Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation (LBWF) is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a focus on animal rescue, spaying/neutering programs, rehoming, breed specific legislation, stopping dog fighting and animal cruelty education. Oscar nominated actress Linda Blair founded this organization in 2003 and after a three year search found a 2.5 acre setting in Acton, California which rehabs animals bu providing medical care, grooming, rehoming services and the time for animals to redevelop their coping skills after traumatic events. The facility houses some of these animals which in some cases could be as long as a year.
LBWF saves animals
The LBWF visits California shelters with euthanasia policies and rescues the animals that are on death row awaiting for their imminent demise. Most shelters do not have adequate funding or staff to raise puppies and kittens and unfortunately, these animals are the first to be put down. The LBWT has numerous “foster” families that house animals temporarily until permanent rehoming options can be facilitated. Some of these foster families rehab the animals for as long as a year before a suitable “forever” family can be found for the animal.
Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation and the Hurricane Katrina
Ms. Blair and the LWBF reacted quickly and took action when New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina. Ms Blair personally spent 2.5 weeks living in the back of a camper in Gonzalez, Louisiana. Because of the damage cause by Katrina to the local shelter, it was earmarked for closure displacing 350 dogs. LWBF successfully found new homes for these orphaned dogs and brought 51 one of them back to Acton, California to live at Camp LBWF until more suitable accommodations could be found. Some of these dogs to this day still live at LBWF.
Rick Springfield Auction to benefit the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation
Rick Springfield hosted an auction on June 19, 2014 where all the proceeds went directly to the LBWF. Rick Springfield and Linda Blair have been close friends for decades and Linda Blair was seen recently in Melanie Lentz-Janney film, “An Affair of the Heart” which documented Rick Springfield’s 30 year career as an actor, writer and musician. The auction grand prize is a one hour walk for two people and their pet on the beach in Malibu, California with Rick and his dog. The winner will also receive a signed guitar and a signed photo opportunity with Rick.
How can people support the foundation?
Of course, every foundation needs supplies and money to pay it’s bills. The LBWF is 100% volunteer so monies go towards essentials and no salaries for employees nor directors like other charities. The LBWF is always in need of: blankets, dog food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, stainless steel water/food bowls, garbage bags, paper towels, 42″ to 48″ wire crates, chain link fence and plywood. The “Dream Wish List,” would love to see a donation of a Cargo Van for animal transportation or an energy and water efficient top loading washer and front loading Dryer.
Ways to donate
Buy gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes, Petco, and Petsmart and send them to the foundation. You can but a T-shirt at Booster, give directly at LBWF website which accepts PayPal, and all major credit cards. Purchase Linda Blair custom designed products, such as imprinted coffee mugs, hats, t-shirts, bags, and adorable Teddy Bears at CafePress where the proceeds go to support the LBWF. If you live in the Acton, California area and can either volunteer at the facility or become a foster parent, that is a great way to give to the LBWF. He mailing address for the LBWF for mailing checks and gift cards or parcels for supply donation: 10061 Riverside Drive #1003 Toluca Lake, CA 91602
List of Email addresses for immediate response to a particular inquiry.
firstname.lastname@example.org – questions or comments concerning volunteering at LBWF
email@example.com – questions or comments concerning adopting a LBWF dog
firstname.lastname@example.org – questions or comments concerning donations made to LBWF
email@example.com – questions or comments concerning planning or attending a LBWF event
firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have a dog that you must relinquish or know of a dog in need of rescue
email@example.com – for general information regarding LBWF or any other inquiry
Sources: Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, Movie Review: Rick Springfield: “An Affair of the Heart”, Rick Springfield Auction for LBWF, DogTipper, Anipal Times
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