Rachael Ray Gives $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Victims, but Her Reason Turns Heads

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray lent a hand in the most extraordinary way after Hurricane Harvey, the heaviest tropical downpour in American history, wrecked lives in the Texas area. Ray is one of many celebrities who put their money where their mouth was in order to assist the tireless rescue efforts, and Ray’s donation of a staggering $1 million is going a long way. But the specific cause she chose to donate to took many people by surprise.

Rachael Ray speaks onstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5, 2019 (©Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Texas is a very special place for Ray; she hosts the Feedback food and music event at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin every year, and she loves it. So when Ray heard about the crisis in Texas, which caused the bulk of its devastation between August and September of 2017, Ray’s heart went out to the victims. A certain group of especially vulnerable victims spoke to Ray on a deeply emotional level, and it was this group that Ray realized she could help best of all: the animals.

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Ray is a loving dog parent to her own “fur daughter,” a rescued pit bull named Isaboo, and is a longtime fundraiser for animal rescue organizations. As such, getting involved in Hurricane Harvey relief was a no-brainer; Ray made the announcement on her website that The Rachael Ray Foundation would be gifting a generous donation. The foundation already collects a portion of the proceeds from Ray’s own dog food company, Nutrish, and so in addition to the $1 million lump sum, “$100,000 donations have been made to the SPCA of Texas and Austin Pets Alive!,” Ray shared on Facebook,” who are already providing disaster relief to animals in need.”

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A huge number of animals were left behind as families fled the area, and many pets were turned away from already overpopulated refuge shelters. Some resident shelter animals were even sent as far away as Seattle to make space for the overwhelming influx of homeless animals after the hurricane hit.

Steve Culver cries with his dog Otis after Hurricane Harvey destroyed most of his home in Rockport, Texas, in 2017 (©Getty Images | Joe Raedle)

“We will continue our commitment to work with national and local organizations to assess needs and provide the additional earmarked funds,” Ray’s post continued. “Thank you to all who are donating their time, effort, and money.” According to People, other celebrities who have used their visibility to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey include country singer Miranda Lambert; her animal rescue foundation MuttNation rescued 72 dogs. And actress Sandra Bullock, hit hard by the news of the devastation, also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid relief work.

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Almost two years after the flood damage wrecked lives, the hard work continues. It was predicted at the time (and the predictions hold true) that it would take years for the affected areas to fully recover. New crises emerge every day, it’s true, but the victims of Hurricane Harvey have not been forgotten. Ray’s donation is ensuring that some of the most vulnerable victims of the devastation continue to get the shelter and care they need.

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“Goodwill to our neighbors,” Ray affirmed, “is most important during times like these.”