The cartoon creator is honoring his animal-loving mom with a no-kill adoption center for felines

By People Staff
Updated July 21, 2011 07:30 PM

As the mind behind shows like Family Guy and American Dad!, animator and writer Seth MacFarlane knows how to make people laugh. But now he’s doing something a little out of character.

MacFarlane has joined forces with the Heaven on Earth Society for Animals in Van Nuys, Calif., to create Perry s Place, a safe haven for homeless cats.

Named for MacFarlane’s late mother Ann Perry MacFarlane, a passionate animal rescuer who died from cancer last year at age 63, the sanctuary will be a cage-free adoption center.

On July 16, Heaven on Earth announced the initiative to build the sanctuary, and MacFarlane directed his Twitter followers to the project’s fund-raising page, which hopes to raise $500,000 by December.

Of course, the comedy writer couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw in a little joke. “New no-kill pet shelter in my mom s name,” he wrote. “ ‘Cause animals are better than people.”

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