It's an animal rescue here in Phoenix, and they do amazing work, adopting out 2,500
animals a year!
Orientation was outside (at 1PM when it was literally 110 degrees) because the inside was
totally filled up with animals. It worked out well though. There was shade for cover and
that way, we didn't crowd the furry babies inside. Afterwards, we got to go in, see all the
animals and get acquainted with the place.
Here are a couple photos that the event organizers sent out. I couldn't get the pictures to
save any bigger but you get the idea ...
to be euthanized. HALO saves them from certain death. They get or keep these animals
healthy, and they give them a safe place to stay until they find a forever family.
HALO is a non-profit organization that lives off donations and volunteer work. It started with
a mother-daughter team that did it out of their house. One of the women runs a thrift shop
that brings in about $35,000 a year, after they pay for all the expenses it incurs. She works there, every day, without pay. What a woman! They now have a public space (an old DMV
office) to work out of, and they are able to lease it for $1 a month. But they figure they
spend about $345 per animal. What they ask people to pay for adoption doesn't cover that
cost. So, volunteers and donations become very important to their cause. It's just a cool operation with incredibly sweet people trying to do as much good as they can on limited resources.
We were really moved by the whole thing. Like they said at orientation, it's not a sad place.
These animals are loved and well taken care of. This is their opportunity for a better life --
way better then the alternatives of living on the streets or being put to sleep.
Still, I hated seeing them in their kennels, knowing they weren't getting snuggled everyday.
I'm planning to go there next week to help out, and I can't wait!