The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Carla Donau.

Donau was nominated by her friend Sheree Garcia, for her dedication to helping rescue huskies.

For about 40 years, Donau has helped find homes for huskies through her organization Siberian Husky Rescue of Tucson, Garcia wrote in her nomination letter.

"Her utmost priority is saving these dogs from their death, abuse or homelessness," Garcia wrote.

Donau currently has 19 of her own rescued huskies in her home, Garcia wrote.

Garcia met Donau when Donau helped her after someone abandoned a white husky on her street.

Garcia couldn't keep the dog because she has low walls and he kept running off.

Donau helped Garcia find foster homes for the dog, later named Carl after Donau.

Donau goes to Pima Animal Care Center every day to find animals to rescue and spends her own money to have the huskies spayed and neutered and to pay kennel and license fees.

"She barely has time to eat and never goes anywhere to enjoy herself as every precious dime she has and every minute she has and every breath she takes is for husky rescue," Garcia wrote.

The project

Ben's Bells promote kindness and community. Each week a person who betters Tucson is "belled." Go to to submit a name. Go to or call 628-2829 for information. Recipients also are featured on Friday's "Morning Blend" on KGUN 9.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at or at 573-4224.