The Heigl Foundation Transport Program is an initiative that supports and subsidizes the relocation of animals from shelters where they are scheduled to be euthanized to pre-approved humane societies, rescue organizations and no kill shelters.
In states such as Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and most notably in New Hampshire, a progressive publicly funded spay / neuter strategy has lead to huge reductions in the shelter population, admissions and the number of animals euthanized. This has resulted in a demand for adoptable pets that can not always be serviced by the various local shelters and rescue groups.
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation helps to meet this demand and save lives, by moving animals from overpopulated shelters where they face almost certain death, to these communities where there are lists of people waiting to adopt them.
We fund the regular transport of dogs and cats by car, van or even by plane depending on the length of journey that they face. The animals are quickly placed in loving homes because of the relative shortage of adoptable animals in the aforementioned states.
Killing Is Not A Solution
As effective as spay and neuter programs are in the medium term in helping to address pet overpopulation and reduce the intake of animals into the shelter system, there remains an urgent and immediate need to prevent as many neglected and abandoned animals as possible from being euthanized.
The statistics make grim reading.
Approximately 8 million cats and dogs enter US animal shelters every year and of that number about 5 million will never get out alive.
In the meantime, public and private agencies spend an estimated $2.5 billion on shelter care annually to feed, treat, house and kill these animals.
"What's happening is not only inhumane and morally reprehensible, it's economically irresponsible. Killing is not a solution."Katherine Heigl, Compassion Revolution Press Conference - September 2010
The JDHF seeks to end the sadness in this madness.
Our Transport Program has already rescued over 4,000 animals in the Los Angeles area and relocated them to forever homes and no kill shelters across the United States.
In the first half of 2011 we have funded the transport of over 600 companion pets.
The Foundation has also been instrumental in establishing and financing transport initiatives for partner organizations, such as the Pup My Ride shelter dog relocation program in Los Angeles with Best Friends Animal Society.
In addition, our Networking Program encourages approved organizations to save more animals by helping to subsidize the costs they face when rescuing animals. It is complemented by our internal rescue group the Heigl Hounds Of Hope which is focused on finding homes for medium to large breed dogs that are at greatest risk of euthanasia in shelters.