Husky Rescue gets charity status

by Kent Caddick

West Melton based dog rescue organisation Husky Rescue NZ will mark its acceptance as a charity with the running of its annual Husky Day Out fundraiser this Sunday.

Husky Rescue NZ has been running for just over eight years and has been West Melton based for the last three years. 

Unlike most rescue organisations, Husky Rescue NZ has been mainly self-funded with the tab landing firmly at the feet of founder Michelle Attwood, her couple of foster homes and occasional donations.

“We didn’t apply for charity status in the beginning as we never thought there would be so many to re-home. That was before the boom of Facebook marketing,” Ms Attwood said. Just over a fortnight ago Husky Rescue NZ achieved its charity status. “It means we can apply for funding to help and also that businesses and people making donations can claim a charity tax deduction.”

Husky Rescue NZ is currently needing to fence a bigger area for the dogs. Ms Attwood said local fencers have offered labour for free but the supplies will total approximately $6,000.

She described the Husky Day Out fundraiser as a “husky-filled day of fun for all the family.”

“We have timed it so people can sleep in then come down for a coffee and family entertainment.

“There will be lots going on including husky cuddle lines, a bouncy castle, adoption dogs, sled dog displays, a weight pull display, and the opportunity to give dryland sledding a go. The South Island Malamute Club will be there, along with information about the husky breeds and the opportunity to chat to dog trainers.”

There will also be coffee and food stalls.

Husky Day Out begins at 10am this Sunday at the Lantana Horse Track on Curraghs Road just outside West Melton. The event is unsuitable for small dogs.