Halo for Animals is October’s Reward Volunteers cash prize winner and will receive $2,500 in conjunction with CoBank’s Growing Rural America Program.

Reward Volunteers is a free online program that allows volunteers to track and share the time they spend volunteering, find volunteer opportunities, and assist nonprofits in managing their volunteer hours.

Halo for Animals promotes adoption of the pets in the local animal control facility (pound) run by the city of Sullivan.

The organization takes photographs of the pets, helps with adoptions outside of city hours and networks the pets through social media channels, local media outlets and at events.

“Winning $2,500 for volunteering our time is so awesome,” said Halo President Lori Rego.

“The money will be used to help provide medical care for sick or injured animals in the pound and help with spay and neuter costs.”

Since its launch in 2012, volunteers have logged 478,000 hours on behalf 7,300 organizations in 47 states using Reward Volunteers.

“Our farm family owners are often the first to volunteer in their communities,” said Ed Townley, CEO of Cabot Creamery Co-Operative.

“Whether in the volunteer firehouse, on the school board, or at the local food bank, farmers strengthen their local communities. We created the Reward Volunteers program to honor our farmers’ values and the volunteers who strengthen our communities.”

Halo for Animals is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes and networks for adoption from the city of Sullivan’s animal control facility.

All money raised is used for the spay/neuter program for pets adopted from the pound, medical expenses, and for items that will make the pets more comfortable while they wait for new homes.

About Cabot Creamery Co-Operative

Cabot Creamery Co-Operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter.

Reward Volunteers, the Cabot Community Celebrities, and the traveling Cabot Gratitude Grille illustrate the many ways Cabot’s dairy farm families honor, amplify, and reward those who give time to do good.

We are proud to work with our partners and sponsors to honor and reward these good people for their good deeds and build networks of help that can last a lifetime.