For Immediate Release:
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 this weekend with a team from National Mill Dog Rescue to rescue puppy mill dogs. Dogs saving dogs!
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's two tiny Chihuahuas saving dogs from puppy mills! Once again, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, are traveling through the Midwest with 'Harley to the Rescue' to save dogs from puppy mills with National Mill Dog Rescue. They will leave April 26 on yet another rescue trip through the Midwest, planning to save more than 50 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 with 44,000+ 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. As Harley's 'Team Driver', Teddy uses his page with 17,000+ followers 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. To date, these two dogs have raised over $150,000 to rescue 265 dogs from the horrific conditions in puppy mills.
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 the mission of these 'caped crusaders' and support their cause!
To learn more: https://www.youcaring.com/harley-to-the-rescue
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 more than 8,700 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 soft bed, and most importantly, the love of a human companion.
Harley's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/harleyfreighttraintaylor Teddy's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teddybearburchfield
Visit National Mill Dog Rescue's website: http://milldogrescue.org
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Todd Oliver: Funny Dog
Man’s Best Friend Finally Talks Back!
Family-Friendly, Stand-Up Comedy Coming to DVD April 8th
“So funny and amazing!”
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LOS ANGELES — April 1, 2014 — For Immediate Release —A ventriloquist for 35 years, Todd Oliver brings his act to the next level by taking the stage with his own pets as co-stars in the comedy show, Todd Oliver: Funny Dog, coming to DVD April 8 from Inception Media Group.
Named as one of the top-five ventriloquists in the world by the king of late night himself, David Letterman, the comedian and his amazing talking, dogs – all real-life adopted family pets – bring down the house in this over-the-top performance!
Most recently, Oliver has appeared as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and on TheLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Today Show, Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Howie Mandel Show, among others, have made him and his canine sidekicks a favorite of countless fans of all ages!
Todd Oliver: Funny Dogis presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and digital stereo 2.0.
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Todd Oliver: Funny Dog
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Genre: Comedy/Stand Up/Family
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx. 62 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $14.98
Pre-Order Date: March 4, 2014
Street Date: April 8, 2014
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The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is built of a group of inspired, motivated humanitarians who work tirelessly to fight animal cruelty by educating the public, animal rescue, and finding loving families to give the helpless a second chance at a happy life. Founded by Oscar nominated and renown animal activist Linda Blair to bring the much needed attention to the growing problems related to animal welfare and the work required to stop animal abuse and neglect.
What We Do…
LBWF is a unique safe haven for animals providing top-quality, lifelong care to the animals it rescues.
We emphasize proper nutrition, provide first-class veterinary care, comfortable facilities, training, socializing, and of course, an abundance of love.
Using the media as an outlet for education, we hope to raise the level of awareness on important issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting, as well as debunking the unfounded, illogical and fear-based arguments that all too often lead to breed-specific bans and the heartbreaking extermination of beautiful animals whose only crime is having been born.
The recent economic recession and financial crisis have resulted in a record number of foreclosures and people aren’t the only ones to suffer in times like these. Homelessness is a harsh reality facing more and more animals, as people heartlessly abandon them or are reluctantly forced to leave them behind at already overcrowded shelters because they can no longer afford to care for them.
Please help us give these loving, loyal and wonderful animals a safe place to live a happy life. There are a variety of ways you can help, from making a tax-deductible cash donation, purchasing something from our CafePress store or bidding on one of Linda’s eBay auction items to volunteering at our facility or becoming a desperately needed foster family for our rescues.
Increasing Our Impact
After 3 long years of searching, the foundation’s journey came full circle with the acquisition of an A2 zoned property in Acton, CA. The property is beautiful and provides a wonderful temporary home to animals that have been through so much.
We’re very proud of how far we’ve come and incredibly thankful for the donations of both money and time from our dedicated supporters, friends and volunteers. Much has been accomplished, but we still have a long way to go!
We are constantly working to construct additional buildings to shelter our rescued animals from high desert winds and cold. We’re also busy installing additional fencing and plumbing, as well as creating new play yards – just to list a few of the ongoing projects that help us meet our animals’ most basic needs.
Always on our shopping list…
- Wire Crates 42″-48″
- Chain Link
- Recycled Plywood
- Trees for shade and wind protection
- Dog food
- Dog Treats
- Dog Toys
- Dog Beds
- Collars and Leashes
- Stainless Steel Water and Food Bowls
- Heavy Duty garbage bags
- Paper towels
These gift cards can always be put to good use…
- Home Depot or Lowe’s Gift Cards
- PetSmart or Petco Gift Cards
Our “wouldn’t it be wonderful” wish list…
- Cargo Van for transporting animals
- Energy and Water Efficient Washer (top loading) and Dryer
Looking Into The Future
Ultimately our goal is to build a reliable and smooth-running facility that will allow Linda to focus much of her attention on educating the public about critical issues such as overpopulation, the importance of having pets spayed or neutered, animal abuse, neglect and the plight of woefully misunderstood breeds like American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – often collectively referred to as “Pit Bulls”.
While our first priority is to provide a loving and safe environment for our rescued animals, fundamentally we hope to have an impact on a much larger and far-reaching scale. Ours is a mission of education that will help people develop the same respect, love and admiration for animals that we have.
Together We CAN Make A Difference!
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With Love for the Wild Ones everywhere,