The Harvard-based nonprofit aims to reduce the number of homeless Siberian huskies in Illinois and surrounding states. Since its founding in 1999, Free Spirit has adopted and found homes for more than 3,000 huskies and husky mixes.
In 2006, Free Spirit Siberian Rescue founded its first team of sled dogs. The nonprofit uses the specially trained dog sled team to not only introduce the public to the wonderful world of mushing, but also to promote the work being done at the rescue organization and to pair adoptable huskies with would-be families.
On Sundays, Jan. 17 and Feb. 28, the Free Spirit Sled Demo Team will return to Starved Rock State Park for a fun-filled day of informative outdoor lectures and practical demonstrations, sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge.