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Harley, Puppy Mill Survivor Saves His Own Children From Puppy Mill
In a unique twist to the very serious issue of puppy mills in the United States, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, are hitting the road again with ‘Harley to the Rescue’ to save dogs from puppy mills with National Mill Dog Rescue.
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Harley, a 13 year old Chihuahua and an iconic figure in the world of puppy mill awareness through social media, spent 10 years as a commercial breeder in a puppy mill. His one-eyed, grizzled image is immediately recognizable, due primarily to the fact he lost an eye being power washed at the puppy mill. Although suffering with congestive heart failure, he actively uses his Facebook page with 21,000+ followers to spread awareness about the cruel realities of puppy mills and raise funds for non-profit rescue groups.
Teddy, a newcomer to the social media world, lived his first 7 years in a puppy mill and was rescued from his cage a year ago. He uses his page with 10,000+ followers to spread puppy mill awareness and share his experiences of learning about life outside the cage. He will celebrate his 8th birthday on the road 9/7, saving dogs.
‘Harley to the Rescue’ started out as a campaign to raise the $2,500 needed to fund one rescue of approximately 25-30 dogs. As Harley said, “I guarantee that 100% of your donation will go directly to saving puppy mill dogs. The dogs we save will need names so be sure to offer a suggestion when you make your donation.”
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Harley’s loyal fans responded, the initial ‘fund one rescue’ goal was quickly reached, and then took off. Teddy was recruited by Harley to be the designated Team Driver of the rescue team and, working together and with NMDR they have continued their campaign to raise funds.
Through their social media outlets, they chronicle their journey into the world of puppy mills, all from the perspective of puppy mill survivors. Dogs Saving Dogs! Follow their mission and support their cause!
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR relies on volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. The organization depends on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care for our dogs and to continue to be able to save them.
National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: “50 Italian Greyhounds in need.” A large-scale breeding operation, or ‘puppy mill’ was going out of business and all 561 dogs were going to auction. One of those dogs was a seven-year-old Italian Greyhound named Lily. The moment their eyes met through the wire of Lily’s tiny cage, Theresa knew her life had changed forever and that this new life would include Lily and a mission to bring about lasting change.
In honor of Lily, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. Since then, NMDR has rescued over 8,000 puppy mill survivors, all while maintaining a strict no-kill policy. Every single dog that comes through the doors is spayed or neutered and given whatever additional medical care they need - without exception. They are groomed, many of them for the very first time. Years of filth and matted fur are removed, allowing the beautiful dog underneath to shine. Soon they learn about all the simple pleasures that they had never previously known – clean water, toys and treats, a soft bed, and most importantly, the love of a human companion.
NMDR Website: http://milldogrescue.org
Harley's facebook page: www.facebook.com/
Teddy's facebook page: www.facebook.com/
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