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“The Dogfather of Harlem” Hits The Road To Help Pets

I have a special passion for sharing stories of people doing good things – because we all need to be reminded of the good that is out there. It is also a great way to inspire others to do something different and take their own action as a changemaker.

Our lives have been changed drastically because of COVID. Shelters and rescues are hurting – pet parents are struggling. They all need help.

One man wanted to do something – and do something he did.

Brian Taylor was a former banker who left that world to open the Harlem Doggie Day Spay. He was offering services for pets including grooming, day care, boarding and walking. Business was good – then COVID hit.

So, he knows what it is like to have his business impacted. NY was hit hard with this pandemic.

While his business took a hit, he did what he could to maintain it by using his mobile grooming van to visit his clients at their locations. That is when he learned that so many of his clients just could not afford grooming anymore.

This led him to offer his services for free a few times a month. He called this the “Pandemic Pup Relief Fund”.

This really created something amazing.

Those who were not as severely financially impacted because donating to the fund so others could have their pets groomed. He was able to raise of $2,000 which allowed him to groom 12 dogs for free.

This is where his new endeavor begins. Because of this he started on a journey to do an 8 day cross country road trip that would take him from NYC to LA.

That is what started the Pup Relief Tour.

He will stop along that way at major cities to offer his services for free. Another goal for this trip is for him to be able to support black-owned animal businesses along the way wherever he can.

His announcement of this trip led other groomers volunteering to assist him when he is in their area, sponsors wanting to donate supplies. It is awesome to see so many care – and get involved.

So, if you want to really support a great guy doing great things in NYC, then support the Harlem Doggie Day Spa at 734 St. Nicholas Avenue.

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