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Heigl on mission to save dogs

January 24, 2012 - Washington

Katherine Heigl has revealed that she is on a mission to save rescue dogs in Los Angeles county from being put down and hopes people will adopt unwanted pooches.

The 33-year-old actress runs the charity named 'Jason Debus Heigl foundation', with her mother Nancy and the pair's goal is to encourage people to adopt abandoned mutts.

"My mother Nancy and I ... have been fighting diligently to change policy, bring awareness and stop the unnecessary euthanization of healthy adoptable dogs in the city and county of Los Angeles," Contactmusic quoted her as writing in her blog post for the iVillage series CelebVillage.

"It was only four years ago that I became aware of the dire situation in our shelter systems and since then it has been immensely important to me to inform others who, like me, adore and respect their pets and would do anything to protect and shelter them but who are unaware of all the others in our country about animals suffering and dying needlessly," she said.

"Four million healthy adoptable companion pets are being killed every year in our shelters due to overcrowding. I have faith, however, that we can change the statistics. The solutions can be complicated and seem impossible, but the reality is that there is something each one of us can do to help: We can encourage our family, friends and neighbours to rescue a pet versus buying one.


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