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Wisconsin Humane Society receives $200,000 from The Rachael Ray Foundation™ to support foster program

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has announced that it has received a $200,000 grant from The Rachael Ray Foundation™ to support its foster program. 

“We are absolutely floored by the generosity of our friends at The Rachael Ray Foundation,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO at WHS.  “This incredible gift will truly save the lives of thousands of animals this year and we couldn’t be more grateful.” 

In 2018, more than 3,500 animals were cared for by WHS foster parents. Foster parents provide temporary care for animals until they are ready to move into the WHS adoption program.  Most foster animals are in recovery from an illness or injury, or are simply too young for adoption. The goal of foster care is to better support the physical and behavioral health of animals in a home environment by reducing stress and minimizing in-shelter length of stay.  

In anticipation of a busy summer, WHS is currently looking for new foster parents for both dogs and cats. To become a foster parent for the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Foster Program at the Wisconsin Humane Society, simply visit to get started. 

The Rachael Ray Foundation™ is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®. Through March 2019, more than $35 million dollars has been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals through The Rachael Ray Foundation and its predecessor entity. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more.

WHS was founded in 1879 and is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin, annually serving 40,000 animals and the people who love them. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Brown and Door Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  The organization offers adoption services, youth programs, veterinary services, retail stores, wildlife rehabilitation, training classes and more. To learn more, visit 


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