do your dogs come from?
How much do the dogs cost?
What is your return policy?
How do you train the dogs for
- Where do your dogs come from?
- Just like any animal shelter, most of the dogs are stray or
given to us from people who cannot care for them. Also, quite
often we get donations from sled-dog owners, whether they be retired
sled-dogs or extra puppies from their dogs' litters.
- How much do the dogs cost?
- Because the Alaska Sled-Dog Association is a non-profit organization,
the cost of our dogs is very minimal. Depending on whether or
not the dogs are already trained for racing and the age of the
dogs, we charge fees based only on what it costs us to care for
them and train them. To view the dogs we have available for adoption
and the adoption fees please see the services
- What is your return policy?
- We realize that there are some people not cut out for the job
of being pet owners or perhaps they did not find the right dog
for their family. Since we do run a shelter at our facility we
will always take a dog back in any condition at any time. However,
in order to receive a refund of any fees paid, the dog must be
brought back within 90 days of adoption and be in the same condition
as when they were adopted. If for some reason a certified veterinarian
diagnoses the dog with a condition that was not brought on by
mistreatment or by racing that was not disclosed at the time of
adoption, a refund will also be granted within 90 days. In some
instances, this refund period may be extended, which is at our
organization's sole discretion. If you purchased a dog that is
trained for racing, but the dog was never in a race and it is
still fit for racing, we may refund the training fee to you after
the 90 day period.
- How do you train the dogs for racing?
- The Alaska Sled-Dog Association employs the best dog trainers
in the state, with some having more than 20 years of training
experience. The majority of the dogs that run in the Iditarod
Trail Sled Dog Race, which starts in Anchorage, were trained by
our expert staff. In order for the dogs to be ready for racing,
they must learn how to endure the harsh winter terrain in Alaska's
mountains and valleys including running through deep snow in bitter
temperatures as low as -60°F with windchills as low as -100°F
and battling fierce wild animals.
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