Halo and HSUS Help Families Stay Together
Posted March 31, 2016 by Bethany Meissner
Because of you, we’re able to make gifts go further for the Pets for Life program at the Humane Society of the United States! From 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM eastern time today, Halo will be donating one bowl of food for every dollar given through their Day of Giving donation drive.
We all know that money can’t buy love and a small wallet is no indication of a small heart. According to Pets for Life, poverty affects one in six Americans, and 60% of all homes in the U.S. include at least one pet.
That means there are a lot of pet-loving families struggling with poverty. These people love their pets, but might need some help taking care of them. That’s where Pets for Life comes in.
Pets for Life treats everyone, human and pet alike, with compassion. The program works with existing community organizations to build strong relationships with people and have an ongoing presence in the neighborhood.
Pets for Life provides spay and neuter surgeries, medications, emergency care, training, and supplies. Doing this makes it possible for pets to stay with the loving families they already have.
Halo is excited that, because of you, we’re able to take care of providing food for some of these families. As you know, we think that every pet deserves nutritious, quality food.
Well-fed pets are happier pets, and happier pets make for happier families. Thank you for making it possible for us to do this. If you’d like to learn more about Pets for Life, we love the video below.
Halo Pet Foundation Promotes Adoption with HSUS & The Ad Council
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Caroline Golon
Halo Pet Foundation has teamed up with the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund® to release an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet”. It showcases the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and reminds viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.
Launched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.
“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”
The second video in the “Meet My Shelter Pet” series features Mary Ann & Mark Behme with their 3 adopted shelter dogs, Bosco, Bobby, and Rocky. Mary Ann & Mark are longtime shelter volunteers and in the last 8 years, have fostered 11 dogs and 12 cats and have adopted 8 other dogs and 3 cats over 30+ years.
The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets.
“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.
Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.
In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released.
To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.
With Halo Your Dog can Join the Fun on Meatless Mondays
Posted on March 11, 2015 by Bethany Meissner
What food trend has been promoted by Sir Paul McCartney, Chef Mario Batali, and Oprah, implemented by the city of Aspen, CO, and embraced by thousands of families across America? Meatless Mondays!
Every week people are choosing to embrace delicious meatless meals for reasons including their personal health, their wallets, and even the environmental health of our planet. If it’s something your family has started, have you ever thought about bringing your dog into the fun?
Halo has a special Vegan Garden Medley food for adult dogs that allows your dog to safely and healthfully join in a family-wide Meatless Monday.
The recipe includes protein from chickpeas and peas, sweet potatoes, blueberries, carrots, and cranberries, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and the same essential nutrients found in Halo foods that contain meat. All this and the recipe still has absolutely no corn, wheat, or wheat gluten.
Before you begin, here’s a tip from Dr. Donna Spector: “If a dog has a sensitive stomach, start with a smaller amount of the Vegan and work up to a full Meatless Monday. Also remember, that although Meatless Monday can be great for dogs, it’s not a good idea for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores and a vegan diet is not recommended for them.”
If you’ve been wishing your dog could jump on the Meatless Monday movement, give Vegan Garden Medley a chance, and let us know what you (and your dog) think!
HSUS Pets for Life LA Event was a Huge Success
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Caroline Chang
The Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life program sponsored a Free Rabies Vaccine event this past Saturday at Hollenbeck Park in Los Angeles. Amanda Arrington, Director of Pets for Life tells us “The event this past weekend was another huge success!”
Arrington states “This was our last event of the year and a great way to close out 2012 for PFL! We served 456 dogs and cats, with 72% of them being unaltered (our target audience) and of those, 79% signed up for free spay/neuter!”
Freekibble.com donated 5,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew for the participating pet owners of this event. Arrington said “As always, the Halo food you donated was a huge hit and so greatly appreciated by the pet owners.”
HSUS Pets for Life builds humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources, and information to under-served areas.
Enjoy this slideshow of the event:
Tracie Hotchner: A New Way to Tune in to Animal Issues
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Caroline Chang
I am honored and excited to be part of this educational outreach! I’ll let you hear about it directly from Wayne Pacelle:
“We try to provide all sorts of platforms so that followers of The HSUS can stay informed and also take action on the big issues of the day. There’s my book, this blog, our website Humane Society, our mobile text alerts, our videos, and social media pages. And now there’s another platform: my new podcast, Humane Talk Hosted by Tracie Hotchner.
Every Friday, Tracie and I will release a 15-minute podcast, and you can listen to it by going to humanesociety.org/podcast/. The episodes are free-form conversations between me and Tracie, a national radio host and producer with a dedicated following for her shows “Dog Talk” and “Cat Chat.” She’s also the author of “The Cat Bible” and “The Dog Bible,” and she brings a vibrant interviewing style and great love for animals to the podcast. She’s a supremely talented host, balanced in her understanding of animal issues, and so knowledgeable about all facets of our cause.
I spend a lot of time talking with our supporters and with companies, policy-makers, and journalists, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to address the most interesting and important topics of the day with such an accomplished analyst. Hope you enjoy the podcast, too!”
Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, guest blogs here every Thursday on healthy, natural choices for pets.
Ellen Selling Shirt Off Her Back to Raise Money for Animals
Posted on April 23, 2009
Ellen DeGeneres, a Halo part-owner, is selling clothes that she’s worn on her show and at some events including the Emmys to the highest bidders on Ebay to raise money for the Humane Society of the United States. All of the procedes from the sale of these items goes to the HSUS.
So far, the highest bidding is for a non-clothing item — a Zac Efron autographed basketball. Other items include Ellen and Britney Spears Go Caroling Outfits and a plaid shirt Ellen wore when Chris Matthews groped her on the show.
“Ellen is just amazing in all that she does for animals,” says David Yaskulka, Halo’s v.p. for marketing communications. Prior to joining Halo, Yaskulka spent six years involved with eBay Giving Works, which is hosting Ellen’s auction; it has raised over $150 million for charity.
Ellen isn’t the only donor selling their wares to benefit the HSUS. Hundreds of items up for grabs — including gemstones, collectibles, car parts and of course pet supplies, with sellers donating a varying portion of the procedes to the HSUS.
Click here to view the items.
And you can click here to bid on thousands of additional items supporting other great animal causes here, including HSUS, ASPCA, World Wildlife, Best Friends Animal Society, and many more.
Ellen and Portia to be Honored at the 23rd Humane Society Genesis Awards
I mentioned this in an earlier post, but it’s really worthy of its own. At Halo, we’re very proud to have a co-owner who does so much for animals. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are the recipients of the Wyler Award, given to a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals. According to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, “They had a particularly significant role in helping to pass Proposition 2, and they helped make the case to the people of California and to the rest of the nation that all animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.”
Congratulations, Ellen and Portia — you deserve it!