Posted by & filed under Giving Back, Guest Blogger, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Food.

Kai_with_suitcase_web_medium-2-150x150By Chris P. Janelli,
Commentary by Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

The headline “Dog Dumped at Train Station With Suitcase” has very likely gone viral among animal lovers and welfare organizations, and I have no doubt that dozens if not hundreds of people have already volunteered to adopt the 2-3 year old shar-pei named Kai found “at a Scottish train station next to a suitcase filled with his belongings,” according to Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor. In Scotland, it’s an offense to abandon an animal.

Kai’s suitcase reportedly contained a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy; the dog’s name Kai was learned through his microchip, which took the investigation back to the original owner who sold the dog in 2013, but that owner (perhaps s/he was the breeder?) did not have any information on the new owner.

Click here to read the complete article.

Chris P. Janelli is a Director of The Simon Foundation, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest no kill animal rescue and adoption shelters; and the Executive Director of the Foundations’ Center for Canine Behavior Studies whose mission is “To maintain the behavioral wellness of dogs and strengthen the human-companion animal bond to ensure that dogs remain in their owners’ home as trusted and valued companions for life.” Chris is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America.

The Halo Pet Foundation is proud to support the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, and Halo, Purely for Pets is proud to support the Simon Foundation through a food donation in partnership with Freekibble.com.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Stories.

chance-lgA veteran in Knoxville, Tenn. has his disabled dog to thank for saving his life.

According to WATE-TV Billy Collins is a Vietnam veteran who says his dog Chance overcame pain and injury to help him.

Chance is a boxer pit-bull mix. He’s 10 years old and suffers from painful hip dysplasia.

Collins adopted Chance as a puppy and the two are best friends. “He’s my buddy. We get along. He follows me through the house. When we go outside, he has to be by me,” explained Collins.

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Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

RustyJasperBy choosing the right shelter dog for you and your family, you are doing yourself a huge favor because of the joy and warmth it will bring to your home.

You are also doing the dog a huge favor by giving him a second chance in life. The operative words, however, are the right dog – because mismatches sometimes occur, resulting in disappointment all around.

There are a number of different factors to bear in mind when adopting a shelter dog into your family circle to (hopefully) become everyone’s best friend.

I am listing some of the more important considerations below, in no particular order, and will make brief comments about each.

Factors to bear in mind when adopting a shelter dog:

1. Age
2. Breed or Mixed Breed?
3. Male or Female?
4. Size
5. Grooming Requirements
6. Exercise Requirements
7. Temperament
8. Interaction with other pets

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Shelters, Pet Stories.

whiteIn war torn Syria, there is a ray of hope for some abandoned cats.

According to Reuters, an ambulance driver named Alaa’s has been helping some of the victims no one else has noticed: homeless cats.

Alaa has been spending $4 a day from his personal savings to feed 150 stray cats in his nearly abandoned neighborhood of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo.

Many of the cats’ owners have fled due to violence and shelling, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.

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Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Events, Giving Back, Natural Dog Food, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

logo22010The 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop “Feed It Forward Tour” brought holiday cheer to the Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, MI on Wednesday, December 10. Two Detroit-area organizations, Special Animal Friends and Rescue,Inc.(SAFARI) in Livonia and Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield, received Halo Vigor and Spot’s Stew cat and dog food for pets in their care.

SAFARI wrote to say that they “had Christmas come early this year.” James White, III, the Secretary/Treasurer of SAFARI said, “Many of our dogs were severely malnourished when they came to SAFARI, and will benefit immensely from a diet of such high quality health food (and our dogs have told us they LOVE the taste).” We were touched to hear that the donation meant that SAFARI would be able to direct more funds toward veterinary care and training.

Gail and Lauren, the cofounders of Almost Home Animal Rescue League, also expressed their gratitude. “Good nutrition plays a big part in healing after all the trauma rescued animals have gone through. Our rescue dogs and cats love the taste, too.” They continued, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such great partners in our continued work…. Happy holidays to you, your loved ones, and the animals who depend on all of us.”

Our holidays are certainly happier for hearing about the effects of the fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop. Halo,Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org are enjoying spreading holiday cheer on the 2014 “Feed it Forward Tour.” The tour is making 15 stops to deliver 500,000 healthy meals to pets in more than 30 shelters and rescues across North America. Part of the #HaloFeeditForward campaign, the Holiday Kibble Drop is an important aspect of the more than 1.5 million meals a year that you enable us to donate to shelter pets. Because you’re the ones who make it possible for us to donate this food, when you share a photo of your pet with #HaloFeeditForward, Halo donates a meal on your behalf to a less fortunate pet.

We hope that the homeless pets of Detroit find homes soon. We know that one dog already found a dream home due to the Beverly Hills stop. Photographer Darlene Czech, whose photographs show the human and canine joy from the event, adopted a dog during the event! Thank you for making it possible for us to help make some holiday dreams come true around the Motor City.