Back row, left to right: Shamitha Mahadeo, Lenny Paltu, Elza Ruth, Garth Gibbons, Blake Lourens, Marushka Jawahar and Amelda Paltu
Front row, left to right: Kathy Brandsma, Sudhir Balli and Charnell Ruth
Dogs: Enya, Ariel, Mika, Shandy, Bonnie, Jordy, Gabby, Rayne, Sabre
Written by Charnell Ruth – Founding CEO
Husky Rescue KZN is celebrating its tenth year in existence. It’s been a tumultuous decade with lots of ups and downs, but, by Grace, we’re still standing.
Huskies in trouble
Siberian Huskies as a breed are in huge trouble worldwide. The well-known series Game of Thrones singularly popularised this breed more than any other movie about any breed of dog ever has due to their resemblance to “direwolves”. Their beauty has also been their downfall.
On all the continents, from Europe to USA to New Zealand and Australia, there are Siberian Husky-specific shelters… and all are overflowing. In South Africa alone, we have five shelters dedicated to Huskies.
Like the Pit Bull Terrier, this is one of the most over-popular, over-bred, and misunderstood – and the most thrown-away dog breeds. The lucky ones land up in shelters to be rehomed; the unlucky ones on chains or worse.
Help for Huskies
Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned Huskies as far as our capacity allows us to. However, we tend to rescue faster than we rehome, as our rehoming criteria are very strict – understandably so, given the unique nature of this breed.
Huskies were bred for specific jobs; they have specific needs accordingly, which, if not met, can lead to behaviour that people can’t or don’t want to deal with.
They run the gate, jump walls, squeeze through small places, dig up the garden, and if they’re really frustrated, they’ll take the bumpers and mud flaps off your car.
They need lots of attention, lots of exercise and constant grooming. They don’t do well as only dogs or as outside-only dogs. They’re very sociable and need doggy company as well as their human company. They need to be part of your family.
Siberian Huskies are one of the most intelligent breeds because of their ability to reason things out. They’ll figure out that if they jump on top of the car parked next to the wall, then they can jump the wall! However, despite that intelligence they’re challenging to train because of their strong, independent, free-spirited nature.
They’re incredible dogs whose history dates back more than 3,000 years, and there are many true stories that abound of their resilience, determination and bravery. In 1925 they saved the children of the Alaskan Town of Nome from a Diphtheria outbreak when several teams of Huskies with their mushers ran relay to get vaccine from Anchorage to Nome, a journey of 1,700km.
If, however, you have the right temperament and lifestyle to suit a Siberian Husky, you won’t want to own any other breed of dog ever again. They’re one of the most amazing dogs to have as part of your family.
New home needed
At Husky Rescue KZN we look after an average of 50 Huskies at any given time on a rented farm in Cato Ridge. However, the farm is on the market for sale, so we need to find a new home for Husky Rescue KZN.
We have several programmes that people can participate in to support us financially, namely our Debit Order Programme, Virtual Adoption Programme, our MySchool Programme, and we’ve just launched our own K9 Gelato Doggo Ice Cream to create sustainable income for our NPO. We also invite the public to join us early every second Sunday to take the Huskies out for a walk.
- Sign-up of more monthly debit orders
- Support of our K9 Gelato Doggo Ice Cream sustainable business project (for more info, find us on Facebook)
- Two dryland sledding carts, also for a sustainable business project
Account name: The Lebanon ARROHHH
Bank: First National Bank
Account number: 62227535913
Branch code: 223726