I'm not only a True Blood fan, but now I've become a real fan of The Amanda Foundation and the good work they do to help homeless dogs and cats. Last year, I went to an Amanda Foundation Fundraiser called "True Blood And Music for The Amanda Foundation" sponsored by True Blood's Kristin Bauer and Tara Buck. This event was my first real exposure to the wonderful things done by "The Amanda." Recently, I visited their facility two times and Teri, the President and her assistant, Tracy were very generous in providing me with lots of information and a personally guided tour.
The Vault Supports:
I think it's just amazing what the Amanda Foundation has done for the cats and dogs of Los Angeles and that's why Shad and I have decided to help them by raising as much money as we can in support of their efforts. In Latin the name “Amanda” means worthy of love, so their charity is named not for a person but for their philosophy towards their Dog and Cat companions. Founded in 1976, the Foundation has since placed thousands of homeless animals. It is a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at City and County Shelters. We were also quite impressed that this shelter is a "NO KILL" facility. That means that every animal, whether they find a home or not has a home for life at The Amanda. This coming weekend, The Vault will launch a new auction for the benefit of the Amanda Foundation and before we do, I wanted to share information about my visits to illustrate the good they do for so many unfortunate and needy dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area.
Tour of the Facility:
I first went to the hospital/shelter in January where I got a full tour of the facilities. I also went back again in February to shoot some additional photos and video. From the footage I gathered at both visits, Shad produced the video below. The facilities are by no means "glamorous," but the facility is clean and offers the best of care to the animals. We love how they use every available space to give an unfortunate dog or cat the necessary love and care!
SPAYMOBILE IS THE ANSWER TO ENDING PET OVERPOPULATION There are not enough homes in the United States for all the dogs and cats filling the shelters. It is indisputable that the highest number of impounded pets come from the lowest income neighborhoods. The Spaymobile travels to Watts, South LA, Pacoima, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, etc. offering free spay/neuter and vaccines. Their program is unique because they go into the most under-served neighborhoods and reach out to the communities in familiar and user friendly ways that appeal to the people they want to help.
How can you not love them?
While seeing the Spaymobile and all the other furry friends, was a real treat, the story about Cupcake and about Rita Russell and her puppies, just stole my heart. During my first visit, I met "Cupcake," the little female Chihuahua who had recently suffered a horrible accident where both of her front legs were broken. Here's a video about her made by the Amanda Foundation:
Below is a photo of her and, as you can see, with the excellent care she has received at the Amanda Foundation she is doing very well. In the photo she is getting a medicated leg soak (and a mani-pedi) before her splints are reapplied. She is so tiny they are using a coffee cup for the soak. Another few weeks and she should be running and playing with the other pups!
Also during my initial visit I first met mama "Rita Russell" and her little Jack Russell puppies. Here's a video about them from when they were about 3 weeks old: