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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much more likely to adopt a pet that is happy and playful within its living environment than one that is frightened and withdrawn.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.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Help Bosco & His Dad

Meet Bosco. Bosco is a very lucky dog because he has a caretaker who loves and cares for him. Bosco is having an operation (funded by the Sam Simon Foundation) to remove a tumor in his paw, but because Bosco has extreme separation anxiety he can’t be away from his dad during recovery.


Unfortunately, Bosco’s dad is homeless and lives in a tent. They both need a safe and clean place to stay while Bosco recovers, so he can’t be on dirt or hot pavement. Downtown Dog Rescue has found a place for the duo to stay, but needs assistance with the costs. Bosco’s dad is a very humble guy and Bosco is all that he has.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JustOne & Orapup Unveil Video Starring Katherine Heigl To Benefit Homeless Animals

Innovative Pet Brand Partners with Actress’ Charitable Venture to Raise Awareness and Funds to Help End Animal Cruelty

OREM, Utah (September 16, 2014), JustOne, a pet product line founded by Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl and her mother, Nancy Heigl, and – Orapup, the first tongue cleaner to beat bad dog breath today unveiled a YouTube video to raise awareness and funds for the more than 7 million companion animals that are abandoned or surrendered to shelters across the United States each year.

To help save the lives of homeless animals from euthanasia, the video encourages viewers to purchase JustOne’s collection of leashes, collars and other merchandise, as well as partner products such as Orapup. Proceeds from the sale of every JustOne and Orapup item will benefit animals that have been abused and neglected, fund spay/neuter initiatives, and help implement rescue, transportation and rehabilitation programs.


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