Red Cross Hero: Woman who helps families feed their pets


A Fresno woman who helps families feed their pets has been nominated as a Hero for the American Red Cross.

Jennifer Yovino started halo Cafe which gives free pet food to families who can’t afford it.

The Red Cross will honor her and others who serve the community.

Jennifer Yovino’s love for pets is like no other.

She opened Halo Cafe to provide families with free pet food – which is all donated.

“We decided if there was an animal that had a loving home, we never wanted them to cross into the shelter system and perhaps not make it out,” she said.

Halo Cafe caters to all families, especially low income, elderly and the homeless who sometimes can’t even afford a meal for themselves.

Dana Austin reached out to Halo Cafe for help.

“Pup pup got hurt, lost ability to walk,” she said. “I was in the position, ‘Do I feed my dog or do I get vet care, or do I surrender her so she can get vet care?'”

Thanks to Halo Cafe, Austin got to keep Pup pup for 3 more years.’

“That’s all we wanted to do,” said Austin. “All we ever wanted to do was stay a family. With Halo’s help, we were able to stay a family.”

Yovino has been nominated for a Hero for the American Red Cross for her dedication to feeding pets.

“No, I’m not a hero. Oh, good lord,” Yovino replied.

“I love these people. I love their pets. They love their pets and we’re going to keep them together and they are the heroes,” said Yovino.

The love is mutual. 

“It wasn’t just the food. It’s the information,” said Austin. “You can go to Jennifer for any question. Halo was there for answers.”

The public is invited to help honor our local heroes Thursday August 31st at the Falls Event Center in Fresno. Doors open at 6 p.m. Donations to support the Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be accepted at the door.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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