EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: July's COTM is... Arctic Rescue

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

July's COTM is... Arctic Rescue


nominated by Julie of BlindWolfSpirit
photographs courtesy of Arctic Rescue

Arctic Rescue was founded in 1994 and is located in Provo, Utah. The group rescues Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Samoyed, Alaskan Huskies, and other arctic breed dogs from shelters in Utah and the surrounding region. 

Chubs Tetonia

Arctic Rescue does not operate a shelter or kennel but instead works with a network of volunteer foster homes. Like many other dog rescue organizations, they receive information from area shelters and other rescue groups about arctic breed dogs in need.


The group works together with National Siberian Husky Rescue, PetFinder as well as other area rescues and breed enthusiasts to rescue, adopt out, and promote sled dog type breeds.

Saber in Lead

Arctic Rescue works to support other area rescues: Kaylenberg Siberians, Moonsong Malamute Rescue, Alaskan Malamute Assistance League, and Birdsong Siberian Husky Rescue. I first became aware of Arctic Rescue through working with other area dog rescue groups and attending local events where Arctic Rescue was present. 


Utah has a very active dog sledding community and there are many individuals and groups that run teams in the area. As a long-time sled dog enthusiast I was excited to learn we had such a wonderful local rescue group.  


Sled-dogs and huskie-type dogs are often neglected and sometimes mistreated as they are considered by some to be working dogs that do not require the same comforts as other dog breeds.  Dogs rescued by Arctic Rescue are often malnourished and show evidence of poor diets.  


One of the goals of Arctic Rescue and its fosters is to provide quality food to strengthen the dogs and bring them back to good health before adopting them out to loving forever homes.  Arctic Rescue loves to get donations of quality food and dog beds to help them provide for their many rescue dogs. 


This rescue is very close to my heart and I hope that the Etsy for Animals Team will enjoy raising money for them as July’s Charity of the Month. 

By the way... some of the dogs pictured in this article are still available for adoption... check out Arctic Rescue's Facebook page for further information... 




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  1. It's an absolutely FAB rescue organization- do visit their fb page to see the level of activity, effort & dedication.

  2. Excited to be helping this group! It's tragic how a lot of arctic breeds are treated and that terrible myths about their needs get perpetuated. One I'll never forget (and I hear a lot, in doing rescue) was from a woman who absolutely insisted that sledding breeds who are special dogs who will DIE if they are allowed indoors. Huh?! These dogs need the same love, care, training, and companionship that any dog deserves.

  3. What an awesome COTM and close to my heart as we live with 11 Siberian husky sled dogs! ScrappyRat - re the dying indoors remark - Northern breeds are special because unlike most breeds they have triple coats and do indeed feel uncomfortable indoors. We keep our house heat at around 65, the kennel building at 55 and have mostly ceramic tile floors everywhere. All our dogs love coming in the house but when they do, they often go out to my office or the kennel for cooling off breaks in the winter when we have the heat on. In fact, anything over freezing feels hot to a husky :>) So although that woman's remark sounds wacky, there's some truth to it. When I'd bring a dog to visit my parents, who always had the heat up high and had wall to wall carpets, the dogs really did look like they were dying within a short period of time!

  4. Absolutely beautiful dogs! Excellent choice for COTM.


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