Husky Rescue Southern Africa is a 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.
If we can determine a dog is fit for placement and needs no care, we will release it to a new home as soon as possible. But if we see rehabilitation is necessary, we will continue to work with the long-term cases until we are happy with the results. A dog taken into our program will get loved, cared for, and trained until the adjustment is complete, and a home that matches his or her specific requirements is found. We represent the dogs, and we owe it to the Breed to preserve the integrity and reputation of the Siberian Husky, no matter how long a case may take.
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 our Husky Haven until a new owner can be found.