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.
I’m so excited #SantaPaws2016 is back for its 2nd year. I’ve teamed up with some incredibly talented & generous people to help our furry friends this giving season. Up until Christmas, The Rachael Ray Foundation will be donating the proceeds from the sale of my pet food, @Nutrish, to animal rescue orgs across the country. Happy Holidays!
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.
This was right after I brought Mox home from @animalleague -- the shelter that rescued her from a kill shelter in Virginia. Today, @RachaelRay is giving $10K to NSAL for #SantaPaws2016. It's the sweetest gesture, and I couldn't be more grateful. The other puppies like Moxie will thank you, Rachael. 💕🐶💕#SouthernBelle #MysteryMix
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
Tis’ the season for giving! Thanks to @RachaelRay $10,000 will be donated to support @animalleague as part of #SantaPaws2016. This charity is near and dear to our heart - they matched us with our new dog Gidget! It’s so important to give back and we hope you all do, too! Please follow her pet food brand @Nutrish to see who else is supporting the cause. Happy Holidays!
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!"
Conrad tweeted her support for Wags and Walks, a Los Angeles-based dog rescue organization.
Rachel Bilson posted a selfie with her beloved pooch.
Tis’ the season for giving! Thanks to @RachaelRay, $10,000 will be donated to support @HumaneSocietyNY as part of #SantaPaws2016. This charity is near and dear to my heart. It’s so important to give back, and I hope you all do, too! Please follow her pet food brand, @Nutrish to see who else is supporting the cause! Happy Holidays.
A huge thank you @RachaelRay for donating $10,000 to @heartsunitedforanimals no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary as part of #SantaPaws2016!🎅🐾 Take a peek at @Nutrish to see who else is getting involved and join in supporting your local rescue. We can all help make a difference. Happy Holidays everyone!!! 🐶🐕🐺🐱❤
Tis’ the season for giving! Thank YOU @RachaelRay for donating $10,000 to @frankierodgers12 rescue @loveleorescue as part of #SantaPaws2016. Follow her pet food brand, @Nutrish to see who else is supporting the cause! Happy Holidays!! 🐶🎄 Oh, and Frankie and Chance tried their best to smile for the camera but they were in a blissful @Nutrish food coma. 🐶😴💤💤❤️