spent 30 days in a hunger strike on the courthouse lawn across from the Commonwealth Attorney's office to gain justice in a corrupt system. She collapsed on Day 30 and was hospitalized for two days due to systemic acidosis brought on by starvation.

Surry County settled a lawsuit brought by Tamira and Dogs Deserve Better for their smear tactics for an undisclosed amount in August 2015. Read the release here.

From 2002 until her retirement from the nonprofit world in 2015, Tamira had herself rescued and rehabilitated over 250 formerly chained and penned dogs; her organization, over 3000. The dog pictured above, Banshee, became one of her favorites, and he loved her with a fierceness she still misses to this day. He died of lung cancer in late 2010. Watch the video of his last fetch here.