A HALO Thanksgiving

Being thankful is a simple concept but can sometimes be elusive in its application. Daily gratitude is something I try to practice but sometimes life just gets in the way. I get instantly annoyed when someone cuts me off in traffic or open the mailbox to find that...

Care Planning for Your Pets: A Quick Guide

When most people think of family and estate planning, their thoughts immediately turn to their loved ones: children, spouses, siblings and parents. But what about our four-legged loved ones? Those beautiful souls who bring so much light, love and joy into our lives....

Volunteering: What HALO Doesn’t Tell You

Volunteers. The unsung heroes of the non-profit world. They come in before the sun rises, stay long after the sun sets and dedicate their leisure time working for HALO. (Leisure time working? That’s an oxymoron, right?) They put their own personal needs and...

Adoption Fees: A Drop in the Bucket

“$200?! Are you kidding me???” If you have ever been fortunate enough to work for or volunteer at an animal rescue shelter, you most likely have heard these words in one form or fashion. Most often they are uttered in a shrill and unbelieving voice...

Hurricane Prep: 5 Steps to Protect Your Pets

Prepping for hurricanes. Ugh. But this is the price we must pay to live in this beautiful paradise we call home. Some of us (ahem…me) wait until the very last moment to buy the necessary supplies for survival. (I’m not getting out of bed until it’s a Cat 3.) All...

Lifers: The Forgotten Ones

No-kill rescue is often difficult, sometimes heartbreaking and always rewarding but one aspect of it is rarely discussed, publicized or even understood: lifers. The forgotten ones. Forgotten by nature, society and most times, the very humans that made them the way...