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Lisa Vanderpump Opens Up About Her New Pet Rescue Foundation: “My Life Has Literally Gone To The Dogs”

Lisa Vanderpump opens up about her latest business venture, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, and shared why she feels so strongly about animal rights activism."When we started Vanderpump Pets I thought, I'd really love to go into the pet business," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star told  E! News.

 "But until recently I was naive about the atrocities that are being done against these wonderful creatures.[And it was] through [Vanderpump Pets] that my attention was drawn to some of those new atrocities."

From there, the Vanderpump Rules star created the idea of starting her own foundation to help abandoned animals, and The Vanderpump Dog Foundation was born.

With four current campaigns, including two international and two domestic, the foundation is still in its early stages. However, they have already accomplished a variety of missions, including the 13 Dog Campaign, in which the foundation rescued 13 different dogs after their owners were evicted from their homes.

The foundation also has started fundraising for a transport van that will be equipped with kennels, medical equipment and air conditioning for dogs that need immediate rescuing from dangerous situations, as well as a 10 For 10 program that will provide care and homes for 10 different shelter dogs.

The RHOBH star reveals that she has had the support of her Ken Todd. "I've had dogs ever since we've been married, which is about  35 years now, and I've always loved them," Lisa said, fawning over her dog Puffy, who joined her in the interview.

And the couple are now taking their life-long passion a step further. "I'm opening a dog shelter in West Hollywood," said the reality star. "My life has literally gone to the dogs."

The Bravo reality star is hosting the first Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala this Thursday. "We're going to be having a doggy gala! And it's going to be a fun night," she beamed. "It's going to be a very pretty night but also a little bit of education talking about what Vanderpump Dog Foundation has achieved so far and what we endeavor to do."

"Diane Warren has really helped my cause, and Leona Lewis," she said. "Lance bass is [also] a huge dog supporter and a great friend."

You can buy tickets for the Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala, which will be held Nov. 3, on the organization's website, and check out this page for more information about their plans for a shelter and how to get involved.

Source/Photo Credit: E! News, Bravo