Making a WHOLE Lot of Difference: Alaqua Cats

Gaya from Alaqua Animal Refuge
Alaqua Animal Refuge believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Their private, nonprofit animal sanctuary is committed to serving the Emerald Coast as: the premier refuge, providing protection, shelter and care to animals in need; a full-service animal adoption center; and a peaceful, proactive animal welfare advocate through educational outreach and community programs.

Thanks to food donations with Halo’s partnership with and, SWV Snip programs are making a difference in southern West Virginia and surrounding communities.

Here’s what Alaqua Cats had to say about a recent Halo donation:

“The Refuge is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and while it is not as dire a situation as it was immediately following the hurricane, the shelter continues to be full of animals, many of which needed medical attention for various issues. There were several animals with severe dental issues, which resulted in poor diets and/or poor nutrition. These animals had to be placed on special diets and some had to be hand fed to ensure that they received proper nourishment. The Halo pet food was gentle on their stomachs while providing the necessary nutrients to nurse the animals back to health. Some of our animals arrived in severely emaciated conditions and had to be fed more to bring them up to a normal weight. 

The Halo pet food was received at the perfect time because the vets finally had ample opportunity to examine and diagnose the animals. When they realized that the issues were intestinal, they were able to experiment with different food to determine what worked best for the animals. We found that the Halo petfood was not only a favorite, but was the best for the digestive system.

Our medical team and staff were very grateful to have these products on hand for our finicky eaters and our frail stomachs.

Gaye is one of our special cats. She is almost seven years old and suffers with chronic gastrointestinal issues. She was adopted from us several years ago and was recently returned due to her temperament. When she arrived at the Refuge, she was quarantined and our medical staff determined that her disposition was due, in part, to her digestive issues. They placed her on a diet consisting of Halo mixed with a prescription food. Staff reported that she started showing signs of improvement in just a matter of a few days. She was able to digest the Halo food better than any of the other brands and she even let a select few people pet her. She had more energy and even showed signs of playful behavior. The medical staff continues to monitor her diet and hope to have her medically cleared soon so she can be deemed adoptable and find her second chance at a forever home.” 

Thank you Alaqua Cats for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

Unlike most pet foods, Halo uses real WHOLE meat, poultry, or fish, and no rendered “meat meal” of ANY kind. WHOLE protein is more digestible than “meat meal,” like “chicken meal” or “fish meal,” so pets can retain and use more of the nutrients in the food. 

7 thoughts on “Making a WHOLE Lot of Difference: Alaqua Cats

  • nelson
    April 30, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Thank you Halo!!!!, for the food fot yhe cats wity different eating habits. This food sound so great we are going to start our 8mo. old cat on it, for what you stated, real meat & fish & other healthey foods It does make a difference in cat health as they get older.

  • Linda Langero
    April 30, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I mix Halo with dental kibble and my cats love it. They find it easy to digest and snack on it during the day. The non-grain ingredients make it a healthy option.

  • Paul
    April 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Gaye looks to be a Maine Coon or Maine Coon mix. They are known for having digestive issues, such as IBD. I know because I have a Maine Coon with IBD. After several years of vet visits, searching the internet, and trial and errors with different foods she is doing much better. What I found out is that cats with digestive issues should never be fed dry food. It’s like feeding them ground glass. Next find food with limited ingredients, no grain, low carb. Also, stay away from fish and chicken. I feed Kiwi rabbit. If you get the digestive issues under control Gaye will be a much happier and thus more playful and friendly.

  • ms
    April 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

    THANK YOU you to all who stop and make their contribution to Animal Rescue — they’re the best.

  • Nadalee
    April 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    It’s so sad when pets get “returned.” I’m glad this kitty has another chance because people care!

  • Dee
    April 30, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Dry food is never the best food for cats. Canned is always better. I know it is not feasible for shelters to buy canned food, but a recommendation should go with every adopted cat – to transition to primarily canned food (from a known manf) as soon as possible.

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  • TheShopAlert
    May 5, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Thank you for sharing amazing information on animals and pets

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