Actress Katherine Heigl has a huge soft spot in her heart for man's best friend. The 33-year-old's most recent blog for iVillage addresses her philanthropy work on behalf of dogs, including how she stays positive in the face of staggering statistics.
Four years ago Heigl and her mother Nancy began the Jason Debus Heigl foundation, which aims to "change policy, bring awareness and stop the unnecessary euthanization of healthy adoptable dogs in the city and county of Los Angeles."
Despite their diligent efforts the situation can be overwhelming. Detailing the fight ahead of them the One for the Money actress wrote, "The numbers are staggering and will take your breath away: Four million healthy adoptable companion pets are being killed every year in our shelters due to overcrowding."
Katherine Heigl listed these items as to-dos for all those who share her love of animals:
-- We can encourage our family, friends and neighbors to rescue a pet versus buying one.
-- We can promote and support spay/neuter programs and education in our towns and cities.
-- We can donate time, money (even a dollar matters!) or supplies to local shelters.
-- And, most importantly, when you curl up on the floor, sofa or bed with your most loyal friend, you can remember that the best way to honor the gift they are in our lives is to help their kind any way we can. Every little bit matters, no kindness is too small. One saved life matters, one unnecessary death avoided matters.
"It's easy to lose sight of humanity's capacity for compassion, but in the world of animal rescue I am reminded over and over again of how most people are inherently good and well-intentioned," wrote Katherine Heigl. "That's what I force myself to focus on when despair and hopelessness starts to creep in."
"I choose over and over again to see people's character and integrity as my dogs do," she explained. "They have set the bar high when it comes to faith, compassion, patience, loyalty and unconditional love and when I pray at night, I ask that I can follow their example more often. These remarkable creatures have put so much trust and heart into the human race -- now all we have to do is deserve it."
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