St. Louis Samoyed Rescue

by PJ Mullen on July 27, 2010

in July 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The July edition of Spread Your Warmth keeps rolling along and our next nominee is the St. Louis Samoyed Rescue. They were founded in 1984 by several Samoyed owners who were concerned about the welfare of abandoned and unwanted Samoyeds. Incorporated in the state of Missouri, we are one of the oldest continuing breed specific rescue groups in the St. Louis area.

Samoyed dogs take their name from Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy, white, smiling dogs to help with the herding, to pull sleds when they moved, and to keep their owners warm at night by sleeping on top of them.

During their 20 years of rescue work, we have placed over 200 Samoyeds. They have seen old, rejected dogs find love and security in happy family situations and frightened, unsocialized puppy mill dogs blossom into the “class clowns” in obedience class. Many of their adopted Sams have become certified therapy dogs, bringing smiles to nursing home residents or participate in “Safety Sam” programs, helping school children learn to be safe around dogs.

Not only have we helped the Sammys, we have touched lives, either by finding new homes for them when their owners were facing divorce, illness or death, bringing a Sammy smile to someone who is lonely or filling an empty space in the heart when a previous pet has passed on. The Sams have brought joy and love in the form of a white fur coat and a happy heart into many lives.

They have grown from the original four to twenty-plus members and currently operate with a seven-member board of directors and many volunteers and supporters. Additionally, they have a program to care for Senior dogs and are active in fund raising events, along with activities we sponsor just for the fun of spending time with our Samoyeds.

Thank you to Kelly Ann who nominated the St. Louis Samoyed Rescue for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.

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  • Larry @ Cakeblast

    Such beautiful dogs. This is such a great cause!

  • KD Munoz

    great plan! ~cpnqn

  • dala

    good luck!

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