Husky Rescue Bloemfontein is part of Husky Rescue Southern Africa that is an non-profit organisation that specialises in the rescue and re-homing of huskies and other Nordic breeds of dogs.
With the popularity of the Siberian, Malamute and other Nordic breeds increasing over the last couple of years we have found a dramatic increase in the number of lost and abandoned dogs.
Families have seen movies like Balto and Eight Below and dog lovers are captured by the beautiful white coats and gorgeous blue eyes and puppies were purchased by the dozen.
An increase in demand results in an increase of supply and as a result irresponsible backyard breeders have flooded neighbourhoods with puppies without educating people on the very specific needs of these breeds of dogs. Families have found themselves unable or unwilling to accommodate the needs of the dogs and dogs are found roaming the streets, abandoned or even worse; abused. Hence the need for an organisation like ours.
It has become evident that people are ill-informed and ignorant to the very specific needs of the breed. To compound the issue of ignorance, back-yard breeding has increased the number of husky puppies available to the public and husky owners are purchasing pets with bad bloodlines and genetic defects.
Husky Rescue SA has developed a rescue program to accommodate these unwanted, abandoned and very often abused dogs. Husky Rescue SA are contacted by a member of the public or an animal welfare organisation. The dog is then taken to a veterinary clinic where he or she is treated for any illness or injuries, sterilized, vaccinated, de-wormed and micro-chipped. The dog is then placed in a foster home or at a Husky Rescue center until a new owner can be found.
The program relies very much on the support of foster families who agree to home the dog for a short period at their own cost, until a new owner has been found. HRSA have as many as 100 or more dogs in foster care at any given time. Finding a new owner is not an easy task and potential owners and their homes are screened very carefully against very specific criteria before an adoption is allowed to take place.
The organization relies on donations and small adoption fees for funding. Operating expenses are relatively high as vet bills are costly, although some of the veterinary clinics do afford non-profit discounts. If you would like to contribute as either a foster family or as financial support, please contact us.
We’re a group of passionate volunteers who dedicate as much time as our busy lives possibly allow to the safe rescue, rehabilitation, fostering and re-homing of these dogs.”