On Sunday, June 25, 2017, we hosted our second annual World Dog Day in Los Angeles, presented by Zappos for Good (www.zappos.com) and SynLawn (www.synlawn.com). The day focused on the celebration of dogs as well as raising awareness about global dog abuse and ending the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, which started on June 21st. The event stood out in stark comparison against the atrocities occurring annually in Yulin.

“World Dog Day was a perfect example of what a real dog festival should look like – celebrating man’s best friend and how much they add to our lives – instead of causing them pain and suffering.”
— Lisa Vanderpump

Thousands of people were in attendance for the event, and hundreds of dogs celebrated the day with their owners, at a street party that stretched from La Jolla to Crescent Heights Blvd on West Third Street, in front of The Vanderpump Dog Center (8134 West Third St, Los Angeles CA 90048). With over 35 vendors, the first ever “VP Posh Pup Pageant 2017," performances by Nash Overstreet and Symon, and a dog agility park, the event was a huge success! “I was also honored to meet and recognize firefighter Andrew Klein who rescued and gave CPR to a dog who had been trapped in a burning building,” Lisa Vanderpump said when presenting him with the “Vanderpump Dog Foundation Hero Award.”

A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s World Dog Day. We were able find several dogs forever homes, enjoy great entertainment, and raise a lot of awareness and funds to continue our Foundation’s mission!
— Executive Director Dr. John Sessa

The Vanderpump Dog Foundation completed the paperwork for our 100th adoption on World Dog Day, a great accomplishment after only being open since March 2, 2017. St. Martin’s Animal Foundation (www.stmartinsrescue.org), who was also in attendance, had many successful adoptions, as well.  

We are so thrilled and thankful for the turnout at World Dog Day. Given the atrocities happening in Yulin right now, this was a day celebrating the wonderful animals we are trying to protect.
— Lisa Vanderpump

Other sponsors of the event included SUR Restaurant and Lounge (www.surrestaurant.com), Posh Puppy Boutique (www.poshpuppyboutique.com), PRAI Beauty (www.praibeauty.com) and BLK Water (www.getblk.com). Many celebrities also attended the event, including Christy Gibel, Nicky Whelan, Kerry Rhodes, Emma Perry, Asia Monet Ray, and Vanderpump Rules’ Scheana Marie, Katie Maloney Schwartz, Tom Schwartz, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Lala Kent, James Kennedy, Kristen Doute and Brittany Cartwright.  

it was an incredibly moving, memorable day and we thank everyone who attended.
— Ken Todd, President & Co-Founder

Our Dog Training Seminar with Kyle Kittleson 

Dog Training Seminar with Kyle Kittleson

Our wonderful volunteers, staff and members of the community enjoyed a complimentary session from esteemed dog trainer Kyle Kittleson on various ways to better help our rescue dogs while they are in store as well as our own dogs at home! This included teaching our dogs how to "Sit," "Stay," and “Come!” 

All of our rescues loved learning their new tricks - everyone loved Kyle! To learn more about Kyle and his techniques visit Vanderpump Dogs every Friday at 10AM or find him on social media @KyleKittleson! 

Our Book Signing with Children’s Author Jeff Minich 

Our Book Signing with Children’s Author Jeff Minich

Vanderpump Dogs had the pleasure of hosting the amazing Jeff Minich, author of the “Nuggies” children’s book series, for a reading and signing of his latest book, “If I Could Climb Trees.” All proceeds from book sales went directly to The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and we can't thank Jeff enough!

Fans of Jeff, dog lovers, and children all showed up for a wonderful time - each leaving with a signed copy of this fantastic book... plus, they were able to play with our rescues!

We have a few signed copies still available in store for purchase, so come on by and pick up a copy! 


We are thrilled to announce that our Vanderpump Dog Center is now open!

We are so thrilled to finally be opening our Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center! On March 1st we opened the doors to our gorgeous 6,000 square foot location at 8134 West 3rd St, West Hollywood. At our flagship location we will focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs to loving homes. Here's a sneak peek of our Press Preview Party!

Press, celebrities, donors and supporters came out to tour the new center!





On November 3rd, 2016, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation hosted our first annual Gala at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The purpose of our Gala was to raise awareness about our efforts to end the dog meat trade, draw attention to our current and future campaigns within the US and raise money to continue our Foundation’s work. The Gala was a complete success – hundreds of people gathered together to celebrate dogs, and help us improve the lives of abused and mistreated dogs both domestically and internationally.

The Gala’s red carpet opened at 6pm, with a beautiful candlelit cocktail hour and a silent auction. Celebrities and attendees bid on a variety of donated luxury items; from hotel stays to dog beds and diamond earrings. At 7:30pm the doors opened to a stunning ballroom complete with pink roses and cherry blossom trees, for a dinner that included music, dancing, celebrity performances, celebrity speakers and a live auction.

The incomparable Mario Lopez began the evening and continued to host throughout the night. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s founder, Lisa Vanderpump, made a heart-wrenching and moving speech, while introducing the trailer for our upcoming documentary “Road to Yulin.”

The night kicked off with an amazing performance by Leona Lewis singing our Stop Yulin Forever campaign song “(We Are All) Looking For Home,” that was generously donated to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation by award-winning songwriter Diane Warren.  Eric Benét also gave a fabulous performance to the attendees, which was followed up by a lighthearted performance (complete with dancing dog costumes!) by some of the troupe and pros from Dancing with the Stars.

Many of Lisa’s close friends showed up to support the cause, including a wonderful amount of celebrities who helped raise awareness on the red carpet and through social media. Real Housewives cast members Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, Taylor Armstrong, Stephanie Hollman, Eden Sassoon, Joyce Giraud, Dorit & Paul Kingsley and Kyle Richards & Mauricio Umansky were in attendance. Vanderpump Rules cast members Jax Taylor, Kristen Doute, Brian Carter, Brittany Cartwright, Scheana Shay, Stassi Schroeder, Peter Madrigal, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Tom Schwartz, LaLa Kent, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval and James Kennedy came out to support. Other celebrities including Extra’s Mario and Courtney Lopez, Dance Moms’ Nia Sioux, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’s David Parnes and James Harris, Terri Seymour, Christy Gibel, Bruce Vilanch, Mohamed Hadid, Julz Tocker, Fortune Feimster, and Rochelle Aytes were also in attendance.