Applaud Rachael Ray’s Campaign to Increase Cat Adoptions

Rachael Ray Gives Shelter Cats Makeovers

Target: Rachael Ray

Goal: Show your appreciation for the Food Network star chef and television host’s campaign to urge people to adopt cats

With the often poor conditions in animal shelters, a cat cannot always be in good shape to be adopted. Collaborating with “One Picture Saves a Life,” Rachael Ray is devoting herself to grooming cats in order to increase adoptions across the country in a campaign called “Shelter Cats are Beautiful.” With a photo being one if not the most important factor for a cat to become part of a family, Ray has enlisted the help of a professional photographer and a professional groomer.

Ray explains that although she does not have any cats, she does have a pit bull, whom she thinks is misunderstood because of her breed. Since people often judge animals and potential pets on looks, Ray plans to put cats’ best paws forward because she believes that animals are what make people human, encouraging people to be more loyal, empathetic, and compassionate.

Further inspiration for Ray came from her mother, whose fifteen rescue cats gave Ray the idea to start her own line of cat food, Nutrish. Using her mother’s cats as taste testers, Ray developed both delicious and healthy food for cats that have many of the same ingredients contained in her recipes for humans, without any ingredient that could be harmful to an animal. Nutrish contributes $6.5 million to benefit animals. A quarter of the donations will go into constructing a cage-free adoption center.

Starting in New York at the North Shore Animal League’s shelter, Ray will tour a total of sixteen cities with a mobile adoption center. Please applaud Ray on her efforts to encourage people to humanely treat cats.


Dear Rachael Ray,

Thank you so much for your “Shelter Cats are Beautiful” campaign. With many shelters being underfunded, it is difficult sometimes to give animals adequate food let alone have them looking their best, and as such, a cat may struggle finding a home. Considering food, shelter, and appearance for adoptions in your campaign are sure to make it a success.

I wish you the best. Please continue to care for these lovable animals that truly make people better human beings. Animals are more similar to human beings than they seem. Hopefully, your next endeavor can be a campaign for dogs, and then other animals after that. Keep up the good work.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chance Yeh via Getty Images

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  1. Tim Oneill says:

    Thanks Rachael.

  2. Rachel, May be helping cats which is great but let’s not forget that she is doing her best to cause torture and death to cows, calfs, pigs, lambs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, fish, ducks, all the food animals that she could care less about, I mean unless they are dead and ready to be used in her receipes. I hardly call helping one animal group and then ignoring all the others a reason to applaud RR’s campaign to increase cat adoptions. When she becomes vegan and encourages others to go vegan by having a vegan cooking show, then I will give her a standing ovation. Until then she is advocate for violence, torture, and slaughter, as are all others who eat meat, dairy, and eggs.

    • KatWrangler says:

      You’re entitled to your opinion, but …

      Can’t look at the positive, can you? We should be happy Ms Ray is doing something to help cats – only 8 out of 100 leave shelters alive, and maybe she’ll help save some animals who do need our help. You pick and choose which animals are worthy of your attention.

  3. Nancy Correa says:

    What about other species? She is complicit in the subjugation and killing of billions of non human animals by actively promoting the consumption of land and sea animals en masse on her show and website.
    Also her motives for “saving” dogs and cats are not as altruistic as one might think as she has a line of pet food. Her companion animal food ‘Nutrish” is anything but. Note the ingredients:
    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Brown Rice, Natural Chicken Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Peas, Dried Carrots, Olive Oil, Iron Oxide (color), Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (A Source of Vitamin K Activity), Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Folic Acid

  4. Patricia Dumais says:

    Wonderful initiative — shelter cats are the best!

  5. It’s a good start to promote shelter cats for forever homes, Rachel, now I hope that you will also start using your culinary skills in preparing animal-free food and your promotional skills to show that not only this food is cruelty-free but also much more beneficial to health!

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