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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF ADOPT-A-HUSKY INC.

April 2013 Being homeless is no way to live...

It will be here before you know it!!!

Illinois & S.Wisconsin

Minnesota

VanPatten Woods Forest Preserve Wadsworth, IL (Shelter A)

Lake Front Park Prior Lake, MN

18th May 2013 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN


Calendar of Upcoming Events

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May 2013 Husky Hike 2013 - Illinois/Wisconsin & Minnesota 18th May Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve (Shelter A), Wadsworth, IL and Lake Front Park, Prior Lake, MN $20 minimum donation per person (16 and older) Join us for Husky Hike 2013! Exciting events throughout the day include a 3 mile walk around a beautiful lake, lunch, games, demonstrations, nail trimming, silent auction, vendors, photographers, an animal communicator and much more. http://adoptahusky.com/hike2013

We are available for adoption!

BALLY

AVALANCHE

PEETA

GODIVA

www.adoptahusky.com for more information about these and other homeless Huskies


We found our Furever homes!!

Belcoo

Cashell

Cookie

Cassie

Connor


Dalua

Kallari

Max

Jingle

Katiyana

O’Shea


Oola

Sahara

Tachi

Winter


Impounds & The Birth of Adopt A Husky dopt a Husky was formed in 1998 and soon after, we were faced with our first big challenge. A shelter in Iowa had taken in many Siberians, all in absolutely horrible condition and foster homes were needed immediately to help nurse these dogs back to health. They could not survive in a shelter environment-they needed around the clock care and rehab due to neglect. We took in several of these poor babies and nursed them back to health. Here is Peanut, a 9 month old from that impound who came in to us at 13lbs.

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Sadly, this was just the first of many neglect impounds that we have been called to help with. Since our inception, Adopt a Husky has been involved in close to a dozen neglect seizures/impounds. In some cases we have been on the front line, onsite, removing dogs from properties, triaging the wounded, providing urgent health care and transporting the Siberians to our waiting foster homes or vet hospitals. In other cases, we have been called in by shelters or other rescues to help take the burden of a huge influx of dogs they took in. On average, the number of dogs involved range from 50-100, but sometimes they top out over 200. Unspayed dogs can cause a bad neglect situation to move to horrendous very quickly. The situations can vary-mental illness, financial hardship; selfishness and greed have all played roles in the severe neglect of dogs that we in rescue see. But the result is the same-when humans do not take their responsibility to the dogs

in their care as priority, things can spiral out of control quickly and the dogs suffer. Last month there was a neglect impound in Michigan in which 40+ huskies, mostly Siberians, were seized by the local animal control due to the poor physical condition the dogs were in. We took in 5 of these dogs (Glinn, Oola, Belcoo, Cashel and Dalua) and the rest were sent to various rescues and shelters in the MI and OH area. Big thanks to Hairy Houdini Rescue who took most of the dogs and transported our 5 dogs many many miles to shorten our transport. All the dogs were underweight, all had horrible coats, some with bald oozing patches, and most were terribly shy. We are so fortunate that 4 previous adopters opened their homes to the most shy that we took and they are all learning to trust and love in a safe environment. Glinn is still looking for his forever home, if anyone is interested in this silly boy!

Less than a year ago, we were also involved in another impound, this one in Wisconsin. A large scale “breeder� was found to have over 70 Siberians in various states of neglect, starvation and in some cases, deceased on the property. We took in 14 of these dogs, which became 24 when two of them whelped litters shortly after coming to us. Several of the dogs had genetic issues that required some extensive surgery and vet care, not uncommon at all for situations like this.


Here are volunteers Tammie and Cynthia trying to get one of the Fond du Lac dogs clean.

In helping out on these impounds, both on the frontlines and on the backend after the dogs are removed from the premises, we’ve found some universal truths that come out of these situations. First and foremost, help is needed. It is impossible to expect one shelter or one rescue group to handle all the dogs that come from a large neglect impound. For one thing, most shelters and rescues cannot physically handle such numbers that come in all at once. Even if the dogs came in in great shape, happy and healthy, the sheer numbers would overrun any shelter or rescue. But the dogs never come in happy and healthy. They come in with pretty universal issues. If you see matted coats embedded with feces on one, you’ll see it on all. If one has worms, pretty safe bet they all do. If one presents with kennel cough, distemper or parvo, they all were exposed and preventative care must be given. And given impounds often are the result of improper, careless or even free breeding, you can also expect to find genetic issues once the dogs’ immediate needs are taken care of. And that’s just the physical. Neglect takes a huge mental toll on dogs. Lack of socialization and caring human interaction can result in extremely shy dogs that do not even know how to trust, much less play or run or even be a dog. It is too much to expect one shelter or rescue to deal with all these issues in large numbers. It is the reason you see the rescue community as a whole step up whenever one of our own is faced with an impound situation. Also Adopt

a Husky can do so due to our volunteers who *always* step up to make room for “one more” in urgent situations like this. Folks who don’t normally foster dogs will squeeze in one more, knowing the urgency of the situation. Plus because we are always full, with a waiting list of dogs needing to come in to us, this is no small task. We were full to the brim last May when the Fond du Lac impound happened. But 14 wonderful homes all said “Yes, I’ll take one” which is why we were able to pull the number we did. Thank you so much to those homes. You don’t know how much it helps knowing you are all out there for these emergencies. The neglect these dogs suffer from improper care does not just occur overnight. There are signs that owners or breeders are in over their heads that folks around them notice but tend to ignore. If you see these signs, for the sake of the dogs, you need to report it to the authorities who can investigate, and if need be, help. Often the huge numbers that need to come in could be much less if intervention happened earlier. Signs include: *More dogs on the premise than it can adequately hold and keep sanitary. *Dogs consistently thin or emaciated. *Dogs with poor coats, matted coats, or missing fur patches. *Basic vet care not given. Routine vaccines, heartworm preventative and regular worming are necessary for proper kennel management. If you know of a kennel that puts off these basic necessities until they raise money, this is a red flag they have more dogs than they can adequately provide for. *Inconsistent or non-existent supply of quality food. If you see signs that someone is in over their heads, don’t wait and hope they work it out. It is the dog that suffers during this wait. Call your local animal control and report what you see and trust that the authorities will work in the best interest of the dogs. by MaryBeth K.


Adopt-a-Husky Shop

All proceeds from these items directly benefit the animals in our care and assist us in placing them in permanent homes. See our website....www.adoptahusky.com

Thundershirt - $40.00 Thundershirt uses gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more.

"The Siberian Husky" is a fantastic book about the Siberian Husky and it's history. It features works from many recognized experts on our breed such as Bob and Pam Thomas, Al and Ann Stead, Nancy Wolfe and even our own founder - Lois Leonard. It was produced by the International Siberian Husky Club and we are fortunate to be able to bring this great 300+ page work to you at a fantastic price while supplies last. This is the final printing of this work so when they are gone, your opportunity to own it will be too! Don't wait....

Originally sold for $40 - Now only $20 (To keep price reasonable, book will be shipped USPS media rate which has a slightly slower delivery. If you would prefer expedited shipping at a higher cost please contact us for a quote.)

Adopt-a-Husky Sweatshirt $30 Back by popular demand...This heavyweight sweatshirt is sure to keep you warm and toasty. It comes in a light grey with burgundy print. Please specify size when ordering. Quantities are limited so get yours now.... Sizes available: Small, Medium, 2XL, 3XL


D O N A T I O N S GENERAL DONATIONS Ladene Baxter • Gerald & Beverly Buechel • Galina Esterby • R. Denis Leigh Anne Luginbill • Andy & Deana Olson • Linda & Jerry Ness • Elizabeth Chvilicek Joel Greenberg • Cindy Guilboard • Kehe Distributors • Sue Mool Margaret Cronin • James Levesque • Thomas Huberty • William Dozier Jordan • David & Diane Riley • Loretta McCarley • Angie Lowe • Valerie & James Skinner Eric Schmeisser

IN HONOR OF... James Moschella - In Honor Of - Robyn Driscoll Steven Barkan - In Honor Of - Andrea Thalasinos

IN MEMORY OF... Catherine & Paul Struve • James & Sandra Christenson Darlyne Bailey • Frank & Sarah Veal • R. Dennis Leigh • Catherine & Paul Struve James & Sandra Christenson - In Memory of - Nicki Crick Robert Steffen In Memory Of Angel Ed & Donna Church In Memory Of Fosters Arianna & Cato Amberly King In Memory Of Zea, best friend of Stevie Lofton Lisa Nelson In Memory Of Chloe Nelson Carolyn Tzeel In Memory Of Misty

Thanks You All!!


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www.adoptahusky.com Adopt A Husky, Inc. A Siberian Husky Rescue Serving The Midwest & Pacific Northwest Regions A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Over 1350 Siberians Saved Since August 1998

Adopt-A-Husky, PO Box 87226, Carol Stream, IL 60188-7226 phone: 262-909-AAHI (2244) fax: 866-232-6882 email: adoptahusky@adoptahusky.com

April 2013 Siberian Scoop  

April 2013 Siberian Scoop