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Wisconsin Humane Society receives $300,000 from The Rachael Ray Foundation™ to support foster program

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has announced that it has received a $300,000 grant from The Rachael Ray Foundation™ to support its foster program. 

“We are absolutely floored by the continued generosity of our friends at The Rachael Ray Foundation,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO at WHS.  “Their incredible support has saved the lives of thousands of animals and we couldn’t be more grateful for their partnership once again.” 

In 2021, 3,751 were cared for by 923 volunteer foster parents for WHS. Foster families provide temporary care for animals until they are ready for adoption.  Most foster animals are in recovery from an illness or injury, or are simply too young for adoption. Some foster parents make adoption placements out of their homes, helping to alleviate space issues at the shelter. 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 spring, WHS is currently looking for new foster parents for dogs, cats, and small animals. 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®. The Foundation funds organizations across the country that work to improve the lives of shelter animals and other animals in need.  In addition, the Foundation makes funds available for emergency situations and disaster relief efforts where help for animals is urgently needed.

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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  • Monday, March 28, 2022
  • For immediate release