There are so many causes that are near and dear to my heart. Today, I would like to talk about Siberian Husky rescues. Throughout each state across the country and the world, there are volunteer rescues who depend on the funds and service, including many Siberian Husky rescues. While there are wonderful breeders out there, if you or a friend are thinking about adding a beautiful Sibe to your family, maybe think about adopting one from one of the rescue shelters. You can do a Google search and click on the website of ones in your area and check out photos of the beautiful Huskies available to loving, forever homes. If you can't adopt one at this time, maybe you could think about fostering one until a Hu-family is located. Donations in the form of money, time, and services are also always, always welcome.
|Nikko is living at Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida and is ready for his forever home!|
As I have said many times, it is a sad fact that all too often folks fall in the love with the beauty of the Siberian Husky without first doing research into the needs and characteristics of the breed before buying or adopting one. Then, when they hit the age of approximately one to two years old, there is a high rate of people turning them into shelters as they can not deal with their "destructive," "aggressive," or "energetic" ways. This is sad. First, a Sibe is not aggressive by nature. Any Sibe owner can attest to that fact. People make or allow Sibes to be aggressive. They are not born that way. Recently, there was a very sad Sibe story right here in my own hometown. A one-year-old Sibe was brought in to a vet's office after being hit by a car. Sad enough. But then the owner informed the vet he wanted to put the Sibe down because he was "aggressive" toward him. I heard about this story after it had all been done. How heartbreaking - a beautiful one-year pup is hit by a car and then instead of receiving help, it gets a death sentence because some ill-informed owner did not properly train his Sibe.
Another case in point, a couple living in a large city buys a husky pup from a breeder. They kennel it all day as they both work. Sometimes work last long into the evenings, or there are events after work and they can only make it home to take the Sibe out for a quick walk to relieve him/herself. Then back into the kennel, or let loose in the apartment. That is the extent of the exercise and family bonding. Why then, would they be surprised to come home and find that their leather sofa has been chewed up, the clothes ripped apart, plants dug up, and more? Where does the poor, confined Sibe wind up? At a rescue or shelter...or if they are not so lucky, worse. Thank God for the rescue and shelter volunteers. They take in the homeless Sibes and care for them, see to their health needs and vet checks, and love them all while trying to find them a forever home.
Rescue and shelter Siberian Huskies are not any lesser of a dog. Some started out as pups from a breeder's litter, some are mixed bred, some come from owners who have passed away, some Sibes are runaways, and some have been abandoned. Whatever the reason they wind up homeless, these Sibes have so much love to give, and that is all they want in return...with a side order of food and exercise!
If you are thinking about a Husky, please check out a rescue. And remember, you are not limited to your specific locale. Many of these wonderful folks will transport the dog part or all the way. So please, pick up a phone and give them a call...and a donation and huge "Thank You" too!
Here are several Husky rescues that I list on my blog's sidebar that are worth a vist, and there are so many more. Stop by one today!
As I said on a slideshow I produced for the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida posted here in December, please "Have a Heart; Help a Husky" today. The love and licks you will get for providing a forever home for a homeless Sibe are so worth it. I guarantee it.