Emergency Call Out



Currently  there are 86 dogs in two of our sponsored Rescues needing  forever homes. The situation is desperate.

These are the awful numbers that no one who is involved in Rescue likes to see. But sadly at this moment in time this is our reality.

Both SSDR  (Saints Sled Dog Rescue) and SHARE (Siberian Husky Aid Rescue & Education)  are struggling under the weight of these numbers. And as a result have had to make a very difficult decision in the last few days to stop taking in any further dogs. They simply do not have the room …they are up to capacity.

Further their emergency list of dogs to come in is also already full.

Past experience has shown us that Christmas (both its lead up and post time) is one of THE worst times for the dumping of dogs. However this year things have got soo bad with shelters and rescue over flowing with dogs that we are two  rescues down, and it’s only  November.

Claire Dalton from SHARE painted a very sad story regarding the problem at the moment:

” They (the dogs) are all unwanted through NO fault of their own and they are begging for help… They need us…
Share Rescue is struggling ATM because all our reliable foster homes are full… Our staff are exhausted and we are faced with being unable to help any more dogs..this is soul-destroying to us all we simply cannot take in dogs when we have nowhere to put them. We need homes for the dogs who are ready and looking for that special family and we need new people to come fwd and offer a safe place for a dog to stay… We need adoptive homes and foster homes. “WE NEED YOU

You may remember SHARE rescue from last year as they handled the (now) well-known 12 Huskies of Christmas.

Claire’s sentiments are echoed by Malamute Matter‘s Rescue Co-ordinator Richard Horsfield:

” One of the quickest ways to ‘fix’ this dire situation is Fostering. Fostering  is the first step and arguably the most rewarding part of the rescue process. After fostering comes adoption where the dog or dogs will spend the rest of their happy love filled lives with. There has never been a more desperate time than right now. The rescues we support urgently need volunteer foster homes which can provide experienced or sensible and stable, loving home for these poor dogs, who are often re-homed due to relationship break ups, moving homes and unemployment.”


The reality of not being able to take in any more dogs simply is that many dogs wont be able to rely on these rescues and will be PTS (put to sleep ). It’s a hideous reality that healthy dogs will be killed off through no fault of their own. Heather Saville from SSDR further stated the heart breaking reality of what the dogs already in foster homes and kennels face:  ” If we can’t find them forever homes, then they stay in our foster system never to find their forever home with love and affection just for them. ”

What you can do to change this awful situation

  • Adopt/Foster

SSDR: http://www.saintssleddogrescue.co.uk/#!adoptionform/c10d8

SHARE: http://sharerescue.co.uk/?page_id=4541

  •  Social Media Malamute Matters uses all the various social media platforms as we have seen this medium work miracles globally when it comes to saving dogs ‘ lives and raising funds. The majority of our work is Facebook based (both groups and pages) however we also have a very strong presence right across the rest of social media. And it’s also one of the most easiest ways to help and get involved..because sharing information about dogs and cross posting their details has proven to save lives over and over again.

Here are the 3 main Facebook based pages/groups we use



  • Donate Any donations no matter how small is more than welcomed. With Christmas coming up many dogs face long stays in kennels, this also aside to as stated before many dogs also getting dumped around this time of year increases greatly. Our paypal address is: malamutematterspayments@gmail.com
  •  Shop Our online shop carries an incredible variety of wonderful things, both for dogs and humans. And every bit of money raised is ploughed straight back into helping dogs. It’s worthwhile noting that one of the main reasons we need fundraising and donations, is that we can fund emergency kennels to stop dogs being put to sleep, as well as getting their health needs tended to and covering care costs whilst in emergency shelters. http://www.malamutematters.co.uk

Further we regularly hold on-line auctions for fund-raising where there again is a wonderful selection of items that come up for grabs at really great low (bidding) prices. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Malamutemattersauction/?fref=ts


  • Volunteer: We are always looking for dedicated Volunteers to join us and help save dogs. Please contact us at malamutematters@hotmail.co.uk

The last few days  at Malamute Matters  have not been the best. And sadly it doesn’t seem to be getting any better so far. Our  founder  and Chairman  Dawn Fido had this to say about the current situation:

” I am very saddened at the moment to see that because of all these dogs already being in Rescue that no more can be saved…this makes our already difficult job even more stressful and sad. We are facing a very desperate Christmas if these 2 rescues cannot open their doors..”

Sadly SSDR and SHARE are NOT the only Rescues at the moment struggling under the weight of what seems an impossible task. It’s happening all around the world. All of us who work in the Rescue area depend on every single person who reads our posts to understand what it is we face each day and even more importantly to step up and make a difference yourself. It is not an easy ask we know, but it does and will make a difference to stop the senseless killing of man’s best friend.

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2 thoughts on “Emergency Call Out

  1. Hi,, I will be fostering a disabled dog in January but from now until then I am able to look after a dog for you. I have malamutes so I am experienced with their needs. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. I also have a lot of free time if you need voluntary help at any of your shelters. I am in Farnham, Surrey. Xx


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