All of our sled dogs at the NHSDRHEC have a home and job for life. When they are ready to give house life a try (or truly retire) we enter them into our adoption program and begin searching for their perfect ¬†furrever home. Opening your home and heart to a retired sled dog can be a very rewarding experience, but it isn’t for everyone. Please take your time to learn more about our adoption program and adoptable dogs. All of our four legged friends come standard with a nose to tail health inspection, up to date vaccines, spay/neuter, microchip, and an “unconditional love” guarantee.


Our Adoption process

Step 1 – Complete and submit an adoption application. A completed application helps our staff get to know you better and introduce you to dogs that would do well in your home (or ensure that the dog you are interested in would be a good fit). Once we receive this information, we can then schedule an appointment for you to come meet our adoptable sled dogs.

Step 2 – If you decide to move forward with adopting one of our sled dogs we begin processing your application (i.e.: checking references that you provide, reaching out to your vet etc.) We also request a few nonintrusive home photos to get an idea of where the our dog will play, sleep, eat etc.

Step 3 – If your application is approved we then schedule a health certificate appointment (and spay/neuter surgery if necessary).

Step 4 – You get to welcome your new four-legged friend to their new home!

Please note that in general the adoption process takes 2-4 weeks depending on how quickly we receive feedback from your references and how soon we can get the lucky four-legged in for any necessary vet appointments.


What Our Adoption Fee Includes

Our adoption fee includes a health certificate, proof of clear fecal test, microchip, up to date vaccines and spay/neuter surgery if not already altered.


Things to Consider before Adopting a Sled Dog

  • Our adoptable sled dogs range in age from 3-14 years old. We very rarely have puppies/youngsters available for adoption.
  • Our adoptable sled dogs are: Alaskan Huskies, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes and/or mixes of all the above breeds.
  • Our adoptable sled dogs are used to living in an outdoor, working environment. This means that they will need to be house trained and exposed to :house stimulus” like stairs, vacuums, wood floors etc. Adopting an adult sled dog is similar to welcoming a puppy.
  • Our adoptable sled dogs range from medium to high energy. In general they require multiple walks daily and engaging toys when inside the home. A board/under exercised sled dog is a destructive and anxious sled dog.
  • Our adoptable sled dogs have befriended many kitties in their new homes, that being said adopters are instructed to monitor all interactions with small animals as our four-leggers have limited exposure to them while with us and there is no telling how they may react.