Niall Harbison with street dog

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Happy Doggo started in early 2021 with the simple act of feeding a few hungry street dogs on Sunday mornings. But this small kindness captivated the hearts of people all over the world and was the catalyst for a much bigger movement.

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The making of Happy Doggo

What started as one man on a moped is now a global organization, with employees, partners, and volunteers all over the world.

2021

Humble beginnings

In early 2021, Niall Harbison was recovering from a near-death experience caused by substance abuse. In an effort to get back on track, he started jogging around Koh Samui, Thailand.

Observing many malnourished dogs, he started bringing food to some and sharing the videos online.

Niall Harbison at Happy Doggo land
Happy doggo sterilization with Soi Dog
2022

Building momentum

Niall's videos started to attract the attention of people all over the world who wanted to help.

He began feeding and vaccinating as many dogs as he could, but he quickly realized that sterilization was the only way to fix the problem long-term.

2023

Going global

In 2023, Niall travelled to Europe, The US, and Dubai organizing walks where dog lovers could meet up, chat, and take in the sights.

Thousands of people turned up and one lucky shelter dog even got rescued.

Niall Harbison dog walks
Happy Doggo Land
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Creating a sanctuary

Meanwhile, there were still hundreds of sick street dogs with nowhere to go.

Niall secured a piece of land and set about making a sanctuary for dogs to recuperate, taking in only the most sick and vulnerable dogs.

The making of Happy Doggo

What started as one man on a moped is now a global organization, with employees, partners, and volunteers all over the world.

Humble beginnings

In early 2021, Niall Harbison was recovering from a near-death experience caused by substance abuse. In an effort to get back on track, he started jogging around Koh Samui, Thailand.

Observing many malnourished dogs, he started bringing food to some and sharing the videos online.

Building momentum

Niall's videos started to attract the attention of people all over the world who wanted to help. He began feeding and vaccinating as many dogs as he could, but he quickly realized that sterilization was the only way to fix the problem long-term.

Going global

In 2023 Niall travelled to Europe, The US, and Dubai to promote his book. While there, he organized walks for dog lovers to meet up, chat, and take in the sights.

Thousands of people turned up and one lucky shelter dog even got rescued.

Creating a sanctuary

Meanwhile, there were still hundreds of sick street dogs with nowhere to go. So, Niall secured a piece of land and set about making a sanctuary for dogs to recuperate.

Niall holding three puppies in his arms

Happy Doggo team

The people behind the scenes, tackling the street dog problem from their laptops.

Niall Harbison
CEO
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The founder and mastermind behind Happy Doggo, Niall is on the ground rescuing, feeding, and sterilizing dogs, and providing our board with the critical insights they need to tackle the street dog problem effectively.

Lindsay Angus
COO
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With a background in early-stage tech companies, Lindsay ensures that we have the systems and processes in place to scale quickly and make the biggest impact. From sterilizations to adoptions, Lindsay is behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly.

Anna Sedgley
CFO
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Anna is a world-class CFO with a wealth of experience who is here to help Happy Doggo scale up globally. You may also know her as Moritz's mum, one of the original dogs who came to Happy Doggo land.

Meghan Hill
Lead Videographer
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If you've seen a Happy Doggo video on the internet, then you already know Meghan's work! An extremely passionate and talented video editor, Meghan helps us tell the stories of all the dogs we help.

Claire Murray
Content Marketing Manager
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If you’ve spoken to someone on the Happy Doggo social accounts, it’s most likely Claire. A marketing professional, Claire updates our pages, helps out with the website, and answers all your questions (with a dash of humour thrown in).

Lana Chapman
Content Specialist
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The woman behind the videos you see on social media, Lana also helps with all things feeding, sterilizing, and day-to-day dog care. A personal trainer by trade, she helps us get the dogs fit and provides much of the love and care these dogs so desperately crave.

Our charity

Happy Doggo is a registered UK Charity (1203875), founded in 2023.

Our aim is to reduce the suffering of dogs worldwide, with particular focus on Thailand and South East Asia. We are privileged to have a diverse group of trustees, each of whom lend their unique expertise to guide Happy Doggo’s growth.

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Board + advisors

Our work wouldn't be possible without the guidance, dedication, and experience of our advisors and trustees.

UK

Christopher Reynolds
Trustee
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A lifelong dog-lover and entrepreneur, Chris has dedicated the last few years of his life to raising money for dog shelters in the UK and abroad.

Tayla Blue
Trustee
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One of Niall's earliest supporters, Tayla has used her social media influence and expertise to raise over $30,000 to help make Happy Doggo a reality.

Stefan Bender
Trustee
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As the CEO of a global community of expats, Stefan knows how to build a thriving community and effectively scale an online business.

US

Michael Londra
Trustee
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As a fellow Irishman, Michael was a very early supporter of Niall’s work in Thailand. Seeing how quickly Happy Doggo was growing, Michael reached out to offer support with media, PR, and any logistical challenges Niall might face getting a charity set up in the US. With his extensive network and great media connections, he was an easy choice to be the first director for Happy Doggo US.

Chris Larkin
Trustee
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Chris originally reached out to Happy Doggo to offer support with research, impact assessments, or design as she has a wealth of experience working with non-profits as the Managing Director of a non-profit design studio. After a few initial conversations, it was obvious that Chris would be an incredible addition to the Happy Doggo board and we were lucky enough to have her sign on as our second Director.

Randi Windheim
Trustee
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Randi got connected to Happy Doggo through her son, an expat living and working in the non-profit sector in Bangkok. With over 30 years of teaching experience and over a decade managing a charitable trust, Randi has extensive knowledge of non-profit operations. After retiring from teaching in 2023, Randi agreed to join the Happy Doggo board as our third Director.

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