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 Freekibble.com 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 Freekibble.com 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 Freekibble.com mission.
Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues. Each day, Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com 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 Freekibble.com’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 Freekibble.com 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.”
ABOUT HALO, PURELY FOR PETS®
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 :http://www.halopets.com.
Sixteen-year-old Mimi Ausland created Freekibble.com when she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter.
Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com 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.
In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I chose to share this great information that was sent to me!