Celebrity chef Rachael Ray donates $500,000 to shelter pets left homeless by Superstorm Sandy

Published On: Nov 26 2012 07:03:37 AM EST
NEW YORK CITY -

The ASPCA has opened an emergency boarding facility for New York City pets displaced by Superstorm Sandy. The shelter is being funded with $500,000 donated by celebrity chef Rachael Ray.

ASPCA spokeswoman Emily Schneider says the 20,000-square-foot shelter is for animals whose owners are unable to care for them while rebuilding their lives.

The shelter opened recently in an unused warehouse in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood

The ASPCA is running the facility with city and federal officials.

Dozens of pets are still in evacuation centers with their owners. The owners will be asked whether they would like the new shelter to take in their animals.

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