11/07/2011 AT 5:45 PM ET
Getting 5,000 animals adopted in one month? Bring it on, says Katherine Heigl.
The actress and animal advocate has never shied away from helping pets in need, and now she’s taking that enthusiasm one step further with a challenge.
“Super proud and excited to announce the Fall 5000 program,” she Tweeted on Friday, sharing news about a new pet adoption initiative led by the Los Angeles Animal Alliance and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which honors her late brother.
“Hoping to get at least 5000 animals adopted this month from LA city and county shelters!” she continued. “Encourage people to go to their local shelters and adopt!”