Yesterday was an exciting and emotional day for me. I was given the Lewyt Humanitarian Award by the North Shore Animal League for my animal advocacy work and for the donations we have been able to make from the proceeds I have generated from the sales of my dog food, Rachael Ray Nutrish. I’m pleased to say that we have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars (a growing number) in proceeds that I will continue to give to rescue and rehab organizations and people, such as NSAL. The sad part of the lunch was listening to the statistics around puppy mills and seeing the videos of how these poor dogs are treated. Recently the NSAL was able to bust up an operation and they found pups whose hair was so matted and knotted that their skin wasn’t getting any air to breath. I cried and so did my buddy, Beth Ostrosky, Howard Stern’s wife, who I now call Beth O’Stern. Beth is very active with the League and ran a marathon to raise funds for them last year. We were one of her sponsors.
How cute are these pups they brought to lunch? If you are interested in learning more about the NSAL, check out their site here.
I’m thankful for the folks at Dad’s, the company who makes Nutrish, because they have also been a strong supporter of the League and other advocacy programs and they helped me to put out a product that I could feel good about. Many of their ingredients are locally sourced and there are no fillers or by-products. Real meat is the first ingredient. My team visited their labs this year and found them so spotless that they are qualified to manufacture human food! If you are interested in a sample, go here.