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
The ever exuberant, Owen.
I remember the day I picked up Owen from the vet to start fostering him. I was told he was young and energetic which sounded perfect for us.
We had just fostered a shy and timid doxie that had no interest in playing with our active 2 year old dog, Stewart. So fostering a dog that was lively sounded ideal....
When we walked through our front door that first day, I said with certainty, "We won't have this dog very long; He will get adopted right away!" It had been my experience that people were always looking for a white, fluffy, young dog and Owen had those qualities plus he was extremely cute.
Our first impression of Owen was that he seemed really energetic. He was actually bouncing off our walls upon entering our home. This didn't scare us though since he had just spent time in the shelter and then some time at our vet's office. Shirley he would calm down once he was getting regular playtime and exercise... or so we thought.
However, day after day, no matter how much he walked, hiked and played, he never seemed to tire. Trying to exhaust Owen became a challenge for us that we were definitely failing at.
Even our active dog, Stewart, could not keep up with the boundless energy that Owen seemed to have. We tried channeling his energy into agility classes which was a favorite of Stewart, but Owen had no interest in structured play and preferred a more free style activity.
Once when we all came home from a hike exhausted, Owen spent a good 15 minutes doing zoomies. We all sat on the sofa in disbelief as this white, fluffy dog did lap after lap around us. How could he possibly not be tired at all??
Owen was the only foster dog we ever met that would not be tired after spending 5 hours in the playroom with over 20 other dogs at the adoption events. Afterwards, he would bound through our front door and grab a toy to play tug of war or pounce on Stewart for a game of chase.
Each Sunday when I would bring him to the adoption event I would say, "I hope this is the day Owen finds his active, forever family because we are exhausted!"
Owen had lots of applications however, anytime an applicant would learn about his activity level they would withdraw their application. He was simply too active for most people who were drawn to his adorable face and hoping to make him their ideal lap dog.
As the months passed, I could tell Owen thought he was already home. From day one, he acted as though we were his forever family. There was never an adjustment period for him, only us.
With all the dogs we have fostered over the years, I always had the feeling they knew our home was just a pit stop except for Owen. I had attributed that to him being young and clueless but now I think he just never had any intention of leaving.
After fostering this adorable boy for 8 months and still no active family in sight, we had to make a decision. We were going to be moving out of the L.A. area and had not planned on taking Owen with us. Of course we loved him, but we always felt he needed a more active family to keep him stimulated and content.
However, as moving day came closer, we started thinking maybe we were Owen's active family. We had definitely stepped up our activity level quite a bit since he moved in with us. Could we continue that pace indefinitely?
Although remaining that energized for Owen for the rest of his life was an exhausting thought, the sleepless nights worrying about whether his new family was giving him enough exercise would have been worse so we adopted him.
Owen continues to keep us active with hiking, swimming, tug of war and endless games of fetch with no slowing down in sight.
On rainy days when our outdoor activities are stifled, he spends the day at doggie daycare and then races through our front door straight to his toy box to select the perfect toy to engage us with. Clearly, he is concerned we did not get enough exercise in his absence.
Owen is a dog in constant motion which can be tiring but with that comes the sweetest and happiest dog we have ever met. He never has a bad day and is never mopey. He reminds us that everyday is a gift and should be embraced with joy and zest!
As I sit writing this story, he is content to be next to me alternating between chewing a bone, squeaking a toy and nudging his brother who is fast asleep since it is 1:00am And in just a few hours he will be once again reminding me that it is another great day and there is lots of fun to be had! ... See MoreSee Less
As we always say, Rescued For Life!
Earlier this month we received a phone call from the San Jacinto animal shelter saying they had a dog that was microchipped to us.
The person we spoke with believed the dog was picked up as a stray.
When we checked our database, we realized it was a small chihuahua that had been adopted from us in 2003, named Justine.
According to our records, Justine would have to be between 14-16 years of age now.
Also in our records, we noticed that Justine's family had contacted us in 2012 and gave us their new address. However, their recent anniversary mailer had been returned to us as undeliverable.
We tried calling them on the only phone number we had for them but it was no longer in service.
So we emailed them and eagerly waited their response which never came. All avenues were coming up dead ends.
The San Jacinto shelter is about a 2 hour drive from us without traffic. Not wanting her to have to stay at the shelter but also not wanting to bring her so far away from her family, we started reaching out for help.
Fortunately, we found a wonderful, previous adopter and supporter who lived about 30 minutes from the shelter. She was happy to go over and pick up Justine and keep her for the weekend. In the meantime, we hoped to be able to find her family.
However, as we made arrangements with the shelter for Justine to be picked up, another shelter employee told us that Justine had actually been dropped off by an anonymous person.
Our hearts sank. Who could do that to sweet, little Justine? Up until then, we thought her family had been frantically looking for her but clearly, that was not going to be the case.
We know Justine had a loving home and family all these years because they stayed in touch with us up until just a few years ago.
Although we may never know what happened, it is very common for dogs to end up in the shelter when their family member passes away.
It is possible that Justine's mom unexpectedly passed away and a caregiver or neighbor had to find a quick place for Justine to go.
Fortunately, all of our dogs are chipped to us for this exact reason. When we save a dog from the streets or the shelter, we promise them that they will never be unwanted again. No matter what, we keep that promise.
Justine is now in a loving foster home. We are so grateful to Rebecca for taking her in on a moments notice.
Justine has had a thorough senior wellness exam. She has cataracts, kennel cough and severe tartar throughout her mouth, but the vet thinks she is not doing too badly for a girl her age.
We hope there is someone out there that would love to give this little senior a loving home to live out her golden years. However, we know that there is a good chance she will spend the rest of her life in our care.
Please consider making a donation of any amount to help us care for Justine. She deserves to be spoiled and loved for the remainder of her life, however long or short that may be.
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Today is a day to celebrate! Dashiel has found his forever family!
Dashiel was rescued from the Carson shelter in September of 2010. An adorable long haired Doxie mix, we thought he would find his family pretty quickly.
However, we soon learned that Dashiel was not going to be an easy placement. Yes, he was adorable and loving but he did have a quirky personality.
After some training and placing him into a loving foster home, Dash began to thrive. He still had his quirks but his foster family loved him and grew to appreciate his unique personality.
Over the years, Dash had a lot of interest but no one was ever willing to give him a chance and try and understand his quirky disposition.
Finally, in 2014, we asked his foster family if they would consider adopting him.
Although they adored Dash, they were honest and said they could not take on the financial responsibility of adopting him.
We felt if the only thing holding them back from making Dash a permanent family member was finances, we would offer to continue paying his expenses until they were able to take over themselves.
The family agreed and we were all thrilled for Dash! He had been in that foster home for 3 years at that point and we knew he already thought he was in his forever home.
Unfortunately, one year after adopting Dashiel, his foster family had a family emergency that abruptly caused them to leave the area and they could not take Dash.
We were all devastated. This had been Dashiel's home for 4 years and they understood his needs and quirks. How would we ever find another family willing to embrace Dash and his unique personality?
After placing Dash into his new foster home, we were contacted by a couple who wanted to know more about this adorable boy and see if he might be a good fit for their family.
Being a full disclosure rescue, we were honest with them about Dash and his personality traits. Not deterred, they wanted to meet him.
The first meeting went great! They along with their dog felt a connection with Dash and they could not believe this darling boy was available for adoption.
Wanting to take things slowly, we arranged a sleepover as the next step. During the sleepover, they got to see more of Dashiel's disposition.
After the sleepover, they had a better understanding of what we meant by his "charming but quirky personality".
When they dropped Dash off at his foster home after the sleepover, his foster mom said he sat by the window for 20 minutes peering out like he was disappointed to no longer be with his new friends.
We arranged another sleepover and this time we brought in a trainer to help them. They spent four days together and with the trainer's help they started to fully understand Dashiel and his needs.
Again when they dropped Dash off at his foster home, he sat by the window. His foster mom said she never saw Dash take to anyone the way he was taking to this family. We all hoped that they felt the same way as Dash.
Even though we wanted this family to adopt Dashiel, more importantly, we wanted it to be the right fit for everyone. Dash was clearly on board to live with this family but would this family be on board to adopt Dash?
Fortunately, after a few more playdates, outings and sleepovers, they said they could not imagine life without this little, quirky guy and wanted to make him a permanent family member!
We are so grateful to know Dash is now a beloved family member and we appreciate this family taking the time to really get to know Dashiel before deciding whether or not he was going to be the right fit.
We look forward to seeing Dash thrive with his new, loving family! ... See MoreSee Less
Recent rescue, Tango!
This precious girl was found on the streets by one of our fosters, Sonia.
Tango was matted and covered in fleas and ticks so Sonia took her home to give her a warm bath and clean her up.
As with any dog we find on the streets, we take them to the shelter to make sure they do not have a family that is searching for them.
If a family does not claim them, we have first option to rescue the dog so that is what we did.
Welcome to the pack, Tango! We know you will find a forever home soon! ... See MoreSee Less