H.A.L.O. Rescue was created in 2006 with a mission to create a NO KILL safe haven for abused and abandoned animals. H.A.L.O. believes in a community where there are no more homeless pets and that together we can eliminate the killing of companion animals.
What sets us apart from other shelters is we are Indian River County's only No Kill animal shelter. This means we do not euthanize for age, space, medical needs, or behavioral issues. Once an animal enters H.A.L.O. we make a pledge to them to provide all physical, emotional, and medical care needed until a forever home is found.
While we primarily deal with Indian River County and our mission is to make Indian River County No Kill we also bring in animals all over the state and even outside of Florida.
HALO saves over 2000 animals each year but our work is not done. In 2016 1,400 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens still lost their lives in Indian River county. With your help, HALO is here to end this because there is a better way. It doesn't have to happen.
We depend on animals for everything including unconditional love but can they depend on us in return.
We celebrate our 5,000th adoption! We start a low cost spay/neuter program. We open our FIV House, a stand-alone facility to exclusively house our FIV+ cats.
In 2013, we focused on increasing volunteers, realizing more adoptions, and saving more animals ..... and boy, did we just ever succeed in these three areas. We have also created a new brand, launched a new website and became a Best Friends partner.
We opened a second adoption center primarily for cats in the Indian River County mall. This center, opened in December, has already found over 2 dozen forever homes!
We opened our first thrift store, HALO's Rescued Treasures, a thrift-tique run by a dedicated team of animal lovers with all profits going directly to the animals. Our first year proved to be very successful thanks to our great supporters!
We continue to strive for expansion as Indian River county should be no kill, as many other counties already are, and a safe haven for these pets and this is HALO's mission. With 100% of donations going toward animal care, a lot of love and passion, and your help... the future is bright!
This Year 2061 dogs and cats were SAVED!
In January our expansion dreams were answered and we were gifted 3/4 an acre of property adjacent to HALO! Our vision for the new property is to create a training field and rescue/relief center so that we can increase our rescue capabilities and continue to close the gap of animals being euthanized in our county.
Our donations this year have accomplished many upgrades:
Created a Meet & Greet room where animals can spend valuable one on one time with their prospective new family… increasing adoptions by 25% from last year!
Constructed 10 runs in the back field so that large dogs can have more time outside and Remodeled 10 large dog runs so that we can bring in and save more lives!
Constructed a Cat Medical Room where sick cats can have a separate space to heal and feel safe, until they are ready to be placed up for adoption.
Created a Handler Position so that dogs can be brought out in packs every day, worked with, socialized, and trained, allowing them to exercise and never feel that shelter cage burnout… helping to increase adoptions!
Pulled permits for the donated acre of land adjacent to the shelter! We’ve started the clearing process!
Created the Angel Sponsor Program, a program where dogs and cats are sponsored by Angels waiving their adoption fees; The Indian River Mall Adoption Center has been fully funded for most of the year and both cat and dog adoptions have soared!
And, the BEST part yet we SAVED:
25 Birds, 653 Cats, 581 Dogs, 2 Reptiles, 59 Sm. Animals, 389 Pets were Returned to Owners, and we Gave out 517 Low Cost Spay & Neuter Vouchers!
Mission Statement & History
Founder Jacque Petrone takes over Professional Animal World to run a boarding and grooming establishment. She receives a phone call asking for help in saving a litter of newborn kittens left helpless after their mother was run over by a car. Unable to find a no kill shelter that would take them in, she realized what a tremendous need there was for a no kill rescue in our community. The first year, 225 lives were saved.
HALO receives its non profit status. The shelter continues to increase the number of animals rescued and makes upgrades to the shelter including, a new roof, new AC units, a quarantine facility, increased dog runs, and new cat condos.
We establish adoption centers with PetCo and PetSmart in Vero Beach. We continue our growth of the facility including clearing and fencing a one acre property to further increase the quality of life for the rescues.
HALO's Long-Term Goals:
To secure the funding to build HALO’s enrichment center. This center will be an expansion to save lives. To create an environment where underdogs and cats- those who are fearful, shy, under-socialized and behaviorally challenged can receive the care they need.
These animals are the ones being euthanized daily in our county shelter. They have survived a life of abuse and neglect and they need confidence building, reassurance, structure and love.
HALO’s No Kill commitment means every pet is given the individual treatment and rehabilitation to not just survive but to thrive- giving them the hopes of finding a forever home.
These dogs and cats are overstimulated by the increased activity in a shelter setting with other animals and people constantly affecting their progress. These conditions can lead to months of living in a shelter- sometimes, a lifetime.
The HALO enrichment center proposed will give these rescues a quiet environment with trained handlers and volunteers. The center will be a place for them to live in a simulated home environment as well as having a private training center.
Trainers will provide individual behavior modification with the goal to build trust and get these animals adopted- not killed.
Our community can be- as many others are- no kill. Help us end the killing of over 1,500 dogs, cat, puppies and kittens in Indian River County. If you are interested in donating to this center please contact Jacque Petrone at or call 772-584-1782.