Hundred of residents came out to Morton Arboretum for their annual Husky Heroes event. Five different sledding teams took their turn around the track to show spectators just how much they love to run.
The event strives to educate the public about huskies. Local husky rescue group, Adopt A Husky, hoped visitors would leave knowing more about the breed and that pulling a sled is simply in their DNA.
“There’s a lot of misinformation around about how we make the dogs run,” said a volunteer for Adopt A Husky, Paul Dickinson. “You can’t come out here and see how excited the dogs get, and see that we aren’t making them do anything they don’t want to do.”
Husky Heroes increases awareness about the growing number of abandoned huskies in suburban areas. Rescued dogs looking for a new home wore ‘adopt me’ jackets to attract new parents.
“This organization is a foster organization and they take these dogs in when people have abandoned them,” said Marilyn Baysek, the Morton Arboretum Special Event Coordinator. “They bring them out here and they showcase all the things these huskies can do.”
Dickinson knows all too well the bad circumstances abandoned dogs can face. His dog Murphy was a rescue. A car hit Murphy when he was only one year old in southern Illinois, breaking both his left legs. The woman who found him contacted Adopt A Husky.
“Instead of having a kennel to put them in, we want them to go into people’s homes so that we can assess them and also so they can learn some good behaviors that maybe they didn’t have before,” said Dickinson.
Murphy is now able to solo-pull Dickinson on a sled. Dickinson hopes more families will open their homes and hearts to make a better life for a husky, like he did for Murphy.
“These dogs are very resilient, very forgiving of things that have happened to them,” said Dickinson. “If they get a chance for a good life, after something bad has happened to them, they just carry on.”
“They are very loveable dogs and they love people and they just want to be a part of a family,” said Adopt A Husky’s Treasurer, Noel Dagley. “The more we get the word our the more we can find forever homes.”
For more information on huskies or how to adopt your own, visit adoptahusky.com.
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