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"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened."

-- Anonymous  

Downward Facing Dog to Benefit Dogs…and Other Animals

Happy Tails Yoga Established to Profit NJSPCA

Rockaway, New Jersey – December 19, 2008 – While it’s never a good time to be a homeless, unwanted animal, the current economic climate makes it even harder to be an animal with no-one to love.

Three New Jersey yoga teachers are trying to make life better for these animals. Dina Lorraine Smodlaka of Colonia, NJ, Carly Porrello of South Plainfield, NJ and Tiffiny Twardowsky of Rockaway, NJ discovered a strong connection to animals when sharing stories and photos of their own pets. All three have rescued pets from animal shelters.

Wanting to help, while sharing their love of animals and yoga with the community, the three established Happy Tails Yoga: A Cause for Paws. It was determined that the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be the charity of choice (

The premise of Happy Tails Yoga is simple. Yoga teachers throughout New Jersey will donate their time and teach a Happy Tails Yoga Class. Anyone interested in taking these classes will in turn make a donation, in any denomination, to attend. Happy Tails Yoga teachers then turn over 100% of the proceeds to the NJSPCA.

“Yoga is more than just a form of exercise. It is a way of life, helping you enhance your own health and well-being,” states Twardowsky. “I have opened my heart to two special boxers I adopted from Second Chance Boxer and ASPCA and wanted to find a way to enhance the health and well-being of the too many abandoned, neglected and unloved animals in New Jersey.”

Yoga teachers throughout the state who would like to donate their time, or facilities that would like to donate their location, can register on the Happy Tails Yoga website: or by contacting Twardowsky directly at 908-305-6006.

For those who cannot attend a class but would like to make a monetary donation, NJSPCA is in the process of creating a donation link on their website,, specifically for Happy Tails Yoga. You can also mail checks made payable to NJSPCA to:

Happy Tails Yoga

c/o Tiffiny Twardowsky

PO Box 53

Rockaway, NJ 07866

About the NJSPCA

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was created in 1868 and is the second oldest SPCA in the country. Its agents were established as Law Enforcement Officers in charge of investigating and prosecuting all persons involved in animal abuse and neglect.

Their mission today is the same. Through the tireless efforts of highly trained and professional law enforcement personnel, they are making a animal at a time.

In addition, they are committed to educating the public on responsible pet ownership. The NJSPCA is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fines levied. It receives no government funding or tax dollars.