Our Adoption Program
Why are these sled dogs up for adoption?
We like to see beloved husky heroes hang up their harness between ages 8-10 years of age. Although this is considered young in the sport of dog sledding, we believe it is the best choice for our pack. On average, our dogs work for 8 years and enjoy retirement for approximately 6 years or more since many of our sled dogs live to 14, 15 and 16 years of age. This life plan provides our sled dogs with a nice balance of working (which they love) but also the opportunity to enjoy other new activities after their working career.
Do retired sled dogs make good pets?
Absolutely! Our sled dogs are working pets which means they easily transition from a working pet life to a house pet life. In saying this, do not confuse retired sled dogs to be an easy pet to own. Sled dogs, even at ages 8-13 years of age are incredibly active and require a lot of physical and mental stimulation. They love hiking, adventuring and most of all, running!
Do they require any medical care before being adopted?
No. Our sled dogs are neutered or spayed, vetted, vaccinated and dewormed.
Is there any cost associated with the adoption?
Possibly. The adoption is free however, if the new owner would like to get the retired husky hero microchipped, we arrange for this through our veterinarian.
What are you expectations for the adoptee?
We are seeking friendly, mature and experienced dog people who have the TIME, PATIENCE and IDEAL LIFESTYLE needed to own a former sled dog. Our adoption process is a lengthy one since our dogs are adored members of our family. We do not take this important part of providing a happy retirement for each of our husky heroes lightly.
What we are looking for:
1. Experienced owners. This goes for children in the house as well. If families with children are looking to adopt, the children in the home will already need to be experienced with dogs and display proper child/dog interaction skills. If you have never owned a dog before, the sled dog breed is not an ideal place to start.
2. You need to own your own home or be able to show proof that you are allowed to have a dog in your rental home.
3. You need to have the space – small apartments and condos are not ideal.
4. Having a yard is preferred. Our dogs love to be outside and letting them out as often as they would like is important.
5. You must have the time. We are looking for homes in which the dog will rarely be left home alone.
6. Most importantly, we are seeking people who realize that bringing a dog into their home is a commitment. We are seeking one adoptive home where the dog will be a part of the family for the rest of their life. Those who think it would be suitable to return the dog because their family is moving or they are having a baby for example should not inquire.