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Carrie Underwood’s C.A.T.S. Foundation Shows Her Soft Heart for Animals

By Danielle Hathcock | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-12-16

Carrie Underwood is vocal about her love for animals. Not only does she follow a vegan diet, but she isn’t shy about her dislike for hunting (a true irony considering her husband is part-owner of a hunting goods company). But Underwood isn’t just personal in her principles– she makes sure to back her passion with funding thanks to her C.A.T.S. Foundation.

C.A.T.S. Foundation
Carrie Underwood, winner of the Favorite Female Artist Country award, poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

C.A.T.S Foundation

Established in 2009 in Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood‘s C.A.T.S. Foundation is located in her hometown. According to C.AT.S. website, it was established “to improve Checotah, Oklahoma by assisting with causes, fulfilling needs, and providing services to the community and surrounding area.”

C.A.T.S stands for Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation. One of the Foundations’ projects was a new animal shelter, with an emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering, pet adoption, and general pet welfare.

However, though animals are certainly a part of the Foundation’s mission, it goes far beyond that in order to address several needs of the town. 

C.A.T.S. Foundation
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 08: Host Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards. They took place at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)

Not Just Animals

As the name suggests, the Foundation is for the town and schools of Checotah. As a means of fulfilling the rest of the mission, the Foundation also provides school equipment. This includes computer labs, musical instruments, and new playground equipment.

Likewise, parks and other town areas are a focus of C.A.T.S. 

The Foundation is funded by both private and public donations. C.A.T.S has partnered with several other celebrities and retailers in support of their cause. These include Rachel Ray and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Underwood was specific as to why she has aimed her focus on Checotah. On the Foundation website, she explained. “My hometown is extremely supportive of me and I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back; to say thank you.”

Certainly, her town is just as proud of her as she is grateful to it. 

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Danielle Hathcock

Danielle Hathcock is a Midwest native now living in southern California. A staff writer for MondayMondayNetwork, writing is one of her a lifelong passions. When she isn't obsessively reading country music news to write about, you can probably find her on a horse, a hike, or hitching a ride to travel anywhere!

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