This holiday season, homeless pets across the nation will be looking and feeling their best, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and a 16-year-old girl named Mimi Ausland.
DeGeneres, who co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, and Ausland, who founded Freekibble.com when she was just 11 years old, are launching their second annual Holiday Kibble Drop. The initiative will deliver 500,000 meals of all natural Halo Spot’s Stew to pets in need across the country.
The Kibble Drop trucks will make a combined 14 stops throughout this holiday season, making food donations to 69 shelters and rescues, including many along the east coast that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
At most of the Kibble Drop stops, Halo retailers have generously provided a place where area shelters and rescues can meet the truck and pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo’s Spot’s Stew.
Helping homeless pets find their forever homes is a cause close to co-owner Ellen DeGeneres’ heart. “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about. I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she says.
Providing high quality, nutritious food to shelters and rescues to help increase adoptions is also an important part of the Freekibble.com mission. Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues. Each day, Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com feature a new trivia question. Visitors to the sites can answer the questions and right or wrong, earn 10 pieces of kibble for homeless pets.
As Freekibble.com’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.
“It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I really believe feeding them such a high quality food will make their holidays a bit brighter while they’re waiting for their forever homes,” says Freekibble.com founder, 16-year-old Mimi Ausland.
Kibble Drop Stops:
- Chattanooga, TN – McCartney Animal Center
- Los Angeles, CA – Orange County Humane Society, Cat House on the Kings
- Middletown, NJ – Petco
- Naperville, IL (Chicago) – Pet Supplies Plus
- Nashville, TN – Nashville Humane
- New York, NY – ASPCA
- Oceanside, NY (Long Isfland) – Pet Supplies Plus
- Philadelphia, PA – DoggieStyle/Operation Ava
- Portland, OR – Humane Society of Central Oregon
- Portland, TN – A Place to Bark
- Raleigh, NC – Phydeaux
- St. Clair Shores, MI (Detroit) – Pet Supplies Plus
- St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis) – Bone Marche
- San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Animal Care and Control
The Petco Foundation is sponsoring the truck going to New Jersey for disaster relief. C.H. Robinson is donating a portion of the freight costs of the other trucks, and company volunteers will be on hand at many of the stops to help unload food.
“We definitely see a difference in the health and vitality of our dogs when we feed super high quality food like Halo,” says Shannon DeBra of Recycled Doggies in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was a 2011 Kibble Drop recipient. “And when our dogs look healthy, they are definitely more adoptable.”
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