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

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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”

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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.

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