Our Mission

The mission of the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals, a registered 501 (c)(3) charity, is to provide a voice to those who have none by making sure that every animal is protected and loved, particularly those in animal shelters or kill pens for horses.  

The Foundation underwrites programs both nationally and internationally. It has had remarkable success with two initiatives: Free the Shelters, an international campaign to help homeless animals and Saving America’s Icons, which rescues horses from slaughter.

The Foundation will continue to fund these initiatives and others and asks the public to join it in creating a better world for all animals. 

Free the Shelters was an extraordinary adoption event that allowed us to find furever homes for hundreds of animals! We are extremely thankful, as were our adopters, to have partnered with Prai Beauty!
— Cassie Lackey Communications Manager, Humane Society of North Texas

What We've Achieved

  • Worked with 57 shelters in 16 states for Free the Shelters saving 3,523 animals since May 2017. The program will launch internationally in Canada in July

  • Funded a program to help veterans with PTSD through equine therapy at Squirrelwood Equine Sanctuary in Montgomery, NY.

  • Rescued more than a thousand horses in kill pens from slaughter through Saving America’s Icons finding homes for them with individuals or sanctuaries. 

  • Supported Nowzad in Afghanistan providing funding so that dozens of soldiers finishing their tour of duty were able to bring home the dog they befriended while fighting for our country.  Cathy is the Global Ambassador for Nowzad.

  • Received international attention for the brutal Canadian Seal Hunt by offering the government $16 million to shut down the hunt.

  • Provided support to Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly skilled service dogs free of charge to people with disabilities including veterans and children.

  • Given support to the Humane Society of the United States, which resulted in having hundreds of laws passed to help farm animals, wild horses, chimpanzees used in medical testing, end cosmetic testing on animals and other programs that give animals a better life.

  • Created a program with the government of St. Martin to provide a shelter for street dogs.