Representing the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Katherine Heigl attended a special event last night in Beverly Hills, a cocktail party to celebrate the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announcement of a major investment of $25 million over five years in Los Angeles animal welfare.

Katherine Heigl & ASPCA President Matt Bershadker Katherine Heigl & ASPCA President Matt Bershadker (Photo: Stefanie Keenan - Getty Images)

Collaborating with public and private animal-welfare organizations the money will be used to help curb the homeless pet population. Every year across the U.S. an estimated 2.7 million healthy and otherwise adoptable dogs and cats are killed in our shelters because there are not enough good homes for them.

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation Heigl Foundation, funds numerous initiatives in the Los Angeles area, designed to help address this horrific statistic. These include both free and low cost spay/neuter surgeries and the funding of transport, adoption and training programs.

Other famous faces in attendance included Hilary Duff, Colbie Caillat and Frances Fisher, as well as representatives from Los Angeles City Animal Services and Los Angeles County Animal Control.

Katherine also took time to chat with the press, discussing family life at home in Utah with husband Josh Kelley, daughters Naleigh and Adalaide, and the animals who share their ranch. "I have 7 dogs," she said laughing. "Yeah! I do! Almost 8 maybe - if I can talk my husband into it, and 3 cats. They live in the house in Utah, then we have a separate ranch where we have 9 horses, 2 donkeys, 2 goats and chickens and mini horses."

Katherine Heigl & ASPCA President Matt Bershadker Katherine Heigl At The ASPCA Cocktail Party (Photo: Stefanie Keenan - Getty Images)

Discussing her marriage, "I think that we just really enjoy each other," Heigl said. "He's kind of my best friend," she continued, although "I think that can be tricky. When it starts to become too much of a friendship and not enough of a romance, that can also be a problem. When you live with someone - and we've been married for 6 years and together for 8 years - you just become so used to each other's company," Katherine explained. "That can be awesome. Like, in our instance, it's amazing. We like to watch Game of Thrones, have a couple cocktails, hang out together.".

Katherine also shared some of her marriage secrets, "I laugh at all his jokes," she confessed. "I think he's really funny, so then he really loves me, because I laugh at all of his jokes." She added that the biggest component of their relationship is communication, although sometimes, communication and hearing were not necessarily the same thing. "That doesn't mean there was a lack of communication, it was just a lack of hearing, and it was assuming what the other person meant and needed or wanted. I am a laundry person, I love laundry, doing laundry, I also make my own laundry detergent," she said, explaining by way of example, "so I decided one day, I'm going to do all of his laundry before he goes on tour, and fold it beautifully and put it all in his travel case for him." His reaction, Katherine recalled, was disappointing. "I remember thinking, 'I should just ask him what would make him really happy'", adding, "Just recognize what your partner really needs from you, ask them and if you can do that, do that."

Katherine Heigl, Matt Bershadker and Hilary Duff Katherine Heigl, Matt Bershadker and Hilary Duff (Photo: Stefanie Keenan - Getty Images)

The two parents have also been busy watching their baby girls grow up! "They're really, really great. My 5-year-old [Naleigh], I mean... everyone says it, but she's so obsessed with Frozen. So that's what we do every night after dinner and bath. She sings to every song," Katherine said.

Adalaide, on the other hand, "just turned two in April," Heigl shared, "and she's kind of - every week - a different human being. It's a bit overwhelming: One minute she's this sweet, cuddly lovable thing, and the next minute she's independent and stubborn, kind of like a wild animal! I'm just trying to figure it out from one minute to the next, what I'm going to be dealing with," she confessed.

Talk turned to her new NBC drama State Of Affairs, "I'm really excited. This is a passion project for me. I've been developing and working on it for two years. I remember standing on set the first day of filming and we were waiting to shoot the first scene and I thought, 'My God we're actually here.' I'm really proud of it and really excited about it, so I can’t wait to see where it goes next."