Rachael Ray About Pet Rescue: "Just Do It!"

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Rachael Ray has become a heavy hitter in the pet industry. Not only does she have her own line of dog food, Nutrish (from which all proceeds benefit animals in need), but she uses her celebrity status to promote animal advocacy, and to bring positive attention to homeless animals and the rescues that help them through Rachael's Rescue.

Ray received the "Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award" for her efforts on March 26 by the American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association. The event was sponsored by Nestlé Purina (who also made a generous donation in Ray's honor to North Shore Animal League America).

Paw Nation had a chance to chat with Ray and asked her how she recommended people get involved with pet rescue when they're short on time and money. Her answer? "Just do it! Like the Nike campaign!"

"It's not the amount of time you spend. It's more about the quality," she told us, adding, "Fostering is a great and easy way to make a big impact."

Ray also suggested taking a local approach. "Make food. Drop off homemade treats [at a local rescue]," she said. She recalled a small grocery store she frequents that always has boxes at the check-out line for the local rescue. "Put out boxes with a picture of one of the dogs so people can easily donate food or blankets. You'd be surprised at how much gets dropped off!"

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