Actress Katherine Heigl has pledged one million dollars for a project addressing pet overpopulation in the Los Angeles area. 50,000 of 80,000 shelter animals in Los Angeles County were euthanized last year according to her foundation. (Source: People.com)
She noted that it is not only old pets that are being euthanized; young and healthy animals are being put down also. Her foundation is working with the City and County of Los Angeles and the Cesar Millan Foundation to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering animals.
The press release for the collaborative project called Compassion Revolution says, “The pet population crisis is a serious one, and the approach to addressing the problem must be equally serious and all-encompassing. The most practical and immediate means of tackling this crisis is through spay/neuter programs that are accessible and affordable to all pet owners, along with providing the necessary tools to promote responsible pet ownership, including information and training.”
She attributes her commitment to spaying and neutering to her family upbringing, which emphasized the practice. She said, “They have no idea that a litter of 10 means a litter of, like, 400 in the future. We can tell them and educate them, and provide a way for them to spay and neuter their pets.” (Source: People.com)
The project will donate funds to specific animal shelters in the L.A. area that spay and neuter pets for free or for low fees. Spay4LA will receive 100,000 dollars for their full-time mobile spay-and-neuter clinic traveling throughout the city. The goal for the mobile clinic is to sterilize 5,000 animals yearly.
The Spay4LA website emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering with various statistics such as, “One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.” Several other shelters will also receive donations for working on the pet overpopulation problem.
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