MCHENRY COUNTY (WIFR) – Seventeen Siberian Huskies will soon find new homes in the Stateline. Many of them ran away from their families in California as wildfires roared in.
Phoenix was just seconds away from being euthanized last week when Karen Ferreri-Smith of Harvard Illinois saved him. The Siberian Huskie was considered somewhat violent by the staff at the shelter he was in so Phoenix was at the top of the list to be put down when his California shelter started overflowing with stray dogs.
“He gave me kisses today,” said Ferreri-Smith. “It’s very difficult when you care about animals to see them in situations where somebody’s just paid to put them to sleep.”
California’s raging wildfires have caused many dogs to run away from home putting a burden on California shelters. That’s where Mary Meier-Smith and Monica Rolan from the California Husky Rescue Network come into play.
“Very rewarding when you look at their eyes,” says Meier-Smith. “All seventeen would be dead if we hadn’t figured it out.”
Meier-Smith and Rolan drove more than 2,000 miles to get to Karen’s rescue in Harvard. The trip took them a full week.
“It’s a one week inconvenience to Monica and me, but it’s the rest of their lives,” says Meier-Smith. “They have a chance now and before they had none.”
“They’ve already been let down by society,” says Rolan. “They’ve been let down by their families. We owe it to them to give them that opportunity to get a second chance at life.”
Once all the dogs are medically cleared Karen will try to find them new homes.
To find out more about these dogs or the other huskies at Karen’s Free Spirit Siberian Rescue, you can visit http://huskyrescue.org/.