CKC extends hearty congratulations to CKC member Carol Broadhurst and her kennel, Kortar Perm Reg. as the recipient of this year’s Pets Plus Us Champion Breeder Award. Each year, the Champion Awards celebrate individuals who loyally treat, volunteer and care for pets across Canada. View the nomination for Kortar Perm Reg. here
“I am honored to be awarded the Pets Plus Us Campion Breeder Award,” said Carol. “I am just so grateful to win it.”
Carol has been breeding Siberian Huskies for over 45 years and Shiba Inu for 23 years. She is a life member of the CKC and SHCC (Siberian Husky Club of Canada) and has enjoyed many highlights including the first Canadian Siberian Huskies to win International and World Championships, in addition to the oldest Siberian to be awarded BISS and BIS.
Carol has been actively involved with kennel clubs including serving as President of the Guelph Kennel Club, Co-Chair of the Cansave Dog Show Committee, director of both the SHCC and Shiba Inu Canada and President on two occasions of the Ottawa Kennel Club. She has also won the Pedigree Community Service Award.
The Kortar Siberians and Shibas have been successfully employed in non-traditional roles such as guide dogs and service dogs (both Shiba and Siberian). Carol recalls one noteworthy Siberian, Kortar's Kansee Kando, a Siberian was a guide dog and a special needs dog, who helped her blind autistic master to complete his high school diploma.
Carol is pleased to confirm that the donation associated with the award is going to Safepet Ottawa
organization with which she has worked with since its founding and remains active on its board.
“We, as part of the board of Safepet Ottawa work with police, Rescue, veterinarians, social workers and shelters to provide a positive outcome,” said Carol. “The model is now established and working and we offer to share the program with other kennel clubs in order to establish similar programs in their communities to promote a more positive attitude towards CKC breeders and clubs”.
Carol explains that the Ottawa Kennel Club thought they could help SafePet Ottawa find shelter and provide safety for pets while their owners stayed in first stage shelters. Once they leave the shelters, owners are reunited with their pets. When Safepet Ottawa was founded, the Ottawa Kennel club hosted the first information meeting by police and shelters with invitations to veterinarians, breeders, boarding kennel owners and rescues to introduce the idea of a fostering program for pets for the period when a person goes into the first-stage shelters.
Carol further explains that many abused adults and children will not seek shelter because there isn’t a place their pets can be protected from the revenge of an abuser when they leave, until the club offered a solution. “These animals are often the solace and friend, for both adults and children who have held them close in the stressful times. The pets are returned to the owners in better physical and mental health complete with some equipment to start their new lives when they leave the shelter.”
Many volunteers are needed to make SafePet Ottawa work, from picking animals up at the vet offices where the owner takes the animals, transporting them to the foster home and returning them to the vet office for pick up. Volunteers such as coordinators of volunteers and fosters, fundraisers and coordinators to oversee storage of donated items are essential for SafePet to be successful in helping the abused start their new lives.
“This donation will be of considerable assistance in helping SafePet Ottawa to continue its work,” said Carol.
Photo: L:R - Left to right: Karolyne Trottier of Pets Plus Us (Ottawa and Quebec representative), Ayala Sher - President Safepet Ottawa, Carol Broadhurst - CKC member breeder: Kortar Perm Reg. Photo courtesy of Carol Broadhurst,