HALO SHARES VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE WITH HOMELESS PETS

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February is the month of love, and what better way to love homeless pets than to feed them nourishing, healthy food? Halo, Purely for Pets, in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org is doing just that during its fifth annual Kibble Drop, February 1 through February 14.

The 2016 Kibble Drop “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour will make stops across North America, delivering more than 400,000 bowls of nutritious Valentine’s Day love to homeless pets. Shelter pets receiving these donations will dine on Halo’s new Freeze-Dried kiblets and Halo Spot’s Stew dry food, which use only real meats, like cage-free chicken, wild-caught salmon and New Zealand Lamb—without any rendered animal feed products like chicken meal or by-product meal.

“High quality food is critically important for shelter pets because it impacts their overall health,” says GreaterGood.org Executive Director, Liz Baker. “A well-nourished pet is a happy pet.” And no doubt, a healthy, happy pet is a more adoptable pet—the key ingredient for homeless animals everywhere.

Halo retailers have generously agreed to host “Rescue Love” events across the country, where rescues and shelters will pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo, and store customers can receive prizes and giveaways. “Our customers show their pets love by feeding them the very best,” says Halo CEO Steve Marton. “We’re thrilled to partner with our retailers across North America to show the same love to shelter pets.”

And consumers can join in to help their favorite shelter or rescue, too! The “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour kicks off with a contest in which pet lovers can send in a story about their favorite adopted pet for a chance to win one of two, 5,000-bowl donations to the shelter or rescue of their choice. Winners will be announced on February 14.

Donation events throughout the 14 days will be held at Dave’s Soda in Springfield, Mass.; Pet Supply in Fountain Valley, Calif.; All Paws in Wichita, Kans.; Whole Pets Market in Austin, Tex.; Bridges Pet & Water Gardens in Snohomish, Wash.; PetSmart Canada in Vancouver, B.C.; Pet Food Warehouse in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and at shelters in Pittsboro, N.C.; Bend, Oreg.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Parlier, Calif; Macon, Ga.; Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. and, in partnership with Pet Food Express, San Francisco, Calif.

For more information on the “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour, visit: http://halopets.com/14days/

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14 DAYS OF RESCUE LOVE CONTEST

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Halo, Purely for Pets; Freekibble.com; and Greater Good Spread Love to Homeless Pets Across North America
“14 Days of Rescue Love” program delivers 400K bowls of food to pets in need

February is the month of love and what better way to love homeless pets than to feed them nourishing, healthy food?

During February 1-14, Halo Purely for Pets, in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, is hosting their fifth annual Kibble Drop. The 2016 Kibble Drop “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour will make stops across North America, delivering more than 400,000 bowls of healthy, nutritious Valentine’s Day love to homeless pets.

At each Kibble Drop location, shelters and rescues will receive a food donation on behalf of Freekibble.com visitors and Halo customers, who make the Kibble Drop possible simply by playing Freekibble.com or by purchasing Halo pet food.

After the people who adopt them, what pets love most is real meat. Shelter pets receiving these donations will dine on Halo’s new Freeze-Dried kiblets, and Halo Spot’s Stew dry food, using only real meats, like cage-free chicken, wild-caught salmon and New Zealand Lamb – without any rendered animal feed products like chicken meal or by-product meal.

Halo retailers have generously agreed to host “Rescue Love” events across the country, where rescues and shelters will pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo, and store customers can receive prizes and giveaways.

“Our customers show their pets love by feeding them the very best,” says Halo CEO Steve Marton. “We’re thrilled to partner with our retailers across North America to show the same love to shelter pets.”

Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated 16.3 million bowls of food to shelters and rescues. As Freekibble.com’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“It makes me happy to know we’re feeding so many homeless dogs and cats Halo pet food. It’s the best and I know it makes a big difference in their quality of life while they wait for their forever homes,” says Mimi Ausland, Freekibble.com founder.

The annual Kibble Drops provide homeless pets the highest quality food possible, helping shelter pets look and feel their best, and find their forever homes. In fact, in a recent survey of 85 shelter professionals, 75 percent said the quality of Halo pet food “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted.

“High quality food is critically important for shelter pets because it impacts their overall health,” affirms GreaterGood.org Executive Director, Liz Baker. “A well-nourished pet is a happy pet!”

And, consumers can join in to help their favorite shelter or rescue, too! The “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour kicks off with a contest in which pet lovers can send in a story about their favorite adopted pet in order to win one of two 5,000-bowl donations to the shelter or rescue of their choice. Winners will be announced on February 14. Learn more and enter here: http://halopets.com/14-days-of-rescue-love-contest/

Donation events throughout the 14 days will be held at Dave’s Soda in Springfield, Mass.; Pet Supply in Fountain Valley, Calif.; All Paws in Wichita, Kans.; Whole Pets Market in Austin, Tex.; Bridges Pet & Water Gardens in Snohomish, Wash.; PetSmart Canada in Vancouver, B.C.; Pet Food Warehouse in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and at shelters in Pittsboro, N.C.; Bend, Oreg.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Parlier, Calif; Macon, Ga.; Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. and, in partnership with Pet Food Express, San Francisco, Calif.

For more information on the “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour, visit: http://halopets.com/14days/

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BE PART OF THE HALO 14 DAYS OF RESCUE LOVE CAMPAIGN

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This Valentine’s Day, we are launching our 14 Days of Rescue Love campaign where we will be sending Halo Spot’s Stew and Halo Freeze-Dried kiblets to shelters each day from February 1 through 14. Partners Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org are donating Halo natural pet food as part of their annual 1.5 million bowl commitment to rescue. That’s a lot of rescue love!

TV personality Jackson Galaxy and America’s Got Talent winners the Olate Dogs are participating. Donation locations range from Springfield, MA to Fountain Valley, CA, from St. Petersburg, FL to Snohomish, WA, from Bend, OR to Wichita, Austin, San Francisco, Phoenix, and even Vancouver – with events across the continent hosted by pet specialty stores that feature Halo natural pet food.

There are millions of homeless pets being cared for in our community shelters and here’s how you can help. Show your gratitude and support by entering the “14 Days of Rescue Love” Contest. We’ve teamed up with Freekibble.com to provide 5,000 bowls of Halo pet food to two nominated shelters.

Simply tell us in 150 words or less why you love your rescue dog or cat, upload a photo and you can win 5,000 bowls of Halo Pets food for your favorite shelter courtesy of Freekibble.com. Hurry! Contest ends February 5, 2016. Enter today and give homeless pets some extra love!

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: DOGS ARE NATURALLY GENEROUS WITH THEIR TREATS

newtraciepic2We all know how difficult it is for the parents of human children to teach them to share with their siblings. How often have we heard (as children ourselves or as parents) “Share with your brother,” or “Give half to your sister” – with less than stellar results?!

People try to teach the next generation to be generous, but it’s often an uphill battle! What about dogs? Will they “share and share alike?”

In my home, I’ve found that most of my dogs have had a natural instinct to share. Recently I’ve been impressed by the altruism of my girls, who are great about sharing with each other.

My older rescued Weimaraner, Maisie, lets her little sister Wanda pick up fallen pieces of Halo kibble while she’s eating – and despite her own healthy appetite, Maisie even leaves some bites in the bowl for the younger one (who has a perfectly good bowl of her own!) to clean up.

When there’s a reward to be handed out for coming home from far away when called, I am so proud of my amazingly patient, kind dogs who are willing to wait their turn to get a treat, never trying to snatch from each other.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166But now I’ve learned that this generous behavior may be natural for all dogs! A new study from Austria has found that dogs willingly give food to other canines in their immediate family – with no expectation of a reward for themselves.

It turns out it may be part of what is called “prosocial behavior,” meaning animals cooperating with each other without a direct personal benefit. This behavior has been documented in certain species beyond humans, such as other primates – but had never been scientifically demonstrated in dogs before now.

According to an experiment conducted at Austria’s University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, dogs will often share food treats with other dogs they are familiar with, without getting any reward for themselves.

The study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, found that “donor” dogs rarely gave treats to dogs they didn’t know, only to those they already knew, proving for the first time that “Dogs truly behave prosocially toward other dogs.”

Yet another reason to admire and appreciate our canine family members!
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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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TEEN FINDS UNIQUE WAYS TO HELP HOMELESS CATS

Sabrina-and-Halo-Food-lgInspired by her late grandparents’ love of animals, one teenager in Illinois is finding innovative ways to help her local cat rescue.

Sabrina Hoagland’s grandparents, Diann and Butch Hoagland, were passionate about giving back to the community and, like Sabrina, loved animals.

Although Diann passed away in 2010 and Butch in 2014, they made a lasting impression on their granddaughter.

The 17-year-old began volunteering for The Forever Home Feline Ranch (FHFR) in Springfield, IL because she was interested in helping to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures.

As Sabrina became more involved in volunteering, she quickly realized the amount of work the organization puts in to helping the animals in their care and she wanted to do more.

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