BILL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.92 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: P O Box 5202 Beverly Hills CA 90209 USA

Mission: Bill Foundation (The Bill Memorial Foundation) was created after the founders, Jo and Peter Forman lost their beloved golden lab Bill to cancer. They have to date saved over 2000 dogs from being destroyed and placed them in loving homes. All donations go directly to rescuing and caring for the dogs.

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

6,716 Views
Rating: 5 stars  

Annie Hart changed my life! I recently applied to adopt a dog through Bill Foundation. Annie called me right after receiving my application and she spoke with me for more than an hour. The dog I was interested in wasn't the right fit for me but she had ideas of who might be. She was completely right in her assessment and she helped match me with my new best friend.

Annie was was there to support me every step of the way and provided great tips on how to set up my house to be safe, training, great vets. The list goes on. I would have been lost without all the advice she gave me.

After I adopted, I started following Bill Foundation on Facebook and the stories/videos Annie posts have me in tears daily. Usually they are happy tears and she has restored my faith in humanity. She's inspired me so much that I have now begun to volunteer with my local shelter.

My family and friends are amazed by the change they have seen in me over the past 8 months and I sincerely have Annie Hart to thank for it. From reading everyone's comments on the facebook page, it seems there are many others that feel the same as I do about Annie Hart and Bill Foundation.

More Feedback

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish there were more rescue videos. I know they are time consuming, but they really are amazing to see. There is only one other group out there that makes them, but they have made a huge impact on myself and people all around the world.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit is run by dedicated loving people that give their all to the organization. They rescue animals that have been abandoned or have been marked for euthanasia. I have followed this organization for a long time and I have been inspired by the love and care they show to each and every animal in their care. The service they provide to the community is an invaluable asset.

More Feedback

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find more ways to fund them

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with the Bill Memorial Foundation was fabulous. I have a new family member and I owe it all to Ms. Annie Hart. I had never adopted a pet before (our cat had adopted us when he showed up on thanksgiving) but this was something new and special. We wanted a dog in our home and Annie guided us throughout the entire process. She explained the reasons why we had to fill out an application (it is about MATCHMAKING not about judging)

We arrived at the adoption day to meet the dog we had hoped to adopt. We were very excited. He was very hyper and Annie sat us down and told us that this dog required a lot of walks and was a young excitable dog. My husband is a senior citizen and I have struggled with sciatica. Annie then introduced us to an older sweet girl who just wanted to snuggle in our laps.

We were and are still in love. Don't get me wrong, we do have play time and take short walks but we don't do hikes. Our family is complete with our new "daughter" She is our princess.

Thank you Annie and Bill Foundation. We feel blessed.

C.B.

More Feedback

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

These people have hearts of gold - they rescue dogs that were surely scheduled to be euthanized - the little gitl I got from them had been beaten and abused - starved (weighed in at less that 7 pounds) was not a year old and had a litter a already. The Bill Foundation KNEW that in her condition she was surely going to be put dsoiwn. I saw the potential - she is a wonderful loving dog with long beautiful hair (she really was bald) ... we adore her. The last dog we adopted from them only made it to 7 years old as he had a heart condition - I'm telling you - these are wonderful people - please give them some money so they can save more lives. Thank you!

More Feedback

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I know I shared my story last year but I wanted to add to it by saying that although we are not looking to adopt another 'baby' at this time (our Florrie keeps us plenty busy) we recommend the Bill Foundation all the time and stop by their adoption events quite often. Whenever a friend loses a well loved pet it has become our custom to make a donation to the Bill Foundation in their memory. Of all the pet adoption groups I am familair with - there are many - I find few to be as caring and conscientious as this group. I wish I hac a million dollars to give them to confinue thier amazing work!!

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the time they spent interviewing my family and checking out my house before they would leave our little guy here

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find money to anable them to grow!

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We had just lost a dog after his lengthy cardiac problem (the poor little guy was under the care of veterinary cardiologist) and were hesitant to adopt again so soon ... but were lucky enough to find the Bill Foundation. We went to one of their adoption locations 'just to look' and fell in love with a timid little girl that they had rescued from the pound. I was so impressed, not only by the quality of the home that was fostering our soon-to-be baby girl, but with Bill Foundation's follow up and interview process. Someone came to our home, checked us for dog securtiy and interviewed us at great length before they would leave our current little girl 'Florrie' with us. Their care of her prior to our adoption was amazing ... they are wondeful people donating their time to an amazing organization. I wish I cpould make a donation to them every day for giving us our little girl ... we can't thank them enough for rescuing her from a sheler and for allowing us to adopt her. They are the water mark by which the quality of all pet adoption agencies should be measured.

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

regards to pet adoption ...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

OUTSTANDING!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save so many more dogs from death at the hands of overcrowded pet shelters

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

A totally caring organization that to my knowledge never turns an animal away.

More Feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

There are many different dog rescue organizations, but my experience with Bill foundation is above and beyond exceptional. Not only did they match me with a wonderful dog, but I have observed them first hand and seen how extremely dedicated to their cause, moving forward with great care to rescue extremely wonderful animals and match them with caring homes. The people involved have always been caring, friendly, and serious about their mission. The level of attention they give to all areas of their mission is inspiring. I have been to many of their events, and the passion and dedication is clear -- they keep the focus where it belongs, which is their mission to place dogs into loving homes. (I also must add that the foster homes that they provide prior to placing the dogs are exceptional and very impressive)

More Feedback

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our dog Spencer from the Bill Foundation in March 2008. We had recently suffered the sudden loss of one our dogs and our remaining dog was becoming very lonely without her companion. The Bill Foundation was great about helping find a dog that would fit into our home with our existing dog and lifestyle. They have kept in touch with annual anniversary cards. After attending a couple of their adoption fairs I know they do great work for the dogs and dogs lovers of LA.

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the dog adoption process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no changes.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Bill Foundation does--in my opinion--some of the world's most important work: looking out for the welfare of LA's abandoned, forgotten, misbegotten and forsaken dogs. One dog at a time, Bill Foundation saves animals from the shelter without prejudice, often pulling the animals with little time left or a lower chance of adoption.

Their truly selfless founders and volunteers take great care in placing dogs in loving, safe homes--they don't compromise standards to rush placement. I cannot praise this organization highly enough, nor stress the importance and need to support it.

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was lucky enough to adopt through Bill Foundation, and have new been proud mom to a six-pound special-needs chihuahua mix for more than three years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make to this foundation would be to see it funded more fully to support its good work.

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I contacted Bill Foundation about a tiny six-pound Chihuahua they had listed online named Andrew. When I went to meet him, they told me he was a little disabled. They had taken great care of him and rehabilitated him after he had languished without proper care for his injuries in another shelter. Now we've been best friends for two-and-a-half years, and Andrew can even run up stairs. I am so grateful to this organization for giving Andrew a chance at a good life and giving me a chance to adopt him.

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my own life, which has been enriched immensely since I adopted my dog through Bill Foundation. He is special needs, and city shelter might not have given him a chance at recovery. Now he is a happy, healthy dog and my best friend.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a return client, we found two of our dogs at The Bill Foundation. The most striking thing, when you spend time with the founders, or any of the other volunteers, you are struck that they all "walk the walk". Not only did we find our new family members, we were also inspired to do more ourselves to help homeless animals.
I strongly recommend both adopting from TBF and supporting them in any way you can.

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The addition of our two dogs to the family was more meaningful than I could have imagined. The Bill Foundation rescued them, took care of them, and got them ready to come home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is very well run.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

How shall I begin to tell you all about Gallagher. We adopted him 5 years ago Feb. 23, because we recieve a card every year on his adoption date. We are not really sure of his age. I saw him on line after losing our dog (Teddi) after 18 years. It took a long time to even look on line for another dog. I couldn't bear going to a shelter. I saw another dog that we wanted to adopt so we went to where the adoption was being held. We looked for the dog we had seen on line and also looked at others.
As we walked by one of the cages we say a precious, adorable , quiet
little guy sitting straight up looking straight at us out of his cage. Love at first sight. We were told he had been adopted out 3 times and was returned because he was kind of grumpy,and sometimes snapped at people( Alpha Male) He was not to good with kids. We took him home and gave him lots of love and very little decipline. He could not have turned out to be a more loving little boy. By the way he loves our grandkids 6 and 10. Gosh you would think I was writing a novel.
Bill Foundation is the best. We all know money is tight but I know they would appreciate any help.
Thank you for Gallagher,his real name!!!!

More Feedback

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lots of help and support when we adopted Gallagher. They are very thorough and follow up when the dogs are adopted. We get a yearly reminder card and thank you from them. Very kind and hard working people especially Jo who has been extremely helpful to us. Thank you all Debe Brooks

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want to donate more money for these wonderful organization and the amimals they save!!!!!! We should have an organization like this in every city.

Review from Guidestar

Write a Review for This Nonprofit

Far exceeds expectations
Exceeds expectations
Meets expectations
Below expectations
Far below expectations
Rate this nonprofit:
1000 characters left