Harley originally belonged to Jill Davidson, beloved daughter of Ronnie and Louis Davidson. Living in Los Angeles, Jill wanted a place where the sweet Shiba Inu could be boarded in an open environment, free to run and play.
So, in 2004 she was inspired to create CageFree K-9 Camp, which became and still is a state-of-the art boarding, day care, grooming and training facility for dogs. In 2007, Jill established CageFree K-9 Rescue Foundation, a rescue group that fulfilled Jill’s desire to help dogs in need. At the time of her death in 2021 at age 43, Jill had placed more than 1,500 dogs in homes.
Ronnie and Louis officially adopted Harley when she was eight years young. Jill had trained her as a service dog so she could accompany Louis and Ronnie on travels for their Synagogues360 project (photographing and chronicling the history of synagogues around the world).
Harley loved to travel and made fast friends everywhere she went. The bright, fun and versatile dog could adapt to any situation, staying at hotels ranging from Motel 6 to The Plaza. Harley was Louis and Ronnie’s best buddy, and they loved having her as part of their family. Louis and Harley shared a particularly close bond and seeing them together brought a smile to all.
Because Harley visited synagogues in every contiguous U.S. state, plus every province in Canada that had a synagogue, she became known as Harley the Syna-dog. Harley is commemorated in photographs and written works, as well as in a permanent Synagogues360 exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
You can help keep Harley Quinn's legacy alive
The Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas is a first-of-its-kind, fully reimagined animal shelter designed to support both pets and the people who love them.
As the future of animal sheltering, the Best Friends Pet Resource Center is more than just a place to adopt a pet. It’s a community destination that gives people better connection to adoptable pets and to each other, provides support for families to keep pets in homes, and offers opportunities for animal lovers to help make the state of Arkansas and the entire country no-kill by 2025.
It's also a place where we pay tribute to beloved pets like Harley Quinn with the sculptures you see displayed around the center and grounds, and a place where we express gratitude for generous donors like Ronnie Davidson.
You can save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Northwest Arkansas and help keep families together.
Millions of cats and dogs enter shelters each year. One of them may be your new best friend.
When you adopt from a Best Friends location, or from one of the many shelters and rescue groups around the country, you’re not only adding a loyal and loving companion to your family, you’re helping to save lives.
Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.
Just a few years ago, cats and dogs were killed in staggering numbers in this country simply because shelters didn’t have the community support or the resources to save their lives. As of 2022, that number is 378,000 per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America.
Best Friends operates the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is saving the lives of homeless pets across the country by working with shelters and passionate people like you. Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill by 2025. Together, we will Save Them All.
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