BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Saturday was the day dozens came to see Harley, the black Labrador retriever that's captured the hearts of Bossier City.
"They have just worried daily about this dog. Where she's at. Who's catching her," said Carla Dollar, Harley's foster parent.
Harley, previously abandoned, was named for the Harley-Davidson dealership where she was spotted.
Since October, a Facebook movement now more than 200 strong has worked to find her and get her a home.
Nearly everyone who came to the Rockers Rescue gathering Saturday had a Harley story.
"Crossing Benton Road multiple times a day. So many people almost saw her get hit," Rockers Rescue founder Megan DeMoss said.
Dollar said: "I saw her one day coming home from work and she was crossing the road. And as soon as I saw her, that was it. I was all in."
Sydney Crafton said she attempted to rescue Harley. "I was army-crawling toward her and I was about to leash her on her head, and she took off and growled at me. I was so close to getting her, though!"
Now Harley is being fostered under the new nonprofit, Rockers Rescue, which invited the community to come meet her Saturday and took applications for her adoption.
"We actually call her the Bossier City Brat, and we also call her the Smartest Dog in Bossier City," DeMoss said. "She's very smart. She survived for so long on the streets."
What Harley needs now is a forever home.
Until that happens, with every scratch and every pat, those big brown eyes carry the hope of hundreds in Bossier Parish.
"The kindness and understanding and patience that she's going to need," Dollar said. "So if you are that person, please step forth and make her world awesome."
Rockers Rescue leaders tell KSLA News 12 that Harley already has 5 applications for adoption, 3 of which they've approved so far.
Send email to Rockers Rescue at email@example.com
to apply to adopt Harley or
to learn how to become a foster parent for the new nonprofit.