Archive for May, 2013

Harley to the Rescue – Two Puppy Mill Survivors Hit the Road to Rescue Dogs

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

In a unique twist to the very serious issue of puppy mills in the United States, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, will hit the road next week with a team from National Mill Dog Rescue to rescue puppy mill dogs. Dogs saving dogs!

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 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 8 months ago. He uses his page to spread puppy mill awareness and share his experiences of learning about life outside the cage.

“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, a 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 and FLOAT, they have expanded their campaign to include offering a custom-designed and limited edition t-shirt depicting this upcoming rescue. These shirts are only available through 5/12 and $8 per shirt will be donated to the National Mill Dog Rescue campaign to save more dogs from puppy mills.

On May 17, 2013, these two diminutive puppy mill awareness ambassadors will travel cross-country with their human escorts to rescue approximately 30+ dogs from puppy mills. Through their social media outlets, they will 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 7,700 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 sooft bed, and most importantly, the love of a human companion.

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Hotel Affinia Manhattan Has a Paw-fect Spring Fling Package

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Affinia Manhattan is pampering its four-legged guests with a special Paw-Fect Spring Fling package in honor of National Pet Month. Travelers with pups, who book by May 30, 2013, will receive loads of treats to make their best friend feel extra special during their stay. Affinia Manhattan will also donate proceeds to the Humane Society of New York.

Affinia Manhattan’s Paw-Fect Spring Fling package includes:

· Doggie Welcome Basket amenity, including treats and a chew toy

· Pet’s choice of entrée from Doggie Delights Menu at Niles New York City

· Dog bed, dog bowl and puppy stairs to climb into bed, all available for use on request

· $10 Donation to the Humane Society of New York

Rates start at $346 per night, based on double occupancy.

About Affinia Manhattan

Conveniently near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, and Times Square, Affinia Manhattan offers an unpretentious and authentic hospitality experience just steps from New York City’s most exciting neighborhoods and attractions. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have been redesigned for maximum comfort by the world-renowned design firm, Rockwell Group, and include custom-designed Affinia beds and pillow menu, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, comfortable living spaces and several suites that feature kitchens, outdoor terraces and iconic New York City views. Affinia Manhattan is owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group, a nationally-recognized, independent owner and operator of boutique hotels with a portfolio that includes The James and Affinia brands, in addition to a number of luxury and independent properties, including The Surrey and The Benjamin in New York City.’s New York City Guide

NYC’s Largest Free-Pet-Adoption Event Ever – June 1 & 2

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Hosts “Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days”

If anything can warm the hearts of the toughest New Yorkers, it’s the sight of adorable dogs and puppies, kittens and cats – all in need of permanent loving homes. During the weekend of June 1-2, New Yorkers will have a chance to adopt thousands of them at New York’s (and the nation’s) largest FREE-pet-adoption event ever.

Called Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the two-day event will take place at more than 50 locations throughout the city, as well as in communities in California, Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin. Locally, the event is being hosted by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of more than 150 nonprofit shelters and rescue groups whose mission is to end the killing of cats and dogs simply because they do not have homes.

All of the adoptable animals available during Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days are homeless and currently live in animal shelters or with rescue groups. They’ve been spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. While many have had rough starts, they have lots of love to give and need permanent, loving homes. All adoptions are FREE thanks to generous funding from Maddie’s Fund, a California-based family foundation whose goal is to empty the shelters in each participating community.

Animals will be up for adoption all across New York City and a single mega-event will take place in Manhattan each day. On Saturday, June 1, from 11am to 5pm, pets will be available for adoption outside Petco on West 92nd Street (southwest corner of Broadway). On Sunday, June 2, from 12pm to 5pm, the action moves downtown to the area outside the Petco Union Square (between 17th and 19th Streets). New Yorkers can find locations in other boroughs by logging on to the Alliance website,

The Challenge

More than 38,000 homeless dogs and cats were taken in by shelters and rescue groups in New York City last year. Yet, if New Yorkers understood the benefits of adopting pets from such organizations rather than purchasing them from pet stores and breeders, many, if not all, of these animals could find loving homes.

To name just few advantages …

… Expert advice. The staff and volunteers of shelters and rescue groups know their furry charges’ personalities and quirks well. That means they can offer spot-on advice and excel at matching prospective owners with the perfect pets for them.

… Ready, set, go. Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups come already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and, often, microchipped. That means big savings for new pet owners – not only in terms of money, but in terms of time and worry, too.

… Saves money. While adoption fees vary from shelter to shelter, they’re always much lower than the fees charged by pet stores and breeders. (At the June 1-2 Maddie’s Pet-Adoption Days events all adoptions are FREE.)

… More choice. Shelters and recue groups offer a variety of breeds and mixes. That includes large number of pure breeds, which account for roughly 25 percent of all shelter pets.

… Saves lives. Adopting from rescue organizations reduces the demand for so-called puppy mills, which breed dogs and cats under cruel and painful conditions.