Our rescue began Nov 2003 when Marcia and Bob Horne adopted Macy a red/white 9 month female husky from Sullivan County shelter to be a Therapy Dog. After wanting to help rescue Marcia contacted Sidney Sachs of Sleddog Rescue in Spring City, TN (www.wayeh.com). Sidney helped Marcia get started with setting up a rescue for the Bristol area and told us of what would be our first rescue "Sasha" from Johnson City Animal Shelter.
Photo of Bob and Marcia
Rick Blevins has been at most events and has a pack in his yard that includes sanctuary and foster dogs along with his own Siberians. He and his wife Kim are a vital part of our rescue group.
Our rescue had added the first Sled Dog race in the South in 2007 and in 2011 the first race in the snow this far south! We got a sponsor and supplied the Washington County Elementary schools libraries with a book on The Alaska Serum Run.
The Blue Ridge Dryland Sled Dog Club division, the first sled dog club this far South, achieving members in MD, VA, TN, KY, WV, NC, SC. This has since closed.
We applied for and received a spay/neuter grant to help the community for TWO $5,000.00 grants and re-applied in 2011 and received our 2nd. Feb. 2012 we received a cat grant for Dickenson County (100% kill rate for cats -95%dogs). We specialize in the Siberian Husky but we care about all animals in the pet over-populated region. We thank those donors who have helped us get this started, and helped with all our events.
In 2010 for the year,we had set up an educational regional television program that showcased rescue groups of all species - www.adventuresinanimalrescue.webs.com .
Volunteers are what make our rescue whether for one time or long term. We most definitly could not rescue if not for them. Beverly and Melvin Smeltzer, Amanda, Melanie and Andre, Jim and Mary, Jenny & Sam, Tina and Greg, Ben & Melissa, Tammy & Rick, Sharon & Allen, Joyce, Kim and Rick, Wayne, Tina and Baron, Barb and Gerry, Barbara, Viki and Zeke, Tabitha and her family, Breanne, Dennis and Aimee, Christopher Stahl, Eva, Meghan, Tess, Renae, Sandy Johnson, Charlotte Smith, Stephanie Lovins, Josh and Jessica , gosh I just know I forgot some names. But all are greatly appreciated!
WE HAD GROWN FROM BRISTOL VA/TN, AND THE TRI CITIES AREA TO PULLING SIBERIANS IN SHELTERS FROM ROANOKE VA TO KNOXVILLE TN. AS THE BREED IS BEING OVERBRED IN OUR REGION, MANY ARE SOLD INEXPENSIVELY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE GETTING; AND MOST OF THE BREEDERS DO NOT TAKE THEIR DOGS BACK, LIKE OUR RESCUE DOES. SO AS WE PUT MORE RESCUED DOGS INTO HOMES, WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD FOR ONE DAY THAT SOME OF THOSE WE ADOPT OUT WILL COME BACK TO US DUE TO ANY REASON. THAT IS OUR PROMISE TO THE SIBERIANS WE RESCUE , TO NEVER END UP IN A SHELTER. IF ALL BREEDERS HAD A SALES POLICY LIKE THAT, WE WOULD NOT NEED TO RESCUE ANY.
OUR GOAL - "The Center" We see no end in sight.
When we started we hardly found a puppy under a year old in the regions' shelters; now it is several a year - even owner turn-ins at such a young age - phone calls or emails almost every day!!! We would love to have a self-sustaining facility for our Siberians that come back to us as seniors, and for handicapped Siberians. We are wanting to add a boarding kennel, merchandise sales (old and new), dog spa with canine massage. Also an aquatic tank to help arthritic dogs in the community that if we can get donated would be free to those with vet recommendation. The first in the region would be an interactive education center for younger children to explain responsible pet ownership because the children are our future. We would also continue to apply for much needed grants for Community Spay-Neuter in order to hopefully . . . end pet overpopulation.
Please educate yourself if you want a high energy Siberian Husky, otherwise they will end up in a shelter, and we cannot save them all.
FOSTER HOMES GREATLY NEEDED. 276-494-3383