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Rescue Dogs Get Celebrity Treatment at 'Vanderpump Dogs' Rescue Center

"Don't buy, don't shop but adopt," said "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump.

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    Vanderpump Dogs Rescue Center Gives Dogs Celebrity Treatment

    Lisa Vanderpump, the celebrity founder of Vanderpump Dogs, owns one of the 65 shelters partnering with NBC and Telemundo for the August 18, "Clear the Shelters" event. The event is focused on finding rescued pets their forever homes. At Vanderpump Dogs they make sure every one of their dogs gets the celebrity treatment they deserve. Robert Kovacik reports for Today in LA on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd opened a dog rescue center in Los Angeles that pampers homeless dogs and helps them find a permanent home.

    The Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center, which opened in March 2017, is a non-profit organization that serves as a rescue and adoption facility for neglected, abused and/or mistreated dogs and puppies.

    The center is one of many animal shelters nationwide who are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters event on August 18. The pet adoption initiative is focused on find loving homes for pets in need.

    "They will enhance your life, they will enrich your life and they will hopefully get all the love they deserve," said Vanderpump.

    During the time they've been open, the center said it found close to 700 dogs permanent homes.

    But, the Beverly Grove facility isn't your conventional dog shelter. It's more like a "puppy palace" complete with pink chandeliers, Vanderpump said. And its mission is more than pampering pups. The center hopes to provide a more humane world for dogs everywhere.

    "Don't buy, don't shop but adopt," said Vanderpump.

    In addition to rescue services, the center also offers overnight boarding, grooming, veterinary work, a pet shop and a dog cafe.

    Inside Lisa Vanderpump's New Dog Rescue Center in LAInside Lisa Vanderpump's New Dog Rescue Center in LA

    From the Vanderpump family pillows to the Vanderpump dog clothing line, all proceeds benefit the Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

    "I'm not making any profit. It's all going to the dogs. My life has actually gone to the dogs," Todd jokingly said.

    The foundation's goal is to save four-legged lives and make a positive impact on global legislation, education and treatment of animals — for dogs worldwide.

    The foundation has garnered international awareness as it fights to put an end to dog abuse and slaughter in China.

    People begged Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd to get involved and she says the pair couldn't sleep until they did.

    "We saw these horrific pictures of this festival called the Yulin Dog Meat Festival," she said. "Absolutely barbaric."

    The Vanderpump Dog Foundation is working to save dogs in China and in Southern California.

    "So what we're going to do is take dogs from the kill shelter, really high-risk dogs and we give them grooming and we have them Vanderpuffed … kind of glam them up," Vanderpump said.

    "What is celebrity … if you can't put it to good use? What is the point of being a celebrity? Todd said.

    The Vanderpump Dog Center located at 8134 West Third St. in Los Angeles.

    NBC4's Kelcey Henderson contributed to this report.

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