Getting 5,000 animals adopted in one month is actress Katherine Heigl’s goal.
“Super proud and excited to announce the Fall 5000 program,” she tweeted on Friday, sharing news about a new pet adoption initiative led by the Los Angeles Animal Alliance and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.
“Hoping to get at least 5000 animals adopted this month from LA city and county shelters! Encourage people to go to their local shelters and adopt!”
The campaign, which enlists 5 counties and 20 shelters, began November 4 with a press conference at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California, where Heigl and her mother, Nancy, also announced they would be funding no-cost adoptions for veterans looking to take in a shelter animal through the Pets to Patriots program.
“It is a small token of our appreciation to the legion of heroes who have given so much,” said Heigl, whose late uncle Frederick John Debus was a Navy veteran and animal lover. Heigl is herself has six dogs, three of which are rescues.