Actress Katherine Heigl has donated $1 million to underwrite free spay and neuter programs in the Los Angeles area.
Heigl, who has six dogs herself, launched “the Compassion Revolution” Thursday to address the situation caused by an overwhelming pet population that leaves tens of thousands of animals euthanized in L.A. each year.
In a press conference, Heigl joined board members of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, named in memory of her late brother, to kick off the companion pet initiative, with a broad mission to unite diverse groups and individuals under one alliance to initiate programs that will directly address the over-population problem.
“The time has come for everyone, including City and County officials, local businesses, residents, animal advocates and shelter management and staff, to come together, not only to implement effective programs, but to support an entirely new paradigm to better the lives of our companion pets.” the group said in a press release. “Together we have the power to create a consensus which rejects killing as a method of achieving results.”
Each year, California taxpayers spend $250 million to shelter and euthanize dogs and cats state-wide.
Also supporting Compassion Revolution, are the Found Animals Foundation and Cesar Millan’s Millan Foundation. For more information visit: Compassion-Revolution.com