Bonnie Harlan is the Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to spreading public awareness of the suffocation dangers pets face from chip bags and other food packaging. Bonnie created Prevent Pet Suffocation shortly after her four-year-old rescue dog, Blue, suffocated in a Frito Lay Cheetos chip bag on December 15, 2011. It never occurred to her that her beloved dog could lose his life in a seemingly innocuous 9-ounce chip bag. Devastated and shocked by this, Bonnie founded Prevent Pet Suffocation to educate the public on the suffocation hazards of chip bags and other food bags and containers. Since 2012, Prevent Pet Suffocation has grown to an international following reaching people in countries all over the world. With almost 25,000 followers, the Facebook page also serves as a wonderful support group for those who have lost a pet to suffocation. In addition to the website she launched, Prevent Pet Suffocation can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and LinkedIn.
Bonnie has written numerous articles on pet suffocation and appears regularly on television interviews, radio interviews, webinars, and podcasts. A media piece Bonnie collaborated on with WUSA9-CBS won an Emmy in 2020 for excellence in television. She is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and writing articles for magazines, newspapers, and online publications. Bonnie typically hears from 3 to 4 devastated dog owners a week who have lost their pet to suffocation and had never heard of it before.
Bonnie has a Master of Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. She resides in Texas with her husband and enjoys spending time with her grand-dogs, Duke and Luna.