Donating 500,000 Healthy Holiday Meals of Ellen DeGeneres’ HaloPet Food to Pets in Need



There are a few things about Ellen DeGeneres that everyone knows:

  • She’s hilarious
  • She LOVES to dance!
  • She is highly philanthropic
  • She ADORES animals

When I lost my job in 2007, due to downsizing, if it weren’t for her show I don’t know how I would have made it through. Watching Ellen not only made me get OUT of myself. She made me LAUGH in SPITE of myself!

Ellen enabled me to learn to appreciate what I DO have, instead of focusing on what I don’t, give to OTHERS and by doing so, you will feel GOOD about YOURSELF!

This holiday season, homeless pets across the nation will be looking and feeling their best, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and a 16-year-old girl named Mimi Ausland.


DeGeneres, who co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, and Ausland, who founded when she was just 11 years old, are launching their second annual Holiday Kibble Drop.  The initiative will deliver 500,000 meals of all natural Halo Spot’s Stew to pets in need across the country.

The Kibble Drop trucks will make a joint 14 stops throughout this holiday season, making food donations to 69 shelters and rescues, including many along the east coast that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

At most of the Kibble Drop stops, Halo retailers have generously provided a place where area shelters and rescues can meet the truck and pick up their donation of Halo’s Spot’s Stew all-natural dog and cat food[DY1]

The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible. Organizations that feed the pets in their care premium food like Halo say it makes a big difference in their health and well-being and even in their adoptability. In a recent survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71% said that better food quality “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted.

And helping homeless pets find their forever homes is a cause close to co-owner Ellen DeGeneres’ heart. “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about.  I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she says.

Providing high quality, nutritious food to shelters and rescues to help increase adoptions is also an important part of the mission.

Since 2008, has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues. Each day, and feature a new trivia question. Visitors to the sites can answer the questions and right or wrong, earn 10 pieces of kibble for homeless pets.

As’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.

“It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I really believe feeding them such a high quality food will make their holidays a bit brighter while they’re waiting for their forever homes,” says founder, 16-year-old Mimi Ausland.

Three of this year’s Kibble Drop stops are at Pet Supplies Plus stores, which brought the Halo line into its 250 locations in 23 states earlier this year– bolstering its commitment to give our “pet companions with a happier, healthier life.”


Kibble Drop Stops:

Chattanooga, TN – McCartney Animal Center

Los Angeles, CA – Orange County Humane Society, Cat House on the Kings

Middletown, NJ – Petco

Naperville, IL (Chicago) – Pet Supplies Plus

Nashville, TN – Nashville Humane

New York, NY – ASPCA-helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy

Oceanside, NY (Long Island) – Pet Supplies Plus–helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy

Philadelphia, PA – DoggieStyle/Operation Ava–helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy.

Portland, OR – Humane Society of Central Oregon

Portland, TN – A Place to Bark

Raleigh, NC  – Phydeaux

St. Clair Shores, MI (Detroit) – Pet Supplies Plus (being a Michigander this makes me sooo happy!)

St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis) – Bone Marche

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Animal Care and Control


The Petco Foundation is sponsoring the truck going to New Jersey for disaster relief.  C.H. Robinson is donating a part of the freight costs of the other trucks, and company volunteers will be on hand at many of the stops to help unload food.

“We definitely see a difference in the health and vitality of our dogs when we feed super high quality food like Halo,” says Shannon DeBra of Recycled Doggies in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was a 2011 Kibble Drop recipient. “And when our dogs look healthy, they are definitely more adoptable.”


For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo offers natural pet food, treats, supplements and grooming products – including the award-winning Halo Spot’s Stew, Dream Coat and Liv-a-Littles treats. Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became a part-owner of Halo in 2008. HALO’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Pet Supplies Plus, PETCO, Whole Foods Market, your local pet specialty and natural food store, and online at :


Sixteen-year-old Mimi Ausland created when she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter. and are two of the five most-visited animal rescue web sites in the world, with over 120,000 combined daily visitors. With the help of Freekibble’s 475,000 loyal monthly followers, they have donated 9 million nutritious meals to over 200 shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country. At the end of each month, Mimi personally delivers all the donated food to the Humane Society of Central Oregon and will be working with Halo, Purely For Pets® to distribute the pet food to all the other animal shelters they are assisting. Freekibble is played in 137 countries.


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  1. I didn’t know that Ellen partially owned Halo. I also didn’t know the was founded by a little girl! THAT is absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yeppers Ann! It’s been for a few years now. (you must be busy) 🙂 You are welcome! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

      • Lol! I like Ellen but I don’t really watch TV.

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  3. Great post! Sharing…

    • thank you!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  4. Hi Dakota…My mom has been clicking on every day for a long time now…she likes learning new doggie trivia every day

  5. Mom LOVES Ellen! Yet another pawsome initiative – wish we had more of them here in SA
    Wally & Sammy

    • Hi Wally & Sammy! My Mom loves Ellen too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. As I read this wonderful post I only had ONE thought: the world can be soooo good! And a Kibble Drop truck sounds much better for me than the coke truck ( you’ll get black feet from coke – for real ;o)

    • Hi Easy! Ohhh yes you are right! Ellen is also quite generous. roflmao about the Coke BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  7. That’s all very awesome. I had no idea that freekibble was started by such a young person.

    • Roxy I didn’t realize she was so young either. Who knew? Love, “Mom”

  8. Hi Dakota,

    I love what Ellen and Mimi do too – they’re awesome!! Have you seen Mimi’s book? It’s called “Mimi and Matey to the Rescue – Book 1 Roger the Rat is on the Loose!” – We’ve got it and it’s really cool, the illustrations are awesome!!

    Have a fun, mischievous weekend buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! i love it too!! No I haven’t seen Mimi’s book but I might need to! Thanks for telling me! Hope you have a great weekend! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. We love Ellen and we appreciate all she does. We had heard about Mimi but did not know about the website. Big hugs and nose kisses for you sweet Dakota and for your sweet mom and sweet Cody.

    • Hi Mumsy! We sooo love Ellen too and we appreciate everything she does as well! Oh wow! You didn’t know about Freekibble? Mom uses that site every day! Barks and licks and much love back at ya! Dakota and “Mom”

  10. What a great idea! It’s so nice when celebrities use their star power to help out people and animals! Even better to see young people take up good causes.

    • Hi Sara, Oreo and Chewy we soooo agree! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  11. What a wonderful thing to do. Whee are involved in a Secret Santa Paws where whee have been given names of guinea pigs in rescues and Sanctuarys over the UK. Whee found out our piggies name a few days ago and now whee are preparing a package to post out to them for Pigmass. It is lovely that this time of year is bringing out so much good will and cheer.

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

    • Hi Nutty Buddy & Basil, we agree that it is a wonderful thing to do! We saw your Secret Santa Paws post (but we don’t always comment) and we think it is just FANTASTIC that you are doing that! You will make some piggies super happy! We agree that it is wonderful that all the good is being shown by people at this time of year. Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  12. Hey Dakota! I just noticed I was already following you before we got paired up! Anyways I love Ellen too! I have also had problems keeping jobs in the past – due to mental healthy issues, and one ofthe shows that always made me feel good on those “bad days” was Ellen. i love how she is such a great animal advocate, and Ilove how she is using her power to betternaimals lives everywhere. And what a inspiration little Mimi Ausland is, this is a great cause, and I enjoyed readingthe post, as I knew Ellen loved animals butdid not know she had a charity directly related to it!:) Can’t wait to get to know more about you and Dakota!!! 🙂

    • Hi Kirby!! Yay! So glad we are following each other! Well…I didn’t have trouble keeping jobs. I had one job for 21 years when I was in Cleveland. Lost my last job (in Michigan) due to downsizing. I am so sorry about the mental health issues. My step daughter battles with that as well 😦 I agree with you about Ellen making us feel better, she sure did (and does!) I look forward to learning more about you as well! Love, “Mom”

      • Wow 21 years is a long time, that also happened to my mom a few years ago, hopefullythis ongoing recession ends soon, and everyone can get back doing what they love- if you did love it that is. Thankyou for thekind words as well, it warms my heart!:)

      • Hi Kirby! It sure is. I am so sorry about your Mom as well. It is hard. I feel so bad for her! I love doing what I am doing now but don’t know how much longer I will be able to! You are a sweetie! Love, “Mom”

  13. We love Ms. Ellen and all she does
    Benny & Lily

    • so do we! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  14. Hey Dakota, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

    We are Ellen fans here @ Casa Jet, even though we hardly get to see her show. She is such a positive person. We knew she owned halo, however we did not know that was created by such a young, inspiring girl. Whoo hoo. We click every day! Mom embarrasses me by getting lots of trivia ? wrong. 😦

    What a wonderful project for the holidays, thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Jet!! We are HUGE Ellen fans! Don’t feel bad, Mom sometimes answers wrong too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  15. I don’t know Ellen and Mimi but both of them sound wonderful people. The Kibble Truck is a fantastic idea but I don’t think I want to live in the shelters in order to get them. Hope my mom will give me free kibbles which I don’t have to work for them if you know what I mean.


    • Eva! What??!! No ELLEN in Malaysia? Google her! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  16. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information Caren! I am big fan of and Halo for all that they do for pets!!

    • you are most welcome! We are huge fans too! Love, “Mom”

  17. We love to curl up with a good book.

    • I think you commented on the wrong post lol. Love, “Mom”

  18. Why are you so popular? Your blog sucks.

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