Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd have already conquered the restaurant world, and now the couple is getting involved in a more rewarding business venture, a dog shelter!
On last week’s RHOBH Lisa introduced us to their latest project, Vanderpump Dogs. Following her work with the Stop Yulin Forever campaign, Lisa and Ken started their own foundation, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation. They held a successful gala a few months ago, and have gained so much exposure for such an important cause.
On Thursday Vanderpump Dogs officially opened for business and it’s a fabulous dog shelter and doggy boutique. Further more, it’s a grooming center where you can even get your dog “vanderpuffed!”
On Wednesday night at the grand opening party Lisa Vanderpump opened up to E! News about her motivation for opening the shelter, and described exactly what Vanderpump Dogs has to offer. “Ken and I have been fighting for the kind of more humane treatment of dogs worldwide,” Lisa confirmed. Adding, “One of pieces of the jigsaw puzzle was really to open a rescue center but we wanted to open a rescue center that wasn’t, like, depressing and I know it’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”
Sadly, Lisa revealed that some of the dogs currently at VPD came from a kill shelter. “To go into some of the kill shelters, it can be very difficult and it can be very heart-wrenching and trust me, we know that more than anybody,” she said. “But with this space, we want it to have a…feel-good factor about it. All dogs are equal. It doesn’t mater whether they’re pedigree…so many of these dogs are just waiting for homes,” she explained.
Vanderpump Dogs is a chic, fabulous center, which is bright pink; this is a place like no other! “We wanted somewhere where people that united in their love for dogs could come and hang out. And you can buy doggie treats here, you can buy dog food, dog clothes, but also we will always have puppies and dogs that are available to rescue,” Lisa revealed.
Lisa pointed out that in addition to benefiting the dogs in need, Vanderpump Dogs will be a great addition to the community. “So people can come in, they get on their wifi, they can have a cup of tea and they can buy some dog food or have their dogs groomed,” she said. “It’s just a little kind of puppy lifestyle palace,” Lisa wrapped.
Lisa and Ken threw an amazing grand opening party and so many of their friends and family came out to support. Most of the VPR cast showed up, although it doesn’t appear that any of Lisa’s RHOBH co-stars were able to make it. What’s most shocking is that Lala Kent was in attendance, and she posed for pictures with her VPR enemies, the “mean girls!”
Take a look at some of the party pictures below!
The AATRH team wants to wish Lisa and Ken the best of luck with Vanderpump Dogs, we’ll be sure to stop in on our next West coast visit!