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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.

Community Programs

We feel that every pet we rescue whether it be a newborn kitten or a 2000 lb horse is a enormous responsibility. His or her future is in our hands.

In 2016 we decided to do all we could to keep pets out of the public shelters in the first place. We started an intervention program at the overcrowded Lancaster and Palmdale shelters through which we contracted with the LA County Dept of Animal Care & Control to enter into a Safety Net Program. We have a Lange Foundation employee inside the shelters at all hours, when they are open, to do all we can to prevents owners who think they have no other recourse other than surrendering their pets to the shelter system. We provide medical care, food, supplies, training, and financial assistance for redemption fees. This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of impounded pets.

Also as an adjunct to this program we have developed an Antelope Valley Spay & Neuter program and recently joined with the LA County’s Homeless Initiative Program through which we provide food, supplies, medical care, and vaccines to the pets of the homeless.

Our Team

The Lange Foundation functions smoothly with dedicated staff, board members and volunteers. Each member of the team plays an important role in the foundation’s inner workings – rescuing animals, vet appointments, cleaning kennels, donations, and more.  

Board of Directors

Gillian Lange, President
Salli Sammut, Vice President
Lisa Morocco, Secretary
Betty Zornizer, Tresurer
Patty Finkel
Glenn Kirschbaum
Judith Stern
Mary Ann Weisberg
Karen Winnick

Honorary Board

Florence Azria
Selma Blair
Billie Cohen
Bobby Diamond
Dr. Daryl Diamond
Jason Garner
Jolyon H. Gissell
Brandon Korff
Sandra Mitchell
Tom Morello
Margaret Perenchio
Paige Rense
Bernie Taupin
Diane Warren
Marion Zola

Administrator

Megan Fenner

Halfway Home Kennel

Chelsea Kowitz, Kennel Manager

Jose Flores, Maintenance Manager

Julie Grosman, Assistant Manager

Rebecca DeMars, Adoption Counselor

Sara Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator

Diana Nelson, Senior Volunteer

 St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary

Jami Perez, Ranch Manager

Miguel Ramirez, Equine Manager

Miguel Garcia, Maintenance Manager

Nikki McNulty, Adoption Counselor

Marbeth Alanis, Adoption Counselor

Safety Net Program

Tanya Dalton, Safety Net Counselor

About

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 27,000 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.

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The Challenge

Every year in Los Angeles County,  thousand of pets are taken to animal shelters simply because they drastically outnumber the homes available to them. They spend their last few days in crowded cages before many 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.

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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 purebreds. 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

Any transaction or vote involving a potential conflict of interest shall be approved only when a majority of disinterested directors determine that it is in the best interest of the corporation to do so. The minutes of meetings at which said votes are taken shall record such disclosure, abstention and rationales for approval. Whenever a director or officer has a financial or personal interest in any matter coming before the board of directors, the affected person shall:

  • Fully disclose the nature of the interest.
  • Withdraw from discussion, lobbying, and voting the matter

Whistleblower Policy

Lange Foundation requires Officer, Directors, Employees and Volunteers to observe high standards of business and personal ethics on the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. We must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

If an officer, Director, Employee or Volunteer reasonably believes that some policy, practice or activity of Lange Foundation is in violation of laws or regulation; a written complaint may be filed with the President. The person who files the written complaint alleging an unlawful activity, policy or practice will be protected from retaliation if the complaint provides sufficient opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith.

Lange Foundation will not retaliate against an Officer, Director, Employee or Volunteer who has made a protest or raised a complaint regarding some practice of Lange Foundation, or of another individual, or entity with whom Lange Foundation has a business relationship on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law or a clear mandate of public policy.

The written report of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.

Record Retention & Destruction Policy

This policy covers document retention and destruction and provides standards for document integrity including guidelines for handling electronic files, backup procedures, document archiving and internal controls to determine the system reliability.

Document Management Policy

Document Retention Storage
Animal Adoption Agreement 10 Years 3
Animal Adoption Application 10 Years 3
Accounts receivable 10 Years 1
Audit Reports (Accountant) permanently 1
Bank Statements 10 years 1
Capital stock/bond records permanently 1
Cash Books 10 years 2
Checks (cancelled, except below) permanently 1
(cancelled, including but not limited to: taxes, property purchases, contracts)
Correspondence General 3 years 1
Correspondence (legal, important) permanently 1
Depreciation Schedules 10 years 1
Donations(endowment/restricted) permanently 1
Donations receipts (money) 10 years 1
Note: Donation records include: written agreements, or email communications or notes of oral discussions between Lange Foundation and the donor where representations were made with regard to the contribution on which the donor may have relied in making the gift.
Donation Receipts,goods 10 years 1
Duplicate deposit slips 10 years 1
Employee personal records 7 years 2
Employment Applications 3 years 2
Expense analyses/distribution schedules 10 years 1
Financial statement (end of the year) permanently 1
Insurance Policies (expired) permanently 1
Insurance records permanently 1
Internal Reports 3 years 1
Inventories 10 years 2
Invoices from vendors 10 years 1
Minute Books, By Laws Art of Inc. permanently 1
Payroll records 10 years 2
Tax Returns permanently 1
(Including worksheets, reports, other documents)
Time Sheets 10 years 1
Volunteer Records 3 years volunteer coordinator

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 Story

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THE CHALLENGE

Every year in Los Angeles County, thousand of pets are taken to animal shelters simply because they drastically outnumber the homes available to them. They spend their last few days in crowded cages before many 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.

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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 purebreds. 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.

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GILLIAN LANGE

Gillian Lange is a Canadian animal activist and rescuer. Gillian established the Lange Foundation in 1993 after founding The Amanda Foundation in 1975. She is a pioneer in animal advocacy and has been rescuing animals in Los Angeles for 40 years. Since becoming involved in rescue she has helped save, care and place over 40,000 companion animals including cats, dogs and horses. Gillian Lange continues to be a significant part of the foundation’s day-to-day operations.

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
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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. Gillian Lange continues to be a significant part of the foundation’s day-to-day operations.

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.