Thursday, February 13, 2014
Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Nurse serves at HALO Vice President
“I cried my first visit to the pound,” says Amy Gallo, MBSH Critical Care Nurse. The Sullivan, MO animal pound was full of stray and abandoned pets. “I have a huge place in my heart for homeless animals. I was determined to help them find forever homes, so about six years ago, I joined HALO,” (Home At Last Organization)
Gallo, a nine-year BJC employee, is a mother of two and a committed animal lover with 13 dogs and three cats of her own. She has been the vice president of HALO for about five years.
HALO members, she says, give their time to “walk the dogs, love the cats, and hold fund-raisers to help the animals be more comfortable during their stay in the pound and help pay for the spay/neuter certificate given to each adopted pet.” In addition, they run adoption events and place adoptable pets online to help them find their “forever family.”
An upcoming milestone illustrates the group’s success. In May, because of HALO’s efforts, Sullivan’s animal control department will have achieved five years of not having to euthanize a healthy, adoptable dog due to lack of space. HALO can be found on Facebook and at haloforanimals.com.