Still interested? Rescue Malamutes are as varied as the breed itself. Who are these dogs? Where do they come from?
Some rescue dogs have survived the difficult journey from puppy mills to pet shops to homes in which they were not loved; others come from the breeder who fails to take lifetime responsibility for their puppies. Some dogs that come through rescue are turned in by owners who realize that a Malamute - or any dog - was a bad mistake. Many of these dogs have simply been chained in back yards, given food and water, but deprived of attention and affection. Some have proven too big and strong for their owners. Owners who are moving, getting divorced, or making other major life changes are sometimes unable or unwilling to include the dogs in their changed lives. A healthy, friendly, well-behaved Malamute occasionally appears on the back steps of a kind person who takes in the dog, tries and fails to find the owner, and calls us. Dogs rescued from animal shelters have either been turned in by owners or picked up by dog officers.
Many rescue dogs show no signs whatsoever of abuse. In a few, the signs are unmistakable. A hand-shy or rear-shy dog expects to be hit and shies away from an outstretched hand. Some of these dogs cringe at the slightest word of correction. One of the pleasures of rescuing such a dog is the privilege of teaching the lesson that, from now on, human hands and voices mean kindness and love.
If you have any questions about this page, or you would like to contact GAMR. You can contact Meg Staton.