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HALO Background and Basics:


Mission: Helping Animals Live On through increased adoption, sterilization and pet care education.

HALO is a limited admission or "no-kill" facility that does not accept animals from the public. HALO, believing that their strategy serves the animals in greatest need, selects animals from the euthanasia lists at "open admission" shelters in Maricopa County, primarily Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is a private, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1994 by two women, Michel Herstam and Heather Allen, out of their homes in Phoenix, AZ.

In 2008, HALO transitioned from a completely foster-based organization to an agency that utilizes both foster homes and a physical adoption center when they moved into a 3,000-square-foot building located at Camelback and 35th Avenue in Phoenix, AZ.

In 2013, HALO started a groundbreaking and lifesaving partnership with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  HALO moved their base of operations into the MCACC building in an effort to most efficiently use the community's resources to benefit the animals and work together to save more lives while still remaining true to their no-kill identity.

Since HALO's inception in 1994, over 25,000 dogs and cats have found a new home, with our adoption numbers growing every year! In 2014 alone, HALO adopted out 7,066 dogs and cats in to new homes, giving them a second chance at happiness.

With 14,000 treatable animals euthanized in our community last year, HALO's immediate goal is to focus on saving these animals and work towards a day when no animal is needlessly euthanized.

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