Who Chains You • Encouraging Activism for the Animals
The animals of our planet NEED humans to become activists; to be their voice, to make their case, to stand on their behalf. Although activism isn't easy, it's necessary, so we challenge you to come up with new and innovative ways to make a difference for the animals.
WCY founder Tamira Thayne spent 878 hours chained to doghouses on behalf of chained dogs, endured a 30 day hunger strike on the doorstep of corrupt Surry County, VA officials, refused to return a dog to the abusers who left him laying on the ground for three days, and protested in violation of a restraining order for dogs living in crates 24/7 in Washington State.
As a result, and in the process of standing up for suffering animals, she's been arrested five times, slandered, and put through hell by those in positions of authority. But she knows her suffering and that of other activists worldwide could never compare to the suffering edured by the animals—those who have no voice to defend themselves.
When we as a nation stop tolerating the abuse of non-human animals, the abuse will end. This takes brave citizens willing to make the uncomfortable stand when necessary—to survive the fallout that comes with standing tall in a society rife with corruption. We must come out from behind our computer screens when all else fails and physically form a barrier to protect those animals in need.
Citizens in today's society can make use of a wide arsenal of online tools to create chain-ge for the voiceless. We petition, put out videos of the abuse, and create calls to action. Blogs, vlogs, e-books, social media, real-time streaming video...there are so many new and exciting developments we didn't have even ten years ago! Yet, sometimes that's just not enough, and we must stand together as one to prevent abuse.
Although Tamira Thayne's day to day rescue and activist work for chained dogs—and the constant threat of arrest for doing so—is behind her, she still supports the front lines when needed, and brainstorms with organizations or citizens who find themselves in need of a strong advocate. In her time as founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, she raised over three million dollars for the cause, 'took over' Vick's dogfighting compound and turned it into a rehab center for chained dogs, and fostered over 250 dogs from her home. She traveled the country speaking on behalf of the animals, and raising awareness of their plight.
Activism and Animal Rescue can be Exhilarating and Exciting, or Exhausting and Excruciating, Depending on the Day. If you Find Yourself with Compassion Fatigue or in Need of Mentoring or Spiritual Assistance, Talk to Tamira.
Tamira, an ordained interfaith minister, understands how animal activists and rescuers struggle with fear, doubt, and real or perceived shortcomings. Her goal is to enable you to come from a place of inner power, become a strong voice for the animals, and create measurable change in society's perception of animal issues. Tamira takes on a limited number of clients who find themselves in need due to their advocacy work for the animals. She holds a Doctor of Naturology from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, as well as an interfaith ordination through the same University.
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who's been there.
Tamira is an Air Force veteran, a wife, a mother of two, a critter foster parent, and an ordained minister, in addition to her activist, author and now publisher duties. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts, and was a book designer and art director for years before starting Dogs Deserve Better. She built the organization from the ground up, and by 2011 was able to purchase a $595,000 piece of property with housing for rescue dogs on behalf of the organization. As such, she can help with questions, ideas, and a listening ear for all aspects of activist or rescuer crisis or burnout, compassion fatigue syndrome, or development and forward momentum for organizations in need.
If you find yourself in need of change, we encourage you to book a session with Tamira. She will assist you in moving forward with your life and/or organization.
Tamira is keeping her fees affordable to all; each 1/2 hour session runs a mere $25.00—this way she can help others yet still spend time writing and publishing books with Who Chains You. You will be contacted by Tamira to work out a time that suits both of you after receipt of payment.
We wish you all the best in your work for the animals!
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