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Tess is from HALO.
HALO is a non-profit organization that goes to dog auctions ("under cover") and purchases havanese puppies/adults to get them out of the puppymill cycle. Tess was found at a swap meet (like a flea market) in Ohio. She had been a breeder in a puppymill for 5 years.
Some people don't agree with HALO's practice of paying to get the dogs, based on the premise that it just continues to cycle. HALOs philosophy is to do whatever it takes to save the Havs, one-dog-at-a-time, until the laws can be changed so puppy mills are eliminated.
(A puppy sold at a puppymill usually becomes a breeder at another puppymill or is sold to a pet shop. Those puppies/adults not sold at an auction are frequently taken "out back" and drowned or shot.)
My experience with the people of HALO has been very good. I think it's run by 3 women - two in Ohio, one in Michigan and they foster across the U.S. In addition to saving dogs from puppymills they will also take in Havs that are abandoned, etc. They have started a second organization to save other breeds (mostly King Charles Cavaliers and Dachshunds.) They have a picnic every year for the foster and adopting families - we'll be attending for our 2nd year. I know there are a few other HALO adoptees on the forum and at least 1 or 2 foster families.
Jill - Tess & Cody's mom
Last edited by Jill in Mich; 07-19-2009 at 02:28 PM.