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