Rachael Ray donates $500,000 to superstorm Sandy pets
Rachael Ray with her husband John Cusimano and their dog Isaboo attend the North Shore Animal League America's 2nd annual DogCatemy Awards on Nov. 29, 2007, in New York. / Getty
Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help pets and families who are struggling to rebound from the superstorm that ravaged the U.S. northeast.
The Emmy-winning talk show host said Friday that her pet food brand, Nutrish, is also shipping 4 tons of wet and dry dog food for superstorm Sandy animals, and her Yum-o! organization is donating $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.
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"When you make your living in food, you have to give back in the same way," the host of TV's "Rachael Ray" said.
The ASPCA had rescued more than 250 animals and treated or provided supplies to nearly 6,000 in New York City and Long Island. It will use the money to lease a building that can be used as a central shelter for Sandy animals and to continue searching for lost pets, provide mobile veterinary services and hand out supplies.
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The donation is the largest single gift made by Rachael's Rescue, whose nearly $4 million in donations to date are funded by the sale of Nutrish products.
"I hope this becomes a center of very happy endings," Ray said.
Ray is just one of many celebrities who have donated to the Sandy relief cause. Jerry Seinfeld is donating proceeds from his upcoming shows to relief efforts. Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and other music artists took part in a telethon last week that raised $23 million. Aretha Franklin, Ben Stiller and Rihanna are among the many other celebrities who have pitched in with donations.
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