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Lange Foundation Information

June 15, 2023

Thank you for your interest in our Foundation! Below you will find information for Adoption, Volunteering, and Donating


If you are interested in dog adoption, please take a look at our list of available dogs here. If you see a dog or dogs that you are interested in meeting, please submit an application that can be found here.

We are scheduling dog meet and greets by appointment only. There are no walk-ins or same day appointments.

If you are interested in cat adoption, please take a look at our list of available cats here. If there is a cat or cats you are interested in, please submit an application that can be found here.

We are scheduling cat meet and greets by appointment only. There are no walk-ins or same day appointments.


For Volunteering opportunities, we have dog walking and cat socializing. To find out more information please email Our volunteer application can be found  here.


At this time, we are closed to the public. We are only conducting dog and cat meet and greets for serious adopters. Feel free to say HELLO to the cats located in our outdoor catio between 9-5pm from the parking lot.


We are still accepting donations using our donation bin outside our front door. If you need help, please ring our doorbell and someone will be with. you shortly! For those that need a tax receipt, please email a list of the donations, you full name, and mailing address. We will then email or mail a donation receipt to you.

ITEMS WE DO NOT TAKE (email us if you have any questions about items)

  • Pillows/cushions
  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Expired medication
  • Food that is expired or not in the original packaging (plastic bins of kibble are not accepted)
  • Human clothing
  • XL crates
  • Blankets with holes
  • Plastic bowls
  • Retractable leashes

Thank you for checking in and supporting us! If you have additional questions that were not answered, please email us at or call us at 310.473.5585 and someone will get back to you within 48 hours.

American Rescue Dog Show

Volunteer, Kim, and adopted Lange dog, Scruffy, competed in the Hallmark Channel American Rescue Dog Show! This duo competed in the senior dog division and represented Lange Foundation proudly!

They competed for Best in Senior division and Best in Show! Together they wowed the audience and judges. 

To see the competition and find out how Scruffy did, tune in on February 16 and 17 on Hallmark Channel.

Each dog in the competition came from a 501(c)3 non profit rescue. Every type of dog was showcased – mixed breeds, pure-breds, and varying ages and abilities! 

Check your local listings for where to watch the Hallmark Channel.


Why Should I Keep My Cats Indoors?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that cats who are allowed outdoors live about ¼ as long as cats that live indoors exclusively.


There are an estimated 1-3 million stray and feral cats in LA County alone. Many of these cats may carry diseases that can be passed on to your pet if they come into contact with them. A number of these diseases can be serious or potentially fatal. Some common diseases your cat could contract are:

  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
  • Feline AIDS (FIV)
  • FIP
  • Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia)
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Tritrichomonas foetus
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia

Cats can contract parasites outside such as:

  • Ringworm
  • Ear Mites
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Intestinal parasites (Tapeworms, Giardia, Coccidia, Tritrichomonas foetus)

These parasites can cause a variety of symptoms, such as scratching, skin infections, vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, these creepy crawlies can hitch a ride into your home and infect your family. Parasites can be very difficult to eradicate from your pet, from humans and from your home.

In addition to the risks posed by fellow cats, other potential hazards can seriously threaten your cat’s well-being and even their life.


Cats don’t always have the innate instinct to avoid busy streets and they frequently get hit by cars. Cats also like to hide under and in cars, causing them to become injured.

Bruno was found on a street with an open wound and broken leg. It was obvious he had been hit by a car. Even though he had to have his leg removed - he was lucky to make it out with his life. His owners gave up ownership after finding out what had happened to him out in the world.


Roaming cats may also be at risk for animal cruelty. Sadly, some people have been known to shoot cats with BB guns or arrows. Some cats end up being trapped, abused and killed.

Joan of Arc was found with ocular distress from a foreign substance being poured into her eyes. Someone had tortured this kitten while she was out on her own. Luckily, she was rescued, fostered, medically treated, and was able to keep her eyes and sight.


Cats outside are commonly attacked by dogs, coyotes, racoons and foxes. Injuries from wild animals and stray dog attacks are very serious and often fatal.

Harper was turned into the shelter as a kitten after suffering an attack from some sort of creature out in the "wild." She had a large bite wound and a broken arm that had to be repaired with an external fixator. She was able to keep the leg and all her wounds luckily healed well.


Trees can be a source of some danger for cats who climb to a place to avoid a predator and are afraid or unable to climb down. In some cases, they could be up a tree for days without food or water or fall and suffer serious or fatal injuries.

Henry was found out in the antelope valley with a badly scrapped up arm. He had been traveling around in the big open world and managed to injure his arm by getting it caught in between something that messed up his arm. He needed in cleaned and wrapped periodically for over a month. Henry was able to recover fully.


An outdoor cat may be mistaken for a stray and end up in an animal shelter or take in by someone else. Cats do not always end up back with their owners even with a microchip.

Carly was part of a home for many years, but was found outside wandering around a parking garage. She had a microchip, but the information was not up-to-date and therefore the owner could not be properly contacted and she became available for re-homing.


Outside cats also face the danger of coming into contact with toxins and poisons. Antifreeze is often ingested by animals as it has a pleasant taste but is highly toxic. Cats may also end up accidentally exposed to rodent poison as they like to hunt and eat rodents. Some common garden plants and flowers such as lilies and poinsettias are toxic to your cat.

Riley was brought to the shelter after being found on the streets. She was not eating and slowly losing weight. After a visit to our internal medicine doctor, an ultrasound revealed she had a seed pod blocking her intestines. A surgery was performed to remove it, but because she was unable to eat properly for a long period of time developed hepatic lipidosis. Riley needed a feeding tube placed to help reverse the disease.

If you’re concerned that the cat will miss the sunshine and fresh air, train him to wear a leash and harness (not a collar) and walk him outdoors. Or build a catio (a 360° screened, secured outside space) that allows the cat to experience the outdoors while safely confined. Just be aware that once a cat goes outside, they often want to keep going outside and will have a tendency to bolt.

Myth 1: Indoor cats get bored. They need to outside to have more to do.

Fact: The truth is, indoor cats can and do get bored, but letting them outside is not a good solution.

Instead, make your home more interesting: Set up perches where he can watch birds from the safety of inside, build a DIY cat playhouse, hide his food or modify his feeder so he has to “hunt” for it. Finally, if your cat is up to it, you might consider adopting a second cat as a playmate.

Myth 2: Indoor cats are overweight. They need to go outside to get more exercise.

Fact: If your cat is overweight, the safest way to help her trim down is by combining portion control and a daily exercise and play routine. Stop free feeding your cat, or at least be mindful only to feed a healthy amount per day. Cats love a schedule. Try feeding him at the same times each day and he’ll get used to the routine quickly.

**Have a cat who won’t stand for an empty food dish? Keep him distracted with the activities mentioned above — a feeder toy/puzzle feeder would be perfect for him. If you feed wet food, try stuffing a smaller dog’s toy with the food so your cat will have to work to get the food out. You could also choose to use an automatic feeder that works for wet or dry food, so you have options.

Myth 3: Indoor cats are destructive. They have to go outside to scratch on trees and use the restroom because they won’t go in their litter box.

Fact: Destructive behavior or not using the litter box is often a sign that something else is going on. Is your cat sick? Bored? A talk with your vet or a behaviorist may be in order.

Solving the problem might be simpler than you think. If your cat won’t scratch a vertical scratching post, try a horizontal one. If they don’t like scratching sisal, try a carpeted post.

Myth 4: My cat’s always been allowed outside, so he can’t be indoor-only.

Fact: Many cats have successfully gone from outdoor-only or indoor/outdoor to indoor-only. The key, again, is making sure the indoor environment is just as interesting as outside — and being vigilant about preventing escape attempts. 

Myth 5: My cat is safe when he goes outside because he stays close to my home/yard.

Fact: A lot can happen even within a small radius of your home. Other animals could come in and your cat may decide to explore a little further out. So, if you really want to let your cat outside, consider harness training him or creating a screened-in enclosure for him.

Myth 6: I need to let my cat out of the house because I’m allergic to her.

Fact: You may very well be allergic to your cat, but it’s possible you’re actually allergic to something she’s bringing in: indoor/outdoor cats pick up fleas, ticks, pollen and other allergens from the environment. If you really are allergic to your cat there are several easy ways you can reduce the allergens in your home, even when your cat is indoor-only.

Road to Resale

Hop on the Treasure Trolley!!

Join us this Saturday, October 19th between 12-4pm, for a free resale shopping event sponsored by the Westside Neighborhood Council. Support local Non-Profits and shop the day away!
– American Cancer Discovery Shop, 2460 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
– Stray Cat Alliance Thrift Store, 2384 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
– Lange Foundation Estate Sale, 2272 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
– TROVE, 2008 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
FREE shuttle to all stores (or you can drive yourself). There will be pick-ups on the hour at Landmark Theater Parking Lot, 10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 — Follow the signs! 
There will be free refreshments and a stylish reusable canvas bag after $50 purchase!
Get your Shopper Card stamped at all stores and enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Matteos and 2 Landmark Theater Tickets!
Surprises and Fun for All!

Shop Local…Support Local!

Tippy’s Closet

In February 2018, we met Tippy at the South LA shelter. It turned out that she had be returned by her owner not just once, but three times! The most recent return shocked the shelter staff when they found she had a rear leg amputated. She had gotten out of her home and struck by a car. The owner stated that she continuously got out of their yard and needed to surrender her.

Tippy did not let this obstacle stop her from being a loving, sweet and fun girl! Unfortunately, time and time again Tippy would be overlooked due to her age and “handicap.” Lucky for her, the best was yet to come.

5 months after being rescued from the city shelter, Tippy found the perfect home with a dedicated owner. They started a business together and have been inseparable ever since!

Tippy’s story continues to be an inspiration at Lange Foundation – no matter your history, there is always hope for a new and better life with the right owner. 

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A message from the founder of Tippy’s Closet:

After adopting Tippy in July 2018, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on my sewing machine to make her some one-of-a-kind bandanas. Our reversible bandanas were so cute, Tippy and I felt that we needed to share our creations with our friends! Tippy’s Closet was born, and here we are today.

Tippy was adopted from Lange Foundation; they take such great care of their rescues, we are donating 20% of every purchase to their wonderful organization. By supporting Tippy’s Closet, you are also supporting Lange Foundation and all their rescues in need of forever homes. We hope to see you soon!

Sierra & Tippy

Instagram: @TippysClosetCA


Estate Sale

2023 Estate Sale

Mark your calendars, our highly anticipated yearly Estate Sale has been extended until January 15th, 2024!

Where: 2512 Santa Monica Blvd (South side of street 1/2 block west of 26th street)

Deliveries: Accepting donations between 11am to 5pm Wednesday – Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Parking located in rear of building.

Contact: Estate Sale direct line (310)315-0009

If you have furniture to donate, due to the hight cost of moving fees, we ask you to send photos to or text them to 310-299-6285.


We are in great need of volunteers! If you are interested in being part of this years estate sale team, please email us at or call (310)473-5585.

Help us make this year’s Estate Sale our best one yet! 

Back to School



Traffic Officer

Locker Inspector
Best at Knowing When to Lead and When to Listen
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”  –Bruce Lee




Honor Roll
Story Club
People Watching Club
Most Reflective
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”  –Theodore Roosevelt



Honor Roll
Kindness Club
Class Sweetheart
Best Person to “Bring Home to Mom”
Teacher’s Pet
Most Modest
“Always stay humble and kind.”


Class President
Comedy Club
Most Likely to Become President
Best Eyes
Class Clown
Most Involved
“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.”  –Albert Einstein  
“In this photo I’m not wearing pants.”


Literary Club
Class Secretary
Best Smile
Best Shoulder to Cry On
Most Caring
“Keep Moving Forward”
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  –Confucius




 Adventure Club
Most Curious About the World Around Them
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”  David Bowie




Honor Roll
Free Hug Club  
Glee Club
“Don’t be afraid to fail.  Be afraid not to try.”


Art Review Magazine
Improv Club


Best Hair
Most Likely to Be Late with Starbucks



Student Council 
Academic Decathalon
Investment Club
“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”



Anime Club
Slam Poetry Club
“Not pregnant, just eatin’ good.”


Activities Director
Intramural Sports
Most School Spirited
“There may be days when you’ll say to yourself, ‘I can’t.  I literally can’t even.’ But you can!  You can even!” –Katie Couric


Honor Roll
Knitting Club
“You can be dope and humble at the same time.”


Vice President
Most Courteous
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” 
Intramural Sports


Basketball MVP

Future Business Leader of America 

Model United Nations

Hall Monitor

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed” —Michael Jordan




Expressive Dance
Let’s Get Fit
Most Likely to Put Foot in Mouth
“Just be yourself, there is no one better.”  Taylor Swift



Expressive Dance
Let’s Get Fit
Most Likely to Put Foot in Mouth
“Just be yourself, there is no one better.”  Taylor Swift

Spotlight Rescue – IRIS!

Iris, a 17 lb mixed breed dog, was found on the streets of South LA with a dreadful injury to her front left leg. During her intake evaluation, the medical staff noted that her limb had what appeared to be tread marks and asphalt debris around a large wound. After rinsing the excess dirt, they realized it was not just an open wound but a large portion of the leg had been degloved. This is a difficult injury to heal, especially when in a city shelter. 

Iris was in need of a rescue team to provide necessary veterinary care and regular bandage changes. Luckily, we received a call requesting our help and we immediately jumped into action. Iris was pulled from South LA shelter and immediately brought to ASEC (Animal Specialty and Emergency Center). 


Our veterinarian was able to clean and bandage her leg beautifully, and requested we bring her back on a daily basis for bandage changes. Her recovery is high maintenance, but extremely worthwhile because of the gratitude she shows the staff and volunteers. 

Iris is basically a big puppy ready to play the day away. Unfortunately, with restrictive activity, a cast, and a cone, she is itching for a chance to let out her energy. We are incredibly fortunate that one of the veterinarians that works closely with us at ASEC offered to foster her during this challenging time.


Iris is receiving the best of care, and will soon be ready to meet and greet potential adopters. Her playful nature, sweet disposition, and silly antics make her a great dog for a active household! However, because of her injury we do not know she is with other animals. Once she is healed, we can better assess her feelings of cats and dogs.

For any interest in Iris or the status of her care, please contact the West LA Kennel at

Click here to donate to Iris’ care!

St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary

In 2007, through a generous bequest, the Lange Foundation purchased a 4.5 acre property in Canyon Country in the Santa Clarita Valley. This allowed us a place of our own in which to expand our rescue work to include the forgotten desert shelters. In mid-2010, the first of what we hope will be many kennels was completed.

It has 23 spacious indoor/outdoor dog runs and a large cat room with a fully enclosed cat play area. There are two ISO rooms with separate air systems so that those rescued who are ill can recover in comfort. The kennel is equipped with all modern animal care amenities and was given top rating by Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.


Prior to our purchase, the property had been used as a horse ranch. There is a state-of-the-art barn and five large pastures. Shortly after our escrow closed, we heard of several starving horses who were in grave need of care. It seemed obvious as to what we had to do and shortly thereafter we were caring for 14 horses. We did not realize it at the time but we had just entered the world of horse rescue.

Since 2008, we have rescued 43 horses and ponies. They receive the same quality of care as our cats and dogs from our dedicated Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

Halfway Home Kennel

Since 1993, the Lange Foundation’s Halfway Home Kennel has been nestled between automotive repair shops along the busy Sepulveda strip in West LA. This Spanish style building was originally a veterinary office before it became the charming facility where rescued dogs and cats from the overcrowded South LA, North Central, and East Valley shelters reside. Our facilities can house 30 dogs and 80 cats at one time. There is a constant influx of animals entering and exiting the kennel – moving from city shelter to forever home – acting truly as a “halfway home.”


An enclosed outdoor “catio” welcomes visitors with adoptable cats laying in the sun and enjoying the warm LA weather. This outdoor enclosure connects to an indoor room guiding visitors to the front desk. Unlike the city shelters, visitors must check-in with the front staff before proceeding into the kennel. Across the front desk, you can meet our special FIV+ cats in their personalized and private space. 

Visitors can browse our available dogs in our adoption books and one of our staff members will bring out the dog for an individual meet-and-greet. We provide a calm and safe environment for the animals by not allowing visitors to walk through the dog kennel. There is an intimate meet-and-greet area that allows adopters to become acquainted with any dog without a barrier or a kennel of barking dogs.

Many amazing volunteers also donate their time with walking the dogs providing them with some much needed exercise and also work with them to feel confidant and loved in this transitional time in their lives. Our volunteers are essential to our rescue and they keep us up-to-date on the health and behavioral improvements of every one of our residents. Interested in volunteering? Check out our Volunteer page.

The Halfway Home Kennel’s cat hall has five enclosures that are open for visitors to freely explore and spend time inside in order to meet their new family member. There are four rooms and an indoor-outdoor enclosure, an atrium (with a live tree growing through the center). All areas have cat trees, scratching posts, and toys to provide our cats with plenty of enrichment and fun. Volunteers also frequent the cat enclosures helping to give them the attention they need with grooming, affection, and playtime.

This kennel also has an isolation ward and a treatment center. Bringing animals straight from shelters can bring unwarranted viruses and infections that could easily spread throughout the kennel. Keeping those animals in isolation keeps the kennel healthy. The kennel’s treatment center also offers itself as a pristine environment for those animals recovering from surgeries, illnesses, or other health problems. The Lange Foundation is dedicated to rescuing those that need help the most: the sick and injured. Therefore, a treatment center is vital for such recoveries.

Where the kennel may lack in ornate decor, it makes up with a cozy atmosphere where cats are cage free and dogs feel the safety of 24/7 supervision by the staff and maintenance crew. A lot of time and resources are put in to keeping each animal healthy and happy, and it is energy well spent after seeing decades of happy endings at this facility.