Thanks To Halo® For Believing In The NY Dog Film Festival™

Dog Film Festival

Next Tuesday morning, December 5th, I’m going to be on Fox News “Good Day New York” between 9:30 and 9:50 AM to talk about the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ on December 10th at the School for Visual Arts Theater on West 33rd Street – and the 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival Saturday December 9th – along with two of the wonderful women filmmakers whose work is in the festivals.

It’s really all thanks to Halo!

In 2015, I had a far-fetched fantasy of creating a festival of short, canine-themed movies celebrating the bond between dogs and their people – to benefit a local animal welfare organization,

Halo, Purely for Pets has been a devoted sponsor of my NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) and without a moment’s hesitation they stepped up for the idea of a dog film festival. They gave me the funding to help me rent a major New York theater and curate a program of canine-themed films.

Lo and behold I had a “rookie’s luck” and we packed the theater twice over! With all the many cultural offerings vying for peoples’ attention in New York City on a Fall weekend, we managed to attract hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic dog lovers.

The Petco Foundation then joined Halo and gave me a generous grant to take the NY Dog Film Festival™ around the country in 2016 and 2017, to share the joy and spread the wealth with an animal welfare group in each city. The Petco Foundation continues to be the wind beneath my wings in NYC – and as the festival will continue to travel in 2018.

I’ve added the 1st annual NY Cat Film Festival on Saturday December 9th – with the support of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat – and cat lovers will finally have their moment of glory in two programs of short films admiring the fascinating felines who share our world.

Halo is still part of the festivities as they are giving lots of delicious products for the gift bags that the chosen filmmakers will receive for both festivals. Halo has included Liv-a-Little freeze-dried protein treats for dogs or cats, canned dog and cat food, and lid covers for the leftovers!

Tune in to Fox News on Tuesday December 5th before 9:30 AM to see me live on the air on Good Day New York! And I hope to see you at both festivals – Saturday December 9th for cats and Sunday December 10th for dogs. Tickets for the 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival are HERE and the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival are HERE.

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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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with The Humane Society of the United States and Halo®

#GivingTuesday Halo Pets and The Humane Society of the United States

November 28th is #GivingTuesday and your gift to the Animal Rescue Team of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) can go even further. For every $1 you give, Halo is donating one bowl of food to a rescued animal courtesy of and Plus, your gift directly supports the work of the Animal Rescue Team. Every dollar raised will help save animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other situations where they’re suffering from extreme cruelty and neglect.

Donate to help animals!

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#GivingTuesday with, and Halo PetsThis #GivingTuesday, please help Freekibble.comHalo  and to deliver 5 million nutritious meals to hungry shelter pets over the holidays. One of the biggest expenses for shelters and rescue groups is feeding pets in their care. As the temperature drops this holiday season, shelters that are already overcrowded incur extra expenses. When disasters strike, the need for food becomes even more dire. That’s why for Giving Tuesday, GreaterGood is hosting a food drive for animals! The money raised today will provide nutritious meals to shelters and rescues across the country.

Right now, freezing temps and hurricane recovery has shelters and rescues in desperate need of food. Your gift will help bring high-quality pet food to shelters and rescue groups nationwide providing nourishment to rescue pets who need it most. The best part? Animals that are healthy, happy, and well-fed stand a much better chance of being adopted.

When you give $2.00, you will provide 80 meals for animals in shelters.

Help make this the biggest #GivingTuesday yet! Donate Today.


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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Halo®

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. You can participate in the Shop Small movement and promote your neighborhood small business with Halo. Simply use our coupons by following this coupon link click each individual coupon to print, and bring to your local Halo retailer.

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

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Facebook Fan Says Her Rescue Cat is “Now Happier and More Content” Thanks to Halo

Harley the cat - Halo Pets

We recently heard from a Facebook fan, Anita Mc Innis, who shared with us her Halo story. Here’s what she had to say:

“When I saw Halo Pets on the Ellen Show, I had to go check it out for Harley, the sweet little cat I rescued. When I read the ingredients, I knew I had found exactly what she needs. She is not on a schedule. I give her 1/4 cup of dry food three times a day. She eats when she wants. With other brands she would nibble, but after the food had been out a few hours, she would refuse to eat what was left. I bought Halo and she Loves it! She still nibbles, but she eats every morsel. She used to go to the dish, sniff and slowly take a few bites. Now, she sniffs and digs in. I can tell by her actions and body language that she is now happier and more content. I am a fan and am going to suggest to everyone know that has a pet, that they try Halo. Their pets will be much happier.”

Thank you Anita for sharing Harley’s story and we hope she continues to live a happy and healthy life!

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