A HALO SHELTER PARTNERS IS HOSTING AN AWESOME AUCTION

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Our friends at the SPCA of Westchester, one of our ongoing shelter partners, are hosting an auction to benefit their animals.

One aspect of animal care that the SPCA of Westchester doesn’t have to worry about is food for those pets!

Halo and Freekibble.com are proud to feed all of the pets at the SPCA of Westchester. That’s more than 400,000 meals so far.

Now to see what amazing gifts we can bid on – a splurge that helps pets isn’t really an indulgence!

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HALO PRESENTS SECOND #RESCUEFILM “DOG’S BEST FRIEND”

DBF 12Need a boost? Take six minutes to watch “Dog’s Best Friend”. The second film in our #RescueFilm series created by Peter McEvilley stars the Olate dogs.

This short film tells the story of how Odysseus Dog rescues his human, loses him while out on the road, and then goes to epic efforts to ensure they’re reunited.

Watching it, one can’t help but think that if Jack Kerouac had been a dog, he’d be Odysseus Dog.

Check it out, share it with your friends, and let us know what you think. We suspect you’ll give your pet an extra hug after watching it.

Did you miss the first #RescueFilm? Watch “Le Sauvetage” now.

Click here to read the press release.

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: CATS ARE EATING CINDY OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME

newtraciepicI got this email from Cindy, who is a Cat Chat® listener, and has taken to heart my advice to feed cats wet food only, because they are obligate carnivores whose bodies don’t need or do well with carbohydrates. She wrote:

“Thanks to you, over the past year I have converted all 5 of my cats to wet food. They get 1/2 can 2 times per day. 4 domestic short hair and 1 feral. All was going well – the overweight cat lost 8 pounds and did well and everyone else maintained weight. These are indoor and outdoor cats that live on a very big farm. Here’s the problem: all of these cats are attacking human food. They seem hungry constantly. They are eating food on the table when I eat, bread in wrappers on the counters, dog food during preparation for my 9 dogs on the farm. I don’t think 2 times per day feeding is enough to satisfy or sustain and have been feeding 3 times per day with winter weather rolling in. They live inside and come and go at will. Any suggestions?”

I did ask if the cats had been de-wormed and she assured me that they had. So it sounds as though Cindy has 5 healthy, hale and hearty cats, who are enjoying all the benefits of living with people and also the safe freedom of having a natural feline life outdoors. However, there are two possible reasons they are eating everything in sight: the quality and quantity of canned food.

The first issue is quality: not all canned cat foods are created equal.

While wet food is a more natural diet for a cat, you still have to pay attention to what is inside those cans. Is it a good quality protein as the first ingredient (often after water needed for processing)? Is the proportion of carbohydrates in that food best for a carnivore—less than 10% of calories from carbs? Because there are many brands of canned food that are full not only of carbohydrates (more than 50%, as if they were dry food in a can) but also may utilize poor quality protein ingredients, like by-product instead of a meat source.

Those lower quality ingredients are also less expensive, meaning greater profits for the manufacturer – but not the quality needed by a cat’s finely tuned “engine.” Those foods will not satisfy a cat’s hunger, and may even make her more hungry, the way eating nothing but dry food can do to a cat’s appetite. Halo happens to have created a new pate style canned food that has an extraordinarily low % of calories coming from carbohydrates–around 3% — a real gift of health to our kitties.

The next problem is: are cats getting short changed on quantity and simply need more food?

Cindy’s cats sound as though they are burning up their food at a high rate of metabolism since they have an active lifestyle in and out of the house (since it is safe on her farm); with the weather turning cooler, that burns more calories, too. So it’s not how many times a day she feeds, but how much at each feeding.

Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, my co-host on Cat Chat® , suggests giving cats as much as they will eat in a 15 minute mealtime. Cindy can try feeding them a bit more to see whether that doesn’t calm their appetite. I’m not trying to break her piggy bank, but often a cat who gets as much as she wants at a meal will not feel so frantic and will soon walk away from an uneaten portion of that food (which can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for the next meal).

Although this may mean a higher food bill, there will be a big savings in health. By feeding the obligate carnivore the quantity she wants of food at two meals – and making sure it is high quality – you will be insuring their health and investing in nutritional wellness, instead of spending money on the vet bills that can be the result of poor feeding practices. Getting the best quality food you can manage for your kitties will result in happier, healthier cats who will live longer. And, as the ad says -that is priceless.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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CATCH THE OLATE DOGS IN CYPRESS, TX

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Are you close to Cypress, TX? If so, make sure to get to the Howl-o-ween Fest on October 25 where you can catch a stop on the Olate Dogs 2014-15 Rescue Tour!

Halo is proud to sponsor this tour that combines entertainment with a great message. These furry America’s Got Talent winners are touring to demonstrate how great shelter pets can be.

We are honored that these amazing high-energy dogs eat only Halo Vigor.

Not near Cypress? Watch these dogs star in the latest #RescueFilm and check their upcoming tour schedule!

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THE CAT HOUSE ON THE KINGS

firstAt one of the nation’s largest cat rescues, the Cat House on the Kings, more than 700 cats live peacefully on 12-acres of beautiful, safe land in Parlier, Calif.

This cage-free, no-kill, lifetime sanctuary was founded in 1992 and has saved more than 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs, plus spayed or neutered another 40,000.

Freekibble.com and Halo are proud to make regular, bi-monthly donations to The Cat House on the Kings to help support their rescue efforts.

Click here to read the complete story.

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