It is said a man’s best friend is a dog. Sometimes, a dog’s best friend is man.
Raven, a 6-year-old Siberian husky, was mistreated and abused by her owners until, in 2008, NIU alumnus Kelly Lambert rescued her. Raven, through training and care, has gone on to become a loving companion and therapy dog, helping cheer up patients at a Chicago-area hospital.
In 2013, Lambert and her law partner, Jennifer Soule, launched Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue, a 501 (c)(3) organization. Based in Sycamore, this organization is dedicated to rescuing Siberian huskies.
Students in Dr. James Johnson’s Executive MBA class in Northern Illinois University’s College of Business will analyze the rescue’s structure, mission, and finances, among other things, to put together a plan that sustains and strengthens the organization. Some of the immediate needs include better marketing and advertising; a method of qualified fundraising for food, shelter, training, and transportation; and the ever-increasing and necessary veterinarian bills. Topping the list of desires is a method to build a stronger and vital volunteer support system to complete a variety of tasks, including cleaning cages, training dogs, and fostering dogs.
The NIU MBA students will break into small teams and compete against each other for the group’s best recommendation, so that Raven’s Haven can take in abused and mistreated huskies and turn them over to loving families – Huskies helping huskies.