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Arianna Friedman
Dec 26, 2016 @ 8:30 am

What if spreading holiday cheer was as easy as using a hashtag? Thanks to celebrity chef Rachael Ray, it is. This month, the bubbly chef and TV personality issued a social media challenge to her famous friends: post a pic using the hashtag "SantaPaws2016" to raise awareness for animal rescue organizations before Christmas.

In exchange, Ray graciously offered to donate $10,000 to an animal charity of their choice courtesy of The Rachael Ray Foundation, which has already donated more than $14 million to pet charities for food, medical supplies, and treatments, among other things. Allison Williams, Lauren Conrad, and Neil Patrick Harris are just a few of the A-list stars who eagerly answered her call and took to Instagram and Twitter to show their support.

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Check out their posts below.

Rachael Ray

Ray, who is using proceeds from her pet food to fund the generous contributions, kicked it off with a sweet pic of her dog in front of the Christmas tree.

Allison Williams

The Girls star 'grammed a pic of her dog, Moxie, noting that it was taken when right after she brought the 10-week old home. "It's the sweetest gesture, and I couldn't be more grateful," Williams wrote about Ray's altruistic offering.

Neil Patrick Harris

Like Williams, NPH chose to donate to the North Shore Animal League, writing, "This charity is near and dear to our heart - they matched us with our new dog Gidget!"

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Lauren Conrad

Conrad tweeted her support for Wags and Walks, a Los Angeles-based dog rescue organization.

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson posted a selfie with her beloved pooch.

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank got in on the action with this adorable pic. Her donation supports to her animal rescue organization Hilaroo.

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster took it a step further and made a collage of her furry friends in support of The Human Society of New York, adding "'Tis the season for giving!"

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg gave a shout-out to Main Line Animal Rescue.

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Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl snapped a pic of her playful pup to benefit Hearts United for Animals.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert shared a snap of her dog, Delta, to show support for Tulsa Pets.

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn repped Love Leo Rescue, the L.A. organization that matched her with her dog, Frankie.

Brooklyn Decker

Model Brooklyn Decker used this opportunity to promote one of her favorite organizations, Austin Pets Alive!

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