About Sled Dog Rescue Cage-Free Sanctuary
The SDR Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is located in an isolated, picturesque place in the mountains in Cyprus surrounded by beautiful forest trees and surrendered by civilization. There are no neighbors or busy roads around which provides dogs with a quiet environment. The primary caretaker lives on the premises, so dogs are supervised pretty much 24/7.
The house is located in the middle of the fenced land, surrounded by separated- by -fence enclosures.
Three enclosures on the back have wooden sheds attached to the house, which allows dogs to look inside the windows when they are feeling curious.
Each enclosure has from 2 to 7 dogs usually. To maintain peaceful co-existence, between the dogs, they are matched by temperament, age and/or size.
There is also one single dog enclosure for the canines who are in training or need medical rehabilitation before or if they can join one of the packs.
Apart from daily necessities, such as feeding, watering, and cleaning dogs, their caretaker spends a lot of time socializing them. Each dog spends some time inside the house where they get acquainted with household noises such as vacuum, washing machine, TV and radio regularly. Each dog goes for a regular walk in the city (in wintertime, as it is too hot during summer months). Every effort is made to boost their confidence and regain their trust in people before the adoption takes place. And of course, cuddles are must rule in the Sanctuary.
When weather permits volunteers take dogs for hiking in the mountains, beach walks and sometimes weekend fostering.
Despite the low-stress environment of the Sanctuary, it is still not the long term quality of life that we seek for the dogs under our care. We believe that all these dogs deserved to live in families, where they will enjoy more individual attention but also in a more suitable climate for Nordic breeds.
There is a saying, “Adopt one dog and save two.” Our mission is to give a chance to as many dogs as possible. However, there are more dogs in need than space and resources to accommodate them. The maximum capacity of our organization can not exceed more than 30 dogs at a time. When one of the dogs is adopted, it allows another dog on death row or at risk to take its place.
If you think that our work and mission is a worthy cause, please express your support by adopting, fostering, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. Each individual choosing to support one of the dogs brings us closer to the dream of a kinder world.
Want to become a volunteer? Find out how HERE.
Considering fostering a dog? Click HERE to find out more