Irish Sled Dog Welfare

Irish Sled Dog Welfare

Irish Sled Dog Welfare is now closed for the foreseeable future. We still offer back up on any dogs that have been adopted through us, and are available to offer advice by email.

Irish Sled Dog Welfare was started to try and help the Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and crosses of those breeds that seemed to be appearing in Irish pounds and other rescues in ever increasing numbers.  We are based in Co. Sligo, but take dogs in from all over Ireland, get them neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms and then find their forever home.  We have volunteers all over the country that carry out the homechecks and help with transport.

We offer back up on each dog that we rehome for the rest of its life, and if any dog cannot stay with its owners for whatever reason, the dog must be returned to us.

 Sled dogs are not for everybody, so please do your research



Adoption Procedure

If you see a dog that you would be interested in giving a loving, forever home to, then please contact us and we will have a chat with you about that dog's particular needs and whether he or she would be suitable for you.

We will then carry out a homecheck, we do this with all of our prospective homes.  Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes can be great escape artists, so they need a secure garden or dog run with fencing of at least 6 foot.  We do not rehome to anyone that uses electric shock collars to contain their dog.  The homecheck is not to judge how you live, but to ensure that the garden is secure, check on where the dog will live, and to make sure that all members of the family realise the undertaking involved with rehoming a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute.

We require that you sign an adoption form before any of our dogs go home with you, agreeing to certain terms and conditions.  All of our dogs will be neutered before rehoming, unless they are too young, or there is some medical reason at the time.  However, it is a condition of rehoming that any dogs that are not neutered when being rehomed will be done as soon as possible in their new home. 

We are a non profit organisation, and depend solely on donations to help us care for the dogs that we take in.  Therefore we ask for a minimum donation of €120 for each dog that is rehomed.

Is a Sled dog the right dog for you?

The Good Points

Friendly with people of all ages

An honest dog, his body language and voice can be taken at face value – he says what he means

Robust athletic constitution.

Good travellers, new sights and sounds do not upset them.

He has no guarding instinct and will greet and kiss an intruder the same as any other visitor.

Gregarious- he likes company.

Youthful in outlook, he often reaches 14 years of age, sometimes 16 or more.

Intelligent and mischievous

Easygoing and forgiving.

Clean, little or no doggy smell. Some people allergic to dogs can tolerate Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malamute fur.

Straightforward to groom.

Quiet. They do not often bark, but they do howl like a wolf- often just for the joy of it. This may be a disadvantage  in some neighbourhoods.

They do not require as much food for their size as many other breeds

Not fussy eaters (but see minus point 12).

Get on well with other well adjusted canines. However they will take up a challenge if offered.

The above assumes a normal puppyhood and socialisation

The Minus Points

Not a one-man dog- any human will do- this may be seen as a lack of loyalty

He will not guard your home or property.

Strong desire to run. If he gets free he will run so far he will be lost, if not hit by a car or train, or shot by a farmer

Cannot be relied on to return to you on command. He will decide whether or not to return for himself, knowing that you cannot catch him

Too independent and strong willed generally to be a candidate for obedience training/work.

Keen and efficient hunter and killer. Cannot be trusted with non-canine pets or livestock of any sort. On occasion been known to accept into the pack a cat that he is brought up with, but all others will be regarded as fair game. Please note - huskies have been known to kill cats, that they have lived happily with for many years, for no obvious reason

Like any dog- must be exercised to keep him fit and contented, but this must be done ON lead.

Can be very destructive, especially when young and/or if left alone for a long time.

Needs a safely enclosed exercise area. Your garden must be fully fenced and secure. Six foot high fencing USUALLY enough. Check neighbours will not object to high fences. Take care he cannot dig his way out beneath it, and do not leave dustbins etc near the fence or he may use them to get over the top. Keep the garden gate locked, otherwise there is a risk that visitors, window cleaners etc may leave them open

Your garden is unlikely to remain neat and tidy with a Sibe, rampaging happily within

He needs correct feeding- breeders will be able to tell you which foods suit Sibes and Mals and which can cause problems

Moults twice a year. The quantity of fur shed can surprise you, especially in spring when the winter coat is replaced by a shorter, thinner summer coat

You need an understanding and experienced veterinary surgeon. Sibes and Mals are sensitive to some drugs, particularly anaesthetics, sedatives and tranquillisers. This is due to their relatively low metabolic rate and lack of body fat. Also the bulk of their fur can lead vets to overestimate their weight and so overdose them. Sibes and Mals should always be weighed accurately beforehand to avoid this

Needs company, either human or canine, and is miserable without it