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Eliminating the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance.

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded in 2008 by Nancy and Katherine Heigl. The Heigls’ desire to end animal 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.

Throughout his brief lifetime, Jason loved all animals, especially dogs, cats and monkeys, and he lived his life extending compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small.

The Foundation is his legacy.

Our Mission

Dedicated to animal advocacy, the focus of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is to:

  • Address the pet population crisis by funding affordable and accessible spay/neuter programs and clinics.
  • Support non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organizations in their efforts to save shelter animals.
  • Finance medical treatment and veterinary care for shelter and rescue animals.
  • Place rescue dogs and cats in loving homes and provide safe havens for animals that have been abused or neglected.
  • Increase awareness of the inhumane treatment of animals, the horrors of puppy mills and dog fighting.
  • Ensure that perpetrators of animal abuse are held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded entirely through voluntary donations and the support of Nancy and Katherine Heigl.


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Our Founders

Nancy Heigl

Nancy Heigl got her start in the entertainment industry, managing daughter Katherine Heigl’s acting career. In 2007, she added producing to her resume and partnered with Katherine to form Abishag Productions.

Under that banner, Nancy strives to seek out, develop and executive produce exciting and dynamic projects for their company, such as the adaptation of Ann Hood’s best-selling novel The Knitting Circle for HBO. Her executive production credits include Life As We Know It, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is an Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated actress, best known for her starring roles in the feature films The Ugly Truth, 27 Dresses and Knocked Up, as well as her portrayal of Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens in the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, she has also served as an executive producer on a number big screen productions. For more information and news about Katherine and her career, please visit her official website.