If you have ever been involved in animal rescue, you will certainly understand this heartwarming story from our friend, the Amazing Angie, who works tirelessly to help the Potcakes at Abaco Shelter. For people who devote their lives to rescuing animals, it is a passion that pulls at the heart strings. Every day is filled with wonderful highs followed by heartbreaking lows.
We started Project Potcake to help this small shelter that rescues, houses, feeds and cares for these indigenous dogs of the Bahamas. We have been inspired by the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to make a difference for these animals. As we get to know these people better, our admiration grows.
Angie shared this story with us today and we were compelled to share it here. This is not just a story about animal rescue, but a story of human compassion. It is a story of making choices and it is a story that shows what these volunteers face daily. This is the emotional roller coaster of animal rescue.
Not only does this small shelter take in sick and starving dogs, they go out and feed the feral dogs of the island. Many of these dogs would starve without their efforts. It is a difficult and exhausting task to find and feed these feral dogs.
“I don’t know quite how to describe our days on feral feeds, my heart breaks and soars and breaks again. Today I was on my way to pick up fellow rescuer Anita Martin, and a little boy, with holes in his shirt, flagged me down for a ride. He told me he was out looking for work (he looked about nine years old!!!( heart BREAK) So we ’hired” him to help us feed the Potcakes. He was so happy to have a job. Then he told me how his neighbor had a “skinny, skinny dog” that he and his brother would buy food for (heart BREAK/SOAR). I mean this kid had rags on for clothes and he spends his money on dog food!
Angie continues the story of her encounter with the little boy:
“Thankfully, I had sunglasses on so he could not see the crazy lady crying in front of him. Anyway to end the story he will have school supplies and shoes (that is all he wanted) and dog food for his neighbors dog!”
“More news (heart BREAK) we came across a dog on death’s door (Of course we will help him) and one of our babies was taken off the streets (Heart SOAR) and given her first bath ever! She was covered with fleas and you had to see her glee at being rid of them.. roller coaster ride of the heart…”
This is just one day of so many days that are filled with enormous challenges for these volunteers. Each day brings the opportunity to help dogs and people and obviously they do both! Please open your heart and help Dr. Harvey’s help Abaco Shelter. While we will be donating supplies and food to the shelter, they also need financial support.
Dr. Harvey’s has started a GoFundMe campaign where you can help us by giving a donation to the Abaco Shelter.
You can donate by clicking here!
Please watch Wendy Shankin-Cohen, President of Dr. Harvey’s as she describes the company’s mission to help the Potcakes.
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We recently received this letter from a grateful pet parent. We fell in love with Cutie Pie. We had to share her amazing story and her journey to health! We have the best job ever!
Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to Bowl is the food that has saved my darling, 5 pound Shih Tzu named Cutie Pie. After owning this breed of dog for over 40 years, I lost my last dog due to treats from China. I was determined to never make that mistake again!
Searching the Internet daily I finally found the cutest dog I had ever seen. I went to my knees when I saw her. She was a one year-old suffering with severe allergies and congestion. Her diet had consisted of sugar coated cereal and marshmallows. She didn’t like anything I fed her.
I tried everything the vet recommended and everything else I could find in pet stores. I spent hundreds of dollars. I could barely get her to sniff it let alone eat it. In the meantime, the allergies continued and she was in crisis almost on a daily basis. I had her at the vet on antibiotics and steroids every month.
Then I found Sandra at Metro General Store in Silver Spring, Maryland. She recommend Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl. I started cooking her meats and mixing it with this vegetable pre-mix. She also eats the Sweet Potate’rs! I also added the Whole Food Multiple Vitamin & Mineral Supplement. To my astonishment she loved everything I gave her from Dr. Harvey’s. Her health, congestion and breathing have continued to improve along with her skin, hair and energy. She no longer makes sick trips to the vet only routine appointments. I no longer have to run a vaporizer at night.
She is now going on 4 years-old and I truly make this testimony…“Dr. Harvey’s saved her life! Had I not found her and gone in search of a way to make her well and healthy she would not be alive!"
Thank you, Dr. Harvey’s, for making such healthy food for my little dog! She is so important in my life.
Most of you know Dr. Harvey’s as a company that makes natural and organic products for animals. What you may not know is that part of our mission is to support animal rescue and animal welfare.
Recently, we became aware of a small animal shelter in Abaco, Bahamas whose mission is to rescue, house, care for and adopt Potcakes, the indigenous dogs of the Bahamas.
Abaco Shelter is run entirely by a group of selfless and very determined volunteers. The shelter receives no government funding.
Without this shelter the Potcakes would die of starvation and disease. Abaco Shelter needs our help to further its work as it is a sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs.
The shelter is located at the site of the old Abaco dump, Abaco, The Bahamas.
It is the island’s only animal shelter.
Abaco Shelter is in desparate need of funds to help buy food, medicine and supplies for the Potcakes. This money will be used for that purpose. We also hope to raise enough money to help them to expand the shelter allowing it to house more animals in need.
This is just the beginning of Project Potcake and our dreams of helping these dogs. In July, Wendy Shankin-Cohen, President of Dr. Harvey’s, will travel to Abaco to bring supplies to the shelter. She will be traveling with filmmaker, Evelyn Vaccaro, a longtime Potcake lover. Evelyn will be filming a documentary that will show the plight of the Potcakes. It is our sincere hope that this documentary will help to raise awareness about the immediate needs of these dogs and the Abaco Shelter.
Here is where you come in! You can help these precious pups just by giving a small gift.
Any amount will help us to save more Potcakes!
Please join us today and give what you can to help the Potcakes and The Abaco Shelter.
We at Dr. Harvey’s are most grateful for your help and we know the Potcakes thank you too!
To Donate to Project Potcake please visit our GoFundMe page By Clicking Here
Your gift will be appreciate by the wonderful people who keep the shelter going and by the amazing Potcakes.
Dr. Harvey’s wants to thank you in advance for helping us to realize our dream of making life better for these deserving people and these adorable and loving dogs!
Just go to our GoFundMe Campaign-Donate Now! Here is the link.
For more information about Abaco Shelter you can visit their website by clicking here
Recently the talented blog team from MyDogLikes, shared an array of Dr. Harvey’s products with their adorable Golden Retriever duo Harley and Charlie.
The result is a wonderful review of Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl, Oracle and our Wholefood Multi-Vitamin.
Here’s a part of what they have to say:
Fresher is Better
Dr. Harvey’s believes that feeding a fresh, holistic, natural diet will lead to a healthier, longer life for our pets. As early advocates to this type of feeding, educating pet parents has been a critical component of their mission. Today their website provides a wealth of information on pet food ingredients and nutrition.
Dr. Harvey’s has put these beliefs into practice through their expansive line of foods, treats and supplements. Though their line is wide ranging, some things that all of their products have in common include:
* Made and manufactured in the USA
* 100% Human Grade
* Free of Chemicals, Preservatives, Dyes and Coloring Agents
We are extremely excited about this food, and the more we learn, the more we love it. Everything from Dr. Harvey’s is sourced and manufactured in the USA, free of chemicals preservatives or dyes, and 100% human grade. The ingredients are truly top notch and our dogs went nuts for it! We also love that whether you are looking to supplement or provide a complete balanced natural diet, Dr. Harvey’s has a perfect product to help meet your needs. We were completely blown away by Dr. Harvey’s and can’t wait to try out more of their products in the future!
Charlie and Harley loved Dr. Harvey’s foods and the blog shows just how easy it is to make Veg-to-Bowl and Oracle.
Not only are Charlie and Harley chief taste testers for MyDogLikes,they are supermodels! Their pet parents, Rachael and Kevin, are extremely health conscious and only want the best for their best friends. Trying Dr. Harvey’s products has led them down a new path to wellness for their beloved pups and they generously share this experience on their blog.
You can learn about MyDogLikes complete Dr. Harvey’s adventure by reading their blog. Just click here.
Helping dogs in need and supporting rescue has always been a part of our mission at Dr. Harvey’s. So early in 2015 we were happy to partner with Dusty’s Dog House, a doggy daycare and boarding facility, to create Dr. Harvey’s Foster Room. This special place allows us to sponsor one dog from The Liberty Humane Society until he or she finds a forever home.
We love North, the current resident at Dr. Harvey’s Foster Room. He is a pit bull mix, who is great with all people, but a bit wary of children and would do best in a home with adults only. He loves other dogs, but is a big boy and can be too much for some dogs. North is safe and sound in Dr. Harvey’s Foster Room at Dusty’s Dog House, but he needs his own family and a forever home.
As you can see, North is an extraordinarily handsome, big boy and is about 3 years old. We know that North will make a wonderful addition to any family who is looking for a new best friend.
We don’t know how anyone could pass up this face.
He really is a very special dog.
Please open your heart and your home and adopt North.
We are always so happy to know when a very sad and frightened pet parent discovers us, reaches out for help and finds it. And then, with just a bit of guidance, they find answers that they were in search of that give them happy and amazing results for their companion! This is Kobe and his family’s story. They want us to share it, because they hope that their story, “in their own words”, will help other pet parents to find health for their beloved companion.
Kobe had just turned 1 year-old, and had kidney disease! We were told about Dr. Harvey. So we sent an email, and we were told to please contact Dr. Harvey directly. We have spoken to Dr. Harvey many times on the phone and with his help and suggestion to put Kobe on Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food, cooked protein, and oil, Kobe is doing great. Not only does Kobe love his new food, it’s so very healthy for him.
We had blood work done after 3 weeks on Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food , and his BUN dropped 10 points-to a normal range. This is so easy to prepare anyone can do this for the health of their beloved pet.
Thank you Dr. Harvey and staff for caring about all our four legged family. Kobe will never eat anything but Canine Health again.
My vet gave up on him and said he only had about 6 months to live, and just give dry Hills K/D food. In just 3 weeks Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food and his love of helping us learn how easy it is to keep our pup healthy is working! Needless to say we start with a new vet next week, who supports feeding Kobe a healthy diet of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food , which is a must as Kobe will never eat anything other than products from Dr. Harvey.
We will update you on Kobe while he is enjoying his new healthy, happy, long life!
It would make The Kobe Family very happy if you shared our story on your website. We want everyone to know this is a very true story about Kobe.
Again, Thank you Dr Harvey, Wendy, (who never sleeps), and all your great staff for caring and loving my little Kobe, and so many others.
Deb Horrocks “The Kobe Family”
We recently received this wonderful email from Christina Mahaffey, a loving pet parent, who wanted to thank
Dr. Harvey and tell us about her 14 year-old Dalmatian, Ranger, and his amazing transformation! The most powerful way to share this story is in her own words. Christina’s email is posted below. Christina told us that she found Dr. Harvey’s after reading stories on our website from other pet parents who had also found solutions here. So she was happy to share her story. Christina helped her companion by researching her options and then changing her companion’s diet. Ranger’s story is truly wonderful; impressing a grateful pet mom and his veterinarians!
We could not be happier about Ranger’s results and thank Christina for taking the time to tell us his story! We hope you will read Ranger’s story and share it with anyone who needs to know there is hope for their companion.
I wanted to update you on Ranger since you were so helpful in discussing his care and nutrition with me a few weeks back. I have been feeding him the Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food and then occasionally add a bit of the Veg-to-Bowl to it, to give him a bit more veggies when he is hungry. Between that, the CoEnzyme Q10, the Ortho-Flex, Whole Food Supplement, and probiotic that he gets daily, he is walking better, and he LOVES this food.
Even my picky girl Scoobey LOVES her food! She actually comes to the kitchen and will sit and wait while I make her food for her……She NEVER ate her commercial processed dog food like this and certainly didn’t sit and wait in anticipation for it.
Last Friday, I took Ranger back to the vet for another round of blood tests. I made sure that I took your Feeding Guidelines booklet with me from the bags of food and left it with them. The one doctor was hesitant, but my regular vet was very open to it. When the blood work came back and I went in to see them today, she told me she is beyond impressed with his blood work, that his kidney values are almost back to normal again!
My vet said that she had never seen a turnaround like this before and so quickly! She said she is going to check into the food and she was impressed when I told her that you had actually called me to discuss Rangers care and diet. She said other dog food companies NEVER do that and that they don’t want to be bothered with the end user consumer.
So from the bottom of my heart and Ranger’s, we thank you for being someone who cares about animals and is making a difference one animal at a time! I tell all my friends about this diet and if Ranger could talk, he would tell his friends too! His appearance says it all!
I am happy to have you post my story! In fact, that is why I tried your products! I read the postings of other customers on your site…..and when I cross referenced with Amazon and a few other dog food sites, I saw that across the board, there were glowing reviews on your products! And that it helped dogs with kidney issues!
I was so excited when they said the blood work was as good as it was…and when my vet said she was impressed, I was thrilled but then she made a point of telling me 2 or 3 times how impressed she was and that she hadn’t seen that significant of an improvement before so I knew she was really impressed then!
What is funny is the one vet thought that the Prescription Diet KD formula Dog Food is what created these results and I quickly told him that I stopped feeding Ranger processed food three days after leaving the vets office. I still have a case of wet food and dry food in the garage and will probably toss it…I can’t in good conscience give it to another dog knowing that it isn’t any good for them either.
Ranger is about to turn 14 years-old! My vet said that is amazing for a Dalmatian and usually she doesn’t see them at this age, in this great of a condition!
I have attached a picture of Ranger!
Christina Mahaffey and Ranger
We have always been about education. Over 30 years ago, when Dr. Harvey started to teach people about feeding real food to animals, most people thought he was crazy. He knew he was right and he kept telling people the truth about pet foods~Ingredients are everything!
Times have changed and consumers are much wiser. They have become much more concerned and discerning about the ingredients that are used in their own foods and in the foods they feed their companion animals. This is a very good thing! It’s great for the animals and it is also very good for a company like ours. People who look for great ingredients and pure, real foods for their companion animals, can see that we take great care in what we put into all of our products. The caring pet parent can see that we are different from other pet food companies. The educated consumer is our best customer.
Our concern for finding and using only the best ingredients keeps us very busy. Finding the best ingredients that can be freeze-dried and dehydrated is never an easy task, but we believe there is no other way. We are passionate about the purity of our ingredients. We know this is about the health of your animals and ours! We fight to find the very best!
Dehydration and freeze-drying allows us to use these pure ingredients without using toxic preservatives. Leaving out preservatives and any synthetic additives is critical to our process. Our pledge to our customers is that we use only the best ingredients and keep them pure, safe and simple. This allows us to offer only the very best to your best friend.
Our ingredients are:
In addition, we use certified organic ingredients whenever possible. All of the herbs that we use in our supplements and grooming aids are organic and wild-crafted. All of the “noble” grains that we use in Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food are certified organic. Our Sweet Potate’r Chews and Fries and our Coconut Smiles for dogs are USDA Certified Organic.
This is our commitment to you and to our mission; to provide only the very best, truly healthy products made with only the finest ingredients for our companion animals.
It was last summer when I ordered Veg-To-Bowl Fine Ground for my dogs again.
I lived in the Washington, DC area until December of 2013 and that was when I first found out about Veg-To-Bowl.
I knew right away that it was healthy and my dogs liked it.
Then I moved to South Korea.
I’d like to thank you and your staff for going through all the trouble to make special shipment to South Korea.
I am very happy to let you know how your kind decision helped me and my dogs, especially the older one whose name is GN.
GN will turn 13 years old in April.
It’s overwhelming for me to be able to say he is going to have another birthday!!
He went through a surgery a couple of days after Christmas in 2013 to have 3 inches of his small intestine removed. It was his first cancer.
6 months later he was diagnosed with another cancer, Thymoma.
The CT scan showed that it was too late for a surgery. His chest was filled with tumors and they had progressed, adhering and spreading onto the vena cava.
Chemotherapy was not going to help much, so I refused it. The vets said he had only a few months left to live.
We decided to keep it simple and to give him the happiest days we could for the time he had left.
That was when I had to order Veg-To-Bowl. GN had lost most of his appetite and Veg-To-Bowl was the only thing he would take without complaints.
Now it is 2015 and I had to write to you! To make a very long story short and to give you the most incredible news; GN is now free of tumors! I put him on Chaga mushroom treatment and have fed him Veg-To-Bowl and the tumors have completely disappeared.
If he had not been able to eat good food this would never have been possible.
I appreciate your kindness at the most needed moment.
I take him to vets every month to look at it and last X-ray did not show any return of the tumors.
I have sent you photos and x-rays of our amazing dog!
Sincerely, with lots and lots of thanks,
This wonderful dog mom wrote to tell us about her amazing senior dog, Teddy Bear. Teddy Bear is now 18 years young! Teddy’s mom, Noreen, wanted to say thank you to Dr. Harvey’s. Noreen knows that she has helped to give Teddy a long and healthy life by feeding Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health for most of his life. We are sharing this wonderful email and photo from Teddy’s mom, because we know how important health and longevity are to every pet parent. We all want our dogs to live healthy, long lives and we know that feeding real food is one of the most important ways to help our dogs achieve this. We really had to share this amazing story with you!
Here is Noreen’s email:
I just wanted to thank you for the great product that I have been feeding the “love of my life” for many years. My “pound puppy” will be 18 years-old in a couple of weeks and I credit his longevity to his food. I have been feeding him Canine Health, the Miracle Dog Food pre-mix for at least the past 7 or 8 years (since my dear friend recommended it).
I am sure his good health is a direct result of his diet. He has had 2 cancer surgeries and still has a very slow growing cancer that his vet says he will die of natural causes sooner than from the cancer.
I would like you to know that I think your product is made with care and honest concern for the animals, and I am so grateful.
I am vegetarian, but I cook his food with animal protein, I was alternating between hard-boiled eggs, Chicken breast ground Turkey and Beef (his vet says he needs red meat, so now he gets 90% lean Angus beef with his Canine Health. He is doing really well. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate a high quality food for my best bud. Thank you!
I’ve attached is a photo of Teddy Bear at his Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party!
Best regards and thank you,
Noreen Lotko & Teddy Bear