Please help us save Mindi’s life!


Mindi is a little long haired Dachsund that we rescued from a high kill shelter after her owner dumped her there. She is very ill right now and currently hospitalized at Access Hospital in Woodland Hills.Today we learned that Mindi has an operable fluid filled tumor on her liver and the only way to save her life is to do the surgery to remove it. It has now become infected and we run the risk of it bursting if not removed. This poor little girl has not eaten for 48 hours and has been pooping blood. They also think on top of it she might have an ulcer, which is also treatable.She will remain hospitalized on iv fluids and meds for at least a few days and we will most likely do surgery this coming week.  Our vet said her blood work looks good and her heart is strong so thankfully she is a good candidate for the surgery. But without it she will die. We dont want to give up on her because she is a little fighter and we know she has a good chance!

We originally rescued Mindi after being dumped in the shelter. She was blind but also started developing glaucoma. We tried meds but they didnt work, she began to suffer terribly. Our only real option was to remove her eyes. She did wonderfully after surgery and began to run around and play like a puppy again. We tried so hard to find a permanent  home for her but most folks could not see past her eyes and after awhile we decided it was way too stressful for her to bring her to adoptions. She gets very stressed out when you move her from her own surroundings. This little girl has been through so much but we want to get her through this and give her a fighting chance!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. our tax id # is: 20-5627799. I’ve included some of Mindi’s bills from the past two days plus the estimate for 24 hours of supportive care including all the tests we’ve done today. this does not include the estimate for the surgery which will be approx $5000. This is a risky surgery and a reg vet will not touch it. It can only be performed by a specialty surgeon in a 24 hour care facility!

For those of you that would rather send checks our address is:

The Pepper Foundation
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. # 735
Studio City, CA 91604

thank you all so much! Please help us save this precious little soul!
Julie Chadwick
The Pepper Foundation

The Animals Need Your Help!


The kindness we do for an animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.”

 The Pepper Foundation is dedicated to rescuing mostly special needs and senior dogs from high kill shelters that have been abandoned. It is our mission to get each animal immediate veterinary care, and into loving foster homes, until a forever home is found! We Believe all animals deserve a second chance and deserve to have the very best quality of life!


Dear friends

At this time we urgently need your help at this time! In the past few months we’ve rescued  many animals with serious medical issues, have had to do emergency surgeries and have now run out of funding! We urgently need your help as we just cannot do this without you! All donations are tax deductible, and are desperately needed at this time. No matter how big or small your donation is, each one makes a huge difference and we appreciate all of you so much!

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Pepper Foundation, or sponsor a little special needs doggie, all you have to do is click the “donate” button!


Donations can also be sent to:

The Pepper Foundation  3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Suite 735

Studio City, CA 91604

The Pepper Foundation is  501(c)3 Non-Profit Animal Rescue Organization

Since we rescue so many special needs animals and seniors, many times it can take a bit longer before they get adopted and they remain in our care for an extended period of time.  If you are interested in sponsoring one of these little angels as seen on our Petfinder website, please contact us and let us know which doggie you would like to sponsor, and you will get lots of updates and pictures!

Thank you so much! We are these little angels’ last hope!

Julie Chadwick – founder and President

The Pepper Foundation

tax id # 20-5627799


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Yesterday I got up the courage and finally figured out how to make a little music video with images!
LOL once in awhile I CAN figure stuff out on my own! Although I never think I can.

I used to volunteer at the East Valley Animal shelter for two years. This was just before I founded The Pepper Foundation. I worked 6 days a week, and would come home crying every night because the faces of shelter animals would haunt me! I also realized that most of the animals being killed first were the seniors, special needs, pit bulls, chihuahuas, and a lot of the big dogs. So many of the animals I had fallen in love with got killed. I know with volunteering I did make a difference and got so many animals adopted but it was never enough. It’s never enough for me, I know I can always do more!

One night when I got home I sat at my piano and started to sing this song, which seemed to be coming from the perspective of an abandoned dog behind bars. Within minutes this song poured out of me! It was their song, from their hearts, from their souls!!!!!!

If you can, please watch this video on You Tube! I made this video yesterday to honor all the shelter animals that never made it out, who’s lives were gone in an instant because people refuse to spay/neuter their pets, because of backyard breeders, puppy mills and for some folks its just too easy to abandon a family member!

If you like it, please click “like” on you tube! In the first 24 hours its already gotten 447 hits alone. boy it would be a miracle if this could happen every day. Please help me make this video go viral! I want to try to get the message out to please adopt from your local animal shelter!!!!! and if you could please share with your friends!

Btw many of the animals in this video were dogs we’ve rescued, and only a handfull were killed. But I did want to honor the ones that were killed, who’s faces will never leave my heart and soul. One in particular will always haunt me, little Brownie a dog I fell in love with and was going to rescue but didn’t get to him in time. I will never forget that little brown dog! R.I.P. Brownie, I will never forget you!

Please help us make this video go viral! we want to spread the word about the plight of shelter animals!! please view the video on YouTube. on the bottom right hand side of the video click on youtube, and it will take you to the you tube site! thank you guys so much! The more likes we get on YouTube the better our chances of it going viral! xoxoxo

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Last night I was thinking that this has been such a hard year for so many, also been a sad year for myself, losing a beloved friend to cancer and also will need to move come 2014. I feel like so many of us get caught up in our own daily lives that we dont give a whole lot of thought to those of us who don’t have the things that we take for granted every single day, such as a warm blanket, toothbrushes, toothpaste, fresh socks, ect. Im sure you get the point. I truly believe that when someone does even one kind thing that brings back faith and hope!! When you lose those, you tend to give up!
So late last  night I had an idea of getting a group of folks together to go out on christmas eve (maybe to downtown la)  and spread a little bit of holiday cheer and try to make someone happy. I know this is last minute and not very organized and that other groups do things like this, but I feel like we can still pull this off…So, im trying to collect nice warm blankets that folks can use, cause its freezing outside and will get colder. Also other items, such as socks, gloves, mittens, anything that folks might not have would be good. I also thought that a lot of homeless folks worry about their dogs, so nice doggie blankets, sweaters, even doggie food would be good. A friend of mine will let us use her garage to store things in, in sherman oaks. Also if you would like to join us and help please let me know. I came up with another idea of also handwriting christmas cards and giving those out with the items. If anyone would like to help me with that, please please let me know. I know this is a last minute thing, but hopefully during this coming year we can make it grow and have it get better for 2014, not just on christmas but during the whole year.
anyway, please let me know if you can somehow help out! If you can help out, please email me at

 Julie Chadwick

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at for donating tons of great blankets and items for our Christmas mission this year! you guys rock and we love you so much!

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Donations can also be sent to:

The Pepper Foundation  3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Suite 735

Studio City, CA 91604

The Pepper Foundation is  501(c)3 Non-Profit Animal Rescue Organization our tax id is 20-5627799