Merry Christmas! Here’s a little holiday video about adopting shelter pets. Inspired by The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, this #RescueFilm by Peter McEvilley shows that dreams can come true for the holidays. Presented by Halo, Purely for Pets and starring The Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent.
America’s Got Talent season seven winners, the Olate Dogs and their human, Nicholas Olate, star in Halo Pets’ new #RescueFilm, “Dog’s Best Friend.”
This is the second film in their #RescueFilm series created by Peter McEvilley to celebrate rescue pets and promote pet adoption nationwide. The first was “Le Sauvetage,” which debuted at the Sonoma International Film Festival in April.
In this beatnik-themed rescue tale filmed in San Francisco and Sonoma, Calif., Odysseus Dog rescues his human, Alan (played by Nicholas Olate), but they get separated while out on the road. The film follows the dog’s Homeric journey across the country to get back home to his human.
The Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced its second annual holiday grant campaign, Holiday Wishes, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare organizations succeed in their mission to save pets’ lives – at the holidays, and year round.
Qualified organizations are invited to submit their most impactful success stories for a chance to receive the winning grant award of $100,000 or a series of finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. All entries must be submitted by Oct. 30th.
“The Holiday Wishes campaign is a way for us to make holiday wishes come true for some very deserving organizations. In addition, we hope to inspire entire communities to take action and save lives,” said Petco Foundation executive director Susanne Kogut. “Every animal should celebrate this holiday season with a family, and by sharing these stories, we hope to increase the number of animals spending this holiday season in new, loving homes.”
This Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Academy Awards for the second time. As part of Oscar tradition, nominees in the top categories receive elaborate gift bags filled with expensive items that companies hope celebrities might use and endorse. For the past 12 years, Distinctive Assets has been putting together the “Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag.” This year that gift bag is worth $85,000, doubling the price of last year’s bag with items ranging from less than $10 to $16,000. From designer lollipops to luxurious trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii, nominees will be coming home with some pretty cool stuff despite the fact they didn’t win a statue.
But the best item in the gift bag, in our eyes, is the 10,000 meal donation to homeless animals. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets in partnership with Freekibble.com, is giving each non-winning Oscar nominee in the Best Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director categories 10,000 meals of natural pet food to donate to the animal shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice. 10,000 meals are roughly 2,000 pounds of Halo Spot’s Stew, which is approximately $6,100 in retail value.
Will your favorite shelter be nominated?
August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day. It was founded by Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network to “celebrate and promote all the things we do (or should do) to take care of our pets’ bodies, minds and souls.”
So what does “holistic” mean to you? Halo Pets surveyed nearly 850 pet owners about the term “holistic” as it relates to what they feed their pets. The survey respondents included both dog and cat owners who buy a variety of pet food brands. Some respondents are Halo customers, some are not. Nearly 62% of respondents consider the food they purchase for their pets to be a premium, “holistic” brand.
You may be surprised to learn that there are no official standards for using the term “holistic” in pet food marketing. But, according to their survey, most consumers agree on what they think those standards should be. An overwhelming majority of survey participants said the following were critical elements of a holistic pet food:
- No artificial preservatives or colorings – 84.8%
- All natural – 83.6%
- No corn or fillers – 79.1%
- No inferior by-products – 82.3%
- No rendered animal parts, such as chicken meal – 78%
- No “4D” meats (diseased, dying, disabled or dead before butchering) – 80.3%
- Other top attributes included: Only fresh meat or fish (58.5%), includes lots of fruits and vegetables (50.3%), zero recalls (50.4%) and the use of ingredients one can find in their own kitchen (45.2%).
Learn more about Halo Pet’s Holistic Pet Day survey.