The Animal Project Foundation (APF) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to grassroots animal rescue organizations, assisting with emergency rescue and medical costs, fostering and adoption of high-risk animals, and provides access to free spay and neuter services.  The APF was created to actively help those who have no way to help themselves. 


Most of the APF-supported organizations are volunteer-led and managed, and are in desperate need of continued financial support to advance their important work.  We strive to not only help animals currently in crisis, but also to eliminate the senseless killings of unwanted and homeless animals.  We do this by addressing the root causes of the issue – by making spay/neuter services more accessible and available, and to promote the importance of animal adoption.

The APF collaborates with other rescue and animal organizations by funding and creating unique programs that help end the senseless killing of millions of innocent animals each year and encourages the human - animal bond that is so healing and enriching for us all. 

Our Priorities:

• To save animals from needless slaughter in shelters across the country due to pet over-population.
• To encourage and educate people of all ages, ethnicities and social backgrounds about the healing power of the human - animal relationship and the various types of companion animals available.
• To raise funding and awareness for the animal rescue community.

Examples of what we support:
•  Provide medical care for abused or neglected animals in need
•  Provide much needed food and transportation for animals in need
•  Provide access to spay and neuter clinics
•  Provide for boarding costs and will help sponsor
•  To increase awareness and give exposure to the issues affecting animals via social media and other various media,  including creating original and unique digital programming
•  To assist in placing rescue cats and dogs in loving homes

•  To do our part!


The Animal Project Foundation was founded in the fall of 2012 by Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the  judges on the ABC mega hit, Dancing With The Stars.  Besides her well known love of dance, her love of animals and their love in return has been a strong source of inspiration in her life.  This has been her ongoing goal since starting her career in the entertainment industry, 25 years ago... to help animals in need.

Carrie Ann Inaba was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and lived on a wildlife preserve most of her childhood, surrounded by all types of indigenous Hawaiian wildlife, in addition to her own family of dogs, cats and fish.  Due to that unique circumstance, she has always considered herself a protector of the animals.  Coming from a childhood where she had her own personal struggles and was too young to speak out, she has always felt the need to protect those who don't have a voice.  Animals are her passion.    She has won numerous awards for her work with animals and continues to be a bright light of hope for any animal in need. 

In 2012, Carrie Ann launched a web series called "CribCat" that she co-created with Petsami.  The show was produced, written and voiced by Carrie Ann and featured a talking cat who introduced special needs cats who needed forever homes.  The show made it's debut at the Genesis Awards in 2012.   After the success of this show, Inaba saw how she could make a huge difference and immediately put into action The Animal Project Foundation. 

in 2012,
Carrie Ann hosted the HSUS's Genesis Awards that aired on Animal Planet.  She again hosted the 2013 Genesis Awards.

When Carrie Ann first moved to Los Angeles, she had her first experience with a deer.  Sadly the deer had been hit by a car on the very busy Sepulveda pass.  Without knowing what else to do, she parked her car right in front of the deer to prevent anyone else hitting the injured animal and directed traffic around the deer.   When she realized that the beautiful creature was fatally wounded, she got on her knees in the middle of the road and cradled the deer's head - comforting the animal as he left this world.  Soon after, the police arrived and asked Inaba to step away from the animal.  She of course would not.  She stayed by the animal's side until the animal was taken away respectfully.  


Carrie Ann lives in Los Angeles with her four cats and three dogs (all beautiful rescues).  She credits her cat Shadow (1992 - 2011) as being her inspiration to finally make her dream project come true, The Animal Project Foundation.  Shadow was her soul mate and guide, and after sharing 19 years of friendship and dedication, he passed in September 2011, and Carrie Ann took the first step to honor his life.

Love is the most beautiful thing in this world.
But the love of an animal is the purest thing in this world.
Everyone should experience this type of love.  It is very healing and our world could use a little healing right now.

--carrie ann

Carrie Ann Inaba, Founder

Our Board of Directors:
Carrie Ann Inaba, Founder 

Colleen Miller, Treasurer

Clarissa Shetler, Secretary

Dr. Karen Halligan, Director