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.