A year ago I met my long time friend whom I had not seen in 15 years and was staying on a plot in Oatlands, and there my dream began! On the 15th of March 2014, we started clearing our site and a year later we have Husky Heaven Rescue a registered NPC that has mostly been financed by my amazing husband Phil Meyer the costs to date is in excess of R800 000.00.
We are a breed specific rescue rescuing the Husky Breed. We have 16 enclosures 10 x 10 meters, each with its own log cabin for the huskies, 3 huge running areas with pools for them to cool off. We have two care workers staying on the site and another two workers helping in the day.
We have rescued huskies all over South Africa, flying one from Port Elizabeth that had been kept in a small space for most of her life, another from Durban, Bloemfontein, Ellisras, Klerksdorp, Kroonstad, Namboomspruit, many from Centurion and all over Gauteng.
We currently have over 60 rescues many of them surrendered or stray. People buy the blue eyed beautiful pup not having done their research on the breed and then a year later the cute pup, digs, runs, chews and is just to busy and gets dumped because they are not kept busy. A husky needs space, exercise, stimulation, companionship as they are pack animals.
All my rescues on site are neutered and spayed, vaccinated, de-wormed and micro-chipped. They get to run on a rotation system every day. They get cooked meals every 2nd day and treats twice a day at specific times.
When adopting, adoption application gets filled in, very strict home checks done, high walls, double gates, we prefer our rescues to sleep inside they are NOT guard dogs. If the application is successful a contract is signed and adoption fee is paid. They are one of the most misunderstood breed and are so easily just given up or get out and people don’t bother looking for them.
We don’t support breeders, puppy mills and pet shops that sell pups as this just adds to the already big problem.
Our vets bills for the past 3 months has been in excess of R70 000 for the rescues.
Some of our rescues:-
We went to KZN an area called Hilliary to try find a husky that the owner decided to open the gates and just let go cos he was tired of the huskies getting out. My brother Wayne left JHB the afternoon and on the way to Kzn we took a rescue Basset to its new home. He arrive late the night and started looking in the area for the husky, while looking a husky came out from under a bush, he phoned me to say he found a husky but it was not the one we were looking for. This husky was a senior husky that must have been on the street for a while with a bad eye infection. He took him to the vet the next morning to have his eye checked out as it was gunky. Slept in the car the evening and then continued the search the next day. We never found the husky we were looking for but we brought the little bear back, on the way back we stopped off at Kokstad SPCA to collect an adopted husky to take to its home for another rescue.
When our senior rescue husky arrived he was named Paddy as he looked like Paddington the bear. Paddy was welcomed into our home he had to have his eye removed, had bad seizures and unfortunately was only with us for 3 months but what a 3 months that was this old bear was so loved and such a character, he died in my hubbies arms after having a bad seizure.
We then rescued two huskies from Kroonstad also seniors who were in the most dreadful condition, one was adopted and the other husky went to our rescue site Ceasar was his name. They had to be groomed under anesthetic as they were so matted. Ceasar passes away in December after undergoing an op where 60cm of his intestines was removed because it was damaged.
In December after seeing the fb post we adopted a beautiful husky boy whom we named Gandalf! Gandalf is blind in the one eye and is the most regal boy. Gandalf has distemper after many tests were done to find out what is wrong with him a week on site he started coughing so off to the vet we went, all tests were done and showed negative. When we did a spinal tap the result was positive. Gandalf is very loved and known to our followers. He should not be alive yet this amazing boy is still fighting to live. The distemper damages the nerves and Gandalf can’t get up and walk. He is having therapy now but it is not a given that he will make it although he is fighting. This could have been prevent by making sure he was vaccinated as a pup.
I have had to let Gandalf go as he was deteriorating too much so we made the call Monday to send him over the rainbow bridge. We are honoring him on Sunday at our walk.
Many many more fur kids have entered our piece of Heaven and are needing amazing homes. Before buying any pet please do your homework and research the breed. In doing so you can save a lot of heartache because the cute blue eyed pup grows up and because they need plenty of attention end up in rescue kennels, and this is so sad. They are the most awesome pets, loyal, lovable, funny and cute!