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The Vault Visits The Amanda Foundation

The Vault Visits The Amanda Foundation

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!



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:



Below are some photos from my visit:

Here’s how you can help:

The Amanda Foundation needs your donation to help save the lives of many unfortunate dogs and cats! Whatever you can give, please do so by clicking on the button below. This donation button was provided to us by The Amanda Foundation.

Learn more about our involvement and about the Foundation:


Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

3 Comment responses

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    March 14, 2012

    This is a wonderful choice for The Vault to make. I’m a wee bit prejudiced since I volunteer for our Humane Society at its animal adoption center. The organization is no-kill, provides spay-neuter, vaccination and microchip services …and homes for dogs and cats until they find their forever homes.

    Thanks, Lynn and Shad, for the pictures, videos and the impressive information. I had difficulty viewing the long video. I hit too many buffering problems, so will have to go back and try a re-watch at a later time. I loved seeing the Jack Russell puppies and Cupcake. The Spaymobile provides an amazing service.

    We got our second dog at our center, and he was a beautiful part of our family for nearly 15 years.

    It is a wonderful thing to see an animal matched with a loving family.


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    March 15, 2012

    I watched the big video with ease this morning. I am so impressed with the foundation’s work. The three-legged cat brought tears to my eyes. My son and his girl friend adopted a 3-legged cat. There is nothing this guy can’t do and nowhere he can’t go. He, too, was hit by a car, and for some reason his original family couldn’t or wouldn’t keep him. They missed out on a wonderful cat. My son continually raves about Jasper … the sweetness of his temperament and what a terrific little guy he is.

    Thanks, Shad and Lynn, for this look at The Amanda Foundation.


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    March 15, 2012

    Articles and videos like these are what we need to make this somewhat cold and jaded world feel warm and sincere again. Thanks so much for adding this worthy foundation to our fund raising efforts.

    Very nice videos, Lynn and Shad, thanks for providing them.


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