Freedom A lonely Husky once living on the streets of Soldotna. Red Shed Racing became aware of her in April 2013. She had already been living on her own for almost a year. She had wintered in the cold foraging for food in the frozen ground fending for herself going unnoticed traveling around the city of Soldotna at night. Her story is long and sad and starts years before she was homeless.
On April 12, 2013 Red Shed Racing brought a custom trap to the place she had been spotted 2-3 nights consecutively. It was our sincere hope with patience she would be acclimated to the trap and humanely caught in 2 weeks time. Months have passed and multiple traps have been used without success. She is a Smart and Leery Girl who has survived by her wits and a little help from God. In September plans had been made to bring in an expert to Dart Her with hopes of finally getting her off the streets. The plan was to bring her to join the Red Shed Racing family were she could live safely within the compound with 2 acres to explore and many friendly huskies to play with. Just before the Expert was due to arrive the City of Soldotna Deemed her Dangerous and was going to Put Her Down, they would not allow a humane attempt by our expert. A public and political battle ensued and ultimate Freedom won in that she is still alive and the Police are at this time leaving her be. But the 3 week delay cost us everything and by the time our expert came Freedom was "off" her solid routine and she was not captured. Today Red Shed Racing continues daily to monitor her put food out for her and is working new ideas to capture her. After all these months of Monitoring her there is ONE thing that has remained constant - her LOVE of other dogs. She built an elaborate routine around the City just based on where all her buddies live. We know once captured she will thrive here at the Red Shed in a lifestyle she can't even imagine exists!
UPDATE January 11 2014:
Here it is the Story of Freedom’s Rescue...
Above ALL Else I Want to Give the Gory to God - as this was indeed a True Miracle!!
Early Saturday morning Freedom, a dog that had been on the streets of Soldotna for 19 months, decided it was time to live a better life. She is now safe at home with Red Shed Racing in Kasilof.
Freedom and her kennel mate Larry, were rescued from a horrible hoarding situation two years ago by Alaska SPCA and Straw for Dogs. While everyone involved had the best of intentions, a safe, permanent home didn’t materialize. After the SPCA shelter that took them in closed, a Family in Soldotna graciously agreed to adopt them. Unfortunately they escaped their enclosure after just 2 short weeks. Larry was hit by a car and killed, and Freedom ended up wandering alone on the streets in Soldotna. In April of last year I became aware of her and offered to help with a humane capture attempt. What I thought would take weeks tuned into months of surveillance and attempts at capture. By then I had become overwhelmed with love and respect with her. At that time I decided to adopt her in absentia and committed to bringing her in and to offer her a life at Red Shed Racing with my mushing team of rescued dogs. I was “in” no matter how long it took.
The community rallied for Freedom and many residents cooperated and volunteered with rescue efforts. Eventually Soldotna city officials came around to support efforts for her humane capture, and State Senator Micciche was her biggest advocate.
Over the last nine months, we tried a variety of ways to humanely capture Freedom. She alluded every effort. She escaped the pen with a trigger before the door closed. She hid from the vet with the dart gun and outran the volunteers with the dipnets and bicycles. She was too smart for traditional live traps and simply wasn’t ready to come inside.
Early Saturday morning something changed. After many months of setting up stations for her where we left straw, food and unfrozen water we realized we needed a change in strategy. Her local team committed to letting go of “thoughts of capture” and redirecting solely to Love and Positive thinking. Via her facebook page a Worldwide campaign was launched focused on Prayers and Love. We immediately started to notice a more playful and relaxed Freedom. And after a fresh snow we found her tracks going into a fenced yard where nobody lived. With permission from the property owner we established what we called “The Bowl of Love.” A bowl containing foods of high interest such as cheese, steak and hot dogs. And of course Amanda and Tami always left their thoughts of love when they filled it up. During this time while they were working on the Bowl of Love I spent weeks of walking the streets singing after dark to develop a positive bond with her. At 4:18 am January 11th she confidently trotted right into the enclosed yard where we were waiting for her with “The Bowl of Love.” When she noticed the five of us standing there ready to do whatever it took to get our hands on her she just sat down and looked at us. It was a calm and peaceful surrender. There was no chasing or cornering or tackling, we were simply amazed. Senator Micciche himself gently guided her to a waiting dog crate, which she easily climbed into. She was ready to go home. Dr Mary Huhndorf of Twin Cities gave her a clean bill of health and was in fact amazed at her gentle demeanor. I am happy to say she spent her first night soundly sleeping on a bed, snuggled up next to her new people.
Without the patience, time and energy that was invested in developing trust with Freedom, this would never have happened so easily. Thank you to all of Freedom’s followers near and far your prayers, support, collaboration and positive thoughts made a miracle happen. Freedom is now safe and already enjoying her new forever home.
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