Back in May, Actress Katherine Heigl made news by rescuing a hogtied Pit Bull that had been left to die. Her foundation, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, helped rehab the dog to health and found it a new home.
This month, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation will donate $1 million to help with a Los Angeles initiative aimed at spaying and neutering pets, educating the public and bringing an end to euthanizations at animal shelters.
Heigl herself has six dogs, including three rescues. To aid in her efforts, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation started the Compassion Revolution, an initiative program that hopes to decrease pet overpopulation. According to the foundation, there were between 50,000-80,000 shelter animals euthanized in the L.A. County last year alone.
“When I was growing up, my mother and father had zero desire for any one of our animals to have a litter,” Heigl told “People” magazine. “I think it’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of energy. Then, as an adult, because of the way I was raised and because I had the means to do it, (spaying and neutering) goes without question.”
If you want to help the cause, you can visit the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation’s website and make a donation, or sign up to volunteer your time.