Halo Is Now Freekibble.com’s Exclusive Kibble Sponsor

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We’re so honored to formally announce our plans to feed millions of shelter pets in partnership with our friends at Freekibble!

the press announcement, just out today:

Halo, Purely For Pets® and Freekibble.com Join Forces to Feed Shelter Pets!

Freekibble.com Chooses Wholesome Halo, Purely For Pets® As Their Official Sponsor to Feed Shelter Pets Across the Country

September 7, 2010 – Halo, Purely for Pets®, a leading producer of natural pet care products, announced today that it will be the official sponsor of Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com. Created in 2008 by 14-year-old Mimi Ausland when she was just 11 years old, Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com are online dog and cat trivia games whose mission is to feed shelter pets in need. By simply answering the daily trivia questions on Freekibble.com or Freekibblekat.com, right or wrong, 10 pieces of kibble are donated to homeless dogs and cats. Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com are 2 of the top 5 most trafficked animal rescue sites in the world with over 100,000 combined daily visits. To date, the websites’ daily visitors have helped Freekibble donate 3,846,737 nutritious meals to hungry pets in shelters, rescues and food banks across the country. As official sponsor, Halo’s Spot’s Stew will now be the exclusive food donated by Freekibble.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing young woman and her organization,” said Steve Marton, CEO, Halo, Purely for Pets®. “Her desire to keep shelter pets fed, not with just any food, but with natural, healthy food, is commendable. We at Halo are honored to be able to help Freekibble fulfill their mission of feeding shelter pets in the best possible way.”

“Just like us, the quality of food that pets eat is so important,” said Mimi Ausland, creator of Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com. “We are really excited to be working with Halo to feed shelter dogs and cats the very best, all natural and nutritious food – it will make them happier and healthier while they wait to find a family of their own!”

Halo, Purely For Pets® uses wholesome, natural, quality ingredients and only real meats in all of their pet food as they believe nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo is the only pet food honored with the National Canine Cancer Foundation Seal of Excellence. Recently, Halo supported the United States Postal Service campaign to promote its 2010 social awareness stamp “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” to raise awareness of pet adoption. In conjunction with this campaign, Halo, Purely For Pets® made a commitment to donate 1 million meals of Halo’s Spot’s Stew in 2010 to shelter pets awaiting adoption. They will continue this wonderful initiative with Freekibble.com to keep feeding hungry shelter pets across the country.

Cost of Owning a Pet

Posted by & filed under Halo, Pet Care Advice.

Dr Donna Spector

It is important that prospective pet parents be aware of the cost and time commitment required in owning a pet.  Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year in the United States as a result of unprepared owners.  If an individual is not able to meet the needs of an animal by providing appropriate amounts of time, energy and finances, then pet ownership is not a good idea.  If you love pets, but have a limited budget or time constraints, there are other ways to get involved—volunteer at a shelter!

The following costs of pet ownership are for an average 35 pound dog or an average 10 pound cat in a suburban environment.  If you live in a larger metropolitan area you may need to double or even triple the cost.  These are averages and do not take into consideration any medical issues your pet may develop (such as ear infections, allergies, obesity, etc).  This also does not include purchase price (free up to $1500.00 for some purebred dogs and cats) or cost of spaying or neutering (free up to $400.00). 

Annual cost of owning a dog
Food
Treats
Vitamins/Supplements
Veterinary BIlls
$300.00
$ 20.00 
$ 20.00
$360.00  (includes annual exam, vaccines, heartworm, flea control,
deworming, dental care) 
Accessories
Training
Fence/Yard
Grooming
Boarding
$ 50.00 (includes bed, collar, leash, bowls, crate, toys, etc)
$ 50.00
$ 50.00
$150.00 (includes shampoo and grooming tools)
$ 100.00
TOTAL  
$1100.00 each year

Over the life of a
13 year old dog =  
$14,300.00        

 

Cost of owning a cat
Food
Treats
Vitamins/Supplements
Veterinary BIlls
$200.00
$ 10.00 
$ 20.00
$300.00  (includes annual exam, vaccines, heartworm, flea control,
deworming, dental care) 
Litter/litterbox 
Accessories
Grooming
Boarding
$150.00
$ 50.00 (includes bed, scratching posts, collar, bowls, toys, carrier, etc)
$ 50.00 (includes grooming, hair removal tape)
$ 100.00
TOTAL  
$1100.00 each year

Over the life of a
15 year old cat =  
$13,200.00