“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France
There is something about the unconditional love of our pets. No matter what has happened in my day, when I open the front door, there they are waiting on me and so excited to see me. It seems to make everything right with the world. My partner and I are fortunate enough to have two rescue dogs from the Lange Foundation.
Joe is 18 years old and has lived a full life including traveling the world. He only flies first class. When Paul and I started dating, Joe and I instantly fell in love and became constant companions. We enjoy taking naps together, and he sits peacefully on the loveseat in the office while I work. He loves visiting hotels where they not only cater to me, but to him with food and water by the pool. He is definitely a dog of luxury.
In 2015, we realized Joe was getting older, and we wanted him to have a friend to keep him feeling young and spry. I went to the Lange Foundations website and found the most peculiar looking dog named, Jinx. At the time, his head was out of proportion to this body, and he had legs for days. He is a puggle, and I have always wanted one. Jinx has an eye for style. Often times as I am laying out schemes for clients, he will sit on the one he likes best.
We set up a meeting with Jinx and Joe on neutral territory. They sniffed each other. They really didn't seemed interested in each other. We were assured this was a good sign.
Jinx and Joe quickly developed their own friendship. Joe - being around longer - made sure Jinx new the rules of the house. Jinx being young, brought back the youthful exuberance of Joe.
In 2018, as a gesture of thankfulness and gratitude, a separate account has been earmarked for the Lange Foundation. 3.3% of our monthly profit will be given to them each month for their operating expenses.
In Los Angeles County every year, there are thousand of pets that drastically outnumber the homes available to them are taken to animal shelters. Their last few days are spent in crowded cages before many of them are euthanized. As their lives silently end, thousands more are being born who will endure the same fate.
To prevent the births of pets who will never have homes and will only know misery during their short lives, the long-term answer to the overpopulation problem. The Lange Foundation is consistently seeking funding to continue the efforts to spay and neuter.
In the meantime, with your help, the Lange Foundation will do all they can to give a future to those who have already been born, abandoned, and need your help - so desperately. The will continue to do so until the day finally comes when animal shelters will be what they were intended to be: a place of refuge.
The Lange Foundation (a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization) was founded in 1993 by Gillian Lange, recipient of the 1980 City of Los Angeles St. Francis of Assisi award for her rescue work with impounded animals since 1974. Lange founded the Amanda Foundation in 1975.
The two Foundations have rescued and placed over 27,000 cats, dogs and horses who would otherwise have been destroyed in overcrowded public animal shelters. Lange and a group of dedicated staff and volunteers works and will continue working everyday to help homeless animals.