NEW YORK, N.Y. (WUSA) - Celeb chef and known pet lover, Rachael Ray, is donating $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help animals and families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Ray announced Friday that her pet food brand, Nutrish, is shipping four tons of wet and dry dog food, and her Yum-o! organization is donating $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.
"When you make your living in food, you have to give back in the same way," Ray told AP.
The ASPCA 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.
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.
By Ann Oldenburg, USA Today