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.
Results: On average, Bill Foundation places a dog into a permanent loving home every other day. We have rescued, cared for and placed thousands of dogs. Once we rescue a dog, we are committed to that dog's welfare for life.
Target demographics: pet orphans
Direct beneficiaries per year: 135 dogs and hundreds of families in their search for a rescued animal
Geographic areas served: Southern California
Programs: rescue and care of animals at risk of euthanasia and their placement into permanent safe homes as companion animals to loving families.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I had such a successful Bill Foundation adoption that I became a BF volunteer 2+ years ago. Initially,my family adopted our second rescue from BF, and after months of unsuccessfully trying to integrate the BF dog with our other rescue dog, we had to return the dog to the BF. Jo Forman made this difficult experience painless and personal for all involved. She was completely understanding and helped us all through the difficult aftermath without any negative judgement calls or making us feel inadequate or adoption failures in any way. The fabulous Bill Foundation volunteers worked to place Milo with a perfect home and family for him, where he is today- happy and healthy. We were so impressed with our entire BF experience that I began volunteering and several months later adopted Lester who has been a family member ever since. The care and concern every BF volunteer feels towards all of our dogs and prospective adopters is unlike any other rescue group I've seen. BF goes out of its way to be a full disclosure organization and take the guesswork out of each adoption. Bill dogs are fostered with love and taught basic behaviors, are house trained, receive all of their shots, are neutered or spayed and microchipped BEFORE they come to an adoption event. BF dogs are ready to be adopted and to fit into their forever homes well socialized and healthy. If there are existing medical or social issues, our adopters are told immediately.

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

every aspect of their mission and outreach, as both a client and a volunteer. Even an experience of returning a Bill dog was handled with tremendous care, concern and postive followthrough for everyone-- dog and humans-- involved.

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

not make any changes, only hopefully help the Bill Foundation increase their donor base so their outstanding work can continue with rescuing more dogs and helping with more adoptions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the time and care each volunteer feels and devotes to the Bill Foundation- which is extraordinary and heartfelt. People at each adoption event say they can absolutely feel the love!!

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

friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic and very helpful. Clearly, the Bill Foundation volunteers totally enjoy being part of this incredible group of people and dogs.

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

expand its outreach to help more people find wonderful dogs to adopt, as well as rescue many, many more dogs and help them begin the road-- medically and socially-- to find their perfect forever homes and families.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing-- my experience for the past almost 3 years has been uniformly exceptional and very rewarding. I get back way more than I give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

increasing our donor base so we can have the funds we need to continue and expand upon the rescue, foster and adoption work we do and want to continue to do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the BIll Foundation is an example of the best blending of human care and concern for animals in need. NO organization does it better when it comes to believing in a mission and carrying it through with total commitment and individualized treatment for all

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I rescued my dog from Bill Foundation in January 2007. Bill Foundation staff were so helpful and so professional. They patiently answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease going through the adoption process. They did a home check to ensure that their dog was going to an appropriate home. I have stayed in touch with them regularly and appreciate everything they have done for me. My dog, Willow, is the best decision I ever made and I couldn't have done it without Bill Foundation!

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

They rescue so many animals and give a chance to those who probably wouldn't get out of the system.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have adopted 4 dogs and a cat from the Billfoundation, starting with my first dog 6 years ago. With each adoption experience I am ever more grateful and impressed with the work the foundation does. My second dog had been fostered for several years and most people would have given up on him, since he was incredibly shy and "antisocial". But his foster mother cared for him and I now have the pleasure of calling him my "special" child. The love and dedication I experienced from the volunteers and Jo and Peter and the dogs I am lucky to call mine now have enriched my life.

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

getting my pets, who would have been killed otherwise. One of my dogs was rescued from a shelter twice, and I can't imagine my life without them.

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

no changes. I am actually glad the adoption contracts are strict and make the welfare of the animal more important than the convenience of the adopter!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting my animals and feeling the care and love everyone gave them, so I could take them home.

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

dedicated to making the dogs lives better and loving them back to emotional and physical health.

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

prevent many pets from being abandoned and killed in shelters.

Ways to make it better...

could not have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising. They should have a lot more available funds to do rescuing and fostercare.

One thing I'd also say is that...

just Thank you!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

After our late dog passed away, we were longing to get a new pet. Once we were ready, the BIll Foundation was able to bring us together with our perfect dog. They had thoroughly evaluated their rescued animals, so they could guide us as to which would be best for our circumstances (i.e. which dogs would be OK living in a condo versus one who needed a big backyard). Our dog is very energetic, and so they recommended taking her to day care a couple of times a week to help her burn off her high puppy energy. We also love the fact that they rescue pets who might otherwise be euthanized in shelters.

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

our daily lives. Our dog brings us much joy and fulfillment.

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

No changes to recommend.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ongoing life with the pet we adopted from them.

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

knowledgeable and helpful.

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

save numerous dogs from kill shelters and care for them until they were adopted

Ways to make it better...

no recommendation - it was a wonderful experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising during the current economy. With more financial support, they could save more lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I recently began fostering a dog through the Bill Foundation after my old dog passed away. I've found them to be responsive, supportive, and helpful throughout the process. The application for fostering is the same as for adoption and I found it to be pretty standard for what various rescue foundations in Los Angeles require. Everyone that I've worked with thus far has been helpful and friendly. I'm looking forward to continuing to volunteer with them and find forever homes for some very sweet dogs.

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

their prompt responsiveness to pairing me with a foster and meeting her needs as well as mine.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how great the little dog I'm fostering is, they did a great job of matching her to my household.

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

friendly and helpful.

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

r ensure that Los Angeles animal shelters are no kill and further the community outreach to spay/neuter pets.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

My recent eperience with this organiation only lead to grand dissappointment when in the final step I was introduced to their legally unreasonable and overly written adoption contract. My attorney would not approve it and I was told to ammend it at will for submission/approval. In my opinion they should simply re-write it to make it adoptor friendly and not ask potential adopters to re-write it to make it suitable.

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

receptive and kind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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