A group of volunteers are ensuring surrendered Siberian Huskies find a comfortable and loving forever home.
Siberian Huskies can be a challenging breed with unique personalities, requiring a lot of time and attention.
Co-Director and Rescue Coordinator of Happy Huskies, Jocelyn Peucker, describes the breed as sassy, cheeky, but lovable. Jocelyn’s love of Huskies led her to establish the animal rescue group specialising in rehoming Siberian Huskies, giving this unique breed a second chance.
The volunteer-based charity takes in surrendered Siberian Huskies and helps them find a loving forever home through rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming programs.
In two years of working with a community foster care network across Geelong, the charity has now rehomed over 80 Siberian Huskies and rehabilitated 28 to remain in their family home.
Jocelyn says their priority is to prepare rescued Siberian Huskies to live a happy life with their forever families.
“These beautiful dogs can become homeless through no fault of their own. Huskies can be a big commitment of time and effort and are sadly sometimes surrendered.”
“We care for these dogs and prepare to find them a home that is permanent, with a responsible owner, so that they can live the rest of their lives as a part of that new family that has received approval to adopt.”
Jocelyn and her team of 16 are all volunteers and donate their time to care for these huskies.
This made their recent $10,000 grant all the more welcome. They received this funding through the Victorian Government’s Animal Welfare Fund Grant program which supports not-for-profit animal shelters, foster care organisations and community vet clinics to directly improve the welfare of companion animals in Victoria.
“We are so grateful for this grant as it is helping us to care for these beautiful Siberians and prepare them for their new home.”
“I have many wonderful success stories, including Miska, who is a three-year-old Siberian that we recently rescued. He had no human or dog interaction skills. Miska had received no formal training and had received no vet treatment or care.”
“After three months with his foster family he had learnt to sit, stay and ‘mostly’ sleep in his crate. During this time he also learned to walk on a leash (and steal his new owner’s bacon and muffins). “
“We’re so happy that Miska is now in a safe and loving home living a much happier life. This is what makes this job so rewarding.”
Jocelyn and her team of volunteer rescue coordinators and foster carers are using the grant to purchase equipment, including crates, bedding, training tools, grooming equipment and first aid kits.