|Nikko is patiently waiting for a forever home.|
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Have a Heart; Help a Husky
"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog."
There is an epidemic out there...too many Sibes, and dogs in general, are abandoned, neglected, and left homeless when owners move, get frustrated, or simply change their mind about having a Husky. Homeless, rescued Siberian Huskies are not inferior dogs. They are not bad dogs. Many once were purchased from breeders simply for their beauty, only to take the uneducated owner by surprise with their energetic (and sometimes destructive) Siberian Husky ways.
Too many Huskies are turned in to shelters or become homeless because their owners did not research the breed to discover and understand that Siberian Huskies are “working” dogs, therefore, they are have a high-energy level and need to follow their natural instinct to run. They were, after all, bred for long-distance sledding. They need daily exercise. They enjoy socialization. They are not the type of dog to be cooped up in an apartment or kennel or crate all day. They will chew when bored, and that includes your nice leather sofa or designer shoes! Unfortunately, these are the things that ultimately wind up having these gorgeous dogs turned in to shelters and rescues. And sadly, many do arrive in poor health or neglected condition due to poor treatment from owners.
Rescue and foster parents are a dedicated group of animal lovers who give these canines a second chance at life and being loved. They offer the homeless Husky the best love, attention, and medical care they can give while relying on generous donations as they try to find these beautiful, social, and loving dogs a forever home.
Today, I want to highlight some awesome Sibes that are available for adoption or foster care through the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida. Please take a few minutes to watch this short slideshow featuring 13 of the Sibe stars who are looking for a Hu-family to give love and get love in return. (For best viewing, please watch in full-screen mode).
If you are interested in having one of these beautiful furbabies become part of your family, please contact the Rescue at (727) 391-8934. You can check out more information on the Sibe(s) of your choice and download an adoption application by visiting the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida website.
The president of the Rescue’s Board of Directors, who I’m told by one of the volunteers, not only fosters dogs, but also has five or six of her own (they lost count!), works outside the home, and drives all over Florida pulling dogs from death row. “She is truly amazing!!” I was told, and indeed she and all the volunteers who help Huskies are!
Here is a heartfelt message from the president and the Board: “We are in need of adopters at this time. So many Huskies are in need and we can only help if we have open foster homes for them. Currently we have 14 Huskies in rescue that need homes. If you have room for another fur-kid, let us know. If you hear of anyone looking for a Husky, send them our way. You are our advertisers and we appreciate your help. In order to continue our positive growth and momentum, we need your participation. Come out to our events and say ‘hello.’ We could not function without your support.”
All of the dedicated Board members and hard-working volunteers at the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida also offer their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to “all of our volunteers and supporters for the generous donations to help both Nikko and Izzy with their heartworm treatments. Our goal was to raise $1000. In the end, we reached $1700! Truly amazing! We now can help several other Huskies in need.” They have reported that both Nikko and Izzy are recovering well from their treatments and, like the other foster Sibes, are truly ready for their loving forever homes!
Won’t you consider adopting one of these beauties? You will be promised a lifetime of Husky hugs, kisses, and loyal canine companionship.
You can follow the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida on FaceBook to keep up-to-date on the Sibes available for adoption and fostering, and read about the many happy endings for previous Huskies and their new Hu-families. You can also subscribe to their monthly newsletter by simply sending an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So please, have a heart and help a Husky in need today. The never-ending love and dedication you will receive from the thankful Sibe will be the greatest reward of all.