The Founder of HALO, Regina Willen, is a Neuroscience and Physiology Scientist. She currently holds certification with Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and International Association Of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She has extensively studied the behavior of shelter dogs in and out of the shelter. She specializes in creating behavior programs that are practical for shelter staff, volunteers, and the busy family. She has successfully implemented a behavior modification and an enrichment program in a county shelter in Dayton, Ohio, which has saved hundreds of lives. Regina uses scientific research and positive training to create an easy to understand behavior plan and will support you every step of the way until you're comfortable with your best friend's behavior.
The mission of HALO is to reduce the population of owner-surrendered animals in shelters. We do this by offering other options such as behavior modification, training tools, pet food, and assistance with medical treatments to those individuals facing financial challenges. We inspire pet owners to keep the promise they made to their pet to care for them forever. HALO hopes to be an inspiration to the community by teaching humane treatment to animals and their owners.
HALO is nearing the completion stage of opening a state of the art behavior modification facility in Xenia, Ohio. HALO will provide a much-needed service to the community addressing the homeless and abandoned animals. We will provide other alternatives to those individuals who feel abandonment or surrendering their companion is the only option.
HALO is a state of the art kennel-under construction. Each HALO dog is housed in an 8x10 room that contains a toddler bed, toys, treats, whatever it takes to make a dog comfortable. The rooms encircle a living room with all the look and feel of living in a home environment. We at HALO have witnessed the stress-reducing effects that this type of environment has on a displaced or fearful dog. We will use science-based techniques such as classical music, essential oils, and most importantly human contact to reduce the stress. The kennel is housed on 5 fenced in acres with agility equipment and a small pool (under construction) for the dogs to run and play. This kennel will house dogs removed from a shelter who require behavior modification prior to being put up for adoption. HALO dogs will go through training (know basic commands) and will be confident and well-adjusted before being placed up for adoption. We are not about quantity but quality, and we cannot accept dogs from the community without director approval.