Ingrid SimpsonIngrid Youngquist Simpson passed away on Sunday morning, June 1, 2014 peacefully at home in Fort Collins, Colorado following an illness.
Ingrid was born and educated in Fort Collins. She attended Fort Collins High School and Colorado State University where she was a member of The Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She graduated from The University of Colorado with a BS degree in Nursing and later returned for a Master's degree, becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Women' Health.
Throughout her extensive nursing career, Ingrid worked as an OB/GYN RN at several medical facilities and doctors' offices in Nebraska, California & Colorado. Ingrid also spent time supporting her husband's dental practice, Alpine Dental Health, in Fort Collins. She served on The Larimer County Planning Board for a number of years and was President of the Colorado State Dental Auxiliary in the early 1980's.
Inspired by her unwavering love for animals, Ingrid devoted over 30 years to her beloved Polaris Rescue, for Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, which she founded and maintained with many caring & committed volunteers. Ingrid and the devoted volunteers have rescued and worked with hundreds of furry friends and carefully re-homed them with owners who provided safe and loving homes. Several of the rescued Huskies were featured in the acclaimed Disney movie "Eight Below". Many of her volunteers became lifelong friends. She also loved the Colorado Mountains.
Ingrid was pre-deceased by her parents, Dr. Frank X. Gassner and Alva M. Gassner/McKinney and her dear son Joseph M. Simpson III, DDS. She is survived by her husband Joseph M. Simpson Jr, DDS of Fort Collins; her daughter Melissa M. Simpson JD of Washington, DC; and her sister Frances Y. Gassner ASID of Boulder, CO.
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Polaris (or the North Star) Siberan Husky Rescue (PSHR) was founded in 1987 by Ingrid Simpson, when a very large husky named Kodi came to her house. Through the years PSHR has grown, helping more and more dogs find forever-families. Since 1997 PSHR has been a member of All Breed Rescue, which is a statewide non-profit organization of about 40 different breed-specific rescue groups. PSHR adopted out well over 225 dogs last year and holds a state license as a rescue.
Beginning in summer 2004, PSHR partnered with the national Alaskan Malamute Assistance League (AMAL) to provide adoption and rescue for Alaskan malamutes as well. Thus the Polaris Alaskan Malamute Rescue (PAMR) was born. PAMR provides education on, take in and adoption of malamutes.
Our dogs come from a variety of locations around Colorado and bordering states, including shelters, strays, and private surrenders. Our motto is "We place dogs with families, not families with dogs." We place dogs of all ages, but there is a prevalence of one to three year malamutes that come into rescue. PAMR has a number of foster homes for care and placements, but we are always looking for volunteers to help.
If you are unfamiliar with malamutes, then you must do research on
them first. A very good reference is provided by the
Alaskan Malamute Rescue Of New England (AMRONE).
Please read their
Alaskan Malamute Education
section thoroughly before considering adopting an Alaskan malamute. Also devote
a moment now to read the information on this breed in the
Malamute Facts page.
See also the Suggested Reading before embarking on
your Northern Breed adventure ... it will save you lots of heartache and
headache in the end. Too often, Polaris is contacted by people needing to
surrender their malamute because they just were not prepared to take on the
responsibility of these challenging, albeit wonderful, breeds. PAMR wants to
ensure that all of our potential adopters are well educated and informed
regarding the true nature of the Alaskan malamute before welcoming a dog into
Watch an Animal Planet (Breed all about it) video - click here.
When you are ready adopt one of our great dogs, take a look at our list of Adoptable Malamutes (please keep in mind that the malamutes listed here may not represent all of the dogs we have available; please call for the most current listing). Then simply fill out our adoption application. One of our volunteers will get back to you within a few days to begin the adoption process!
Feel free to contact us about malamute adoptions, donations, and volunteering. Our volunteers would be happy to assist you with any of your Alaskan malamute related questions. We can provide you information on the breed in general,the Polaris malamutes that are currently up for adoption, or any other concern you may have about these great breed.