Rachael Ray is donating $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! thanks to Brooklyn Decker

Rachael Ray is spreading the cheer this holiday season, and an Austin organization is one of the lucky recipients of her generosity.

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For the second year in a row, Ray’s “Santa Paws” campaign is donating money from Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food proceeds to animal rescue organizations chosen by her famous animal-loving friends.

Stars like Miranda Lambert and Denise Richards chose their favorite animal organizations, and Austin’s own Brooklyn Decker chose Austin Pets Alive! to receive a $10,000 donation.

Looks like it’ll be a good Christmas for APA! this year.

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Austinites join to make Christmas miracle for abused pup named Tiny Tim

It’s an (early) Christmas miracle!

Yesterday, Austin Pets Alive! issued a desperate plea for help for a 7-month-old puppy named Tiny Tim who, much like the fictitious boy of the same name, couldn’t walk and needed surgery.

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Austinites joined together to donate the money Tiny Tim needed for his surgery. Courtesy of Austin Pets Alive!
According to Austin Pets Alive!, Tiny Tim was purchased at a flea market and forced to live in a crate that was too small for him, resulting in severely malformed hind legs.

“His knee caps are on the side of his legs as a result of staying in a bent position for too long,” Austin Pets Alive! said. “The femur bones have grown past the knee caps so he can no longer extend his hind legs or walk normally.”

The only solution was a groundbreaking new procedure that had the potential to fully restore Tiny Tim’s ability to walk. They had an orthopedic specialist who could do the surgery, but they needed at least $2,000 to make it happen.

That’s where the Austin community comes in. Less than 24 hours after the announcement, the shelter said it had raised the necessary $2,000 as well as enough to cover any complications. Tiny Tim’s surgery is confirmed for Jan. 6.

“It’s amazing. People just totally stepped up,” said Lisa Maxwell, spokeswoman for Austin Pets Alive! “It is so heartwarming to see people have concern over this one dog, that in the middle of everything going on in the world, people care enough.”

Tiny Tim is currently living with a foster family but may be available for adoption following his surgery. Anyone interested in adopting him can contact Austin Pets Alive!

There are more animals at Austin Pets Alive! that need help — learn about them or make a donation.

We are always looking for stories of good news from around the city. Have an idea? Email it to kfinan@statesman.com.

Show us: Is your pet doing the holiday right? We want photos

UPDATE: Keep up with the photo album as it develops here!

Earlier: How do you know if you pet is doing the holidays right? Scroll down for some Grade A examples. Then send your photos of pets in holiday settings to readerphotos@statesman.com or tag @austin360 on social media. We’ll use them for an online gallery and some will go in print. Include your name, your pet’s name and anything you want to say about the image.

LUCY IS DOING THE HOLIDAYS RIGHT

Lucy Martin in a set of custom-made holiday pajamas. Photo (and pajamas) by Jennie Martin
Lucy Martin in a set of custom-made holiday pajamas. Photo (and pajamas) by Jennie Martin

Lucy Martin is a certified therapy dog with Divine Canines (more than 200 visits under her collar), and each year she models her custom-made pajamas in front of the family tree. That’s pajamas as in plural — she gets a new look, along with her human family, each December.

GINGER IS DOING THE HOLIDAYS RIGHT

Ginger Chapman in the holiday spirit (meaty treats help keep her spirits up long enough for an annual photo).
Ginger Chapman in the holiday spirit (meaty treats help keep her spirits up long enough for an annual photo).

Ginger Chapman takes a modernist approach, in this kicky hat designed by Chris March for Target. Don’t try to buy one now — this is from several seasons ago. Ginger knows you can pull out the tried-and-true, if it’s a look that works.

KAXAN IS DOING THE HOLIDAYS RIGHT

Karan gets into the spirit at home and out in the world each holiday season. Photo by Edward Flores
Kaxan gets into the spirit at home and out in the world each holiday season. Photo by Edward Flores

Kaxan (he’s famous enough for one name, y’all) is a Divine Canine, too, as well as the official KXAN News Mascot (plus, he’s starred in several commercials). He and Lucy sometimes make visits together. He rocks many a seasonal look, including December appropriate. And for several years, he’s done his version of “Elf on the Shelf.” Kaxan goes beyond the shelf to a variety of Austin locations, accompanied by his trainer, photographer and stylist Edward Flores.

Kaxan on a shelf!
Kaxan on a shelf!

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