In a touching tribute to his late mother, Seth MacFarlane has announced a partnership with the Heaven on Earth Society for Animals to establish Perry's Place — a new cage-free adoption center and sanctuary for homeless cats. 

MacFarlane, the brains behind animated television comedies like "Family Guy" and "American Dad," lost his mother, Ann Perry MacFarlane, to breast cancer last year. She was 63. According to the site, Perry was "was an inveterate animal lover and tireless rescuer. Over the course of her life, she cared for all manner of wild and domestic animals alike and was known for taking in the ones no one else would."

Cats that are not adopted through Heaven on Earth will get a second chance at Perry's Place. MacFarlane is working with to help fundraise for the new center, which will match $10 through an anonymous donor to every $1 pledged (up to $500,000).

“This gift will at last enable our organization to purchase our own sanctuary property," said HOE founder Eri Kriteman. "And there’s so much more we can do if we can put down roots. What separates Heaven on Earth from other rescues is a commitment to cats that are often overlooked for adoption due to special needs."

So far, more than $11,000 has been raised for the sanctuary.

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'Family Guy' creator establishes cat sanctuary
Seth MacFarlane honors late mother with new cage-free adoption center for homeless cats.