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Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned - HALO

aka Halok9behavior, HALO   |   Xenia, OH   |  https://www.halok9behavior.com

Mission

The mission of HALO is to reduce the population of owner surrendered animals in shelters. We do this by offering other options such as behavior modification, training tools, pet food, and assistance with medical treatments to those individuals facing financial challenges. We inspire pet owners to keep the promise they made to their pet to care for them forever. HALO hopes to be an inspiration to the community by teaching humane treatment to animals and their owners.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Regina Willen

Main address

3346 Jasper Rd

Xenia, OH 45385 USA

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EIN

81-1896408

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Services (D60)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HALO is an organization that was established to assist individuals who are considering surrendering their beloved pets to the animal shelter. During our founder's work in our local county shelters, she learned that many individuals lacked the resources to keep their animals, in addition many shelters lack the resources to help those dogs surrendered. As a result, most animals surrendered display fear aggression and are euthanized.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe Pets

Many individuals encounter a catastrophic event causing displacement, such as hospitalization, eviction, fire, etc. Many organizations in the community offer services to those individuals in need, however, those individual's pets remain displaced and those individuals find no other option but to surrender their beloved pet to the shelter. HALO offers a service to those individuals and will house and care for their pet while they recover.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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HALO was established just a few years ago by developing a transitional shelter for those animals surrendered to the shelter or those animals needing behavioral assistance to prevent their owners from surrendering them to the shelter. This shelter houses the dogs while they are enrolled in a behavior modification plan. These dogs - after several months - overcome their issues and become adoptable (Shelter and Rescue Partner Program). Further, HALO offers many services to assist the community. Our founder - a certified applied behaviorist (ACAAB) from the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) works with individuals at a significantly reduced fee and many times at no cost (Penny's Program) to teach the individual how to handle their shelter dog. She will create a behavior modification plan for the dog and provide support to the individual with training, training tools, etc. In addition, HALO pulls senior animals and rehomes them to senior individuals at no cost (Platinum Paws program).

HALO has developed many programs to assist the community. Currently we have a program to house those dogs that are deemed unadoptable or hard to place and partner with most of our local animal shelters and rescue organizations. This program allows the dog to stay at HALO for an extended amount of time while behavior modification is developed and implemented. In addition, we offer no cost veterinary care and behavior modification to individuals who cannot afford training or vet care. Our founder councils hundreds of individuals per year and assists with behavior modification at a significantly reduced cost. This strategy has assisted many families and has prevented these animals from being surrendered to the shelter. Our other programs - Platinum Paws which aims to rescue seniors from the shelter and place in senior homes at no cost; and our Safe Pets Program that will house an animal/animals during a time that an individual may need temporary housing during a crisis aims to reduce the number of animals and individuals in need. In addition, our programs target those individuals who have limited funds therefore we assist many individuals per month with veterinary care, dog food, and training tools.

Our organization is located in a community with a great need. Our founder is a certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) with the Animal Behavior Society (ABS). She holds an advanced degree in Biology, Physiology, and Neuroscience. She has extensively studied hundreds of animals in the shelter and developed behavior modification plans for several shelters. She is a consultant to our local and surrounding shelters and receives request from several surrounding states for assistance. She is supported by staff with her similar mission. HALO is an organization that is continually growing because the need is great.

HALO has successfully placed over 300 animals into their forever home with a small <1% return rate since our organization opened the facility in 2017. In addition, HALO has approximately 350 clients and assists 6-7 county shelters in our local and surrounding area. We have successfully developed several programs - Shelter & Rescue Partner Program, Penny's Promise, Safe Pets Program, Platinum Paws - and they are growing each year.

In 2020, HALO has developed a puppy program and will remove pups from the shelters and ensure they are behaviorally healthy. We will focus on those breeds who have a difficult time finding forever homes such as Pitbull type dogs. The pups will be S.T.A.R certified and will continue to go through other programs - Canine Good Citizen certifications.

HALO will begin to train service dogs in 2021 and work with a local service dog trainer in Dayton to assist with the overwhelming requests that she cannot fulfill. Our goal will be to provide service dogs to those individuals who cannot afford the fee of most service dogs organizations. Further, HALO will use the partnership with the shelters to find the service dog candidates in the shelters - saving two lives!

Financials

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Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned - HALO

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Regina Willen-HALO

Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned-HALO

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data