Rachael Ray’s Husband Kept Secret About Her 50th Birthday Until Her Stage Is Covered In Puppies

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Rachael Ray has donated nearly $30 million to helping animals in need, all thanks to her massively successful pet food line, Nutrish.

So in honor of Rachael’s 50th birthday (and the season 13 premiere of her talk show), her staff and loved ones decided to pull out all the stops.

She was first joined onstage by her husband, John, who’d been keeping her massive surprise a secret for months. He had some special guests to announce, starting with famed chef Emeril Lagassé — who walked onstage holding two adorable rescue puppies. Then out came animal advocate Beth Stern, carrying two more.

But the surprise was far from over. Staff members from the North Shore Animal League America flooded the stage — with 50 of the cutest rescue puppies we’ve ever seen!

After the puppies made their grand entrance, it was revealed that all 50 of them were rescued in Rachael’s honor.

Rachael took the time to stress the importance of animal adoption. “Nothing in the world would make every person on this stage happier than to give all these loving animals a home,” she said with tears in her eyes. “You’ll live longer as humans, and you’ll be better humans if you put an animal in your lives.”

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