Katherine Heigl rescues 25 dogs

When Katherine Heigl learned that 25 Chihuahuas were set to be euthanized, she decided to help them find loving homes. Through the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, founded by the actress and her mother, Heigl paid $25,000 for the dogs to be transported from Los Angeles to Boston. There, the tiny dogs were put up for adoption at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua and the Salem Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. “All 25 would have been euthanized if we didn’t take them. We’re just so happy to be saving their lives,” Director Karen Bill of the Humane Society told People. ~Patricia Gougeon

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  1. Queen + The Muppets=Wow! • December 9, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

    » Very nice,indeed. 🙂 8)

  2. Thibz • December 9, 2009 @ 11:34 AM

    What a nice thing to do:)

  3. Nancy • December 9, 2009 @ 11:55 AM

    Nice? Are you guys serious? What would have been “nice”, would be if she had found homes for them in L.A. Instead, she had them transported to Boston and put up for adoption there…meaning that people who were to adopt an animal that was ALREADY in Boston are now adopting the Chihuahuas transported in from L.A. So now, the animals in Boston will be euthanized instead. Yeah, “nice”! She’s done nothing but shift the euthanization from L.A to Boston.

  4. Kim • December 9, 2009 @ 12:43 PM

    Not necessarily, Nancy. If they couldn’t find homes in L.A. and were going to be killed, then it makes sense to move them to a place that CAN find them homes. If you’ve ever been to an animal shelter, you’ll find that there are rarely small dogs available for adoption. Now people in Boston who want a small dog can go adopt one (since there weren’t people in L.A. who would take them). Sounds pretty great to me.

  5. Nancy • December 9, 2009 @ 2:41 PM

    I think most people would take what’s available. Now they never will. Now they will demand what they WANT because they know that they can just get it imported if it’s not readily available. The ones that are available will suffer because of it. It’s like an adoption agency that only has kids over 5 years old available. Most people want to adopt babies though but, if babies are not available, they will adopt the 5 and up kids if they really want one. They shouldn’t import a bunch of babies from another state. That doesn’t solve anything as far as I’m concerned.

  6. Kim • December 9, 2009 @ 3:07 PM

    No one who wants a small dog will take a large dog. No way. People who want a small dog and go to a shelter where there are mostly german shepherd, lab crosses or rottweiler crosses just leave and go and buy a little one at a pet store instead. I’ve never heard of someone who wants a tiny dog instead getting a rottweiler/lab mix. Now, they can get a little dog at this shelter and save one that would otherwise be destroyed instead of buying a puppy mill dog. Also, she was taking them from a place that would kill them and moved them to a no-kill facility. They won’t be killed, and neither will any dog at that place, even if someone picks a Chihuahua instead of them (although, no one who wants a bigger dog is going to pick a Chihuahua, you just have to be the type of person who wants a mini-dog to adopt one). That puts her very high in my regard. I would do the same in a heartbeat. There is no justification to kill dogs (or cats) — there has to be someone, somewhere who will give them a home.

  7. mandee • December 9, 2009 @ 10:31 PM

    this is great news. i agree this is a wonderful thing for her to do. i can see what youre saying nancy, and i respect it, but i agree with kim also that some places dont kill the animals if they cant place them.

  8. Nancy • December 9, 2009 @ 11:46 PM

    I haven’t heard that they were shipped to a “no kill facility” and I thought ALL Humane Societies did euthanization…?? Idk. I think Paris Hilton should be paying for this, personally, as she is the one who started that stupid trend of carrying a chihuahua around in her handbag. Then everyone wanted one so breeders started breeding them in masses in L.A, then the trend went capput and now the chihuahuas are over-populated and need to be euthanized. She has the money, she should be fixing the problem she helped create.

  9. mandee • December 10, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

    man ive never liked paris or anything shes done or ANYTHING about her. someone should tell her its her fault and maybe she will buy them all, one for every handbag she has. 😛

  10. silver • December 10, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    Assuming the premise is true that there is an overpopulation of a certain breed of dogs because of a fad created by Paris Hilton’s actions, that doesn’t make it her fault. It is the fault of everyone who copied her not because of their love of dogs, but because they blindly followed and copied what a “celebrity” did. Paris Hilton couldn’t create an interest in herself without the fools who pay attention to her.

  11. Moviefan • December 10, 2009 @ 6:19 PM

    I found the websites for these places. The Salem Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire states that they “do NOT euthanize for space.” They say they received five Chihuahuas from Los Angeles and were having a viewing on December 5th, at which time people could apply to adopt and homes would be chosen based on which are “best equipped for small breed dogs and not on a first come first basis.” The Humane Society for Greater Nashua got the other 20 and they say on their website that all 20 have already found homes.

  12. Thibz • December 10, 2009 @ 7:15 PM

    its still a nice thing to do.

  13. Shauna • December 12, 2009 @ 12:16 PM

    it is a nice thing to do. i hope no other dogs are put down. i love dogs

  14. tributegirl • December 15, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

    I love dogs too, Shauna, and I hate when they euthanize to make room for more!

  15. PD • December 22, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

    Nancy – what a stupid and ridiculous comment.

    The dogs were moved to prevent them from being euthanized in LA – to areas where there is a demand for them. In fact homes were found for ALL the animals in a few hours. None of the shelters that they were moved to euthanize animals that was the ENTIRE point of doing it.

  16. Nancy • December 23, 2009 @ 8:01 PM

    PD – saying that someone else’s opinion is “stupid and ridiculous” is…well, stupid and ridiculous!

    I never had any doubt that the chihuahuas would be adopted out, so please learn how to read. Also, the article does not say that the facilities listed DO NOT euthanize any animals, does it? It clearly states that one of the facilities is a humane society and the majority of those DO euthanize.

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