BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Rachael Ray Foundation announced on Wednesday that it is donating $100,000 to the Butte Humane Society.
The gift from the foundation will be put toward the humane society's "Journey Home" campaign to raise $11 million to build a new, state of the art animal shelter.
The new shelter will be located north of Chico on a 10-acre property donated by Ken Grossman and his wife, Katie Gonser, founders of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
The humane society hopes to break ground on the project this year.
"This new shelter will increase our animal capacity, greatly improve sanitation and wellness, and let us become a regional hub for animal welfare efforts," Gonser said.
The Rachel Ray Foundation is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Ray's pet food, Nutrish. Her foundation has also donated more than $35 million to animal charities.
The donation from the foundation was assigned to a small dog lobby to be named "Rachel Ray Nutrish Smallville."