TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, Freekibble.com and Ellen DeGeneres' natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, will make the holidays brighter for homeless dogs and cats across the nation.
During the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop "Inspire Tour," Halo and Freekibble.com will deliver more than 500,000 meals to pets in need. The Kibble Drop trucks, including two 18-wheelers packed full of food, will make a combined 12 stops throughout this holiday season.
At each Kibble Drop location, 5-8 shelters will receive a substantial food donation in honor of a special, inspirational pet in that city.
"Supporting shelters is part of our company's mission," says Halo CEO Steve Marton. "We are inspired by the stories of hope and love we hear every day - and want to honor those pets, pet owners and organizations who exemplify the incredible bond we have with our pets."
Halo retail partners in many of the cities along the Kibble Drop route 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 natural pet food.
The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible, helping shelter pets look and feel their best, sometimes helping them find their forever homes. In fact, in a survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71% said that better food quality "definitely helps" dogs and cats to get adopted.
Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated 11.5 million meals to shelters and rescues. As Freekibble.com's official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.
"This year is the Third Annual Holiday Kibble Drop and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it," says Mimi Ausland, Freekibble.com founder. "It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I hope the Kibble Drop will also inspire people to help shelter pets and to think of other ways they can make an impact on animals' lives."
2013 Kibble Drop Cities include: Nashville, TN; Washington, DC: Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Greenwich, CT; New York, NY; Wichita, KS; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Bend, OR.
Participating retailers include: Phydeaux, Doggie Style, Pet Pantry Warehouse, All Paws, Pet Club, At Your Service Pets, Red Barn Feed and Saddlery, and Pet Food Express.
The magnitude and positive impact of past Holiday Kibble Drops inspired partners like GreaterGood.org and C.H. Robinson to donate resources, time and effort to the trip. Both organizations donate a portion of the freight costs, and each offers volunteers at each stop.
In addition, professional photographers who donate their time and talents to helping shelter pets through GreaterGood.org's One Picture Saves a Life Program, will be on site in many cities taking photos of the events.
ABOUT HALO, PURELY FOR PETS®
For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet's life. Halo offers natural pet food, treats, supplements and grooming products - including the award-winning Halo Spot's Stew, Dream Coat and Liv-a-Littles treats. Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became a part-owner of Halo in 2008. HALO's natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Whole Foods Market, your local pet specialty and natural food store, and online at http://www.halopets.com.
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Ausland created Freekibble.com when she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter. Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com are two of the five most-visited animal rescue web sites in the world, with over 125,000 combined daily visitors. With the help of Freekibble's 500,000 loyal monthly followers, they have donated 11.5 million nutritious meals to over 200 shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country. Freekibble.com works with Halo, Purely For Pets® to distribute the pet food to all the animal shelters they are assisting. Freekibble is played in 137 countries.
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