The Issue: High Number of Euthanized Pets
In 2009, Maricopa County shelters euthanized more than 52% of the 99,597 dogs and cats that entered the system, according to data from Maddie's Fund. Most of these animals were deemed too young, sick, or frightened to find adoptive homes. No-kill animal shelters, such as HALO Animal Rescue, pull animals out of the system, ensuring they are cared for by staff, volunteers, or a foster family until they find a permanent home.
The Campaign: Providing Supplies to Care for Dogs
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,000, then HALO Animal Rescue can purchase the supplies necessary to care for a female dog and four puppies until they find a permanent home. Each additional $1,000 raised will fund the supplies to care for another female dog and four puppies awaiting adoption. The supplies include bedding, food and milk, medicine, vaccinations, and toys to help a volunteer caretaker tend to the dogs until they are adopted.
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HALO Animal Rescue
The two-woman team of Michel Herstam and Heather Allen started HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue out of their homes in 1994 to provide temporary shelter for abandoned cats and dogs until they were adopted. Today, out of the basement and into its own adoption center, HALO’s mission is twofold: it aims to rescue animals at risk of being euthanized in shelters and works to create a better welfare system for the 100,000 cats and dogs that enter Maricopa County shelters every year. Each animal in the organization’s care receives a complete medical examination and treatments, and no animal is euthanized for being unable to find a home. Online bios highlight animals for potential adopters, focusing on how each animal will fit into an individual's home, family, and lifestyle in order to foster a lifelong match. In 2011, HALO placed more than 3,520 cats and dogs in loving homes.