September 27, 2010 07:45 PM

As a Mexican immigrant to California, Cesar Millan had to learn a new culture, and along with it, to grasp that culture’s attitude toward animals. It hasn’t always been enlightening.

The Dog Whisperer and his Millan Foundation have joined Katherine Heigl and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation to launch the Compassion Revolution, a $1 million initiative to address the pet population crisis in Los Angeles. At last week’s press conference to announce the project, Millan spoke to about how U.S. residents treat their dogs.

“America doesn’t use common sense,” he said. “That’s why dogs took over, you know what I mean? That’s why I have a show.”

People in this country love their dogs, but they don’t always act accordingly, Millan said. “Dog lovers say, ‘I’m going to get rid of this one, but I’m going to love another one.’ It becomes a very disposable way of loving.”

Millan hopes that the Compassion Revolution, which will provide free spay-and-neuter clinics for L.A.-area communities, will reduce shelter euthanization numbers. “Right now, we’re [at] rock bottom. Four to five million dogs die every year. That’s pretty bad.

“We have a problem with people who are not educated in compassion,” Millan added. “The Compassion Revolution should not stop with dogs. It should [carry over to] women, children, poor people who don’t have access.”

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