The Tailwaggers Foundation provides funding to qualified 501c non-profit organizations who provide life-saving treatments to sick and injured animals as well as for animals with behavior issues. Most animal rescue organizations spend between 40 and 50 percent of their budgets to medically treat sick and injured animals. Rescue organizations simply do not have the budget to treat all the animals that come through their doors. In many cases, bringing an injured dog or cat back to a state of health can mean the difference between being adopted and euthanasia. The Tailwaggers Foundation is built to assist the rescue organizations in their efforts to help more animals get healthy and find Forever Homes.
The Tailwaggers Foundation’s name pays homage to the Tailwaggers Club, a charity created in 1929. Its purpose was for the advancement of animal welfare. The club grew quickly, acting as both a pet registry and a philanthropic community. In 1929, Bette Davis put the organization on the map when she was elected as president of Southern California’s branch. Her dedication to animal welfare was a powerful force for raising awareness worldwide. LIFE magazine covered one of her fund raising events, which enlisted the support of generous donors like Howard Hughes and Walt Disney. By 1930, The Tailwaggers Club had almost a million members including people and their animal companions in the United States, England, Korea, New Zealand, Persia, and Iraq.
The Tailwaggers Club continued to expand and in 1960, Spiller’s Pet Food bought the club and registered it as a charitable trust (The Tailwaggers Club Trust) and began to administer funds to support animal welfare.
From its beginning to end (in 1972), The Tailwaggers Club provided a legacy that The Tailwaggers Foundation is proud to have picked-up and carried forward.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER Todd Warner opened Tailwaggers Pet Food and Supplies in 2003. In 2006, he expanded his Hollywood business by opening Tailwashers Grooming Salon, and by 2010 quickly grew to a second location in West Hollywood. Today, Tailwaggers Food and Supplies spans 3 stores and another opening up soon in Palm Springs. Because of his commitment to animal welfare, Todd has used his company as a resource to support many local dog and cat rescues. To this end, Tailwaggers & Tailwashers has helped place over 2,000 rescued dogs and cats.
SECRETARY AND FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER Ann Marie Scott received her B. A. in Political Science and Communications from Queens College in New York. She received her J.D. from Pacific Coast University School of Law in Long Beach, California. She is licensed to practice in the state of California. Prior to entering into the legal profession, she worked in the film, music and fashion industries.
BOARD MEMBER Dr. Nicklaus Fox grew up on a large sheep and cattle ranch. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Montana State University and was trained in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr. Fox has been practicing companion animal medicine in Los Angeles ever since. He has become known for his home visits, where he offers particularly compassionate care for pets and their loved ones. In 2013, he became certified in veterinary acupuncture, incorporating the natural principles of healing into his practice of integrative medicine. In his free time, Nick volunteers with two animal rescue organizations and is active with several LBGT organizations that promote HIV education and awareness. He loves coming home to his cats, Mavis and Leonard and dogs, Midgey and Fifi, all of whom were rescued and have such interesting stories to tell.
BOARD MEMBER Emma Parker Bowles has an unwavering commitment to creatures large and small, dedicating her time on the front lines. She has been an ongoing volunteer for Dogs Without Borders and LA Animal Rescue.
BOARD MEMBER Dr. Liz Friedman grew up in Seattle and received undergraduate degrees in biology and zoology from Washington State University. She later attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to become a veterinarian. She moved back to Seattle for three years, but soon moved with her 1 year old son, to Los Angeles, where she always wanted to live. Her interest in animals has been lifelong, but she focuses her practices on dogs and cats. She worked in a multi-doctor animal hospital in Seattle, and again in Los Angeles, until she finally started a house called practice. She integrates some Chinese medicine in her treatments but is primarily a Western medicine doctor. Dr. Liz Friedman has great compassion for those in need, whatever species they may be, and is so happy to be involved with the vision of Todd Warner and The Tailwaggers Foundation in helping animals in need.
BOARD MEMBER Stephen Molinaro
BOARD MEMBER Holly Riddel is a visionary entrepreneur who started her career in the diamond business. Her connection to pets is long-standing, from her devotion to her own canine companions over the years to designing an innovative pet line that was carried in Target stores. Holly is also the creative mind behind unique lines of jewelry under the umbrella brand Love Is My Intention (LIMI®); a unisex fine fragrance called 0.2; a 0.2 canned cocktail; and most recently, a whimsical line of durable dog toys called Drag Dog. All of her ventures are rooted in love, acceptance, making connections, and creating joy.