Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills!

Harley’s Dream is excited to launch “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills” our fall awareness initiative with the goal of educating children worldwide in a fun, non-graphic, yet impactful fashion. This project is designed to raise awareness about the puppy mill issue in a light-hearted and engaging way, yet with clearly outlined actions that can be taken to “take a bite” out of this industry.

Teddy, a puppy mill survivor and spokes-dog against puppy mills, is the inspiration behind our Halloween-themed awareness campaign. Because of health concerns, Teddy had to visit his doctor (aka “the bloodsucker”) for a series of blood tests and one day he decided to wear his vampire costume to an appointment … and the idea was born! Teddy “vants” you to join him this fall to “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills!”

Halloween is a great opportunity to educate both young and old in a unique way. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to “start” the puppy mill conversation. The reality is that children often play a major part in the decision to add a dog to the family. So with that in mind this Halloween, don’t just hand out boring candy. You can help spread awareness in a fun, child-friendly way. Take the opportunity to educate children by distributing stickers, rubber bracelets, temporary tattoos and small awareness flyers!  Click here to see our “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills” collection: www.harleys-dream.myshopify.com/collections/take-a-bite-out-of-puppy-mills

Purchase a “Take a BITE out of Puppy Mills” t-shirt or hoodie and spread the message about puppy mills everywhere you go! Click here to see our t-shirts and hoodies: www.harleys-dream.myshopify.com/collections/take-a-bite-out-of-puppy-mills

Puppy mills only exist to supply the pet stores and online sale sites. If people didn’t buy, there would be no demand and puppy mills would END! It’s really that simple!

How can YOU take a bite out of puppy mills? Teddy says:

  • Never buy a puppy from a pet store.
  • Never buy a puppy from a website (unless you can personally visit and meet the puppy’s mom)
  • Never buy a puppy from a flea market
  • Adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue
  • Support your local shelter or rescue
  • Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue

About This Campaign’s Goals:

It is estimated that 80% of all Americans own at least one dog.  We believe that if all these people knew the truth about puppy mills, puppy mills would no longer exist.

Children have a significant influence in the decision to add a dog to their families.  The puppy mill issue is challenging to appropriately convey to children.  The reality of the puppy mill situation and where pet store puppies come from is gritty, difficult to understand, and in many cases graphic.

We believe that there are appropriate ways to educate children about the issues and that if children understood how to make simple yet humane choices, the puppy mill industry would be impacted.  They are our future decision-makers and consumers, after all.  Fewer dogs would be impulse-purchased from a pet store (or over the internet) and children would understand that there are better, more humane choices for how to add a dog to their family.

Download and PRINT the following coloring pages to pass out during Halloween-themed events (or give to trick-or-treaters) to help spread the message about puppy mills.

Below is a Teddy the Vampire mask which can be downloaded and printed. Be sure to print on card stock paper and in color. You’ll need to cut eyes and then attach ribbon to secure the mask. It should fit most children and even some adults!