Process of Adoption
Adopting a Malamute is a serious commitment, requiring both financial stability and consistent living arrangements. IAMRA does not adopt to anyone under the age of 21. Although we rarely adopt to persons under 25, these applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We do not adopt to homes that have electronic fences as the only form of containment.
We require that you fill out our Adoption Application if you are interested in adopting. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, about our policies in general, or specific dogs available, once we have a completed form. Dogs are placed based upon personality matches with the prospective adoptive persons/families. Adoptions are handled on a first come, first served basis. All adoptions are based upon approval by the IAMRA Board of Directors. We reserve the right to refuse adoptors. IAMRA serves Illinois and portions of some bordering states.
Steps to Complete
A fenced yard is required for the vast majority of our dogs, exceptions can be made on a case by case basis, depending on specific dog and adoptor. We do not adopt to homes that have an electronic fence as the only form of containment.
Each Alaskan Malamute has a modest
Our dogs are temperament tested. We can give you information about the dogs likes and dislikes, level of alpha behavior, and level of socialization and training.
All our adoptable dogs receive the following care:
Once you have received approval from the IAMRA Board of Directors to adopt a dog, meet and greets will be arranged with dogs that we mutually feel will be best suited for your family. IAMRA is not a shelter, rather a breed rescue, and our dogs are fostered throughout the Chicagoland area, even some in neighboring states, so they are not all available to be viewed in one place. Please visit the Preparing for You New Arrival page for preparation tips and what to bring for the actual adoption.
We spend, on average, more than $750 per dog in vet costs and boarding fees, with adoption fees making up only a small part of that.
Spay/Neuter, Monthly, and Microchip sponsors help us defray the cost of dogs in rescue. Sponsorships and general donations can be sent via PayPal
Or cash or checks may be mailed to:
200 E. Evergreen #123
Mt. Prospect, Illinois 60056
The homeless malamutes thank you for your help.
100% of donations go directly toward the care of the homeless malamutes!
Where do I go if I want an Alaskan Malamute puppy?
If you have decided you want to purchase a malamute puppy, please go to a reputable and ethical breeder who is knowledgeable in the breed and who gives guarantees. If you are having difficulty locating a breeder, please contact us. We can help steer you in the right direction.
Ask questions about hips, eyes, epilepsy, dwarfism, and any other inherited fault that may be in the line. Steer clear of any breeder that seems ignorant or is just trying to sell a puppy to anyone that comes along. Even if you are only seeking a pet, the pedigree of your puppy is important for health reasons. Puppies from backyard breeders and pet shops should be avoided. A good way to discern a backyard breeder from a reputable breeder, is to ask whether the breeder OFA's their dogs. Pet shops routinely get their puppies from puppy mills, where conditions are deplorable and animals often have genetic defects such as epilepsy that may not show themselves until long after you purchase the animal. No ethical breeder EVER sells its puppies to pet shops.