New animal rescue facility near Xenia open to public Saturday

A different type of animal rescue is set to open in Xenia, and you can get a first look at the facility on Saturday.

HALO – Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned – will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 3346 Jasper Road in Xenia Twp. 

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The animal rescue operation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on the property of the director, Regina Willen, who is an animal behaviorist.

Willen previously was part of a successful program at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. The program incorporated outdoor walks and a living room-like setting, which helped dogs in the shelter become less stressed and more adoptable.

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The facility is a renovated barn and it will shelter rescued animals with the goal of finding permanent homes for them. The organization will also offer behavior consultations and training. 

“HALO provides a much-needed service to those who would otherwise have to surrender their beloved pet to the shelter,” according to HALO’s website. 

For more information about HALO, call (513) 668-0088.

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