Lifestyle Pets Rachael Ray Plays Santa This Season with $10,000 Donations to Animal Rescues in Need The celebrity chef is giving funds to celeb-loved organizations through her eponymous foundation By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 29, 2017 04:16 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images Rachael Ray is definitely on Santa’s nice list. For the third year in a row, the celebrity chef is rallying famous friends to help donate money to animals in need this season through her #SantaPaws campaign. Celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Hilary Duff have already posted about the campaign, which kicked off on Tuesday; Ray’s namesake foundation gave $10,000 to each of their favorite animal rescue charities. More donations are to come throughout the holiday season. “Proud to be part of @RachaelRay’s #SantaPaws2017 again this year,” Lambert wrote on Instagram. “She’s donating $10k to support one of my favorite organizations here in Nashville, @crossroadspets to help make a difference for dogs!” “Proud to be part of @RachaelRay’s #SantaPaws2017 this year,” read Underwood’s post. “She’s donating $10K to support the C.A.T.S. Foundation to help make a difference.” Duff wrote, “Proud to be part of @RachaelRay’s #SantaPaws2017 this year. She’s donating $10K to support my favorite organization, @loveleorescue to help make a difference. Happy Holidays! i got little(naughty) Momo from @loveleorescue and he was a wonderful (naughty) edition [sic], that keeps us laughing all the time” RELATED VIDEO: Is This the Happiest Dog in the World? Ray created the Nutrish line of pet food in 2008; a portion from each sale of the brand is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps pets in need through Rachael’s Rescue. As of September 2017, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $21 million to pet charities and other organizations that do good for pets. Funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments and more. Ray has long been a supporter of rescue animals and organizations, and posts frequently about her own rescue pit bull, Isaboo.