Welcome! The Site of Tamira Ci Thayne, DN, Rev

Upcoming Events:

May 31, 2014, Featured Speaker at the 6th Annual Memorial Pet Walk on May 31, 2014 for Tracey's Hope in Northwest PA. Details to come.

A Varied Career Path Leads to Dog Advocacy

Tamira Thayne, DN, Rev, 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.

Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing the chained dogs and bringing them into the home and family, bought Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound in Smithfield, Virginia, in 2011 and has been transforming it to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Through her work for chained dogs, Tamira has suffered greatly on their behalf, but only a fraction as much as the dogs suffer. She has spent 822 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 three times for helping chained dogs left unable to stand and in deplorable conditions.

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; Thayne spent 30 days hunger striking 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.

Tamira chained to a doghouse in PA, advocating for laws

During the past twelve years, Tamira has 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.