Katherine and talk show host Rachael Ray are both passionate animal advocates, so when the duo got together to chat on The Rachael Ray Show, on Friday, they were soon joined in the studio by a few furry friends in need of loving homes.

Katherine Heigl Visits The Rachael Ray Show

The show began with Katherine discussing her family move from California to Utah with husband Josh Kelley and their daughters Naleigh and Adalaide. "Everyone asks me why?" she observed, "and I keep saying because it is beautiful and it is a totally mellow and wonderful place. With the kids, it is a much more grounded and normal life." She also explained that sharing their ranch home with a menagerie of pets that include 7 dogs, 3 cats, 9 horses and 2 donkeys can be an eventful experience!

Katherine also brought along items from her pet product line, Just One. Sales will benefit animals in need via her non-profit organization, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. Each time someone buys a Just One product a percentage of that purchase will help to spay and neuter pets, place orphaned animals in loving homes, and end the euthanizing of 10,000 pets a day.

Katherine Heigl & Rachael Ray Discuss Just One Katherine Heigl With Just One Merchandise On The Rachael Ray Show

Helping shelters and encouraging pet adoption are also causes that Rachael's Nutrish pet food line benefit. "You know if you're here, I have to give you our contribution from Rachael's Rescue and Nutrish," Rachael said, offering a $75,000 donation. "You have no idea how much this means to us!" said Katherine, thrilled at the generous contribution.

Katherine Heigl Visits The Rachael Ray Show

Discussion turned briefly to Katherine's upcoming film projects including the recently announced A Moment To Remember, and the animated feature The Nut Job for which she completed voice work in late 2012. However, it was not long before some adorable four-legged friends took centre stage.

Introducing dogs from the worlds largest non-kill rescue organization the North Shore Animal League, Katherine explained that they were all seeking adoption having been saved from various parts of the country. For more information on the puppies and how to adopt, check out the Rachael Ray Show, the North Shore web site and the Animal League Facebook page.