DOWNTOWN — Television chef and daytime host Rachael Ray used an appearance Monday at the Americana at Brand to promote more than just Monte Cristo sandwiches and teriyaki noodles.
Ray, a longtime pit bull owner and rescue animal advocate, partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition in 2008 to launch Rachael Ray Nutrish, a pet food line that donates 100% of proceeds to animal shelters across the country. By the end of 2010, roughly $1.4 million had been generated, Ray said.
"I can't believe there are still puppy mills," she said Monday after presenting a $7,500 check to Animal Advocates Alliance, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that brought 10 shelter animals for a "pop-up" pet adoption event concurrent with Ray's book signing for her latest release, "Look + Cook."
Stephanie Levy, the organization's president, said she was grateful to receive both the donation and the publicity for animal adoption at a time when many pet owners have had to give up their animals for economic reasons.