Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In California City, a rural town about two hours north of Los Angeles, straight into the
desert, there is a small animal shelter that operates on extremely limited resources. With a very tight budget, staff work hard to
look after the cats and dogs in their care. Like many community oriented shelters, the facility is heavily reliant on local
support and the tireless efforts of volunteers.
Heigl Foundation staff recently visited volunteer Jim Creighton at the
California City Animal Shelter (CCAS) to look
at the facility and were impressed to see the remarkable work being done with so very little. (more…)
Monday, July 18, 2016
What do you do when you see a dog in a high-kill shelter that is in desperate need of medical
care and attention, but you know it’s going to cost a fortune to help them? If you’re JDHF co-founder Nancy Heigl, you don’t hesitate
to pull the dog and hold out hope that it will work itself out.
Such is the case with Heigl Hound of Hope, Vanilla. We
first told you about Nilla when we first pulled her at the end of May. Nilla, an adult pit
bull mix, weighed only 33 pounds and was suffering from a chronic illness called masticatory muscle myositis which prevented her jaw
from opening. (more…)
Monday, June 6, 2016
Last week, we took on the extreme case of Vanilla, an emaciated pit bull from
the Lancaster Shelter in LA County. While we were there to get Vanilla, acting shelter manager Raul Rodriguez asked us to consider another dog.
Raul explained that when Keaton, a young Shepard mix, initially came into the shelter, he was unable to use his front
limb. The shelter staff assumed Keaton had been hit by a car. They sent him for x-rays and were shocked to discover the truth: Keaton had been shot, and the
bullet was still in his body. (more…)
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Meet our newest Heigl Hound of Hope, Vanilla! Vanilla is a 6 year old female pit bull mix that we just pulled
from the Lancaster Shelter in Los Angeles county.
The Heigl Foundation has never shied away from extreme cases. You can visit our
YouTube channel or browse our web site articles to see
some of our previous Heigl Hounds of Hope, such as Penny and Penelope, that have recovered
from horrible cases of neglect and illness. So, when JDHF co-founder Nancy Heigl saw Vanilla, she did not hesitate to offer to help. (more…)