The Pup My Ride program run by the Best Friends Animal Society and funded by the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, finds forever homes for small dogs in overcrowded Los Angeles shelters where they face certain death, by transporting them to other areas of the US where demand exceeds supply.

The program was created to save some of the estimated 60,000 animals who are killed each year at shelters in the Los Angeles area.

Katherine Heigl - Pup My Ride Katherine Heigl At The Baldwin Park Shelter

Typically, 30 dogs every two weeks are pulled from L.A. municipal shelters and driven to the Humane Society of Utah in Salt Lake City. The program has also rescued about 50 pups from the Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas, where they also found homes through the Humane Society of Utah. Last year, there were also several transports to Eugene, Oregon.

Since the program began in 2007 over 2500 small dogs have been saved and on September 6th, Montana was added as a new rescue destination, when 53 dogs were transported on a 1200 mile journey to safety in Billings.

To read more about the rescue, to see some of the adorable pups that have been saved and to find out how you can help, please visit the Best Friends Animal Society and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.