Carrie Ann Inaba has a real passion for animals - a passion as great as her dancing skillz!
So when she had the chance to start her own animal charity foundation, she leaped at the opportunity.
Carrie Ann states it took the death of her beloved cat, Shadow, to fire her up and chase her dreams and she wants to raise BIG money in her first.
Carrie Ann states:
It was always clear to me that I needed to give voice to those who couldn't speak out for themselves.
When you're really going after your true dreams, you're afraid of failure," she says. "I can't fail because this isn't for me, it's for the animals.
Carrie Ann wants to raise $1 million in the project's first year and she'll be auctioning off her personal tickets to the Dancing with the Stars finale.
Speaking of a big heart, she's also recently donated pieces from her wardrobe to FashionProject.com, which will help benefit The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project.
That's a HUGE commitment!!! We love Carrie Ann's fire and spirit!
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