About HALO

About HALO

Learn more about HALO's dedicated team.

HALO's History

HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is a private, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1994 by two women, Michel Herstam and Heather Allen, out of their homes in Phoenix, AZ.

HALO provides temporary shelter to abandoned cats and dogs until they can be adopted into a permanent home.

In 2008, HALO transitioned from a completely foster-based organization to one with their first shelter facility on 35th Avenue in Phoenix.  In 2011, HALO also moved into an underutilized building at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) West facility and began offering pets for adoption from there as well.  In 2012, HALO added a PetSmart Charities "Everyday Adoption Center" at the PetSmart in Deer Valley to their offsite locations.

In January 2013, HALO moved their headquarters from the 35th Avenue shelter to the MCACC West building, where they expanded their lifesaving reach by allowing more animals in danger of euthanasia to be adopted. During the four years of this partnership, the percentage of pets leaving MCACC's West shelter alive increased from 55% prior to HALO's arrival to over 80% in 2016! We are so proud to have played a critical role in this success!

In 2014, HALO expanded again, opening up an adoption center and began offering retail pet supplies inside Metro Center Mall. In 2017, HALO added a second PetSmart Charities "Everyday Adoption Center" at the PetSmart located at Miller and Camelback roads.

Since HALO's inception in 1994, over 60,000 dogs and cats have found a new home, with our adoption numbers growing every year. Each year we find new families for thousands of homeless dogs and cats, giving them a second chance at happiness!