The HALO Story



HALO was formed in 1994 by Michel Herstam and Heather Allen in an effort to reduce – and one day eliminate – the number of  cats and dogs being euthanized in the greater Phoenix area.  HALO Animal Rescue focuses on rescuing homeless pets that  are at risk of being euthanized because they are injured, underage, under-socialized, ill or just because there is not enough  room.

In 2008, HALO transitioned from a completely foster-based organization to an agency that utilizes both foster homes and a  physical adoption center.  In 2013, HALO once again expanded. In a partnership with Maricopa County Animal Care and  Control, HALO now operates within the buildings and on the grounds of the West Valley Animal Care and Control facility. This  partnership allows HALO to save more lives, increasing from approximately 4,000 adoptions in 2012 to more than 7,000 in  2013.  

Over the years, HALO has placed nearly 35,000 dogs and cats in new homes and the adoption numbers increase every year.  HALO is the largest no-kill animal rescue in Arizona.
HALO’s commitment goes beyond  caring for the animals within the shelter; HALO works to create a better welfare system for  all the animals in the community.  

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