Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) November 30, 2012
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 combined 14 stops throughout this holiday season, making food donations to 69 shelters and rescues, including many along the east coast that were impacted 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.
The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible. Organizations that feed the pets in their care premium pet 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 provide our “pet companions with a happier, healthier life.”
Kibble Drop Stops: (numerous rescues and shelters will pick up food at each location)
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
Oceanside, NY (Long Island) – Pet Supplies Plus
Philadelphia, PA – DoggieStyle/Operation Ava
Portland, OR – Humane Society of Central Oregon
Portland, TN – A Place to Bark
Raleigh, NC – Phydeaux
St. Clair Shores, MI (Detroit) – Pet Supplies Plus
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 portion 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 of 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.