Just like people, sled dogs retire too!
We are seeking individuals who:
- Are experienced dog owners. This goes for children in the house as well. If families with children are looking to adopt, the children in the home must already be experienced with dogs and display proper child/dog interaction skills.
- Own your own home or can provide us with a letter from your landlord stating you can have a dog in the rental home.
- Have the space – small apartments and condos are not ideal.
- Have a yard is preferred. Our dogs love to be outside and letting them out as often as they would like is important.
- Have the time. We are looking for homes in which the dog will rarely be left home alone if at all.
- Realize that bringing a dog into their family 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you adopt out your sled dogs?
Each dog in our pack is unique and individual and because we do not force our dogs to participate in our sled dog tours, they have the freedom and choice to choose when they are ready to hang up their harness. We are against culling “unwanted” or no longer “useful” dogs as some like to call them. No matter how old or whether they want to be a sled dog or not, we re-home them. If for some reason we cannot find a certain dog a home, they stay with us for the duration of their life. They often become the resident cabin dogs moving around to all our staff’s homes for sleep overs and adventures or relying on older dogs for our tours. We believe that our dogs have earned a wonderful retirement.
How old are the dogs when they retire?
We like to see beloved husky heroes hang up their harness between ages 8-9 years of age. Although this is considered young within the sled dog sport, 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 a retired sled dog 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?
Our sled dogs are all neutered or spayed, vetted, vaccinated and dewormed. The only medical care you may want to consider is a microchip and any other medications that apply to where you live.
Is there any cost associated with the adoption?
The adoption is free!
What are your expectations for the adopter?
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.