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Harleys Dream

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Harley’s Dream was established in 2016 to create awareness and educate the public about the cruel commercial dog breeding industry, also known as puppy mills. We believe that a grassroots approach by large groups of concerned citizens is the most effective way to bring about change. Our focus is to encourage advocacy by providing the tools necessary to educate children and adults alike.

Target demographics: We create awareness and educate the public about the cruel commercial dog breeding industry, also known as puppy mills.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have impacted more than 100 MILLION people!

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Public Awareness Program, Educational Program, Advocacy Program, Rescue Program

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sandy T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harley’s Dream is my Dream to help end puppy mills. I am a big animal lover. However, I never thought about where those puppies came from inside pet shops. Until I joined Harley ‘s Dream.
Harley and Teddy you mean the world to me.

1 Anne H.C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Did you know that IF puppy mills didn’t exist, there would be 75% fewer dogs in shelters and rescues? Did you know that 99% of pet store puppy’s come from puppy mills? With the estimated 10,000+ puppy mills in America being the leading cause of our pet overpopulation and euthanization crisis, and having adopted several puppy mill survivors myself, I was immediately drawn to volunteer and dedicate my free time as a Harley’s Hero supporting Harley’s Dream. This amazing non-profit; HarleysDream.org wants to put an end to puppy mills by encouraging advocacy and providing the tools necessary to educate children and adults alike about the cruel commercial dog breeding industry aka; puppy mills. Their four amazing programs: Public Awareness, Education, Advocacy and Rescue offer something for everyone who supports putting an end to puppy mills. One of my favorite quotes since following Harley and Teddy (#HarleysDreamKeeper) on social media for approximately the last 5 yrs. is “Educate yourself about puppy mills so that you can educate others.” Everyone can do something to make a difference, and I believe education is key. People can’t change what they don’t know. Children can be taught in non-graphic ways about mills, adoption, and how they should never buy a puppy online or from a pet store. Keeping with #LLH, we can all educate with compassion, forgiveness and love. Encourage your friends and family to Adopt, Don’t Shop saving 2 lives at the same time by also opening up a shelter space. Let them know that these mills operate on supply VS demand and by making adoption the best option, will lower the public demand thereby eventually making puppy mills obsolete.
You too can become a Harley’s Hero and join this wonderful fun and rewarding organization where Harley “A Little Dog With A Big Dream” and 2015 AHA HERO DOG continues to be the voice for hundreds of thousands of dogs still living in puppy mills. Maybe you would like to join me and so many other animal advocates worldwide at:
https://harleysdream.org/harleys-heroes/
Together through #HarleysDreamEducation we can #EndPuppyMills
Until the last cage is opened...

1 Chris V.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harley, a little dog with a big dream: End Puppy Mills:
To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go: To right the un right able wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your PAWS are to weary, to reach the unreachable star: This is HIS quest to end puppy mills, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. To fight for the dogs freedom without question and PAWS, to be willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause: And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest, the my heart will lay peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest: And the world will be better for this, that one DOG scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to fight the unbeatable foe, to reach the un reachable star: In loving memory of Harley

1 Reva Sappington F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harley's/Dream is so important to me, I never got to meet him,hold him or kiss his sweet face,
But he will forever have my heart, He had the most loving heart,and unconditional love,
for all, He knew what it was to be in a cage ,never getting a gentle hand,love,or taken care of,,only to produce puppies to be sold, Being thrown away like trash, But rescue and being adopted by his loving Mom and Dad, Rudi and Dan Taylor, He and his best buddy Teddy helped rescue hundreds of dogs,
Harley knew how they felt and he just understood , It was his mission to educate and teach everyone about puppy mills, Because of Harley and his buddy Teddy, I will spend the rest of my life fighting, to make Harley's dream come true,, Please help us put an end to puppy mills, they all deserve a loving forever home,, #Love like Harley, #Harley's Dream I am so honored to be a Harley's Hero Thank you and God bless Please help make thid dream true

3 Kim R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harley's Dream has touched and inspired me beyond words. After learning Harley's story, I knew I had to get involved and have never looked back. The people who lead Harley's Dream and all those involved with this incredible nonprofit at every level are dedicated, compassionate and committed to making the world a better place by ending the atrocious and inhumane treatment of puppy mill dogs! I have never been more proud to be associated with another nonprofit organization as I have been with Harley's Dream.

3 JoAnn K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a dog person my entire life and have loved and had my heart broken by many dogs. None so much as the one who caught my eye while scrolling on Facebook. I try to support as many dog rescues I can either monetarily or sharing their message. In August of 2017 I saw my handsome boy on a rescue sight called Texas Chihuahua Rescue. I cannot explain why I filled out the application but I did and he changed my life forever. His name was Toro and he was a street dog rescued after hurricane Harvey. He was so perfectly imperfect and I felt so blessed to have him on my life. They estimated his age to be around 13, he had no teeth and half of his bottom jaw was missing and he had an inoperable heart murmur. It didn't matter to me, I wanted to give this boy the life he deserved. They chose me and they transported him up from Texas. I drove two hours to get him, I would have driven a hundred... he just spoke to me. I picked him up on October 21st 2017 and we enjoyed 7 months together before he passed away in my arms on May 15th at 5:37am. I still weep for him but I promised him I'd save another, for him, all for him. I want to start a rescue for him and I'm in the process of saving money to buy some land but in the mean time I recused another one from the same rescue. Her name is Bailey, 13 years old and discarded by previous owners, and now I cannot imagine my life without her. From the moment I picked her up it was like she had been mine her entire life. If not for Texas Chihuahua Rescue choosing my application for Toro I would be a lesser person than I am today. In the end who really recused who?

4 Lise H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't know that puppy mills existed until I seen Harleys page, I knew I had to do whatever I can to get his message out . it's a honor to be a part of Harleys Dream.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Harleys Dream when little Harley won the American Humane Asc Hero Dog Award. He brought to light the horrors of puppy mills and the breeding dogs that suffer there. This is a wonderful organization spreading awareness about puppy mills and teaching people to always adopt don't shop!

6 Julie G.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Harley when he was running for the Hero Award. Following him I learned so much about puppy mills and how I could help. The past two years I have did a birthday fundraiser for Harleys Dream. Hopefully we will not need it soon.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE being a part of Harley's Dream and his big family of supporters that also support his dream to one day end all puppy mills! Harley was a lover and he was a forgiver. This tiny dog will make you strive to be a kinder and more compassionate person. I fell in love with him and his mission from the first time I laid eyes on him which was the 2015 Hero Dog Awards! I 100% feel that if there is a non profit that you want to feel secure about making donations to or being a part of this is the one! Your dollars will be hard at work educating the public about the plight of Puppy Mills in a non violent way. Education is the key! Along with his dream there is Harley House of Hope that is saving one senior dog at a time! Providing these sweet souls with all of the vet care and love they can stand until they are well enough to be placed in their forever home! Harley, YOU ROCK!

8 Brooke Pope P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since the moment I first read Harley's story in 2014 I knew I had to do something about ending puppy mills. Before that, I didn't know puppy mills existed. I can't create change alone, so along with hundreds of other volunteers and supporters, we raise awareness about the puppy mill issue. Harley's Dream believes education is the way to end suffering for mill dogs. If customers cease to support puppy mills by buying their 'products', puppy mills will cease to exist. It's the basic principle of supply and demand. As a disabled person, being involved with Harley's Dream gives me direction and a sense of purpose. I know I am contributing to a most worthwhile cause under the leadership of a nonprofit which stands for the love of dogs and each other, integrity, responsibility and positive values so desperately needed in our world today. Through Harley's Dream and it's namesake, Harley, I have made lifelong friends and become part of an extended family, who together, are making a difference to end puppy mills.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harley and his story continue to inspire me each and every day with his determination to survive after the horrors he suffered in a puppy mill. God saved this tiny boy so others would be inspired to help him and his family educate the world about how horrific the conditions in puppy mills are. I always knew there were dog breeders on a large scale but Harley made me aware of just how horrible they truly were. He will always be my hero. Thank you Harley, Dan and Rudi and God bless you Teddy and family for continuing the fight for these precious little lives and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was and still am deeply moved by Harley’s story,his strength & determination even after several years. I learned about the real horrors of the puppymills and have become an advocate for Adopt Dont Shop, as well as shutting down the pet stores that sell them and boycotting the cruelest millers, the Amish. I suppirtbthe great works down by thos organization.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with Harley's Dream has truly been inspiring to me on a daily basis. Every day, I've learned to strife to be a better me. Harley has taught me to keep going. He made it through the most difficult time in his little life to go on to save many dogs from puppy mills. He and his sidekick, Teddy, didn't let their life in the mills shut them down or destroy them. Rising above the difficulties is everything. If there is life, there is a glimmer of hope. Angel Harley grabbed it and preserved. He had a wonderful 5 years longer with his loving Mom and Dad. Through them all, the word spread about the horrors of puppy mills. I will always love and be grateful to Harley.

5 Nancy S.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Learned all about puppy mills from Harley. By sharing his story, I know others have learned about puppy mills. Harley is known all over the world and his fight will continue until there are no more!!!!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a Harleys Hero for Over 4 years now - I fully believe the have a dog's best interest at heart. I have met some amazing people who are also involved with Harley and his dream and also contemplating adopting a shelter rescue from Harleys House of Hope

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am still in the early stages of learning about puppy mills, but Harley's Dream has captured my heart! I look forward to future opportunities to adopt rescues