News Release

For Immediate Release August 2011

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation Announces The Hiring Of Kathy Davis As Its Executive Director

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation (Heigl Foundation), is announcing the hiring of Kathy Davis to serve as its Executive Director, effective Monday, September 5, 2011.

"We are thrilled to have someone as experienced and compassionate as Kathy Davis join the foundation and are confident that her leadership, experience and tireless work ethic will guide our foundation toward meeting our ultimate goal of ending the needless suffering of companion pets and to serve as the voice of our compassion revolution." (Katherine and Nancy Heigl).

Ms. Davis has over 20 years of experience in animal care and control, most recently serving as the Assistant General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing various programs targeted at reducing the number of pets entering and subsequently euthanized at local shelters and placing particular attention toward the launch of low cost spay/neuter programs made available to residents in high need areas. Ms. Davis was instrumental in the successful launch of the "Apollo Initiative", a program subsidized by the Heigl Foundation, which aims to offer free spay/neuter services to the general public from designated zip codes in an effort to decrease unwanted and accidental litters and increase awareness.

"I am delighted to join the Heigl Foundation as its Executive Director and excited for the opportunity to expand the foundation's existing programs and develop additional programs to continue to save the lives of companion pets throughout our cities and be on the forefront of finding a collective solution to the pet overpopulation crisis." (Kathy Davis).

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded by Nancy and Katherine Heigl to celebrate the memory of a wonderful son and brother. The mission of the Heigl Foundation is to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance. In pursuit of our mission, the Heigl Foundation routinely develops and supports free and/or low cost spay/neuter programs, transport program partnerships with reputable rescue organizations and humane societies, allocating grants to reputable organizations in support of rescue and adoption efforts and supporting education, training and community outreach programs. Visit the Heigl Foundation at: http://www.jasonheiglfoundation.org.

Los Angeles-area city and county shelters continue to experience overcrowding with stray and abandoned pets, and continue to euthanize a large number of adoptable animals due primarily to lack of space. Anyone interested in volunteering at any of the six Los Angeles city shelters should visit: http://www.laanimalservices.org/. Anyone interested in volunteering at any of the six Los Angeles county shelters should visit: http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/.