Noticeable Results: Austin Humane Society Donation Report

Austin Humane Society and Halo Pets donation
For three years in a row, Oscar nominees from the top 5 categories found a certificate from Halo, Purely for Pets, America’s best-loved holistic brand of pet food, and for 10,000 bowls of Halo natural pet food, to donate to the animal shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice in their unofficial gift bag. Richard Linklater, a 2015 Oscar nominee for the category of Best Director for the film “Boyhood,” nominated the Austin Humane Society (AHS).

Here is a recent report from the AHS:

“On 1/14/16, the Austin Humane Society (AHS), received 10,000 meals of Halo cat food through the generous support of,, Halo Pets, and Richard Linklater. This food enabled AHS to feed the cats in our adoption program, as well as “community cats” who had come through our preventative spay/neuter program (“Trap/Neuter/Return Program”), through mid-June 2016.

Between January – June 2016, when AHS was feeding the cats in our care Halo food, we adopted out approximately 850 cats to members of our community. While these felines waited with us for their new families to come along, AHS provided them temporary shelter, enrichment and love, and nutritious food.

Many of our cats loved Halo’s Spot’s Stew, but two in particular come to mind when thinking about how this donation positively impacted our animals.

Austin Humane Society's Harpo the Cat

Harpo is a one-year-old kitty who came to AHS in rough shape. He had suffered a dislocated hip, which inhibited his ability to walk properly, as well as stomatitis, an inflammatory condition that causes painful swelling in the gums. While in our care, Harpo underwent orthopedic surgery to fix his hip, and then was taken to a local board-certified specialist in veterinary dentistry to evaluate his mouth. After examining Harpo, this doctor stated it was the worst case of stomatitis and gingivitis she had ever seen in a cat, and confirmed that Harpo’s condition was making it extremely uncomfortable for him to eat, drink, and groom himself. In May of 2016, thanks to the generosity of our donors and the community, Harpo underwent a fully funded surgery for a full-mouth extraction, the only guaranteed way to ensure his relief from pain. Over the weeks between Harpo’s hip and mouth surgeries, he spent a lot of time in our in-house clinic, where he was eating Halo. Even after his mouth surgery – when he was supposed to be eating only wet food – Harpo preferred to continue eating Halo kibble. Our clinic staff would water it down for him to make it easier to eat, and 10/10 times, he preferred it over wet food!

Austin Humane Society - Vera the cat

Vera is another young kitty who came to AHS in need after being transferred to us from the local city shelter, the Austin Animal Center (AAC). At AAC, Vera had undergone orthopedic surgery to fix her shattered pelvis. Following the accident and surgery, Vera had lost several pounds and came to AHS underweight for

her size and age. She quickly fell in love with our Halo food and over a period of weeks, was able to regain the weight needed to help her heal and ultimately become available for adoption.

AHS is incredibly grateful to,, Halo Pets, and Richard Linklater for selecting us as the beneficiary for this generous grant. Thank you for joining us in saving lives!”

Thank you, Austin Humane Society for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community!

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.


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‘Is she standing right?’  Young Maxence, in Gorbio village, wants his beautiful Pointer, Loulou, to pose for the camera.  Loulou is 7 years old.

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A pair of Jacks

A pair of adorable Jack Russell terriers outside the Restaurant Beausejour in Gorbio village.

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Does Anyone Know If Elon Musk Has Pets?

Dear Elon,

Hello! I would like to congratulate you on the roaring success of Tesla, in particular the Model X. I see them driving around when I’m out walking my dog and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about one day driving one of my own out to the dog park, with my dog’s one ear flapping in the breeze as we race down the road.


Perhaps you might be saying to yourself, “Goodness! What’s keeping you from buying one, then? Aren’t you a veterinarian? I hear they’re rolling in dough!” Crazy, right? I hear that too. It’s a common misquote. What those people meant to say is, “Rolling in debt.” I do know one or two vets who are doing ok, but I think their spouses work in real estate, so there you go.

But we don’t mind, because we love animals. Day after day after day, people come to us for animal related goods and services and ask us, “Don’t you love animals? Because if you did, you would just give me this care for free.” And if we don’t, we are BAD BAD PEOPLE WHO HATE ANIMALS, and that sounds like an awful thing to be. Just check Yelp! You’ll see.

Currency, Women, Savings.

At first, I thought that idea was hogwash, but after so many years of having it repeated to me I thought that maybe I just missed the part of civics lecture where they taught us that no exchange of cash for goods was necessary if the person who has the goods loves animals, because that is just what you’re supposed to do.

So the rule here is, if I really really really want something and you have it and you also love animals, you need to give it to me. I know it sounds nuts, but ten years of experience here can’t be wrong. It’s what the people expect.

Here’s the deal: my car just hit 150K this month and I’m hearing a weird clanking noise that makes me nervous. And yes, I could save up on my own or pick a car in my budget, blah blah blah, but clearly this whole Animal Lover Loophole thing is a widely used shortcut to free stuff, so I figured I would give it a shot before heading down to the used car dealership. I’ll even take the, uh, “cheaper” Model X 60D that just came out, I’m not picky. 😀

I’d hate to see my sad, adorable, one eared dog stuck on the side of the road in this summer heat if I break down. We need reliable transportation befitting his status as Super Awesome Dog. Does Elon Musk like animals? I think we all know what the right thing to do here is.


I’ll be eagerly waiting your response.

Dr V



Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Rent A Dog for your Pokemon Go Hunt

According to a story circulating on Facebook, a Muncie, Indiana, animal shelter started a program where you could rent a dog for $ 5 an hour to walk with you while you were playing Pokemon Go, so people wouldn’t think you were an idiot. This much is true, although I don’t think they actually charged people; […] Dog Blog

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Halo is a 2016 Eco-Excellence Award Finalist

Eco Excellence Award Finalist
Good news! Halo was named an Eco-Excellence Award finalist in three categories this year:

Best Pet Food: Halo Spot’s Stew

Best Pet Treat: Halo Liv-a-Littles

Best Pet Supplement: Halo Dream Coat

Hosted by NCW Magazine (“Sustainable Lifestyle for the Modern Family”), the Awards “recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services, companies and web sites.” Past Eco-Excellence winners include Burt’s Bees, Tom’s Shoes, Honest Company and Halo (2013 winner for Best Pet Food).

Finalists are chosen by judges, but winners are chosen by consumer vote.

Please help Halo receive this recognition by voting and, if you are so inclined, by sharing with your own network (email, social media, etc.)

Voting instructions:

  • Visit: to submit votes in the pet products category
  • Cast your votes by clicking on each product you’d like to vote for in each sub category
  • Once you’ve selected your choices, click on “submit your vote” at the bottom of the category page.
  • You’ll be prompted to enter a valid email address.
  • Once you enter the email address you’ll receive a confirmation message that your email address has been accepted and your votes submitted.
  • This process must be repeated for each Main Category page.
  • Voters are allowed one vote per subcategory per one valid email address.

Thank you so much for your support!


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Thank you for this post. Small indoor dogs may be small, but they make up for their small bodies with playfulness and great personality. Celebrities have turned these small fluffy balls into popular fashion accessories, however, they are not toys. These dogs can be great companions to your children and you. See more

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Puppy Up Nation

Six years ago this Sunday, Hudson, Murphy and I walked the final mile from Back Bay Fens to the Boston Common alongside hundreds of friends and hundreds of canine companions who traveled from 21 states to be there that day. 
When I started out on the road from Austin, TX, I didn’t have much – just a couple hundred bucks in my pocket and a few friends helping me out.  The focus is so intense on each and every step and each and every mile it seemed unfathomable just how far and how long our journey would take us.  And we have gone far! And as we celebrate our sixth anniversary the Puppy Up Foundation has achieved so many incredible milestones. 
Recently I traveled to Madison for their record breaking year, over 1,100 people, and over a $ 130,000 raised. It’s such an exciting energy to be a part of Team Madison and during a speech by our Scientific Chair, Kai Shiu, said how great it was to be a part of Puppy Up USA.  And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s neat.’ 
But then I thought ‘Our reach is international and all of us really are brought together by a common thread that spans border.’  In many ways I feel like we’re becoming an institution and that’s when it hit me.  We are a Puppy Up Nation!
I feel like that at every walk I’ve had the privilege to personally participate in.  I am often asked, ‘What are you most proud of?’  And my response has always been, to go from town to town and see how excited the communities are and successful they’ve been putting on walks – that makes me the proudest.’ 

And that’s why I wanted to share this inspiration with a commemorative T-Shirt to celebrate our 6th anniversary.   And as a way to say thanks to everyone who has made this such a successful organization and as a reminder that we all are together in this and we stand in solidarity.  You can order a shirt here.  
Thank you.  All of you for being a part of Puppy Up Nation!

Hudson, Indiana & Luke

2 Dogs 2000 Miles

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Maggie and Mia

This is a photo I published about 3 years ago but here it is again for anyone who didn’t see it. Maggie, a red and white Irish setter is on the left, and on the right is Mia, a Bassett Ariegois (a French hunting dog). 

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Larry and Haston

Larry and Haston – who seem to have different ideas of where they are going!

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