Animal shelters throughout the country take in between 6 and 8 million new animals each year. These animals are in desperate need of stable homes with loving people with whom they can share their lives. Unfortunately, nearly half of the animals that enter shelters never make it out. And shelters all across the country are struggling with overpopulation of animals that have been abandoned or abused.
Heartbroken by the thought of animals facing these hardships, Rachael Ray has created www.rachaelsrescue.org, a website that highlights animal-related issues and organizations that are dedicated to helping at-risk animals. Since 2008, Rachael has also donated 100% of her proceeds from the sales of Rachael Ray Nutrish® to Rachael's Rescue, raising millions of dollars for these animals in need. To learn more, visit www.rachaelsrescue.org.
Many of you may not be aware that Ainsworth Pet Nutrition has a sister company in the Joplin, Missouri area called Hampshire Pet Products. While plant facilities were not significantly affected by the recent tornado, a number of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition families have been directly impacted by the loss of property and, in some cases, loss of their primary residence. The devastation in the Joplin community has been well documented in the news. It is difficult to comprehend the extent of the impact on property and families in the Joplin community.
To support these families in their efforts to rebuild, Ainsworth will be matching employee donations. However the greater need in the entire Joplin community that affects our families and so many others are also of critical importance to us.
Efforts to help these people and pets are being managed by the local disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross and the ASPCA, working in conjunction with the Missouri Humane Society. We encourage you to donate what you can to help people and their beloved pet family members in this time of need:
Thank you in advance for your support in this time of need for Ainsworth families and their pets.
Sean Lang, CEO
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition