Red Carpet Worthy: 2015 Oscar Gift Bags Include Halo Donation For Home

Rachel Leavy
by Rachel Leavy
Lucky A-list Celebrities will receive Halo Donation Certificates in their famous Oscar Swag Bags.

It’s a night filled with glitz, glam and wardrobe malfunctions. “It’s an honor to be nominated” is quoted in every red carpet interview, but the idea that “everybody is a winner” at the Academy Awards has taken on a new meaning. Nominees who don’t win a treasured Oscar will receive a “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” gift bag, but this year, it’s not only the people nominated who benefit from the swag – homeless pets will as well.

Halo, Purely for Pets, a company well-known for its natural ingredients and the fact that it’s co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, is giving a gift to pets in need via the Oscar goodie bags. Celebrities in possession of the gift bags will find a “gifting certificate” worth a donation of 10,000 meals for the shelter of their choosing, valued at $6,200.

While the other items in the gift bags are typically luxury and relaxation related (the coveted swag bag is packed worth $160,000 in goodies), these donation certificates will actually help shelters feed the overwhelming amount of furry mouths in their care. Lucky pups at the shelters will be feasting on Halo Spot’s Stew and new line of dog food, Vigor.

Last year, celebrities Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Barkhad Abdi and June Squibb didn’t take home a gold statute, but they did take advantage of the Halo donation certificate and made a lot of homeless pets happy.

Halo, Purely for Pets, is renowned for its donations to rescue shelters over the years. In 2010, the company donated a million meals to shelters during the U.S. Postal Service “Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp” program. Halo is currently partnered up with and in order to feed over 1.5 million meals to homeless pets each year. If you want to help out, you can take part in the campaign, which offers many options to aid homeless pets. It’s as simple as posting a picture of your dog with the hashtag and a meal is donated!

So this year while you’re sitting on the edge of your seat hoping to win the office Oscar pool, be sure to keep your favorite animal shelter in the back of your mind, too. I know Maria will have her paws crossed!

Rachel Leavy
Rachel Leavy

Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for five years. When she's not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.

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