Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. The holiday season is upon us. For some that might mean a new puppy or kitten as a gift. People may have the best intentions but a new family member really isn’t a ‘gift’. A wiggly bundle of joy seems like a delightful idea Christmas morning but it means several years of commitment.
First, be very sure your family has had a discussion & is ready for a new member. If there are children involved are they old enough to understand bringing a dog or cat into your family is not like getting a new toy? Also, Christmas day is not the best time to introduce a new pet. It can be too busy, very loud & too stressful. It may prove overwhelming for both you & the new addition to your family. That’s not a good start.
Here is an example of the wrong way – Dad stops off at the mall & goes into the pet store. He picks out a puppy or kitten based on it’s cuteness. With little or no information he brings it home. Surprise!
Now here is an example of the right way – A decorative note is wrapped in holiday paper or a small stuffed animal wrapped with a big bright bow can “announce” an impending addition to the family. A few days after Christmas, the whole family goes to a local shelter. They take their time, meet several dogs (or cats) & ask lots of questions. Hopefully a new member of the family will be going home with them when they leave.
It’s a sobering thought that almost every shelter, everywhere is full to capacity all year round. There are so many deserving animals in need of a loving home. Pet stores generally are supplied by puppy mills & back yard breeders. Those people are in this for profit. Adding a family member should be about love, commitment & responsibility.
Remember, when you adopt you enrich at least three lives. Yours, the animal you rescued, & the animal you just made room for. Give the gift of love; sponsor, volunteer, foster, rescue & adopt.
CEO Olivia ❤
Hello everyone, Olivia here. Today I’m sharing what I feel is good news. First a little back ground. Harley’s was a puppy mill survivor. His first 10 years were spent in a tiny cage, his only purpose was to breed. He lost an eye to a high powered hose used to clean his cage. He was rescued, rehabilitated & became the face of the anti puppy mill movement. Sadly he passed last year but his final years were full of love.
Harley’s Dream was established in 2016 to create awareness & educate the public about the commercial dog breeding industry, also known as puppy mills. They believe that a grassroots approach by large groups of concerned citizens is the most effective way to bring about change. The focus is to encourage advocacy by providing the tools necessary to educate children & adults alike.
Two new billboards promoting Harley’s Dream just went up in Denver, Colorado, thanks to the sponsorship of a local supporter! They are currently working on establishing billboards in the following cities: Orlando, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Tampa, Kansas City & Houston. These cities have a particularly high concentration of pet stores that sell puppies. The billboards have the potential to educate MILLIONS of people about the cruel commercial dog breeding industry!
Harley’s Dream rely on donations to pay for the billboards, so please consider making a donation. You can learn more about the “Signs from Harley” campaign here.
If you would like to see a billboard in your community, please consider creating a fundraiser. Harley’s Dream can work with the sign company to get the best pricing & will provide the artwork. If you have questions, please contact Dan at: email@example.com
Let’s put an end to this horrible industry. Adopt don’t shop & say NO to puppy mills & backyard breeders.
CEO Olivia ❤
Hello everyone, Olivia here. If you don’t already know, we firmly believe in the “adopt, don’t shop” philosophy. Today I want to touch on what I think is a bad idea, the buying or selling of puppies through eBay classified ads or any classified ad for that matter.
Several years ago, eBay planned to have a live animals category in their auctions, but public outcry was so strong that they abandoned the plan. Then eBay Classifieds came along, providing a vast marketplace for puppy mills & backyard breeders to mislead unsuspecting consumers. How can eBay possibly ensure that the thousands of breeders selling through eBay Classifieds are reputable? They don’t even try.
Further more, there is no way for people selling animals over the internet to know whether the buyer at the other end is a suitable home or someone looking for animals to abuse, fight or use for research.
In my opinion the best way to get a puppy or adult dog is to go to your local shelter or rescues (there are breed specific rescues) & adopt. It’s the right thing to do. Shelters are full, always. Go & meet some dogs & I bet you’ll come home with a new best friend. And as a bonus you just made space for another dog at the shelter or rescue.
By the way, that’s the late Harley in the picture. He was rescued from a puppy mill.
CEO Olivia ❤