Los Angeles: Katherine Heigl said on Thursday pledged $1 million to spay and neuter programs in Los Angeles.
The star of Warner Bros.` upcoming film "Life As We Know It" is kicking off a pet initiative to increase awareness and help curb the pet population crisis. Each year 500,000 animals without homes are sheltered and euthanized in California, costing the state $250 million.
"What`s happening is not only inhumane and morally reprehensible, it`s economically irresponsible," Heigl said. "Killing is not a solution."
The project is in association with the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which was named after her brother who was killed in a car accident 24 years ago.
In addition to the contribution to spay and neuter programs, the JDHF will continue to support Learn to be a Best Friend (a training and education obedience program); transport programs moving animals from local shelters where they would be euthanized to humane societies, rescue organizations and "no kill" shelters; and continue to promote pet adoption.
Cesar Millan of National Geographic Channel`s "The Dog Whisperer" joined Heigl in the announcement.
"I think we have to work a little harder and call ourselves a dog lover country," he said.