Sunday, December 18, 2011 / 2:34 pm
TakePart.com’s Cause Celeb takes a look at the causes and organizations that celebrities are committed to. Katherine is the latest star to feature in the spotlight through her work with the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation which she founded with her mother Nancy Heigl in 2008.
Katherine explained to Cause Celeb about what inspired the daughter/mother duo to establish their animal welfare organization, "We created the JDHF because of [my late brother] Jason’s innate compassion and love for animals and our whole family’s commitment to the innocent and the voiceless in our society. When we became aware of the terrible situation and the number of companion pets that are being killed each year in our country, we knew that we needed to get involved and try to help."
"It’s the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little," she added, when discussing the ways in which people can help animals. "I have four rescue dogs. I just lost one, MoJo, to old age and was so saddened by his loss that I wanted to do something to honor him. I adopted two little shepherd puppies that were saved from SB Shelter by Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. There are many ways to help, and our web site talks about all of them. At the JDHF, we think it’s important to remember that every little bit can help and make a big difference for these forgotten animals."
The Cause Celeb series has also profiled stars such as John Legend and his Show Me Campaign, Heather Graham’s work with the Cambodian Children’s Fund, Mandy Moore for malaria prevention and Ted Danson for Oceana.
Visit Cause Celeb and click on the Previous/Next buttons to navigate through the full interview, in which Katherine talks about what she finds most rewarding and how the Heigl Foundation is trying to reduce the number of healthy adoptable animals that are being euthanized in shelters.