This city has taught me many things, including how to love dogs. Many years ago, when I was a kid in a faraway place, dogs just snarled and barked at me from behind fences and I was terrified of them. Since I was just a kid I didn’t understand that this said less about the nature of dogs than it said about the people I lived around.
My first apartment in LA came with a free dog, a pit bull mix who had been rescued by a former tenant and then taken in by the girls I was living with. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog to help me get over my fear and together we walked, we ran and we played with other dogs until I was a dog person. When one of the girls moved and took the dog with her I was heartbroken.
A few years later I got married and in the deal I got a dog; another pit bull, rescued and adopted by my wife after it had been dumped, while very pregnant, on the streets of Riverside.
Needless to say I’m a big believer in animal rescue today I went down to The Bill Foundation Dog Adoption Fair; my wife has been helping them find homes for dogs so I wanted to help out too.
More on dogs and the Bill Foundation after the jump including wiener dog puppies.
The Bill Foundation was founded in 1998 to honor the memory of one very good golden retriever named Bill. The foundation’s goal is to place healthy, adoptable animals in loving homes while fighting against pet overpopulation. The all volunteer staff also help animals who need a little more time to get their health back or may have behavioral problems requiring advanced training before going to a new home.
The vast majority of the dogs you see on their website were rescued from shelters but wherever they came from, they all need homes. If you’re a dog lover, or thinking of becoming one, take a look at the Bill Foundation site. You can fill out an adoption or foster care application, make a donation or just read about what you can do to help a dog in need. The dogs would do it for you if they could.