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Retired Sled Dogs for Adoption
Outdoor Adventures is working with a rescue group to rehome unwanted pups

Earlier this year, dog lovers were shocked to learn that Outdoor Adventures in Whistler slaughtered 100 sled dogs due to a downturn in the economy. When Lisa Wogan covered the story, she wrote that inhumane treatment of sled dogs isn’t as uncommon as we might like to think. 


With all of the bad press that came out of the mass euthanasia, Outdoor Adventures is now looking for foster or adoptive homes for 35 dogs that they are retiring. If you can help, contact Paula at the Whistler Animal Shelter: pdelbosco@whistlerwag.com or 604-935-8364.
It’s important that people only respond with offers to help and refrain from attacking Outdoor Adventures. Sled dog advocates want to encourage more companies to work with rescue groups to adopt out unwanted dogs.

What happened earlier this year was a tragedy, but thankfully Outdoor Adventures has learned to be more humane in how they treat their retiring dogs, whether they were forced to or not. Given the media attention that this tragedy has garnered, I hope that treatment of sled dogs will improve and that more companies will follow Outdoor Adventures’ example.


JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by Michelle | April 15 2011 |

I wish these dogs the best of luck! Seems they have eluded a horrible fate, they all deserve a good home!

I also work in the dog sledding industry and we either find homes for our retirees, or we keep them and let them become "sheriffs" (off leash to socialize). I personally have adopted and have had friends adopt retired sled dogs, and they are certainly ready to be pampered and sleep on the dog bed! They make fantastic and beautiful pets for the remainder of their joyful lives.

If you are considering adopting one, please do. You will not regret it.

Submitted by BOBBIE | December 31 2012 |

Hello Michelle,

I adopted (rescued)a 2 yr old sled dog. He is living the life of luxory with another lab/shepard. I was wondering if you could advise me on what food you feed your dog. Mine has a lot of itching and I am trying to figure out what he may be allergic to. I am currently using Kirkland Natural with salmon and potatoe. He has seen a vet but didnt see anything major so I am checking his food. So far it has been 4 weeks and itching has not decreased. Stays the same. I realize you are not a vet but thought you might have a bit of advice for me. Thanks. Bobbie

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