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.

HALO is a limited admission or "no-kill" facility that does not accept animals from the public. HALO, believing that their strategy serves the animals in greatest need, selects animals from "open admission" shelters in Maricopa County, primarily Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

In 2008, HALO transitioned from a completely foster-based organization to one with a main shelter headquarters with their first shelter facility on 35th Avenue in Phoenix.  In 2011, HALO also moved into an underutilized building at the MCACC facility and began doing adoptions from there as well.  In 2012, HALO added an adoption center at the PetSmart in Deer Valley.  In January 2013, HALO moved their headquarters from the 35th Avenue shelter to the MCACC building, where they plan to expand their lifesaving reach by allowing more animals in danger of euthanasia to be adopted.

Since HALO's inception in 1994, over 30,000 dogs and cats have found a new home, with our adoption numbers growing every year. In 2014 alone, we adopted out over 8,000 dogs and cats in to new homes, giving them a second chance at happiness!