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Where do your dogs come from?
How much do the dogs cost?
What is your return policy?
How do you train the dogs for racing?
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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 page.

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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