Rachael turned the BIG 5-0, everyone! And if you ask us, there was only one was to celebrate…
With a SURPRISE, of course! (One of MANY ... )
This is the "Rachael Ray" show, after all -- and this *was* also our season 13 premiere!
And what kind of surprise, you ask?
Oh, just the kind that Rach loves most of all: a PUPPY surprise!
That's right, in honor of Rachael's special 50th birthday episode, Emeril, Beth Stern, and a whole slew of people from our beloved North Shore Animal League America stormed the stage with no less than 50 puppies -- that were rescued in Rach’s honor, at that!
The birthday of DREAMS, are we right?!
As her husband, John, noted right before the puppies made their big entrance, thanks to her pet food line Nutrish, Rach has been able to donate $28 MILLION dollars to helping animals. So if anyone deserves a birthday puppy parade, it's definitely our girl.
But of course, Rachael couldn't cuddle all the adoptable pups without reminding everyone in the audience (all 50-year-old birthday boys and girls, too!) and at home that there's nothing quite like adopting a dog.
"Nothing in the world would make every person on this stage happier than, if you're watching, to give all these loving animals a home," said Rach, choking up. "You'll live longer as humans and you'll be better humans if you put an animal in your lives."
We couldn't agree more, Rach!
For more information about any of the puppies you saw on the show and other pets available for adoption, go to https://www.animalleague.org/ or call 516-883-7575.
Happy birthday, boss lady — we love you! ❤️