Husky adoption with snowy owl

Introducing Snowy Owl Tours’ Adoption Program! Are you searching for huskies for adoption in Canada? Look no further! Our retired husky heroes are seeking loving homes where they can spend their golden years. As the premier winter sled dog tour company in Canmore, Alberta, we pride ourselves on finding the perfect match for each of our furry friends.

Retired Husky Heroes for Adoption in Canmore, Alberta

Did you know that our retired husky heroes are available for adoption for free? Whether they’re ready to hang up their harnesses or seeking new adventures, we’re dedicated to finding them the ideal forever home. Each husky has its own unique personality, and we strive to match them with families who share their interests, whether it’s backpacking in the mountains or cozying up on the couch.

Our adoption program offers a variety of huskies, including Seppala Siberian Sled Dogs, Siberian Huskies, and more. With over 40 years of ethical sled dog care and selective breeding, our pack is known for its exceptional touring sled dogs. Huskies, and especially working dogs, are different from regular pet dogs. These intelligent canines require experienced dog owners. This goes for children in the house as well. Families with children looking to adopt must already be experienced with dogs and display proper child/dog interaction skills.

Potential adopters must either own their own home or provide a letter from their landlord stating a dog is allowed in the rental home. The home must be large enough for a large-sized dog. Small apartments and condos are not ideal. We prefer it if the home also has a yard or other outdoor space. Our husky heroes love to be outside so being allowed to go out as often as they would like is ideal.

We’re looking for people who have time. Adding a new member to your family is a big decision and the transition period will require extra time and care. We’re ideally looking for homes in which the dog will rarely be left home alone, if at all. Bringing a dog into their family is a commitment. We’re 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’re having a baby for example shouldn’t inquire.

Our Adoption Process

How it works:

  1. Our adoption process is about finding the best match based on experience, capabilities and lifestyle for both the dog and the person adopting.
  2. There is no adoption processing fee. We take a lot of time to ensure that the person adopting has the knowledge and handling capabilities with our retired sled dogs. We go through transport safety, proper handling on leashed walks, proper handling in fenced in dog parks and the do’s and don’ts of owning a retired sled dog. This process is lengthy but also very important for a successful adoption.
  3. The person adopting must be willing to come to the Snowy Owl Kennel for a minimum of 10 visits with the possibility of more should we feel it advantageous.
  4. If the person adopting can commit to the 10-visit minimum, they can view our “Adoption Application” page linked below and fill in the form.
  5. Once our team receives it, we will send our questionnaire which the person adopting is asked to fill out in detail.
  6. After reviewing the questionnaire, we will inform them if they are an ideal match for any current, retired sled dogs.
  7. If we have dogs suited to the person adopting’s lifestyle, we will set up an initial kennel visit.
  8. The first couple of visits will be to narrow down which dogs the person adopting is most compatible with. We will also note how the dogs interact with the individual as well.
  9. The remaining visits will be to take the dog out for walks which are done with our supervision. We will be assessing the individual’s handling skills and ability.
  10. Once we feel that the adoption is okay to move forward (meaning the individual can handle the dog comfortably) and there is a clear mutual connection with the dog of choice, we will plan a timeline accordingly to finalize the adoption.

apply to adopt a husky

Looking to inquire about Husky Adoption? Please note that our adoption process is very selective and that we will decline any candidates who do not meet our retired husky hero’s requirements. The number one goal of our adoption program is to find the best match for our dogs. The right fit is based on experience with dogs, the home environment, and lifestyle, both for the dog and the person adopting.


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Adoption FAQs

We don’t force our dogs to participate in our sled dog tours. They have the freedom to choose when to hang up their harness. Each dog in our pack is unique and individual. No matter how old, if they don’t want to be sled dogs anymore, we re-home them. If for some reason we cannot find a certain dog a new home, they stay with us for the duration of their lives. Retirees often become resident cabin dogs, moving around staff homes for sleepovers or heading out on day trip adventures. We believe that our dogs earn a wonderful retirement.

We retire our beloved husky heroes between ages 8-9 years of age. Although this is considered young within the sled dog sport, we believe it’s the best choice for our pack. Many of our sled dogs live between 14-16 years of age. On average, our dogs work for 8 years and enjoy retirement for approximately 6 years. This life plan provides our sled dogs with a nice balance of working (which they love) and the opportunity to enjoy other new activities (like sleeping all day) after their working career.

Absolutely! Our husky heroes are working pets. This means they can easily transition from working pet life to house pet life. This does not mean that welcoming a retired sled dog into your family is always easy. 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.

Our retired sled dogs are typically between 8-9 years old when they retire. While they are older, they still have many active years ahead and enjoy physical and mental activities.

The adoption process involves a minimum of 10 visits to our Snowy Owl Kennel, with additional visits if necessary. This ensures that both the adopter and the dog are well-suited for each other and comfortable with the new arrangement.