Help build a secure fence for Alaskan sled dogs in rescue!!!

Organized by: Holly Thorssin

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April 26, 2015

UPDATE! GOAL MET! Additional donations will fund an open play area and gps collars for the fosters. Then local spay/neuter! Thank you!!! See More

THE STORY:

UPDATE!!! The goal for the ultra-secure, covered, fence for rescued AK sled and outdoor dogs has been met! Additional donations will fund an extended, low(er) security play area and Tagg gps collars ($100 ea)/subscriptions ($90/ea) for the fosters during their recuperation at the cabin. Anything raised beyond that will be used for local spay/neuter, a much-needed resource here in rural Alaska. 

Sled/outdoor dogs in Alaska have little hope when they are no longer wanted or needed. Few foster homes are willing to shelter and train them while they seek their forever families and often, for lack of other options, they are simply culled. The need for rescue and socialization of these sweet, intelligent creatures cannot be over-stated. My home has always been open to fostering these outdoor/sled dogs, but now we need your help! I am raising funds to construct an extremely secure enclosure so that I can continue to provide hope for these forgotten ones. In the meantime, and as always, I will strive to change perceptions about their value as wonderful pets and companions. Please help me help them!

The rescue and foster of outdoor and sled dogs from around the State of Alaska has been my passion for over a decade. The adult dogs that come to me are most often in dire need and facing an untimely demise due to overpopulation, age, location, or a lack of resources to help care for them. These dogs are fabulous once they are given the chance, and the love, to thrive! Now, I am reaching out on their behalf, not only because the situation is desperate, but especially because they cannot speak for themselves.

Huskies are escape artists. Last December, a scared, young, rescued foster husky escaped a dog pen while I was at work, and was killed by a car a few miles away. When I found our beloved little Miss Molly on the side of the road that night, my heart broke in two, and that fracture will never heal. What my heart does know is that my sweet girl, and others like her, should not be forgotten. However, before I can help any more outdoor dogs in urgent need of temporary haven (on their way to finding forever homes), I have to build an extremely secure fenced enclosure to keep them SAFE during my absence. I won’t give up on them, but this cause is larger than me and I need your help.

On my property I want to construct a 24' x 24' ‘six-sided’ enclosure: 8’ fence, solid metal protecting roof, and fence/gravel base. Within this enclosure I will be able to place multiple, insulated dog houses, with plenty of straw, for the safety and shelter of up to four fosters during the hours that I am not with them. Fellow volunteers, supporters and friends have stepped up to offer help with the construction, provided I can get the materials.

Estimate:
> 8’ Game Fence (Fence Emporium): $775/330’ roll
> Lumber (Poppert’s Mill): $1,075 (including 10% discount)
> Gravel (Knik Landscaping): $350 (including 10% discount)
> Compactor Day Rental (ABC Rentals): $80
> Cement (for sona tubes, Klondike Concrete): $350
> Gate and hardware (Home Depot): $450
> Sona tubes: Possibly free, or very cheap.
> Metal roofing panels and chain link (for under gravel): DONATED!

Total Estimate for Materials: $ 3,080

Already Donated: $790

Remaining amount needed to construct this fence: $2,290

I am more than happy to provide contacts and references, from adopters, fellow volunteers, and long-time acquaintances, upon request sent to my email: akmtnchica@gmail.com.

Thank you for your time, I hope you will consider donating to this important cause for homeless dogs in the Last Frontier.

 

$2,433

 

106% Raised of$2,290 Goal

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  • Aubrey

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Fairbanks Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Chelsea

    $100

  • MoHagani Magnetek

    $20

  • Sofia & Lylah

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Mike and Sherri LoMedico

    $20

  • Jenn and Josh

    $50

  • Dana, Dozer and Sterling

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Marie

    $25

  • Tom and Debbie

    $463.11

  • Friend

    $150

  • Brownie's grandparents

    $50

  • Mystery donor

    $100

  • C & L

    $50

  • Sandy Walters

    $30

  • Christine Witzmann

    $50

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Donor Comments

Christine Witzmann

Christine Witzmann

DONATION: $50

Thank you for the wonderful work that you do for these dogs. 2 years ago

Sandy Walters

Sandy Walters

DONATION: $30

Hi Holly: Thanks for the work you are doing. Ellen Tyler told me about you. I was hoping to be at the yoga event, ( I own Namaste North Yoga Studio) but couldn't make it. Well through Ellen the word got out in someway. 4 years ago

C & L

C & L

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mystery donor

Mystery donor

DONATION: $100

Thanks holly for taking such good care of so many four legged friends! 4 years ago

Brownie's grandparents

Brownie's grandparents

DONATION: $50

Thank you for doing this wonderful work 4 years ago

Friend

Friend

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Tom and Debbie

Tom and Debbie

DONATION: $463.11

4 years ago

Marie

Marie

DONATION: $25

For Molly 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

this will be an awesome addition to your rescue efforts! 4 years ago

Dana, Dozer and Sterling

Dana, Dozer and Sterling

DONATION: $25

Keep up the good work! Woof-woof 4 years ago

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