After the pandemic led to a boom in puppy buying, organizations like the Wakefield-based charity are working to promote animal welfare through responsible ownership.
Nicola Atkinson, Administrator of 8 Below Husky Rescue, said: “During the pandemic people decided to pick up puppies because they had a lot of free time and they were home. No home verification has been done or verification of the suitability of this specific home for the dog.
“People have gone back to work and the dogs are left alone for long hours – there’s no good outcome.”
Founded in 2013, the charity has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of dogs each year find suitable new homes in an environment that allows them to fulfill their potential.
Yet with such a high number of abandoned dogs, and even more ending up in municipal pounds at risk of euthanasia, the task becomes increasingly difficult.
To help potential new owners accept the responsibility of having a dog, the team does everything possible to educate people about the specific needs of each dog at the rescue center, using their in-depth knowledge of the breed to help the couple. new owners a dog suited to their lifestyle.
“You have to do your research,” Nicola continued. “I can’t stress that enough. “We also have a mandatory fence policy of at least six feet – huskies can be escape artists!
“You have to have plenty of time for exercise and mental stimulation and they all have their own quirks and personalities.”
With 167 dogs on the waiting list to be cared for by the charity, it’s no wonder the team is so determined to make sure every pairing is right the first time.