In early December, Darlene McCaslin had run out of dog and cat food. Hundreds of financially strapped families depend on her Colorado Springs-based Pikes Peak Pet Pantry to feed their pets, yet the cupboards were bare. Just a day later, she received 10,000 meals of Halo, Spot’s Stew, from Freekibble.com.
“I was kinda dumbfounded, I was so stricken I didn’t know what to think,” says McCaslin, a 30-year-old stay at home mom of two girls in Colorado Springs.
Over 200 different families have received meals of Halo’s dried Spot’s Stew that’s lasted over a month. “I don’t think the people realized the quality of Halo,” says McCaslin, noting she tries to educate the clients on the importance of good nutrition for their pets.
While owners may have not realized Halo’s quality, some pets flipped over the taste. “One lady said that this is the first dog food her dog likes,” says McCaslin.
“We had people asking where they could get more, and they liked the dried veggies, they thought it was awesome they could see what was in their dog food,” she continues. “One person tries everything before they give it to their dog, and this person actually liked how it tasted.”
McCaslin credits Beth Zimmerman, founder of the Halo-sponsored Pets for Patriots, for making this dream donation occur. Pets for Patriots, a non-profit that gives veterans discounts on veterinary care and pet supplies, reached out to McCaslin, who hopes to have a food distribution just for veterans’ dogs and cats. “When she told me,” says McCaslin, “I was like ‘thank you, thank you, thank you.”