The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League works to rescue and rehome Alaskan Malamutes. Its website offers a list of approved rescue agencies by state, and potential Alaskan Malamute owners can start their quests there.
Generally, rescue agencies remove dogs and other animals from a bad environment to relocate the animal to a more suitable, nurturing environment. To ensure that end is met, rescue agencies develop screening filters through which potential dog owners must pass.
The usual first step is a verbal interview. The agency typically wants to know if you have the appropriate space and containment for the dog. Often, the agency wants potential adopters to have a good understanding of the Alaskan Malamute breed to ensure a good fit. Sometimes, if the potential adopter is not familiar with or has not interacted with the breed, the agency asks the individual to volunteer as a foster or kennel helper to gain a better understanding of the unique nature of Alaskan Malamutes.
Once the agency is satisfied that the potential adopter has adequate space, appropriate containment and understands the breed, the process moves forward by searching for the Alaskan Malamute that is the best fit for the adopters' home situation.
Responsible rescue organizations adhere to accepted standards when rehoming animals. Approved adopters can be sure to receive animals that are up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered. Because of the costs involved with responsibly preparing the Alaskan Malamute for their new home, adopters should expect to pay a fee.