The Water Bowl: Rachael Ray Pledges $500,000 to Sandy Pets in Need

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updated 11/08/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 11/12/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, celebrity chef Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help families and, of course, pets affected by Superstorm Sandy. Her pet food brand, Nutrish, is also shipping out four tons of dog food for four-legged friends in need. “When you make your living in food,” she said, “you have to give back in the same way.” –AP

Welcome to the Animalle Mundo Pet, Brazil’s eight-story love motel – just for dogs. Owners looking to set the mood for their canines to breed pay about $50 for each session. –New York Times

Tech-savvy kids, take note: A 7-year-old Massachusetts boy is now the owner of a cat, thanks to Facebook. After making a bet with his father, the kid posted a photo with his plea for a pet kitty in hopes it would get 1,000 likes. Today, the photo has more than 110,000 likes. –ABC

After an Indianapolis explosion left more than 30 homes damaged or destroyed, authorities say that not all pets evacuated with their owners. Some animals are running loose in the area, and Animal Control is trying to reunite them with their owners. –AP