Ellen DeGeneres, Freekibble.com Launch 2012 Holiday Kibble Drop

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For the second year Fidos and felines in shelters and rescues across the country will feast their eyes on bowls filled with nutritious food this holiday season, thanks to an entertainment icon and a teenage pal to all with paws.

Starting December 5th and continuing throughout the holidays, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (who co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets) and 16-year-old Mimi Ausland (the founder of Freekibble.com, which has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues since 2008) are once again launching Holiday Kibble Drop.

Making 14 stops along the way, 69 U.S. shelters and rescues (including many along the east coast which were affected by Hurricane Sandy) will receive a total of 500,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew.

“It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I really believe feeding them such a high quality food will make their holidays a bit brighter while they’re waiting for their forever homes,” says Freekibble.com founder, 16-year-old Mimi Ausland.

Speaking out about the paws cause, Ellen DeGeneres stated: “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about. I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there.”

Numerous rescues and shelters will pick up food at each of the following locations:

Chattanooga, TN – McCartney Animal Center
Los Angeles, CA – Orange County Humane Society, Cat House on the Kings
Middletown, NJ – Petco
Naperville, IL (Chicago) – Pet Supplies Plus
Nashville, TN – Nashville Humane
New York, NY – ASPCA
Oceanside, NY (Long Island) – Pet Supplies Plus
Philadelphia, PA – DoggieStyle/Operation Ava
Portland, OR – Humane Society of Central Oregon and Healthy Pets
Portland, TN – A Place to Bark
Raleigh, NC – Phydeaux
St. Clair Shores, MI (Detroit) – Pet Supplies Plus
St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis) – Bone Marche
San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Animal Care and Control

The Petco Foundation is sponsoring the truck going to New Jersey for disaster relief. C.H. Robinson is donating a portion of the freight costs of the other trucks, and company volunteers will be on hand at many of the stops to help unload food.

“We definitely see a difference in the health and vitality of our dogs when we feed super high quality food like Halo,” says Shannon DeBra of Recycled Doggies in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was a 2011 Kibble Drop recipient. “And when our dogs look healthy, they are definitely more adoptable.”

Photo Credit: HALO

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About Grace Sydney

Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.