Michael Ray Helping Animals in Need

Michael Ray adopted dog Wrigley
Credit: Courtesy PAWS Chicago

Collecting animal shelter donations on 15-stop trek

I already knew Michael Ray was a great guy but he’s gone up even higher in my estimation as he proves how much he cares about animals that need a helping hand.

Inspired by his rescue dog Wrigley, Michael Ray has launched a special initiative, Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals In Need, just as he sets out on his “Get To You” Tour. The Gold-selling artist, whose latest single “Get To You” is currently climbing the charts, will collect donations with help from Zappos For Good and local animal shelters.

Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals In Need kicked off as Ray took the stage for the tour’s opening night in Tuscaloosa, AL. Since adopting Wrigley earlier this summer at Chicago’s Country Lakeshake Fest, Ray has been searching for impactful ways he and his fans can give back to
rescued animals. Wrigley came to Michael from Paws Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.

TWIN LAKES, WI – JULY 21: (Exclusive) Singer/Songwriter Michael Ray and his rescue dog Wrigley on the bus during Country Thunder In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin – Day 2 on July 21, 2017 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

Changing lives of shelter dogs

“Wrigley is a huge part of my life – she’s on the road with us and she’s there for all the major moments,” shared Ray. “She changed my life back in June and I’m hoping we can change the lives of other shelter dogs by lending a helping hand.”

The Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville recording artist logged thousands of miles in 2017 and will wrap the year with his second headline tour. Already achieving two No. 1 singles, Ray’s anticipated lead single “Get To You” notched the most-added on the country airplay charts upon release and previews his forthcoming sophomore album.

Helping local shelters

Zappos for Good, the charity team at Zappos.com, will amplify Wrigley Cares by identifying local shelters in need and setting up donation stations at each tour stop. Concert attendees can drop supplies at the donation stations and receive a special discount code redeemable on Ray merchandise. All donations are welcome and each local shelter is specifically looking for: dry/wet dog and cat food in addition to new/slightly used towels and blankets which will be used to line shelter crates.

“We’re thrilled to work with Michael Ray and team to help support animal rescue,” said Steven
Bautista, Head of Charity for Zappos.com. “We’re passionate about animal welfare and see this
adoption event as an extension of our core, which is customer service.”

You can find out more about Michael Ray (and Wrigley!) and check out his full tour schedule at
www.michaelraymusic.com

Story By Preshias Harris

Preshias Harris is a music journalist and music career development consultant with the
emphasis on new and aspiring artists and songwriters. Her book, ‘The College of
Songology: The Singer/Songwriter’s Need to Know Reference Handbook’ is available at
www.collegeofsongology.com Follow her blog at www.nashvillemusicline.com

PHOTO: Michael Ray and his new best friend Wrigley. Photo credit: Paws Chicago