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The Little Shelter That Could

Jacque Petrone started Helping Animals Love and Overcome (H.A.L.O.) to give the voiceless the care they deserve.

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals at H.A.L.O.  Margaret Wall, director of development, and founder Jacque Petrone share a moment with Sebastian, a Moluccan cockatoo.

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals at H.A.L.O. Margaret Wall, director of development, and founder Jacque Petrone share a moment with Sebastian, a Moluccan cockatoo.

Looking into the beautiful blue eye of Precious, a black and white female border collie and hound mix, it is hard to understand the heartlessness of some humans. Once used as a hog-hunting dog, Precious sustained a serious injury to her left eye resulting in its removal. No longer wanted by her owners, she was dropped off at a shelter like so many other unwanted pets are. With so many animals having unique and often tragic stories of their own, it is a blessing to have a place willing to give the voiceless the care they deserve. Luckily, Indian River County has just such a place.

Stepping inside Helping Animals Live and Overcome (H.A.L.O.), Indian River County’s only no-kill animal shelter, feels a bit like stepping inside a well-contained ball of electricity. The energy is palpable. Somehow smiles and laughter abound as the staff works at a feverish pace to care for all of the animals, both residents as well as the almost continuous influx of new drop-offs.

Read the entire article in the June 2014 issue