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. Halo offers services that are discounted significantly for the public. We ensure that behavior modification and training services are affordable to those needing help. We inspire pet owners to keep the promise they made to their pet to care for them forever and we will ensure that cost will never be an issue. HALO hopes to be an inspiration to the community by teaching humane treatment to animals and their owners.
HALO offers a much needed service to the community addressing the homeless and abandoned animals. We house dogs removed from the shelter, those in rescues, and those belonging to private individuals. We conduct behavior modification, extensive training, and basic boarding to those animals at risk of being euthanized. Currently our facility houses 7 dogs, however we are working to open another facility on the property that will house up to 25 dogs. This facility will have a training room, clinic, and have the capacity to house interns coming from other states to work with Regina. This facility is much needed as it will make a great impact on the community offering services such as low/no cost training, low cost daycare, low cost/no cost vaccine clinic that are lacking because of funding. Halo is nonprofit and all money earned goes back to the community!
HALO is a state of the art transitional shelter for dogs that are removed from a shelter or in need of a safe, comfortable, home like environment. Each HALO dog is housed in an 8x10 room that contains a day bed or couch, comfy blankets, toys, treats, TV, 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, fearful dog, and aggressive dogs. We use science-based techniques such as classical music, essential oils, and most importantly human contact to reduce stress and employ scientifically proven techniques to reduce aggression. The kennel is housed on 5 fenced in acres with plenty of toys and small pools for the dogs to run and play. Our HALO dogs go through training (know basic commands) and are confident and well-adjusted before being placed up for adoption. We are not about quantity but quality, and we allow dogs to stay until they are ready to go into a foster home. Sometimes this takes several years however we are dedicated to the dog's success and never limit their time at HALO. The dog becomes part of our family and we are selfishly saddened to see them go but we celebrate when they find their furever homes! Because of our dedication we have a very small percentage of dogs that are returned and many adopters are impressed with our well behaved dogs.