Shelters and ACO's
If you are an animal shelter or an animal control officer and believe that you have an Alaskan malamute or an Alaskan malamute mix, we want to help. Alaskan malamutes are difficult dogs to place. They are attractive and friendly with people and therefore popular with someone coming into a shelter looking for a dog. Unfortunately, they do not make a great pet for most situations. As our rescue volunteers have experience with the breed, we always appreciate it when a shelter will let us help. That way everyone wins.

Purebred malamutes

For an animal identified as purebred Alaskan malamute, we can usually place the dog into one of our foster homes. While in the foster home we will provide any vet care, update the dogís vaccinations, test for heartworm, start a preventative, spay or neuter the dog and evaluate the dog's temperament. Once the dog is ready to be placed, we will match the dog to one of the adopters we have carefully screened to insure that it is placed in a home that matches its needs.

If you are in New England and have an Alaskan malamute, you can contact our dog intake coordinator at If that person does not get back to you in 3 days, please contact Joanne Duval at (413)258-4089 between the hours of 9am and 7pm.

If you are located outside of the New England area, please contact the Alaskan Malamute Assistance League to help you find the rescue closest to you.

Malamute mixes

If you have a malamute Mix we would be happy to list it for you on our website. We require the following:
  • The dog is spayed/neutered at the time of a listing or will only be adopted out with a spay/neuter contract.
  • The dog has no history of aggression towards people and that any aggression towards other animals will be fully disclosed by you to the adopters.
  • The dogs current health status and any health problems will be fully disclosed by you to the adopters.
If you are interested in listing a malamute mix with us, we will need a photo and a short description along with your shelter personís contact number and email sent to Once the dog is adopted we would appreciate it if you let us know so that we can take them off of the website.

Identifying what you have

Alaskan malamutes, malamute mixes and Siberian huskies can be hard to tell apart, we would be happy to help you with identification! Please contact our dog intake coordinator at for help.

The following website(s) might also be helpful:

  • Breed Identification
  • Comparison of the Malamute and the Siberian husky
  • Alaskan Malamute Comparison Breed Standard vs Pet Quality "Deviations"

    If you find that you do have a Siberian husky, the link below should help you find a rescue that can help.

  • Siberian Husky Rescue

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