Food Bank Gets Major Donation from Purely for Pets & Freekibble


Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects loyal shelter pets with our country’s loyal service men and women, has inspired a significant donation of pet food to the Pikes Peak Pet Pantry. The donation of 10,000 meals of Halo Spots Stew, generously provided by Freekibble, will arrive prior to the start of the holiday season, a time when many people experience greater financial stress.

Were thrilled to work in partnership with Halo and Freekibble to help families in the Pikes Peak region who may be experiencing financial hardship, says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. This donation will mean that many of these families will not have to make the difficult choice to relinquish their pets because they could not afford to feed them.

Halo, Purely for Pets, co-owned by animal advocate Ellen DeGeneres (pictured below with Mimi Ausland), is a leading producer of natural pet care products and the official sponsor of Freekibble, created in 2008 by 14-year old Mimi Ausland when she was just 11 years old. Through fun, online dog and cat trivia games, Freekibble donates much-needed kibble to shelter pets around the country over 4 million meals to date.

Animal lovers understand we gain as much from caring for pets as they gain from our care, says Halos David Yaskulka, vice president marketing communications. Were honored to help Pets for Patriots bring this gift to our nations veterans and military personnel, who are in turn rescuing homeless pets.

We are happy and indeed honored to support Pets for Patriots with this donation, and know the food is going to those that need it the most, says Freekibbles Kelly Ausland. Were thrilled to know that were helping our veterans keep their pets in the family where they belong… and that their pets will be enjoying such nutritious food!

Pets for Patriots is showing its commitment to the community in other ways. The charity marched in the 2010 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade. This is our first parade and we cant think of a greater honor than to walk in lockstep with the men and women of the United States military, says Zimmerman. Knowing that weve inspired a donation to help many of these same individuals keep and care for their pets is a wonderful feeling.


About Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both at-risk pets and military members at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit for more information.

About Halo, Purely for Pets
Halo, Purely For Pets uses wholesome, natural, quality ingredients and only real meats in all of their pet food as they believe nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo is the only pet food honored with the National Canine Cancer Foundation Seal of Excellence. Recently, Halo supported the United States Postal Service campaign to promote its 2010 social awareness stamp “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” to raise awareness of pet adoption. In conjunction with this campaign, Halo, Purely For Pets made a commitment to donate 1 million meals of Halo’s Spot’s Stew in 2010 to shelter pets awaiting adoption. They will continue this wonderful initiative with to keep feeding hungry shelter pets across the country. Halo is available at Petco, Whole Foods, local pet specialty and natural foods stores, and at

About Freekibble
With the help of Freekibbles 400,000 loyal monthly followers, they have donated over 4 million nutritious meals to over 100 shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country. At the end of each month, Mimi personally delivers all of the donated food to the Humane Society of Central Oregon and will be working with Halo, Purely For Pets to distribute the pet food to all the other animal shelters they are assisting. Freekibble is played in 137 countries. was created by 14-year-old Mimi Ausland, when she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter. There are 10s of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal and they deserve it!. Mimi was named the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States Kid of the Year because of the impact Freekibble has had on feeding animals in need, and for the awareness she has created for shelter pets. and are two of the five most-visited animal rescue sites in the world.

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