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The Challenge
Every year in Los Angeles County, over one hundred thousand pets are taken to animal shelters simply because they drastically outnumber the homes available to them. They spend their last few days in overcrowded cages before most of them are euthanized. As their lives silently end, thousands more are being born who will endure the same fate.
The long-term answer to the overpopulation problem is to prevent the births of pets who will never have homes and will only know misery during their short lives. We are currently seeking funding to continue our efforts in the spay/neuter field.
In the meantime, with your help, we will do all we can to give a future to those who have already been born and abandoned and need our help so desperately.  We continue to do so until the day finally comes when animal shelters will be what they were intended to be: a place of refuge.
Our Commitment
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.
To date the two Foundations have rescued and placed over 25,000 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.
The Ones Under Our Care

The dogs we rescue come to us in all shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. Some are victims of abuse or neglect. Others are starving strays. Some are purebred and some are obedience trained. Our hearts go out to those who need surgery, spending their last few days of life in excruciating pain. We take as many of them as we possibly can and our monthly surgery bills are overwhelming.
The shelters continue to be overcrowded with cats. The kittens have a better chance of adoption than adult cats. Very few adults will ever find homes once they have entered the shelter system even though among them are many Siamese, Himalayan, Persian, Russian Blue, and all-American purr machines. At the Lange Foundation, our cats await their new homes in a cage-free environment. They are given the gift of time and if they are not adopted they will always have a home with us.
The horses under our care receive the same quality of care as our cats and dogs from our dedicated Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

Owners who take their pets to shelters mistakenly believe good homes will be found for them but because of lack of space, most are kept for only five days.
The pets we rescue are cared for at our “Halfway Home Kennel” located at 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 and “St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary” located at 27567 Oak Spring Canyon Rd. Canyon Country, CA 91387.
Each animal receives personalized T.L.C. by our compassionate staff and wonderful volunteers. Once adopted, their progress is followed in their new homes.
We stand behind those we place.

Board of Directors / Key Staff

Board of Directors

Gillian Lange, President
Salli Sammut, Vice President
Diana Nelson, Secretary
Elena Felix
Lisa Morocco
Patty Finkel
Judith Stern

General Manager

Megan Fenner

Halfway Home Kennel

Jose Flores, Maintenance Manager
Julie Grosman, Assistant Manager
Kayleigh Kowitz, Adoption Counselor

St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary

Miguel Ramirez, Equine Manager
Sara Scott, Adoption Counselor

About

The Challenge

Every year in Los Angeles County, over one hundred thousand pets are taken to animal shelters simply because they drastically outnumber the homes available to them. They spend their last few days in overcrowded cages before most of them are euthanized. As their lives silently end, thousands more are being born who will endure the same fate.

The long-term answer to the overpopulation problem is to prevent the births of pets who will never have homes and will only know misery during their short lives. We are currently seeking funding to continue our efforts in the spay/neuter field.

In the meantime, with your help, we will do all we can to give a future to those who have already been born and abandoned and need our help so desperately.  We continue to do so until the day finally comes when animal shelters will be what they were intended to be: a place of refuge.

Our Commitment

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.

To date the two Foundations have rescued and placed over 25,000 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.

The Ones Under Our Care

  • The dogs we rescue come to us in all shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. Some are victims of abuse or neglect. Others are starving strays. Some are purebred and some are obedience trained. Our hearts go out to those who need surgery, spending their last few days of life in excruciating pain. We take as many of them as we possibly can and our monthly surgery bills are overwhelming.
  • The shelters continue to be overcrowded with cats. The kittens have a better chance of adoption than adult cats. Very few adults will ever find homes once they have entered the shelter system even though among them are many Siamese, Himalayan, Persian, Russian Blue, and all-American purr machines. At the Lange Foundation, our cats await their new homes in a cage-free environment. They are given the gift of time and if they are not adopted they will always have a home with us.
  • The horses under our care receive the same quality of care as our cats and dogs from our dedicated Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

The pets we rescue are cared for at our “Halfway Home Kennel” located at 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 and “St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary” located at 27567 Oak Spring Canyon Rd. Canyon Country, CA 91387.

Each animal receives personalized T.L.C. by our compassionate staff and wonderful volunteers. Once adopted, their progress is followed in their new homes.

We stand behind those we place.

Privacy Policy

Lange Foundation does not publish, sell, exchange, rent or otherwise distribute the names of any of our donors unless specifically requested to do so. Nor do we send any mailings, either online or by mail, to our donors or supporters on behalf of other organizations. In addition, we do not share, sell or distribute any aggregated online, personal contact information or demographic information we gather from our website.

We go to extreme lengths to protect our donor’s privacy. By not availing ourselves of the use of mailing houses, our supporters are protected from their practice of selling names to other organizations/companies, etc. In addition, any supporter or donor who would like to opt-out of any mailings, either online or hard copy, may do so by sending an email to info@langefoundation.com.

Transparency & Accountability

Transparency and accountability are crucial components for us to demonstrate our commitment to honest and responsible philanthropy. We believe our donors have a right to know how their money is spent. Rest assured, your donations go directly toward saving and caring for animals in need. Come visit our Halfway Home Kennel in West Los Angeles and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary in Canyon Country to see in person what we accomplish with your support. If you have questions on charitable giving, you are always welcome to contact us directly.

Organizational Information

Effectiveness

Together, we make a difference. Since 1993, the Lange Foundation has rescued over 20,000 animals from city and county shelters that would have been otherwise euthanized. We began with our Halfway Home Kennel in West Los Angeles and in 2007, expanded our rescue work to include the overcrowded, underfunded desert shelters. We did this by purchasing a 4.5 acre property in Canyon Country in the Santa Clarita Valley which you know as St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary. At full capacity, we are able to house and care for 150 cats, 75 dogs, and 12 horses. We are committed to finding quality homes for our pets and continuing our mission of rescuing those animals who need us most.

Policies

 

Conflict of Interest Policy
Whistleblower Policy
Record Retention & Destruction Policy

Independent Charity Evaluators

Lange Foundation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

Friends & Contributors

Lange Foundation is able to rescue and care for animals solely because of the generosity of others. Listed below are a few of our friends who have made a commitment to helping us help the animals! We appreciate and are grateful for their continuing support.

Press

Our Team

Honorary Board

  • Bobby Diamond
  • Dr. Daryl Diamond
  • Jolyon H. Gissell
  • Tom Morello
  • Margaret Perenchio
  • Paige Rense
  • Bernie Taupin
  • Diane Warren
  • Selma Blair
  • Jason Garner
  • Brandon Korff
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith

Board of Directors

  • Gillian Lange, President
  • Salli Sammut, Vice President
  • Diana Nelson, Secretary
  • Elena Felix
  • Lisa Morocco
  • Patty Finkel
  • Judith Stern

General Manager

  • Megan Fenner

Halfway Home Kennel

  • Jose Flores, Maintenance Manager
  • Julie Grosman, Assistant Manager
  • Kayleigh Kowitz, Adoption Counselor

St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary

  • Chelsea, Sanctuary Manager
  • Miguel Ramirez, Maintenance Manager
  • Victoria Lazarz, Adoption Counselor
  • Sara Scott, Adoption Counselor

Contact

Lange Foundation works with city and county shelters, rescuing those on the euthanasia list. We do not take in pets directly from owners and are not legally permitted to accept stray and found animals. Due to the volume of emails and phone calls we receive, we are unable to respond individually to those asking us to accept an animal.

If you have a pet for adoption, please visit our Rehoming a Pet page for suggestions. You may also post your pet for adoption on Courtesy Listings. If you found an animal, please visit the Lost & Found Pets page.

If you have questions on adoptions, donations, or general inquiries, please feel free to contact us. Email is the best way to reach us as we are a small staff and our rescued animals need most of our attention. We do try to return messages within 48 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

HALFWAY HOME KENNEL

phone: (310) 473-5585
fax: (310) 473-0157
info@langefoundation.org

2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
> Directions & Map

open everyday
11am – 5pm

ST. BONNIE’S SANCTUARY

phone: (661) 251-5590
fax: (661) 251-0430
st.bonnies@gmail.com

27567 Oak Spring Canyon Rd.
Canyon Country, CA 91387
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open everyday
by appointment

Gillian Lange

Gillian Lange is a Canadian animal activist and rescuer. Lange founded the Lange Foundation in 1993 after founding The Amanda Foundation in 1975. Since becoming involved in rescue she has helped rescued cared and placed over 35,000 companion animals including cats, dogs and horses.

Family and Early Life

While growing up in Toronto, Gillian and her sister Melinda were not allowed to have a pet because their mom Vivian Lewis was terrified of dogs. Her father John Northway owned a chain of clothing stores. When Lange turned 18 she moved from Toronto to New York where she had a modeling and acting career. She moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and later married movie producer David Lange. After they split in 1974, she found a new career selling real estate. The loss of Bonnie, her beloved Saint Bernard, inspired Lange to find her calling in animal rescue.

Career

Lange has visited the Los Angeles city and county shelters every week since starting her rescue mission in 1974. From Day One her philosophy has been to save the animals that have little chance of being adopted by the public or rescued by other groups. These are animals with serious medical needs (deaf, blind, missing limbs); behavioral issues (abused, unsocialized, frightened); and senior animals who are left behind because of their age and potential medical issues. Lange’s steady fundraising efforts allowed the Lange Foundation to take animals that need specialized medical attention, rehabilitation, and behaviorists.

 

Supreme Master Television
In the Arms of an Angel: Gillian Lange and the Lange Foundation

The Pet Collective

The Pet Collective has a simple mission: to give animals a voice. We are fortunate to work with producers Dawn Poomee and Brittni Brown to feature pets from Lange Foundation and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary.

Dogs

Cats

 

Horses