Our Fosters are our life line! Care for one of our dogs temporarily and make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
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.
Everything started 12 years ago with Bubbles, our adorable pommie. Adopted from Long Beach shelter, he was my first "baby" after getting married and suffering a serious injury which sidelined me from my job. After a magical year, we made the decision to get our little Bubbles an adorable companion!
After returning to the shelter, it was too hard and tearful to ignore so many needy pups, so I decided to look online. It was there I saw Bella -- a little pommie rescued by Bill Foundation. Bella was just one of so many dogs needing patience and love, and had a severe skull fracture which mishaped her jaw and blinded an eye; and then there was Berry -- an old, blind senior, slumping sadly in a crate. These were the saddest things I had ever seen...
Though I was intent to adopt only Bella, Jo (BF founder) was looking for a foster for poor little Berry...I couldn't stop thinking about her! I reasoned that crying is not enough, and I decided to adopt Bella AND foster the little blind dog (without having any idea how that was going to work). In my heart I believed that love can conquer anything, and it did--Berry had the best two years of the life left in her with us. Eventually she passed away in my arms, I heard her last breath, in the end knowing her life and love deeply meant something to the arms that held her.
I cried and cried days on end, and swore to never again suffer through the pain and hopelessness. I remember thinking how cruel people were, giving up so carelessly on such an innocent soul, and discarding Berry in the cold and miserable place BF found her.
I honestly wanted to keep my promise, but every time I saw a dog in need -- in the streets, on tv, in someone's yard -- I kept seeing that little blind dog in front of me, begging for my compassion.
Since then, my husband and I have fostered dozens of dogs, rescued from the streets and shelters, from abusers and people with sincere and/or senseless reasons for not wanting them anymore. Autumn, Dalilah, Fiona and Penny (picture), all passed away in the arms of families who loved them, after blessing our house as a foster first, knowing that BF did whatever it took to save them. Our arms, and Bubble's love, will always cradle them too.
I really appreciate Jo and BF, for being warriors in the fight to save "dog by dog."
Please consider fostering a dog, it will change your life, a rewarding/amazing experience.