On May 15th, The Crossings Animal Sanctuary hosted their 2nd Annual Tail-Waggers Strut, aimed at raising money toward the building of Bucks County’s first no-kill sanctuary. Aside from the fun, food, animals, and lots of people, something else happened — Harley’s Haven saved the life of a pit bull.
With a booth at the event, Harley’s Haven was busy trying to meet new people and showcase their dogs available for adoption. But when the police showed up with a pit bull they’d found wandering the street, a Crossings team member approached Harley’s Haven to see if they could help.
“We were just hanging out at our tent when we were told there was a pit bull here and they didn’t want to see him taken to a shelter and potentially put down,” said Beth Mehaffey, founder of Harley’s Haven. “The dog looked okay and friendly so we agreed to take him. We don’t want to see a dog get put down that we know we can help.” The dog, which they named Meatloaf, has been vaccinated and is on a healthy diet while living at the clinic at Steinbach Veterinary Hospital, where Mehaffey is a veterinarian.
Located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Harley’s Haven is named after Mehaffey’s dog, Harley, an abused puppy she fostered and then adopted about nine years ago. Mehaffey originally worked as a veterinary technician but then went to school for her veterinary degree. After working at Steinbach for six months, she and a group of others decided to go into rescue and Harley’s Haven was born just seven months ago. Lucky for Mehaffey, her boss has no problem with her housing some of the animals at their boarding facility while they’re waiting for forever homes. In fact, many of their animals are pulled from Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) in Philadelphia.
Currently, Harley’s Haven is foster-based and they have about four homes in their network. As with most rescues, they’re in need of more foster homes so they can help even more animals. They’ll even take out-of-town applicants in an effort not to weed out any great homes. Interested in becoming a foster parent? Email Harley’s Haven here or call 215-527-7432.
They also need volunteers to come into the clinic and take the dogs out for exercise and socialization. “We all work full time here so it’s hard for us to spend time with all the animals every day,” said Mehaffey. She noted that volunteers can help at the clinic or assist with events. Just email them to set up an orientation!
Donations are also always helpful, and the money received goes directly to the care of their dogs. “Our biggest expense is vet care because a lot of the dogs we’re taking in are strays or are from shelters and they need to be spayed/neutered or vaccinated,” said Mehaffey, who mentioned that they’re often dealing with gastrointestinal issues and infections on a regular basis as a result of the close contact of dogs in shelters. “We’re also working toward an official non-profit status and there are lots of fees associated with it. That’s our biggest goal right now.” Donations can be sent to:
PO Box 64583
Souderton, PA 18964
The rescue’s next event is a yappy hour on Sunday, June 5th at Justin’s Carriage House in Skippack, PA. People and dogs are welcome from 12-5 p.m. and can meet a few of Harley’s available dogs. A percentage will be donated to the rescue for all food purchased.
Mehaffey specifically mentioned Rocco, a young American Staffordshire/pit bull mix available for adoption through their rescue. “We had a family that was interested in adopting him, but decided at the last minute they were worried about taking on a pit bull,” said Mehaffey. “But Rocco is the biggest mush in the world! He’s sweet, loving, gentle, and kind but because pit bulls often have a bad reputation, these people changed their minds.” Rocco has been living at the clinic for three months with intermittent fosters taking him in while they can. But he’s definitely the most in need of a forever home because, like most dogs, he hates being in the kennel.
Be sure to follow Harley’s Haven on Facebook to stay updated on their mission!
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to email me with local topic ideas, and be sure to join my animal welfare Facebook fan page!