Lisa Vanderpump jokes that her life has “literally gone to the dogs.” The animal rights activist and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star recently discussed how her new organization, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, is helping dogs in need.
In order to get the foundation’s name out there, Lisa and Ken Todd are even hosting their first Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala this week, Nov 3. Lisa cheers, “We’re going to be having a doggy gala! And it’s going to be a fun night. It’s going to be a very pretty night but also a little bit of education talking about what Vanderpump Dog Foundation has achieved so far and what we endeavor to do.”
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Special “celebrity” appearances lined up for the gala include Diane Warren, Leona Lewis, and Lance Bass.
Lisa tells E! News that the foundation’s main purpose is all about dog rescue, though, not fancy parties. The foundation’s direct animal aid thus far includes rescuing 13 dogs from evicted homes, a “10 for 10” program that will provide in-home care for shelter dogs, and setting up a “transport van that will be equipped with kennels, medical equipment and air conditioning for dogs that need immediate rescuing from dangerous situations.”
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation is also involved in four campaigns – two here, two abroad. Since the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is still a major advocacy issue for Lisa, she plans to link her foundation to consciousness-raising for that as well.
In addition to the foundation, Lisa and Ken are ALSO opening a dog shelter in West Hollywood!
Since Lisa negotiated with Bravo to highlight her charity work as a major part of her storyline next season on RHOBH, here’s hoping that we’ll see some of this wonderful work in action. Bring on the doggies!
Lisa’s advice for pet owners everywhere? “Love them, really let them know. Spend certain part of the day spending time with them and talking to them,” she advises.
“They understand a lot more than you know, so really communicating with them breeds a great relationship.”
If you’re in the LA area Nov 3, you can actually purchase tickets to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala here!
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