Ellen DeGeneres Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom Award to Ellen DeGeneres

On Nov. 22, President Obama presented Ellen DeGeneres with the Medal of Freedom Award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, recognizing individuals who have made contributions to world peace, culture or other national interests.

“It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far — where now marriage is equal under the law — just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago,” said President Obama. “Just how important it was. Not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us.”

We’re proud to call Ellen DeGeneres a long-time customer and co-owner of Halo and we are honored to see news sources citing Halo’s philanthropy as part of Ellen’s legacy!

Watch President Obama present the Medal of Freedom award to Ellen DeGeneres.

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Noticeable Results: Canadian Rescue, VOKRA, Donation Report

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a volunteer-driven non-profit dedicated to the rescue of cats by having more than 350 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. They also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together.

Here’s what VOKRA had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada“Having Halo high quality dry food is an enormous help when we bring in stray cats that will only eat dry kibble. While out on the street trying to survive they often eat garbage until they find a kind hearted human who feeds them. Most people buy the least expensive dry food available, and when we finally have the cat in our care they will only eat that type of kibble, which doesn’t provide much nutrition. We’ve had many such cats in our care and as soon as the Halo kibble arrived I started mixing it into these cats dishes and slowly changing them over to the more nutritious Halo. 

In October 2015, we were the liaison for the local SPCA and was asked to help at a hoarding site. From Oct 2015 – Apr 2016, we removed 57 kittens and 15 adult cats from one home. The adult cats had only been eating inexpensive dry kibble and quite a few had health issues.

VOKRA - kitten rescue in CanadaWe also did a TNR program at this site and spayed and neutered 32 cats. Some had health issues and needed teeth removed or wounds treated, so we brought them to our VOKRA Operations centre to recover after surgery.

While they were with us we started feeding them with high quality wet food.

Some of the cats didn’t eat at first. I realized that these cats had only ever eaten dry food so I offered Halo’s Spot’s Stew Chicken as well as the Salmon kibble.

We were so happy when they started eating Halo. We saw some definite improvement in the quality of their coats.  

A number of these cats were surrendered to VOKRA but when we returned the other cats to the owner I gave her Halo kibble so she would keep feeding it.

She really appreciated all the help and was amazed at the number of bags of Halo food I had brought. It makes us very happy when we can share better quality food with our community and at our rescue.”

Thank you VOKRA for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

VOKRA - kitten rescue in Canada

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Lisa Vanderpump and Kathy Ireland Are Shopping Online For a PAWsitive Cause This Holiday Season

adoptashelter.comNovember is a key shopping and giving month.  With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday just around the corner, Americans are gearing up for the Holidays. This month is also a key fund-raising time for animal welfare organizations.  Animal lovers can Share The Love by starting their online shopping at AdoptAShelter.com, picking their favorite shelter or rescue, and then connecting to their favorite stores. It’s easy, fast and free… and all purchases earn a cash-donation.

Lisa Vanderpump - AdoptAShelter.com“We are thrilled to have Lisa Vanderpump and Kathy Ireland headlining our Shop For A Pawsitive Cause campaign,” says Chris Ruben, founder of AdoptAShelter.com.  “In addition to being very successful, these two wonderful ladies are deeply involved in charity work.  We are also excited to have Pinups For Pitbulls and Internet-star and Spokes Dog Preston of PrestonSpeaks.comon board. We want to reach shoppers during this key time of giving to let them know they can achieve both at the the same time… in their pajamas.  And, shoppers can register to win fabulous gift packages from Vanderpump Pets®, Kathy Ireland®, Pinups For Pitbulls® and PrestonSpeaks®, all valued at $150+ simply by subscribing to our free monthly eNewsletter.”

Halo, a proud sponsor of AdoptAShelter.com in previous years, fully supports the Shop for a Pawsitive Cause campaign and encourages holiday shoppers to share the love by giving back to animals in need.


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Stray Gardens: Photographer Julie McGuire on Dog Talk

Julie McGuire Photography

When British-born photographer Julie McGuire moved to India 11 years ago, she was shocked to find some 250,000 stray dogs living on the streets of Bangalore. The melee of homeless hounds inspired her to focus on a long-term project documenting the roles of dogs in societies around the world.

Her book, Hounds of Hope, is collection of stunning photographs of life at the Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) in Maylasia, where German retiree Barbara Janssen lives with more than 250 rescued dogs on a Grey Gardens-esque property that she set up as a “hotel for dogs.”

4PAWS is now a nonprofit rescue organization with a no-kill policy, relying upon donations and volunteers to care for the dogs and to promote adoption. The photograph above, entitled “Full House,” taken by Julie at 4PAWS, won a World Press Photo award in 2014.

I was delighted to welcome Julie to the 2nd Annual Dog Film Festival, held at Symphony Space in New York City on October 15. Julie generously volunteered to photograph the event, and it was a perfect match, as her work embodies the Festival’s mission to inspire, educate and entertain through documentary, animated and narrative films, partnering in each location with an animal welfare organization that receives proceeds.

My interview with Julie aired on Dog Talk recently, and the podcast is now online.

When she’s not traveling the world or focused on other projects, Julie is available to capture pet portraits. For a fee, she will schedule a session with you and your best friend!



Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Petco Foundation Announces Its 2016 Holiday Wishes Winners

Peptic Foundation Holiday Wishes 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Holiday Wishes winners! Throughout the next month, Petco Foundation will award all 54 winning organizations with a grant between $5,000 up to $100,000.

Want to help the winning organizations receive even more funding? Vote for your favorite story in their People’s Choice bonus round. By voting, you give the organization the chance to win one of five People’s Choice Awards. The top vote getters have the chance to win: one $25,000 award, two $10,000 awards and one $5,000 award.The People’s Choice voting ends Saturday, December 31 at 11:59 PM CT. Vote now at: petco.com/holidaywishes.

As a Halo national retailer partner, we were proud to partner with the Petco Foundation on this campaign each of the previous three years.

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