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Both of Moonsong's nominees for the Alaskan Malamute Assistance League's Christenson Award have been chosen as recipients for 2016 along with two other recipients from other AMAL affiliates. Kacy Smith and Steve Carlston have both been invaluable to Moonsong with their help assessing, fostering, transporting dogs and more! The aim of the AMAL Christenson Award is to recognize those people who are always there, working and volunteering beyond the call of duty, yet seldom in the limelight.
Kacy fell in love with the Malamute breed while living in Alaska. Several years ago she moved to Idaho, and contacted Moonsong to begin fostering and volunteering by transporting and other ways. As would be expected, she is a ‘failed foster’ and has adopted Faina from Moonsong. Who can resist having a Malamute of their own?
In her capacity as a volunteer she has made herself invaluable to us for fostering. She goes above and beyond to make the foster dog feel at home. She is diligent in care; taking dogs to their required vet appointments, rehabilitation and training, and has been very generous in that regard, paying for these out of her own pocket. The care and love Kacy bestows on each and every rescue that comes into her home, no matter how briefly, makes a large impact on the rescued malamute.
She has been known to take 800 mile transport trips to make sure the rescue Mal makes it safely to his/her new home. Considering the immense size of our assistance area, transport is a huge thing!
Steve is married to Lorran Carlston, a board member of our rescue. He has been so supportive of all her endeavors with dog rescue; building additional kennel space, shoveling snow out of the pens, taking Lorran to dinner when she’s exhausted from all that goes with it!
However, we want to give him accolades for the many, many trips he has taken to bring dogs into the rescue. As mentioned earlier, our huge assistance area can pose real problems when urgent situations present themselves. That’s where Steve is always willing to dive in! He has driven literally thousands of miles to bring dogs to safety. We actually have presented him with a Super Man T-Shirt, when a dog is in need and it’s far, far, away we ask Super Man to shake out his cape! He always does!
Six adopted Mals and their adopter's paraded around the ring in Colorado Springs, CO the end of October. The Rescue Showcase is put on every year by AMAL (Alaskan Malamute Assistance League) in conjuntion with the AMCA (Alaskan Malamute Club of America) National Malamute Speciality dog show. The Rescue Showcase only comes to this Rocky Mountain Region about every 6 years or so, and it was a real treat to meet some adopter's we had only had email communication with! All the dog's did well, even the very shy ones.
Jazz up your pooch with these colorful Jazzies Collar Sleeves! As a fundraiser for Moonsong, you can order your Jazzies here for $15 each plus $3 postage. Specify a general color and let our creative volunteer seamstress, Stacie, come up with a unique creation just for your dog! Bow ties for the boys and rosettes for the girls. Small, medium and large sizes available. Check out the samples of Jazzies in the Photo Gallery.