Rachael Ray to be Honored for Pet Charity Work

North Shore Animal League America to present TV host with humanitarian award.

Posted: May 25, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray may be known for her presence on TV, but she is being honored for her animal-welfare work.
Rachael Ray, TV host and bestselling cookbook author, has been awarded the North Shore Animal League America President’s Award for Humanitarian Excellence.

NSALA has chosen Ray as the recipient of this award for her efforts on behalf of companion animals, according to the no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. The award will be presented to her at the eighth annual Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon on June 3.

Ray has helped charities that take care of animals through Rachael’s Rescue, which highlights animal welfare organizations such as NSALA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP).

In 2008, Ray partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to develop Rachael Ray Nutrish, a line of dog foods and treats. Proceeds from the sale of Nutrish are donated to pet charities. 

"I am heartbroken by the thought of the millions of mistreated and abandoned animals taken in by shelters each year and in this depressed economy the problem may only get worse," Ray said in a statement.  "I am deeply proud of the work we are able to undertake through Rachael's Rescue with our partner North Shore Animal League America and I look forward to continuing our work together helping animals in need."

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Ana    Los Angeles, CA

5/26/2009 10:24:28 PM

We need more Rachel Ray's in this world. There are just too many homeless and hungry animals roaming our streets. Every living creater great and small deserves a loving home!

sal    nh, CT

5/26/2009 6:53:56 PM


Anon    City, CA

5/26/2009 6:27:39 PM

Gotta love Rachael!

Lori    124, MS

5/26/2009 4:53:54 PM

Thanks Rachel

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