We all have seen the advertisements for pounds saying please spay or neuter your animal, the commercials that tell us so many animals get put down every day, or look at this animal that was mistreated by humans. There are those who fight for animal rights and take care of them when no one else will. They go behind the scenes to get the animals out of the pounds and cruel shelters. They take care of them, get the animal updated on all their shots, spay or neuter them, and find a loving family to take the animal in. They are the Animal Rescues, and most of them spend money out of their own pocket to take care of these animals and to give them good homes, feed them, take care of their every need, buy medicine and take them to the veterinarian when they are sick, shelter them, and play with them. Some animals don't even have basic obedience skills. The Rescues do all of this and so much more.
Stan Smith, adoption coordinator of Nordic Breed Rescue, is one such person. He helps take care of over 40 dogs, finding homes and loving families that are able to give the dog the kind of care they require. Nordic Breeds include American Eskimo, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and Samoyed. These dogs all look similar, and are loving and very active. "It takes a special kind of person to have a Nordic animal because they demand a lot of your time and if left alone can create a mess." I asked Stan to go into more detail and he stated, "I have known of a Husky being left alone in the home of a woman with her bird and when she came home her house was a mess and the bird was missing. The dogs are hunters and are very curious. I rescued one dog that kept getting out of the families back yard, the dog would crawl under the house through the wire openings and crawl to the front and be sitting there when the family got home." Every day in the news paper there are animals that need good homes and then there are people who breed dogs. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with professional breeders but because of how many dogs are not taken care of and the number that are put down, the average person should seriously reconsider breeding their own animals. If you're not willing to take care of them and you can't sell them, you should not breed. "Dogs take work, a lot of work, if you're not willing to put forth an effort and be with them then maybe a dog is not for you. It's hard on a dog if you work all day and they don't have anyone to play with or bond with. When you come home you play with the dog but are tired and don't take the time to go for a walk. Dogs need love and some need to be kept busy and not just let run loose." If you are a dog owner or would like to be a dog owner remember that it is a great responsibility and that they take a lot of care and love. The world has made it too easy to get rid of unwanted animals. If you would like more information on Nordic Breed Rescue you can visit their web site www.nordicbreed.com.