Carrie Ann Inaba's is a known cat lover and now, the "Dancing With The Stars" judge is using her time to raise money to help animals in need.
OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera recently joined Inaba during a visit to her favorite cat sanctuary in the Los Angeles area, where she talked about her love of animals, how she coped with the death of her 19-year-old cat and her new project to help rescue animals.
Cabrera accompanied Inaba to Perry's Place, The Perry MacFarlane Sanctuary, a cat sanctuary that opened in North Hollywood in April. The sanctuary is named after lifelong animal advocate Perry MacFarlane, the late mother of "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. The sanctuary is run by the Heaven on Earth Society for Animals.
"This is sort of what I do on my spare time and I wanted to share that with you all. I wanted you to see sort of behind the scenes," Inaba said.
Inaba also spoke about how she dealt with the death of her 19-year-old cat, Shadow, who died in October 2011, according to People magazine.
The professional dancer and choreographer explained to Cabrera, "Part of my healing was - Well what I am I gonna do with all this grief? And then I realized, it wasn't grief, it was love. I still had so much more love to give. And I thought, 'Ok. It's time to do this on a much more larger scale.'"
With that in mind, Inaba created The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project to help rescue animals. In order to raise money for her cause, Inaba is auctioning off four seats to the "Dancing With The Stars" finale on May 21.
"I'm auctioning my own personal 4 tickets, which are sitting right beside me, and then I take them out to dinner afterwards," Inaba said.
The current bid on the tickets is $5,250 at the time of this writing. The auction closes on May 7 at 9 p.m. EDT. Proceeds from the auction benefit The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).