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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: info@harleysdream.org

Let’s put an end to this horrible industry. Adopt don’t shop & say NO to puppy mills & backyard breeders.

CEO Olivia

Puppy Mills Online

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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

 

Harley, A Puppy Mill Survivor

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Have you heard of Harley? He was a Chihuahua who spent the first 10 years of his life living in a cage in a puppy mill. Harley had thousands of adoring fans after his rescue. I’m sad to say Harley passed away last week on March 20th.

Harley had been named American Humane Association’s 2015 American Hero Dog because of the huge impact he had for other dogs like himself. In his golden years, Harley became an adorable & easily recognizable mascot who helped raise money to free more than 500 dogs from commercial dog-breeding operations.

Over the past five years, Harley enjoyed a happy life — complete with soft blankets, cute sweaters & plenty of media appearances, including one on the TODAY Show.

Harley was adopted by, Rudi & Dan Taylor of Colorado. When they first brought Harley home in 2011, they figured he might survive two to three months tops. The decade he had spent in a cage had taken its toll on Harley. The volunteers who rescued him & his veterinarian said that, like many puppy mill dogs, Harley likely lost one of his eyes when his cage got power-washed with him inside it. The battered little dog had a many other ailments, including a broken tail, gnarled toes, infected teeth & heart disease.

Harley became the mascot for a “Harley to the Rescue” campaign, which raised money to help National Mill Dog Rescue save & care for hundreds of puppy mill dogs. “Harley survived in hell for 10 years & there’s only one thing that allows the spirit to do that, & that’s to be indomitable,” Dan Taylor said onstage last September at the Hero Dog Awards gala. “That spirit is allowing him now to be the voice for dogs who cannot speak for themselves … and give everybody hope that tomorrow’s going to be a better day.”

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