The treacherous journey was met with many challenges and sacrifices. In his leg of the run Seppala and his lead dog, Togo braved the frozen elements. The heroic recount of the journey that Seppala and Togo faced is nothing short of unimaginable. How a man and a dog could work so intrinsically together, helping, supporting, guiding, and protecting each other against all odds.
The final leg of the run was completed by Gunnar Kassen and his lead Balto, a black Siberian husky with white paws. The journey was an elemental battle of man and dog vs. nature. While the world waited with bated breath Kassen and Balto persevered through the freezing temperatures to deliver the serum safely to Nome.
150 dogs, 20 mushers, 1,084 km, 127 hours, and 30 minutes
What does this story tell us? Then and now animals continue to see us through unprecedented circumstances. They help us overcome obstacles, by supporting us physically and emotionally and seeing us through dark times. We all saw and felt a great loss in 2020. We continue to do our part to protect the vulnerable in our community and follow guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. This last year many have turned to animals for comfort and companionship. In 2020, we found 748 animals loving and caring homes. There is nothing more special than getting an update email or phone call from an adopter. Hearing the joy and love in their voice reaffirms our mission.
It is not without our generous supporters that we would be able to continue our shelter operation. We see every day the impact that animals have on our lives. We are constantly reminded of their resiliency and adaptability and how much love and support they give to us. It is because of you that we can continue to improve our services and care for vulnerable animals in need.
As we move forward into 2021, I want to remind everyone that we are stronger together and we will persevere. We will continue to lean on each other, support each other and hug our pets.