Halo Says “NO” to Factory Farming

Halo Pet Food Says NO to Factory Farming

At Halo®, our goal is to deliver the healthiest, most bioavailable and holistic whole food nutrition possible to our companion animals, while fostering farming practices that treat our life-giving animals in a manner that is sustainable, natural, non-degrading to our environment, and respectful of every animal’s normal life-cycle. We call this OrigiNative sourcing. For example, when we restore native animal species like Bison to the Grasslands, they revitalize habitats, form water-retention wallows, and create food and sanctuary for other animals around them, like birds.

We reject the factory farm model of close confinement, growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified feeds. Instead, we foster naturally raised animals, regenerative soils, and environmental balance.

By sourcing cage free poultry, pasture raised beef, and wild caught fish from certified sustainable fisheries, Halo® strives to deliver natural protein sources that not only harken back to an era where ALL of our animals were respected but also serves to provide our companion animals with the high-quality proteins and nutrients they need for good health, shiny coats, and long lives at our sides.

Learn more about our OrigiNative sourcing.

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Australian Dog Rescues Owner with Alzheimer’s from Drowning

Australian Dog Rescues Owner with Alzheimer’s from Drowning

Swimming pools can be a lot of fun on a hot day, but they can also be dangerous. The Kennedy family on the Gold Coast of Australia had reason to be grateful for their smart dog when they were reminded of those dangers!

According to 7 News, The West Australian, Marilyn Kennedy suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The Mayo Clinic notes that this progressive disease “is the most common cause of dementia.” It affects 1/10 of Americans age 65 and older, notes The Alzheimer’s Association. However, like many couples of all ages, Marilyn and Barry enjoy having a pet as part of their family. They have a beloved dog, Bob, whom they adopted from a shelter.

On a recent day, Marilyn was outside while Barry was doing laundry indoors. Suddenly Bob interrupted Barry. Barry told reporters, “Bob the dog came in barking and staring at me, and he was whimpering and I knew there was something wrong.”

Bob had been outside with Marilyn when she fell into the pool fully clothed and was unable to get herself out. Thankfully, he ran inside to find Barry and lead the concerned husband outside to Marilyn. Barry was able to help his struggling wife safely out of the pool. Despite the ordeal, Marilyn ultimately ended up being unhurt by her fall.

It was Bob’s quick thinking that saved her life. Barry told reporters that, but for Bob’s intervention, he “would have probably have been two or three more minutes in the laundry which would probably have been fatal.” Barry continued, to praise Bob, saying, “He saved my wife’s life, it’s fantastic. It really bonds us as a family.” We’re happy that Barry and Marilyn once saved Bob’s life by adopting him, and that then he was able to repay the favor by saving Marilyn’s life when she needed help. What a good dog!

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WHOLE Lot of Difference: Milo’s Sanctuary & Special Needs Cat Rescue

Milo’s Sanctuary & Special Needs Cat Rescue, Inc.
 located in Burbank, CA, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded on the belief that all cats deserve a second chance at life, especially those that have physical disabilities, are seniors, have a terminal illness, or have been abused and need someone to care for, love, and understand them.

White Coffee CatHalo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Milo’s Sanctuary received the donation thanks to a Halo partnership with White Coffee Cat, a British Shorthair who is a recent cancer survivor. With over 1.5 million Instagram followers and almost 500,000 Facebook fans, Coffee is one popular cat!

Here’s what Milo’s Sanctuary had to say about their Halo Pets donation:

“The donation of this food has helped us in a great way. Because of the donation we have been able to use funds that were previously ear-marked for our food allowance have been put toward new rescues. We are so excited to not only be providing our cats with the amazing food they love but because of the generosity of everyone involved more special needs cats and kittens have been and will continue to be rescued. 

Rayth is a blind boy we rescued from the high desert he has always been very picky about any food. When we gave him a bowl of Halo he got so excited and didn’t stop eating it until the bowl was clean. His fur is softer and his health is much improved!

Daisy is a cat that came to us from a horrendous hoarding situation with 200 cats and 150 dogs in a 1500sf house. She has always had dietary problems with vomiting and diarrhea. We put her on the Halo food and within 48 hours saw a huge improvement in her dietary issues. She seems to be a much happier cat now!

Daisy - Milo's Sanctuary

We are so grateful to everyone involved for this opportunity to not only feed our cats the wonderful HALO food but to be able to in turn use funds towards rescuing more cats and kittens with special needs.” 

Thank you Milo’s Sanctuary for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

Halo has now added even more WHOLE meat, poultry or fish and use OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, saying “NO” to factory farming, growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. And all our fruits and vegetables are now Non-GMO – sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds.

Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.


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Jake “Has So Much More Energy” Thanks to Halo

Jake the senior catWe received an email last month from Amanda Kirby, who has a senior cat named Jake. Here’s what she wrote:

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for a wonderful product. My 11-year-old cat has been suffering from irritable bowel disease for four years and has lost 4lbs from constantly vomiting. We have tried at least 20 different cat food but nothing would help him with his stomach. He would vomiting almost everyday, leaving us feel helpless. It wasn’t until I did some research that I found out about Halo. Since we have started him on Halo, he has gained 2lbs!! He has so much energy now and hasn’t thrown up since… well except hair balls. I can’t thank your company enough. I finally have a happy, healthy cat again!

Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your story and we hope Jake continues to have a happy and healthy life!

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Did You Need Yet Another Reason Not to Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store?

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Pet Store Puppies Represent a Chain of Suffering
By now I hope we’re all clear on the immorality of purchasing puppies from pet stores.

All the puppies in any pet store have been procured through a series of transactions, beginning with the mass production (or “factory farming”) of dogs, after which they are inventoried by middle men distributors, transported int rucks across the country by those procurers and then delivered to pet stores. These puppies arrive in the stores at 8 weeks (if one is to believe the paperwork that accompanies them) which means they were taken from their mothers and litter-mates long before the recommended 8 weeks of age – which negatively affects them developmentally, emotionally and physically. At the pet store the puppies await unsuspecting purchasers (who do not know about the long, hard road these little creatures have traveled – beginning with the suffering of the breeding dogs, the mothers who are malnourished and confined to small, dirty cages for a lifetime of repeated breedings.

Buying one of those puppies means you are directly supporting and condoning an inhumane supply chain, beginning with a canine infancy without loving human touch, proper nutrition, water or even fresh air to breathe. That is then followed by a series of traumas beginning with too-early separation from mother and litter, being moved from cage to cage at the distributors and then into various trucks that deposit them into a pet store window.

There is no gray area here, folks – please do not tell yourself you felt you were “rescuing” the puppy (for $2,500) from the store, when actually by buying him you validated their business practices and immediately made room for yet another puppy to be delivered long distance. The word “adoption” also has no place in the world of pet stores – no one is ever “adopting” a pet store puppy – it’s a straight up cash deal transaction for goods.

Pet Store Puppies Have Spread a Dangerous Bacteria to Humans
Pet Plus magazine had an article reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USDA-APHIS, along with other government agencies, are investigating an outbreak of human Campylobacter infections they have linked to puppies sold through Petland stores.

Since early September, the outbreak has included dozens of cases of this dangerous bacteria sickening people across at least seven states, a number of whom had to be hospitalized.

The CDC press release said investigators are seeking the source of infections in people and puppies so they can recommend how to stop the outbreak and prevent more illnesses in both species. Laboratory results have linked the outbreak to contact with puppies sold through Petland stores, the CDC stated. Among the ill people were Petland employees from four states, people who recently purchased a puppy at a Petland, visited a Petland, or visited a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began, according to the release.

Please Adopt Don’t Shop
This ongoing story becomes yet another reason to do the right thing – and the safe thing for both species – and bring a dog into your heart and home through a rescue group or shelter.
Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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