Thank you for wanting to adopt from Taysia Blue Rescue. We realize how excited you are to find that perfect match and we want our dogs to find great homes as soon as possible. We are an all-volunteer organization and we do not have a facility for you to visit so we appreciate your patience with our process; most of the dog meet and greets that we are able to do will be on weekends. We want you to meet a potential new friend just as quickly as possible.
The Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes you see on the website today may not be available by the time your application is approved and a meet & greet is scheduled. We do consider the order, in which the application was approved, but we also weigh the needs of the dog and which home will be best suited for their temperament.
Please review our guidelines to adopt a Husky or Malamute from Taysia Blue Rescue:
- Applicants must be 19 years of age or older
- We require all applicants to meet the dog they are adopting in person. We will not ship dogs. We are happy to work with applicants who are out of state, but we do ask that you come to one of our volunteer hubs. Please work with your adoption counselor on the details.
- We prefer that resident pets be spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines and current on flea & tick and heart worm preventative.
- Applicants should have the ability to exercise a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute daily and be committed to their enrichment and training.
- Applicants should have the ability to pay our adoption donation (see details below).
- Applicants should be able to maintain yearly veterinary exams, vaccines, heart worm preventative and flea and tick preventative as well as any other medical needs of the Husky or Malamute.
- We prefer that you have a 6' privacy fence, please see our information on fencing and containment below.
- We prefer that all members of the household including other pets and roommates be present during the meeting with the dog.
- If you rent, we like to speak with your landlord and ensure that they are willing to allow a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute in their residence; some insurance companies have restrictions and we want to make sure that the property owner is covered.
- Our Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are indoor house pets and we want to know that they will be a bonded member of your family, not living mostly outside.
- We discourage the use of negative reinforcement training techniques such as shock collars and prong collars. Please talk with your adoption counselor on relationship based training and teaching your dog the behaviors you want to see.
A Word about Fencing & Containment
Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes cannot be trusted off leash and need fenced in yards in an off leash situation. Both breeds are known as escape artists, they will dig under or jump over and run to the horizon.
The mission of Taysia Blue Rescue is to save the lives of these beautiful dogs. Safe containment is one way to ensure that the dogs stay out of shelters and off the streets.
We prefer that applicants have a 6’ privacy or iron fence vs. a chain link which is easy to climb. Chain link fencing or four foot fences are not a barrier to adopt from us, but may limit the dogs available to those we believe can be safely contained. We want to work with you to find a new four legged family member and will do our best while making sure that we are mindful of the safety of the dogs in our care.
Taysia Blue Rescue does not recommend the use of "invisible barrier fences" or underground fencing. This containment method does not work well with Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes. They will endure the short burst of pain in order to indulge in their greatest loves – running or chasing prey. Furthermore, the underground fence options will not protect the dog from outside animals or bad people who may threaten them. Unlike some herding dogs, the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute do not conceptualize boundaries, they need a physical boundary to remind them. Most importantly, we do not promote the use of negative reinforcement in training which includes electric fence containment. Recent studies have shown that dogs tend to be more reactive and, in some cases, more aggressive toward strangers and family members because of anxiety and frustration due to the use of shock collars. To learn more about the science behind why we are so adamant about the use of the electronic training tools, you can read more here: Harmful Effects of Shock Collars
The Application Process
Pet ownership is a serious commitment that the entire household needs to consider and agree to this responsibility before the Husky or Malamute is adopted. We want to ensure that each adoptive household is aware of and willing to accept the physical and financial responsibilities of pet ownership. Please read and thoughtfully consider each question on the application and note that providing false information may result in the forfeiture of any adoption.
After you submit your adoption application, a Taysia Blue volunteer will contact you and your references. Once complete and approved, you will be assigned an adoption counselor who will help you navigate through the process of selecting the best dog for your family all the way through the adoption! We are most interested in which type dog will be a good fit for you and your family and the other pets in your home. Submission of the adoption application does not guarantee that you will be adopting the dog, nor is there any obligation to filling out the application. The application is simply the first step in the adoption process. Please be aware that it will take time and that we will make every effort to complete the process quickly. The number of applications submitted, the responsiveness of the applicant's listed references and the availability of volunteers to schedule the home visit will affect how quickly we are able to meet with you. Generally the process takes less than two weeks.
We will contact your references including your veterinarian. We don't schedule a home visit or meet and greet until we have spoken to all of them. Typically, any delay in the application process centers around references not returning our calls. Please make sure you let them know they will be contacted and encourage them to call us back right away. Approved applications are forwarded to a Taysia Blue volunteer that is in charge of scheduling the appointment for your adoption and home check.
The adoption appointment
A Taysia Blue volunteer Adoption Counselor will contact you to review the dogs currently available and to discuss specifics that you are looking for in your new dog. This helps the volunteer to try and pin point which dogs might be the best candidates to bring to your home. They will take into account ages of kids living in the home, resident dogs, cats, the height and type of your fence, the energy level you are looking for and more. We will come to your home with 1-3 dogs that we feel, based on our discussions with you, might fit well in your family. If we all feel a particular dog is a good match, we can start the adoption process at the time of the home visit.
We hope that your home is the very last stop on the dog's journey and we do all we can to help you and your dog make the transition easier, including providing you with an information packet loaded with tips and phone numbers.
Our quality standard vet care is as follows:
- Spay/Neuter surgery - all dogs in rescue are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
- Heartworm Test - If the heartworm test is negative, the dog is placed on regular heartworm preventative. If the heartworm test is positive, the dog is treated to eradicate the heartworms and then placed on regular heartworm preventative.
- Rabies vaccination
- DHLP vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo)
- Bordatella (kennel cough)
- Flea and tick preventative
- Microchip – All dogs in rescue are micro chipped prior to adoption.
Our adoption donation requirements are as follows:
- Puppies 6 months of age or younger require a minimum donation of $350.
- Dogs over 6 months and under 8 years old require a minimum donation of $300.
- Dogs 8 years and older and special needs dogs require a minimum donation of $250, unless otherwise specified.