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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cat’s Pride Generosity Helps Heigl Foundation Support California City Shelter

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.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Update: Vanilla Needs Surgery To Stop Tumors Spreading

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.


Monday, June 6, 2016

The Fight To Save Keaton’s Leg After Shocking Shooting

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.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Vanilla’s Battle

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.


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