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Harley and Teddy, "caped crusaders" raising awareness about puppy mills.
April 24, 2014

Those of us in the animal world are well aware of the atrocities of puppy mills.

The filthy conditions, lack of clean water, food, and veterinary care, the loneliness and neglect the animals suffer. Which is why it’s wonderful to hear of puppy mill dogs who are rescued and get to spend the rest of their lives in a loving home.

Two such survivors, Harley, 13, and Teddy, 8, are doing more than enjoying their freedom, however. On April 26, they’re leaving for a trip (not their first) with National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) to save other puppy mill dogs. This Midwest mission, dubbed ‘Harley to the Rescue,‘ has a goal of saving more than 50 dogs.

‘Harley to the Rescue’ started as a campaign to raise $2,500 to fund one rescue of 25-30 dogs. As of today, these brave Chihuhuas have raised over $150,000 and have rescued 265 dogs from mills. Watch video (Here).


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Otto, aka Harley

According to Wednesday’s KTLA 5 News, a senior dog who was left at an animal control facility in Baldwin Park, Calif., earlier this month, will be reunited with his guardians.

The dog, named “Harley,” had been left at the animal control facility with a sad note from his heartbroken  guardians who were  unable to care for his medical needs.  Harley, who was later determined to actually be “Otto” did not die at the facility – he was saved by Toby Wisneski, the CEO and founder of Leave No Paws Behind.

Wisneski set out to find the elderly dog’s guardians and shortly thereafter, this comment was posted to the rescue agency’s Facebook page:

We asked his humans to please contact us AND I have just gotten off the phone with them!!! They sent me this picture with him where he is in the little shirt we found him in AND have given us the information on the vets that have taken care of Otto all his life!!!!

His name is ” Otto Wolfgang Maximus” and we can’t wait to let him know that we have located his loving mommy and daddy! We will have more information and there will be an updated story

The reunion is expected to take place on March 28.

Follow the rescue that saved Otto’s life here.


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Little Harley was left in a basket at a shelter with a note attached that his owners didn't have the money to help him.

March 9, 2014

Had it not been for Toby Wisneski of Leave No Paws Behind animal rescue in Sun Valley, Calif. a 13+ year-old dachshund may not have seen another day. Wisneski not only rescued the pooch, but even hopes to reunite the dog with the senior couple who left him in a basket at an animal shelter late last week reports cbs local.com.

In the basket was a handwritten note, which told the story of a senior citizen couple who lived on a very small budget. Their dog, a constant companion for his entire life, had started to present with bloody stools and vomiting.

The couple had no money to take their dog to the vet. His skin disease was bothering him too, and they wrote they didn’t even have the money to euthanize their friend. They asked the shelter to put their dog to sleep because he never lived a day without them.

Wisneski rushed the dog, she named Harley, to the East Valley Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Danielle Chapman has been caring for him. Harley is now being treated for a non-contagious mange, bad teeth, joint pain and arthritis. Dr. Chapman says that Harley loves to be cuddled.

As Wisneski stated, not everyone who surrenders their dog to a shelter is “bad.”

“I do not believe that all humans who surrender their loving companions are bad people. What I have come to realize is that some, and there are a few, fall on hard and difficult times, loss of jobs, senior and elderly folks who are sick and need help, loss of homes etc. etc. I also believe that they are not aware that there is help out there for their beloved pets and we are hoping to be able to get that message to them. If Harley’s humans come forward, we will speak with them, do our standard home check AND if we find that they are indeed loving, kind and genuinely care for sweet Harley, which we do believe, and the only issue is help with medical care and basic needs for him, yes, we will reunite them!”

Leave No Paws Behind is hoping someone might recognize this dog and inform the owners to come forward.

Sometimes older people have no idea where to reach out for help. For most animal lovers, they can not comprehend surrendering their senior pets.

On the organization’s Facebook page, one woman however, posted what may have been the heartbreaking truth about this situation:

“I too could never conceive giving up my little old man doxie or any pets. However, I do understand that situations are different for all people. After my mom retired well into her 70’s, I see first hand how it only takes one event to send you into financial crisis. And if you have no family or friends to lean on, I can understand the hopelessness someone might feel. A lot of the older generation is not used to assistance, this couple may be in need themselves, as they said in the note they are sick. I do hope they come forward, they have nothing to ashamed of. Besides saving just Harley, they too can be saved.”

If anyone recognizes this dog, please get in touch with Leave No Paws Behind, Inc.

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