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Katherine Heigl pledges $1 million to animal rescue shelters

Actress Katherine Heigl's love of animals may be what prompted her latest act, pledging $1 million to help Los Angeles, California rescue shelters.

People Magazine reports that the 27 Dresses star is behind a new initiative to help cover the costs of spay and neuter programs at local animal rescue shelters.

Through the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, named after her late brother, they plan on working with Cesar Millan's Millan Foundation, the city and county of Los Angeles and several other organizations on the initiative called Compassion Revolution.

"They have no idea that a litter of 10 means a litter of, like, 400 in the future. We can tell them and educate them, and provide a way for them to spay and neuter their pets," she told the news source.

Heigl hopes to encourage people to have their pet spayed or neutered to help prevent shelter animals being euthanized.

According to the Humane Society, six to eight million animals are cared for by rescue shelters every year in the U.S.
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