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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Five New Grants Awarded To Southern California Rescue Groups

Grants Awarded To Six Southern California Rescue Groups

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is thrilled to announce the award of five new grants to Southern California rescue groups. The goal of these 2015 grants is to assist local rescues with their operation costs related to pulling rescue dogs from SoCal animal shelters. While our grantees are diverse, their goal is shared: to help homeless dogs and cats find forever homes.

Grants were provided to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, Much Love Animal Rescue, the Brittany Foundation, Wags and Walks and Boxer Rescue Los Angeles.

Throughout 2015, we will be highlighting some of the successes of the grants and the animals we are able to save together.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bikes & Hikes Los Angeles: An Innovative Partnership

We have teamed up with Bikes & Hikes LA in an innovative partnership to further our mission to help animals that have been abandoned, neglected and abused.

Bikes & Hikes - Hollywood Hills Day/Sunset Hike Bikes & Hikes – Hollywood Hills Day/Sunset Hike

Bikes & Hikes LA provide unique biking and hiking tours of Los Angeles, delivering an up-close-and personal city adventure in an eco-friendly and health conscious way. The company, which actively strives to influence its environment positively, contacted the Foundation and offered to help support our efforts by donating $2.50 for every Facebook ‘check-in’ they receive.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Development Grants Helping Shelter Animals

The welfare of companion animals in the shelter system is an important issue for the Heigl Foundation and we routinely fund projects aimed at improving facilities at centers that care for homeless pets. Two recent recipients of grants from the JDHF include the Heber Valley Animal Shelter in Utah which received $5,700.00 and Tulare Animal Services in California which received $12,500.00.

Nancy & Katherine Heigl With Staff At The Heber Valley Animal Shelter Nancy & Katherine Heigl With Staff At The Heber Valley Animal Shelter

Grants are given to development projects that not only help to provide abandoned animals with better conditions in which to live, but are also geared towards improving adoption rates. Visitors to a shelter are much more likely to adopt a pet that is happy and playful within its living environment than one that is frightened and withdrawn. If infrastructure facilities also exist where potential adopters can interact with the animal they interested in homing, the chances of the duo forming a mutual bond are greatly increased.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marcus A Very Special K9

One of our very special Heigl Hounds of Hope is Marcus. He is one of the most handsome guys we’ve seen in a LONG time – with striking amber eyes and the coat of an Irish wolfhound, Marcus is obviously mixed with something much smaller, as he’s only about 55 pounds.


When we were in Tulare (between Fresno and Bakersfield) visiting their shelter as a prospective grant recipient, he grabbed our Executive Director’s eye. "I felt certain that this gorgeous dog would be snatched up in no time," said Jennifer Brent. However, Marcus (originally named Ruckus) had a tough time living in the shelter environment and had some scuffles with the other dogs. A friend of the Foundation and expert trainer, Bobby Dorafshar, offered to take Marcus into his ‘Pay it Forward’ program at his kennel and training center, K9s Only, where he would provide intensive training to Marcus at no cost.


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