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June 7, 2015

When we first met 10-year-old Marty earlier this year, the severely malnourished Alaskan Malamute relied on his sense of smell and hearing to make sense of the world around him. Suffering from an extreme eye condition, Marty was placed into life-changing surgery at our Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic before some healing time with our foster carer Alison.

Read our previous feature about Marty here.

In April this year, Marty was ready to move into the care of the Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia in Victoria, who have since helped the spritely senior take confident strides into his new future.

Over the coming months we will be introducing you to a number of the rescues assisting us with finding homes for our shelter animals. In our first feature, we will meet Mirella from the Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia and find out just how Marty is travelling.

Marty&MirellaAMRAA_oneSince joining AMRAA in 2013, Mirella has seen her fair share of magnificent malamutes, one of which her heart was set on very early on.

“I first got involved with AMRAA actually through my husband who was volunteering for them,” she reflected. “We were living in the ACT at the time and we fostered a very beautiful boy by the name Takoda.

“Soon after, Takoda become a foster success or failure — depends on which way you look at it — and he’s been very much a loved part of our family ever since!”

Now working permanently for the Victorian branch, Mirella said she felt compelled to join AMRAA after seeing the difference they were making to the lives of malamutes in need of a home.

“After we adopted Takoda, we realised what a great job AMRAA was doing. Takoda was just a really nice boy and after all, we met him thanks to them!”

Meeting Marty

Earlier this year, our North Melbourne shelter contacted Mirella after senior malamutes Marty and Daisy came into our care as strays.

“The Home contacted us seeking our help in trying to find the best homes for them,” she said. “Sadly they were both in a bad condition when they arrived and while we found Daisy a home three months later, Marty was in a worse state and had to unfortunately go through several surgeries at the Home before we could take him on.”

Then on one perfect autumn afternoon, Mirella along with Marty’s new foster carers from AMRAA Michelle and her mother Bev met “Mr Personality”.

“His foster carer at the Home had said he was full of beans and when we met him, we knew right away she was right! Marty is the life of the party! Although he is ten-years-old but you couldn’t tell his age.

“It was great to see that he has his sight back, he has put on weight, his coat looks great and we are so excited to be able to help him find his perfect home!”

Finding a forever home for Marty

Flourishing in the care of mother and daughter Michelle and Bev, Mirella said Marty proved to be an “all ‘round easy going chap.”

“He’s met a lot of dogs and people, he’s even gone to footy training and has enjoyed meeting all the people at the park. He’s just happy to be a part of everything – happy to just watch TV with you or go for a walk.”

“We’ve also learned that Marty is super active, mischievous at times and loves meeting people and other dogs!”

Mirella said Marty’s time in foster has helped AMRAA develop a profile of him to assist with finding his perfect home.

While it is still early days before Marty is ready to be adopted, Mirella is confident he will have no trouble settling into his new life very soon.

“We have an interested family and look forward to seeing how Marty progresses with them before the adoption takes place — a very exciting prospect we cannot wait to see take place soon!”

It is fair to say we will all be thrilled for Marty and his lucky new family when that day arrives. Stay posted for an update soon!


The Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia is one of a number of rescue organisations who work with The Lost Dogs’ Home. If your organisation is interested in becoming a part of our Rescue Program please contact our Rescue Coordinator on (03) 9321 8768 or email