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Rachael Ray Happily Goes To The Dogs

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By Genevieve Reilly for

FAIRFIELD — It was getting crowded up on the second floor of Borders Books Friday morning. Patrons stood in line, arms loaded with books, waiting for television personality and best-selling author Rachael Ray to arrive.

She was on her way, but first Ray had to make a very important stop — at a pet adoption event on the Sherman Green. The bubbly animal lover crouched down to say hello to the dogs looking for homes. One looked a lot like her own dog, a pit bull named Izzy. “She could be your girlfriend,” Ray said.

Two brown and white puppies, the only siblings left from a litter of 12 born to a stray found wandering in the Bronx, Ray said, “Today’s the lucky day.”

Then, Ray really got down to business — presenting a check for $7,500 to Adopt-A-Dog, a rescue shelter in Greenwich and Armonk, N.Y., that was holding the adoption event.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Allyson Halm, president of the shelter group. “I was not expecting that.”

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