By Chelsea Chambers Photos Kimberlee Miller
There is something about looking into the eyes of a dog that is so heart-warming, so comforting, that one can’t help but fall in love immediately. This is the exact caring mentality that brought Moonsong Malamute Rescue to fruition.
The federally recognized nonprofit began under the foundation of caring for and rescuing Malamute dogs, typically in the western United States. Dogs from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, California, and other states are saved from inhabitable and inhumane conditions. They are fully vetted, given all of their shots, rehabilitated, and rehoused, with a 95% success rate!
The rescue is primarily operated by six board members and functions solely on a volunteer basis. This proves to be difficult, especially when they are taking in dozens of dogs. They work to educate the public about the breed, which is highly active and needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Originally bred to be working dogs, they prefer to be very busy, making them dedicated and loyal companions.
There are so many incredible success stories that Moonsong has had the privilege of being a part of. One instance was a dog named Zack, a large Malamute with terrible cataracts in his eyes. He was brought in from Eastern Oregon and they immediately started a fundraiser for his eye surgery. Zack was under great discomfort but that didn’t stop the vet tech who worked with him from falling head over heels. After Moonsong raised the full $4,500 dollars for his surgery, he was quickly adopted by the very same vet tech and is now living a full, happy life in his new home.
What sets Moonsong apart is their willingness to take in dogs that need special care, like Zack. They do not discriminate against age or health status, like many rescues do. There is so much that goes into caring for these beautiful animals, making Moonsong in constant need of volunteers to help walk, groom, foster, and assist with home visits, among other things.