Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba Launches Own Animal Foundation (Photo)

Isn’t this one of the sweetest takes of Carrie Ann Inaba?!! I tend to gripe on her judging at times, but, griping about her animal rescue work is a whole other story. Cooler yet, Carrie Ann is taking it a step up by starting her own animal foundation. Read this take from People.com….

Since she was a little girl, Carrie Ann Inaba has felt a closeness with animals. The Dancing with the Stars judge lived behind a wildlife preserve in Hawaii, and the environment gave her something priceless: respect for nature.

“It was always clear to me that I needed to give voice to those who couldn’t speak out for themselves,” Inaba, 44, tells PEOPLE. “To give them shelter through whatever storms they’re going through.”

Everything Inaba has pursued in her life since then, she says, has led to this very moment, and she is finally proud to announce that with the launch of The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project, she has achieved one of the things she has wanted her whole life.

Awesome! Be sure to read more details at People.

You can visit and read how you can help too at Carrie Ann’s new Animal Foundation site here. *melts* (and those shoes are cute too! :D )