"Lifting Hearts, and Touching Souls"
HUMAN ANIMAL LINK OF OKLAHOMA
Foundation
"H.A.L.O."
 
  501c3, 170b

Our name, Human Animal Link of Oklahoma Foundation, speaks to the fact that animals and human 
beings do form a link with one another for the benefit of both. A non-judgmental force, our pets, can best calm most emotional and physical challenges we might experience. They are quiet in voice, but speak with strength and comfort by presence alone. They are incapable of making false promises as to our welfare. They are forever listening even though we may not make much sense. They offer moments of simple joy and peace, reaching into the minds and hearts to communicate with people who just may have shut out the human factor. How quickly they forget our shortcomings and focus on only our greatest strengths.

 
You just can't lose with that kind of relationship! 


 Zephyr takes a quick moment from patient rehabilitation
 sessions to pose with therapists at Jim Thorpe Southwest.

          
                 
              Terri Smith and Shana, authors and facilitators of the D.A.R.E.
(Delay, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate) program, guide these students through
exercises designed to teach establishing safe boundaries, setting  
                 attainable goals, and focusing on tasks through to completion.
  
 
                                                    
                                                   
 

Jim Clark and Barney join H.A.L.O. teams to serve staff, volunteers, and most importantly 
victims of the recent devastating May tornado.  
 


                   
 


 

 "A Girl Named Charley" with Jerry Nickell began visiting in the hospital setting years ago, yet never tire 
of the beauty of interacting with those in need of a furry friend. Hours of compassionate work
bring no money to H.A.L.O. volunteers, yet we are paid in unexpected miracles.  







This young man and "his" dog, Buster, meet not just to share a good book, but to solve
the problems of the world together.
Compassion and empathy are so present in the soul of H.A.L.O. Companion Pets.

 



Zorro, with Handler Renee
standing proudly at his side, is shown after completing all requirements qualifying him for community event participation.  H.A.L.O. dogs must demonstrate excellence in temperament, disposition, and obedience not only in their chosen workplace, but often are called to educate the public as to the benefits
of animal assisted therapy and activities
.

 


Zeke, with Handler Marcia, are
always a delight wherever they visit, whether it be the Choctaw Library where he is a patient and encouraging reading partner, or a loving part of
the end of life experience as a hospice volunteer
.

 




XJ's enthusiasm makes her the
perfect ambassador for our troops coming through
The Military Welcome Center.







Skyview Elementary is proud to have on staff facility dog, LuLu!






How can one not have a better day
or have the desire to reach personal goals with Sophie as a team partner?







Stacy, on staff at Mercy main, congratulates Keith and Daisy as they receive their 500 hour pin at the Mercy Hospital Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

 




Claire and Teesha are an annual welcome sight at Yukon's "Festival of the Child."



  The heart
  that gives-  gathers.

         -Marianne Moore