The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation Launches The Compassion Revolution
to Directly Address the Pet Population Crisis. Katherine Heigl and the Foundation Unveil Key Elements of the Program.
Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, September 23, 2010 - In a press conference held today at the Four
Seasons Hotel, Katherine Heigl, accompanied by the Jason Debus
Heigl Foundation Board, kicked off a major companion pet
initiative - The
Compassion Revolution. Its broad mission is to
unite diverse groups and individuals under one alliance to
initiate programs that will directly address the pet
overpopulation crisis in the area, and to set a precedent for
similar programs across the country. To kick off the
Revolution, today the Heigl Foundation announced a $1 million
pledge for spay/neuter and supporting programs in the City and
County of Los Angeles and neighboring communities.
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. 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. Together we have the power to
create a consensus which rejects killing as a method of
The current statistics are staggering:
- The ASPCA estimates that 5 out of 10 shelter dogs and 7 out
of 10 shelter cats are euthanized annually across the nation in
large part because the number of animals entering shelters is
far greater than the number of animals that are adopted from
Between 6-8 million dogs and cats are abandoned at shelters in
the United States annually.
500,000 companion animals are euthanized every year in
Each year, California taxpayers spend $250 million to shelter
and euthanize dogs and cats state-wide.
In 2009, Los Angeles County shelters took in 83,252 cats and
dogs. Of that number 50,692 were euthanized.
In 2009, Los Angeles City shelters took in 54,129 cats and dogs.
Of that number 19,547 were euthanized.
Katherine Heigl, on behalf of
The Heigl Foundation,
Compassion Revolution, with the support of the
Found Animals Foundation and the
Foundation, represented by speaker