For the person that lost her dog and had a bad experience with Halo, I can only tell you that is is up to all of us to correct problems instead of elevate them. Halo is the only no-kill shelter in this county and instead of you asking what you can do to help, your question was what can I do to "hurt"! Let me give you some good advice, every organization that starts and is able to survive eventually repairs all of the weak links in their chains. It is up to us, the public to support and make sure that they are able to survive, as do their animals. Halo was founded on a vision of love and caring, please understand that and give it some help!
I can't express how wonderful halo has been to me. I choose a shepard mix to adopt and after a few days took her back with a broken heart. I loved this dog from day one, but I also had at home an old beagle that I share with my kids next door. He was never socialized, he didn't want to share his home with this new dog, bit her on the nose, so of course she was fighting back. Halo helped me learn, with help of a behavior Specilist, Allen, how to handle the situation.They llet me take Kona back and it's been 3 months. I have the most lovable dog I have had my whole life, this wouldn't have worked out with out the understanding and compassion, and help from Halo.
HALO is a wonderful place for all types of Animals, dogs, cats, birds and bunnys. The owner, staff and volunteers are dedicated and hard working. HALO can always use donations especially money, I know all donations are appreciated but money is what pays the bills, the vets and fixes what is broken. They have Animals with Medical problems as well and Vets are not free, they have to pay like everyone else does. So if you choose a Charity or Organization to Donate to yearly or more often then that....remember.... PLEASE CHOOSE HALO.
This is a great shelter! They help connect people with animals in need of a home - dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and occasionally birds, guinea pigs, and other small pets.
They have helped thousands of pets find new homes. Do they ask questions of applicants? You betca! They want to make sure they are pairing animals with a forever home, not a "till its not convenient" home. I've adopted several times from HALO and I love my animals! While others may have encountered difficulties. I have had a very positive experience and I've adopted, as well as donated.
Wow, I can't believe the reviews prior. My experience was quite the opposite.. I adopted 2 kittens who were 4 months old this summer. Usually I adopt adult cats, but thought after my one cat died, my surviving cat might enjoy some young ones. They helped me select a kitten that was very friendly and had no fear. Boy they got that right, the first day she went right up to my dog and cat. I also adopted her last littermate as she screeched when the one was taken out of the cage. I am so glad as my kittens renamed Mango and Coconut are so happy together and with my dog and other cat. The staff were great, the animals well cared for. They checked my references as I moved here from NJ. The fees are reasonable and they include updated follow up visits. The staff and volunteers work very hard to find a good home for all the animals. My kittens now 1 year old are doing great. I take them there for their nail trims which are free as they were adopted there-and take my dog and other cat for nail trims---only $5. I also have donated to them, as I think they care about the animals...and work hard to keep getting them their forever homes. I have visited many times and it is always clean, animals well cared for, and they are very busy helping people find there new pet. I would recommend it.
This story begins with the day after having to put my beloved dog of 10 years to rest. My husband (who works out of town frequently) took me to the Indian River County Humane Society to visit dogs because he doesn't want me to be alone when he is away. They were so very compassionate and caring toward our situation & emotions in regards to getting another pet. I found a dog I liked, but I really wanted to make sure I was making the right decision and that I wasn't jumping into it too quickly. On our way home we decided to visit H.A.L.O. to see thier pets. First of all, you don't get to see thier pets, you get to flip through a binder with minimal description as to the type of personality of the dogs. We walked in and the gal wearing a pink shirt, with brown hair, about 30, told us to sit on the bench and look through the binder and if we saw a dog we liked she would get it for us. We selected 2 dogs, we thought we would like to visit. She brought the first one out, handed us a leash & said "If you want to take him for a walk I can get a harness"....then walked away! She didn't tell us about the dog, temperment or anything. This dog was soooo hyper & the front room there was tiny & cramped. So we are sitting there trying to pet this dog stuck in the tiny front room while she walked in and out of the front office talking to this other person, the whole time ignoring us. I can tell after a minute or two this dog is NOT for us, he kept lunging up in the air forward at people as they walked in, he could not sit still for a second. So after waiting 10 minutes I was finally able to let her know I didn't think he was going to be a good fit with our home, as he was just super hyper. With a real sh***y tone she says "well, he did just get out of a run" (now, I can understand that may be the case, but I can already tell that this dog is crazy hyper & I wouldn't be able to satisfy his energetic needs in my little yard) She then grudginly went and got the next dog for us to visit with. He was so sweet, had a great temperment, but he was huge, much bigger than I had predicted in the photo provided in the binder. We throughly enjoyed visiting with him, but once again, I really wanted to think things through before I rushed to a decision. When I got up to let her know we were done visiting and that I wanted to think on it overnight & not rush into getting a dog if I was not ready, I once again got a really bit*** attitude from her, she says "Yeah. Thats what we were talking about" I could not even freaking believe how insensitive this lady was, seriously disgusted to be quite honest. I just lost my f'ing dog, and this lady can't even manage to show any empathy. I would have expected to hear, "I understand &/or take your time"....no it was "Yeah. That's what we were talking about". I feel so sorry for those animals, as these people were horrid, simply horrid.
06/21/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have never in my life experienced such a heartless, unprofessional organization. Please don't let them fool you, just because they are a ""rescue"" organization. There are actually a lot of rescue organizations out there who are known for being corrupt. Up until my most recent experience with them, I thought that they were actually an ethical, non-corrupt organization. Boy was I wrong... I guess the customers at HALO clearly get treated A LOT better than the people who have to unfortunately surrender their animals there. The owner and other workers at HALO were very nice to me, up until after I had already surrendered my dog to them. After surrendering my dog to HALO and after not hearing from anyone for over two months, I had called and asked the owner (Jacky) why they never called me to tell me that my dog was adopted out (like I had requested them to do on my surrender application.) I found out from her that my dog got adopted after just two days of being there, but no one bothered to call me. When I asked Jacky to tell me about the family who adopted him, she refused to tell me ANYTHING. I was not asking for an address and phone # for them, but just general information, such as, does the family have kids? Do they live in a house with a fenced in back yard? Are there other pets in the household? Etc. (Just so I would know what type of home he went to.) The owner was abusive and unprofessional towards me. She even had the nerve to yell at me and tell me that she didn't care about me or my situation, etc. In light of all of this, I obviously COMPLETELY REGRET surrendering my beautiful, wonderful dog to HALO. It was an extremely difficult thing for me to do anyway, and then to have to deal with the stress and abuse that I have now had to deal with makes it all the more devastating. Please DO NOT ever surrender an animal to this organization. They are only interested in your MONEY, and they will just judge you and treat you horribly if you EVER try to follow up on what happened with the animal you surrendered. Due to the apparent serious ethics issues involved with this organization, not only do I not recommend surrendering an animal to this organization, but I also would not recommend boarding your animal here or adopting an animal from here.