The purpose of this website is to help all Alaskan Malamutes by educating
their owners, by encouraging mature people to ACT responsibly and learn
about a breed before making a commitment. We hope the material at this website
will help you decide if an Alaskan Malamute should be in your future. Read
everything here and then search online for even more information about the
breed. Ask questions of breeders so you can learn the negative with
the positive. All dogs have inherent traits that make them suitable
for one lifestyle or a family, but unsuitable for another type. Learn
what these traits are so you can decide if they fit into your life. Do
this BEFORE you buy a Malamute.
We have been doing hands-on rescue for more than twenty-five years! Wow--time flies!
Rescuing any breed of dog becomes very time consuming and very expensive.
It also takes a toll on your emotions and puts a burden on your entire
family--not to mention friends. We drive a 1978 Ford van--why?
Because of the amount of money we have spent on rescue dogs and rescue work.
That was our decision; we have so many happy memories of Malamutes that went
on to live long, happy years with wonderful families, so we have no real
regrets. We have slowed down a little--we no longer haunt the animal
shelters to find abandoned Malamutes. That does not mean we will no longer help a breed we
love--it means that we are asking breeders to be responsible for their own,
asking owners to do the work of placing their own dogs, and asking those who
love these dogs as much as we do, to begin their own involvement in saving
dogs from shelters or offering their homes for foster care. In other
words, we are sharing the work and responsibility. We still take them,
rehabilitate and place Malamutes.
We know the economy has hit hard with many people--dog
owners are also facing some horrendous decisions. If you have
lost your home or are having trouble financially, we understand that you may
need to re-home your dog. As part of being a responsible owner, we
encourage you to visit our Placing
your Own Malamute page. Print it out, follow the instructions, and you will be
doing the same thing we have done successfully for 25 years! If you
are an owner seeking to re-home your dog, this page will help you; if you
are a foster home or a fancier who wants to save a dog from the shelter,
print out our application form, our
facts sheet, and use common sense.
If you decide
that you only want a puppy, please be aware that ethical, reputable breeders
seldom have more than one litter a year. They do NOT breed for "pet quality"
dogs, especially with so many Malamutes in need of rescue! If a healthy puppy, free
of genetic faults and temperament problems is for you, we will be happy to
provide you with a list of local Malamute breeders that are members of the
Alaskan Malamute Club of America. Prices will vary from $800.00 to $1,500.00
or more depending on the dog and the breeder.