Katherine Heigl Joins Animal Advocates to Announce the Fall 5000 & Pets to Patriots Campaigns in Los Angeles

This afternoon at the East Valley Animal Shelter, the Los Angeles Animal Alliance held a press conference to announce The Fall 5000 campaign to adopt 5000 shelter animals into homes during the month of November throughout Southern California. The campaign kicks off November 4-6 with a Super Adoption at 20 animal shelters across 5 counties, featuring discounts, giveaways and personalized attention to adopters.

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, founded by Nancy and Katherine Heigl, also announced the Pets to Patriots promotion, which provides no-cost adoptions to veterans. The promotion is one of the highlights of The Fall 5000 and will be offered at participating Pets to Patriots shelters. Today’s conference was the latest initiative to be announced by the Heigls, who have earned a reputation for putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to animal welfare.

During the conference, an emotional Nancy Heigl spoke of the 22.7 million Veterans in our country today. She said, “Every one of them deserves our generous thanks for defending our liberty and preserving our freedom….this is our way of thanking Veterans in one small way so we can build a stronger and more compassionate community.” The Pets to Patriots promotion, funded with a $30,000 grant from the Heigl Foundation, will allow Veterans no-cost pet adoptions throughout the months of November and December. “It is a small token of our appreciation to the legion of heroes who have given so much,” said Katherine Heigl.

Lt. Commander Frederick John Debus

The promotion was designed to honor Frederick John Debus (“Uncle Jack” to Nancy), who passed away earlier this year. He served in World War II, then devoted the next four decades of his life in the Army Reserve where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Nancy said Uncle Jack was so fond of dogs he asked that the following poem be placed on his funeral card:

Say this of him,
That he loved animals
Don’t add that this was
A good thing or a fine tribute
Rather say that he considered
It a great gift for which
He is eternally thankful.

To acknowledge Nancy’s incredible generosity and on-going heroism in the animal welfare arena, LA Animal Alliance Founder, Dr. Shane Lachtman presented her with a large blue Tiffany’s box. “You are Tiffany’s to us,” he said. “You are the standard bt which we hope people would aspire.”

Nancy Heigl with “Indy,” available for adoption this Sunday

Joining the Heigls was Katherine’s sister Meg Heigl, Kathy Davis (Director of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation), Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (who has been an ongoing champion for animals in city government), Marcia Mayeda (Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control), Brenda Barnette (General Manager, Los Angeles Animal Services), Shane Lachtman (Founder, Los Angeles Animal Alliance), and Trick-or-Treat Hero Award presenters Allisyn Ashley Arm (Disney Channel’s “Sonny with a Chance”) and Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty).

The Fall 5000 Super Adoption will be held throughout the month of November at 20 animal shelters throughout Southern California including the shelters of Los Angeles Animal Services, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control and Riverside County Department of Animal Services, as well as San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, Camarillo Animal Shelter, Irvine Animal Care Center and Orange County Animal Care.

The event will feature discounted adoption fees to adopters as well as giveaways such as discount coupons from Petco, Natural Balance pet food and treat samples, SmartyKat, Planet Dog and John Paul Pet products, and Cesar’s Way magazines. Other sponsors include LA Weekly, ASPCA and the Ryan Newman Foundation. There will also be personal matchmakers and professional trainers to help members of the public find the right dog, cat or rabbit to adopt into their family.

Participating shelters in The Fall 5000 Super Adoption represent some of the largest animal adoption agencies in the nation. “We are grateful for events like The Fall 5000 that raise awareness of our shelters and highlight our orphaned pets who deserve a home of their own,” said Brenda Barnette of Los Angeles Animal Services.

Lindsay Taub speaking with Katherine Heigl at Fall 5000 Press Conference

The Los Angeles Animal Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to creating high-impact programs that help humane organizations and local communities work together to increase adoptions, promote spay/neuter, maximize life-saving and end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded in 2008, by Nancy and Katherine Heigl. The Heigl’s desire to end cruelty and abuse inspired them to create an organization dedicated to animal welfare that would celebrate the compassion, kindness and memory of a beloved son and brother. The goal of the JDHF is to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance. Earlier this year, they announced the Compassion Revolution, a commitment to donate $1 million dollars over the course of a year to various animal welfare initiatives that address pet overpopulation and low-cost or no-cost spay and neuter services.

***Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/producer/media strategist with a passion for travel, photography, nature, adventure, and wine. She resides in LA with her pups and is the managing editor of The Pacific Punch. Follow her on twitter @lindsaytaub58 and @ThePacificPunch. Email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com***

Katherine Heigl, Disney’s Allisyn Ashley Arm, award recipient Georgia Fanthorpe, and Smitty’s Brandon Tyler Russell


Nancy Heigl speaks at Fall 5000 Press Conference

Katherine Heigl with “Indy”


Smitty’s Brandon Tyler Russell and Disney’s Allisyn Ashley Arm


LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz speaks at the Fall 5000 Press Conference


Brenda Barnette, GM of LA Animal Services

(Video Courtesy Kim Sill, D Cups Saving Tea Cups)


About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***


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