WHOLE Lot of Difference: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary

Blind Cat Rescue

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary is a lifetime cat care sanctuary located in St. Pauls, North Carolina (USA). In 2005, they built their first building as a safe place for blind cats who were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters and were going to be euthanized because they were blind. In 2011, they built a second shelter to provide a safe place for Leukemia positive (FELV+) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) cats who otherwise would be killed because they tested positive for these viruses.

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

Here’s what Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary had to say about a recent Halo Pets treat donation:

“[The donation] provided us high quality treats for the cats. The cats are enjoying the treats and the visitors who come enjoy giving them to the cats. 

Griffin is a big boy who loves to eat but high carb foods are bad for him. The Halo treats are just chicken so he is thrilled to have treats again.

WIFI is a blind kitty who enjoys treats too. He thinks these are purrfect.

Thank you! The cats are enjoying the chicken :)”

 Thank you Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary for making a WHOLE lot of 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 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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Next Flight! Freekibble Flight to Freedom Leaves Phoenix with 145 Pets

Freekibble Flight to Freedom Phoenix

Clockwise: Andy – Discarded when owner’s landlord denied them having a pet; Precious – Found in a box alongside a busy highway; Lugnut – Abandoned at a truck assembly factory ; Holly – Rescued from a backyard breeder who threw her out because he couldn’t sell her.


On August 13th, a flight is scheduled to leave Phoenix, Arizona carrying 145 loving, healthy pets from Southern states’ overcrowded shelters – to shelters in the Northwest where they’re likely to be quickly adopted! Most of these dogs and cats wouldn’t survive if they don’t make this flight.

Last month, Freekibble Flight to Freedom left Lafayette, Louisiana saving 150 pets.

In shelters across the country, highly adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized just because the shelters are overcrowded. In other areas, shelters have a shortage of adoptable pets. Freekibble and GreaterGood.org are working with Wings of Rescue to save homeless pets by flying them to shelters where they’re likely to be quickly adopted! Wings of Rescue flew 10,000 pets to new homes last year alone!

Halo Pets will be donating 10,000 bowls of Halo kibble with WHOLE meat (and NO “meat meal” of ANY kind) to shelters receiving the animals — because WHOLE meat makes a whole lot of difference!

Don’t forget to play Freekibble.com to help feed hungry pets and as always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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Watch The NY Dog Film Festival From The Comfort Of Your Own Couch!

Wonderfully Wacky Films

Have you been reading about the NY Dog Film Festival as it travels the country not been able to go? Have you been feeling sad, wishing it would come to your town? Cheer up! Your wait is over! Great news is here: I’ve put together the first 3 On Demand collections of the NY DFF which you can download online and watch anytime, anywhere you want, on any device you want – although I strongly suggest the couch (if your dog will give you enough room up there to sit down with the whole family!)

What’s really thrilling about these themed collections is that they are not the movies people are going to see in the theaters! I’ve picked out these films to work together to bring a really terrific experience of the love between dogs and their people, right to your door. This also means that if you have been lucky enough to see the 1st or 2nd Annual NY DFF in a theater (with or without your dog) you can enjoy these films too, because you won’t have seen them yet.

And this is unique entertainment at your fingertips that does good for others, too. Every download benefits the filmmakers who made these dog-loving films, and also supports the innovative national animal welfare organization Michelson Found Animals, a non-profit that supports pet owners and shelters. Found Animals created the first free national microchip registry, funds research into next generation non-surgical spay/neuter technology, provides affordable high quality products for shelters, and has their own adoption centers in Los Angeles. You’ll see a heart-warming PSA about Found Animals Foundation when you watch the On Demand collections, as well as learn about our partner, DogTV, which is offering a free month of programming for your dog.

Here’s the TRAILER for the “Wonderfully Wacky” Collection of films, which are funny, weird, off-beat and surprising films for more sophisticated tastes (not the one to share with small children, who won’t really “get it” for most of the films, although there’s nothing offensive).

There is also the “New York, New York” collection, which celebrates the challenges and delights of dogs and their people in the great metropolis.

The 3rd collection is a full length film “SNIFF,” which is a hilarious Monty Python-type story that also contains two actual documentaries, one about training a bomb-sniffing dog, and another about teaching a guide dog for a sight-impaired person (and those downloads benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California).

I want to remind everyone that it was Halo, Purely for Pets that was the very first sponsor in 2015 and made the NY Dog Film Festival a reality, and continued to support it. A grant from the Petco Foundation made it possible for me to travel with the NY DFF in 2016 and again this year they are the presenting sponsor, and have made dreams come true for a lot of people (me, especially!) The films in the On Demand collections are a direct benefit of those sponsorships.

Have fun! Please let me know how you like these collections! More coming soon!

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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“What’s New at Halo” on FB Live

Manny the Frenchie at Superzoo
Last month, at SuperZoo in Las Vegas, Halo® announced the presentation of a WHOLE new pet food category that is HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. This new pinnacle, high-value category is made with WHOLE meat, OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, and NON-GMO Vegetables.

To illustrate this to customers, Halo went live on Facebook at SuperZoo to walk fans through what’s new at Halo. Watch the video below.

When you choose America’s Best Loved Holistic Brand®, Halo feeds it forward (#HaloFeeditForward), donating a bowl of Halo to shelter pets every time consumers buy, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United StatesFreekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Halo offers pet parents a money back guarantee, “Feed for 14 Days, Love it or it’s Free! Learn more about Halo’s HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. pet food for dogs and cats at HaloPets.com, when the new site goes live in early August.

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Small Dog Protects Her Family from a Mob of Emus

Small Dog Protects Her Family from a Mob of Emus

Steven Taddeo and his family were camping in Blanchetown, South Australia when they had a dangerous encounter with a mob of angry emus. Thankfully, their mini labradoodle Chia stood up to the giant birds and protected the family.

According to AdelaideNow.com.au, Steven, his father Paul, and his nephew Pietro were chopping firewood when they noticed a mob of eight emus approaching. Emus are large birds and the biggest in this mob was estimated to be “about 6 feet tall” according to Steven. Steven knew that emus “can do quite some damage” so the family was “extremely terrified,” in his words. The family had accidentally gotten close to some young emus, which is why the mob approached and started to circle around them.

Thankfully, Chia was with the family while they were chopping wood and stepped up to frighten away the dangerous birds. Chia ran at the largest emu in the group. Her fierce behavior scared the birds so that they stopped circling the family and went away. Steven told reporters, “When we got back to camp Chia had a hero’s return” and they gave her some of her favorite foods. He believes that Chia’s actions prevented serious harm from befalling his family.

The experience caused Steven to reflect that “dogs really are a man’s best friend.” We’re glad that Chia kept her family safe and strengthened their love of dogs.

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