Bill Foundation is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those abandoned in the shelters or on the streets, dog by dog.
Bill Foundation is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those abandoned in the shelters or on the streets, dog by dog.
Bill Foundation is a Los Angeles-based 501c3 non-profit Animal Rescue.
Here and now, we rescue as many dogs as possible to alleviate the suffering of those abandoned in shelters or on the street. We strive to provide the highest standard of vet care and training until our dogs are adopted into stable safe loving homes. Since receiving our non-profit status and beginning operation in May 2000, Bill Foundation has rescued and placed over 2200 dogs and counting.
In the beginning there was Bill, a 10-month-old Golden Retriever and Lab mix Jo and Peter Forman found starving and filthy, foraging in a trash can in August 1988. For ten years, Bill was a part of the Forman's family. He brought laughter, joy and the kind of wonderful companionship that only a dog can provide. When Bill lost his battle to cancer in 1998, the Forman's resolved to honor his memory by working to save other dogs like Bill who deserve a second chance at life. It was shortly after that the Bill Foundation was born.
BIll Foundation does not have an endowment, nor do we receive any funding from any city, county, state or federal sources. We rely solely on donations to continue our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and place at risk dogs. Every dollar contributed brings us closer to the day when no dog is left behind. Your contributions directly support the rescue, care and placement of our dogs. With your tax deductible donation, we can continue this life-saving work.
Jo & Peter Forman- Founders
Howard Portnoi – Adoption Manager
Lynda Joyce – Admin Coordinator
Bonnie Raskin – Volunteer Coordinator
Michele Nguyen – Assistant Adoption Manager
In our most recent post we wrote about establishing a Sanctuary Fund for Bill Foundation. Thank you for your contributions and good wishes.
Helen, an eight year old Jindo that Bill Foundation placed with a young couple in 2010 was abandoned on July 4th at a shelter in Utah as an owner surrender in violation of their adoption agreement. She was turned in with such a long list of behavioral issues that the shelter deemed her unadoptable by the general public; she was designated "available to rescue only". Almost certainly she would have languished at the shelter for as long as they were able to hold her before being euthanized. When she was placed, she was a beautiful, sweet affectionate dog.
As sad as this situation is, it is made even sadder by the fact that the adopters sent us this photo of Helen, looking relaxed and content in their home just over a year ago. A nice email accompanied the photos and there was no mention of any problems.
What could have happened? They had a child who is now a 2-year old toddler. Everyone in rescue has seen this so many times. A dog that has been the beloved of a couple for years is abandoned when there is a new child in the family.
The good news is that due to our link to Helen via microchip, we were notified of her impoundment. We have arranged for Helen’s transport back to LA, and for training and boarding. We hope she will be re-homed in a family without young children.
This return will use up 20% of the Sanctuary Funds that we raised back in May. Although we never expect to see our dogs come back, this incident with Helen proves that it can happen at any time.
Help us continue to support Bill Foundation dogs no matter what circumstances cause them to be once again at risk.
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Help Establish Bill Foundation's Sanctuary Fund!
Dear Bill Foundation Friends and Supporters,
It has been more than 20 years since Jo and I rescued our first dogs and 17 years since Bill Foundation received its non-profit status.
Since then, we have rescued and placed thousands of dogs along with the occasional cat and bunny.
It has been a labor of love and we have devoted our lives and resources in an effort to create an entity that operated with integrity and worked to rescue dogs most at risk in our shelters.
We have had many successes
- thousands of dogs, often ill or severely injured, have been saved and rehabilitated
- thousands of adopters' lives have been enriched by their new family members
- tens of thousands have learned the importance of rescue and spay and neuter
- hundreds of volunteers have had the joy of participating and have enriched their lives and ours in the process
The world has changed
- 18 years ago there were only a few rescue organizations, now there are many
- new approaches to adoption have greatly reduced the euthanasia rate
- the community’s awareness of the importance of rescue has grown exponentially
- Jo and I are 20 years older and have both recently suffered illnesses that have reduced our ability to manage the foundation's day to day business
Reluctantly, we are beginning a new chapter in Bill Foundation’s story.
Changing the scope of our rescue operation is not simple. We can't just walk away from the commitments we have made. The foundation has continuing obligations: dogs still in our care who need support, as well as those that might be returned to us in the future. We made a pledge when we started Bill Foundation that we would stand behind all of our dogs and we intend to keep that promise.
We have one more request.
Please help us create a Sanctuary Fund that we can use to ensure that dogs still in the foundation’s care and any we have rescued who come back to us will continue to have the food, shelter, attention and medical care they need until they are adopted or if necessary for the remainder of their lives. As you might imagine, most of the dogs we haven't found homes for are “difficult to place” due to age, health or behavioral issues. It costs about $4,000 per year per dog to ensure their continued care.
We currently have five dogs in long-term care as well as a long-term foster for whom we have pledged support, and the unfortunate reality is that there may be dogs unexpectedly returned whose adopters are no longer able to care for them.
Donate to our Sanctuary Fund
Our goal is to raise $50,000 this spring to establish our Sanctuary Fund. We are in the process of reducing our remaining overhead to the necessary minimum so that 100% of monies raised will be held in a Sanctuary account, making sure that these dogs, and any Bill Foundation dogs that are returned in the future, will be well cared for. After we are sure sufficient time has elapsed that we know all of our dogs are safe, we will donate the remaining funds to another worthy LA area rescue.
We so appreciate all the support you have given us, our organization and the dogs over the years. The time you have spent following us and helping us with your time and with donations has been the foundation's life’s blood and has changed the course of so many lives.
Thank you for your support, love and understanding.
Peter and Jo
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APOLOGIES FOR THE LONG POST - WE OFTEN RECEIVE LETTERS OF GRATITUDE FROM ADOPTERS, BUT WE WANTED TO SHARE THIS ONE VERBATIM.
Dear Jo and Peter: I have been meaning to write this letter to you since I talked to you a while ago after many, many years.
I called you then and am now writing you and I hope you will forgive my tardiness in getting in touch with you via e-mail.
You and your incredibly generous hearted Bill Foundation have played a major part in my family for many years and I wanted to thank you.
I first adopted a pup from you named Dublin, exactly when I don't recall the exact date. But he was precious and became an integral part of my life and was on his way to being my service dog. Unfortunately, after a bit he began to have some physical problems and the vet determined that he had cancer. I was devastated. However, I was also very impressed with your reaction and your actions: You paid a great deal of money, which you probably do not remember giving, so that Dublin's last days would be most comfortable for him. He was so loving and he was so happy in his last days. On top of that, an action I never expected, when I had Dublin in his last day to be crossing over the Rainbow Bridge (I do NOT like that term "putting to sleep"), you, Jo, showed up and stayed with me until his last breath was gone. In addition, you had him cremated, at your expense, delivering his ashes and little footprint to me with as much care and loving as you had actually delivered Dublin.
It was my decision that I could not go through that grief again, having just the year before lost my two cats, Old Age and Pretty Baby after almost 19 years. My granddaughter at the time was about 10 or 11 and she said to me, "Well, PawPaw, if you adopt another puppy, it will be saving another life."
Without wasting much time, we were in my car and headed to where you had some pups up for adoption. In one cage, all alone, was a guy named Jampo... he frisked around and showed all his attractive trips while we looked and talked to him. When we turned away, he hurried to a far corner of the cage and began to wail at the top of his lungs -- and that was all we needed.
We got Jampo almost 9 years ago and during that time he was my trusted service dog, my constant companion and we loved him very much. He joined in all of the holidays with my daughter, her daughter, my son, his wife and son, bringing great joy to them and me with his loving ways.
This year, early May, Jampo began to limp and ultimately became paralyzed in both of his back legs. The vets determined that he had a spinal disorder with a disc damage and the operation needed was beyond my financial budget, as a senior citizen. We did everything that we were told to do that might help correct this condition.
To give you an idea of my relationship with Jampo, I want to tell you just one story: Whenever I left him alone, which was very, very rare, I always told him where I was going and when I would be back. He always retreated to his favorite "safe" place a chair on the other side of the room from the front door. When he heard the key hit that lock, he rushed to meet me at the door. In his last days of his precious life one day I had to go out and could not carry him in my arms or on my scooter, which I had always done when we went out together. I told him I would be back in about fifteen minutes and he retreated as I left my apartment.
When I returned, I put the key into the lock, heard scratching on the door and, as I opened the door, I could not believe my eyes. On his two paralyzed back legs and his two functional front legs, Jampo had dragged himself, while I was gone, about 20 feet from his favorite place to the front door to meet me as he always had done in the past. My love overflowed complete with sobs and I shall never forget that of him, it is one of my most precious memories and my family and I have millions.
One evening on the 10th of May, he became very ill, and -- though I had nursed him, feeding him with a spoon, and helping to evacuate his bowels and kidneys with my hands, I was frightened that it was time for him to go. A friend picked Jampo and I up, I cradled him in my arms and when we got to the vets, they immediately took him from me. A nurse came out in just a few minutes and told me that they had to put him on oxygen, because he was having labored breaths.
The vet then came in to talk to me and told me that he was in extraordinary pain, the paralysis had spread to one of his front legs, was affecting the other and was headed for his neck. I could bear to know he suffered so much and so I made the decision to let him go. The doctor brought him back to the waiting room, placed a blanket on the counter and then placed my beloved Jampo on it. Looking deeply into his eyes, I told him how much my entire family, the entire building and all the people on the streets of Hollywood loved him and all knew his name. He looked looked directly into my eyes and when I gave the signal to the doctor, he administered the last drugs and Jampo's eyes closed forever.
I can never ever thank you for your love and care with which you treated Dublin, Jampo and who knows how many countless number of adoptees. You always took the greatest care in making sure that there was always a great match... and, believe me, you brought joy to my entire family (and I am not kidding, everyone in Hollywood is in mourning for Jampo) and gave us all almost 9 years of precious memories.
Much love to you both and thank you from the bottom of the LaVallee family's hearts -- including the most important ones: Dublin LaVallee and Jampo LaVallee. No one has ever done a better job than the two of you to find, nurture and love animals more than you until you could transfer their love to people like me. ... See MoreSee Less
Peter and Jo are Retiring!
They have both suffered illnesses and challenges that have made continued management of the foundation impossible. This means that Bill Foundation will be going into a new phase of its existence - one in which we no longer actively rescue, but remain to care for the dogs we still have and those we have placed who may be returned in the future. We are reducing our overhead by 90% in order to conserve our remaining resources. In addition, we are asking you to donate to our Continuing Care Fund - a set-aside that will only be used to make sure that our remaining dogs are loved and cared for until they are placed or find a home with a new rescue. The first of our remaining dogs that we are featuring here is Sheba - an energetic shepherd mix and sibling of Pete... Sheba is a wonderful girl who just hasn't been able to find a forever home. Her boarding and care cost us $4,000 per year and outplacing her to another rescue could cost as much as $10,000. Won't you please donate what you can to our Continuing Care Fund to help Sheba? ... See MoreSee Less