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The Story of Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled)

Introduction: A Chance Encounter That Sparked a Movement
In a Burger King parking lot, a simple act of kindness by Cathy Sparks, our founder, towards a stray grey and white woolly dog named Summit, marked the beginning of Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled). This encounter didn't just change Summit's life; it became a beacon of hope for thousands of huskies and Northern breed dogs across California.

The Problem: An Overlooked Crisis
Following the popularity of certain TV series, notably 'Game of Thrones', there was a surge in the popularity of huskies. However, their energetic nature and specific needs led to a drastic increase in surrender and euthanasia rates in shelters. NorSled recognized this crisis and stepped up to address it.

Our Mission and Approach
Established in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) organization, NorSled's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, foster, and find homes for unwanted, abandoned, and abused Northern breed dogs. Our strategy involves extensive community engagement, fundraising, and collaboration with partners like Pet Food Express. We focus on increasing awareness about the specific needs of these breeds and providing support to adopters, ensuring long-term care and reducing return rates.

Impact and Achievements
From an average of 20 dogs placed annually in our early years, we have significantly expanded our reach. The introduction of social media campaigns, an expanded network of fosters, and regular adoption fairs have catapulted our impact. Our Adoption Coordinator, Gail de Rita, is a testament to our commitment, covering vast distances to rescue dogs and maintain lifelong connections with adoptive families.

Our Vision for the Future
With your support, NorSled aims to strengthen and expand our initiatives. Our goals include increasing our capacity to rescue and rehabilitate dogs, enhancing our educational programs to reduce surrender rates, and developing sustainable fundraising strategies to support our operations.

Your Role in This Journey
By partnering with NorSled, you're not just funding an organization; you're becoming a part of a community dedicated to giving a second chance to these majestic breeds. Your support will directly contribute to saving lives and creating happy, forever homes for these dogs.
Join us in this mission. Share our story and be a part of this life-changing journey.



Gail de Rita

Judy McGriff

Multi Tasking Board

Randee McQueen

Cathy Sparks



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