Rachael Ray may be best known for making our taste buds happy, but the Daytime Emmy-winning dog devotee is currently providing sustenance for the souls of her Fido-loving fans by helping animals affected by nature’s fury.
Through her dog food line Nutrish® (which has raised more than $1.5 million for animal charities since its launch) and her philanthropic endeavor Rachael’s Rescue, the celebrity chef has joined forces with the ASPCA Disaster Fund to contribute money and meals for cats and dogs in dire straits as part of the emergency fund’s efforts to lend aid to qualified shelters and animal welfare organizations which have been dealt a blow by recent severe weather incidents.
“I am a huge lover of animals, and I simply can’t bear the thought of them homeless, hungry and in need of care,” said Rachael Ray. “One of the main factories where our Nutrish Just 6 treats are manufactured is located in Joplin, Mo., so this tragedy has really hit home and we knew we needed to spring into action and help. I’m so happy I could join the incredible efforts already underway by the ASPCA in helping families find their pets and care for animals in their community– we started Nutrish and Rachael’s Rescue for this very purpose.”
ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres states: “After our Field Investigations and Response team witnessed firsthand the incredible devastation – especially in the Midwest and Southeast – we wanted to offer additional aid in the form of the ASPCA Disaster Fund.”
“We know that local animal shelters and rescue groups are feeling the effects of this unexpected natural disaster, and these funds, along with Rachael Ray’s generous support, will provide needed resources and capacity to help them protect and care for animals in their communities. We are grateful to Rachael for reaching out to the animal welfare community during this very challenging time.”
Fulfilling the need for necessities, the ASPCA Disaster Fund will allot money to eligible animal shelters and welfare organizations for veterinary expenses and medical care for pets; transport/transfer/relocation of animals; sheltering or temporary boarding and fostering of rescued or at-risk animals; nutrition and food banks for at-risk animals; travel expenses for shelter staff or staff deployed to disaster areas, infrastructure repairs and rebuilding costs and much more.
Shelters and welfare organizations applying to the ASPCA Disaster Fund must meet the following criteria to qualify:
- Non-profit organization or government agency, such as municipal or county animal control, with an animal welfare mission and a federal tax ID (EIN/Employer Identification Number)
- Qualified shelter and/or other animal welfare organization in states affected by or responding to recent severe weather incidents, plus organizations outside those states providing outreach and assistance
- Directly affected by or providing/participating in direct response to the spring 2011 natural disasters
- In need of immediate assistance.
For more information about the ASPCA Disaster Fund emergency and disaster response grants:
- visit www.aspcapro.com
Photo courtesy Nutrish