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Welcome to WAMAL

Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) was formed in 1998 by Cindy Neely to help with Malamute Rescue in Washington State and since then has expanded into Oregon.  WAMAL rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes Malamutes (or Mal-enough-a-mutes!) who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without a home or in need of a new home.

Serving the greater Northwest we are also part of a national rescue network, AMAL, that covers other areas of the US. WAMAL provides hope to families that must rehome their malamutes when life has taken a sharp detour; training support to those families desperately working to keep their 4-legged family members; works with shelters and takes into rescue strays and those pups needing an extra level of thoroughness in the adoption process; and, actively recruits adopters and foster homes.

We are a 100% volunteer run, 501c.3 non-profit organization that is celebrating over 20 years!  Our volunteers come from all walks of life and locations and WAMAL is only able to do what we do because of this generous and dedicated team of volunteers.  They truly make it possible to save the lives of this gentle, stubborn, and loving working breed. WAMAL has rescued many hundreds of malamutes to date and each holds a place in our hearts.



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  KENAI
KENAI is a distinguished older gentleman...well until you mention a walk - then he will sing his excitement!  This is just one of the adorable traits you will receive in this big fluffy package who is described as kind, awesome, and loving!  He knows 'sit', 'come', 'lay down', 'roll over', 'play dead', 'down', and 'no bark' - and listens to them!  Kenai is also a great car passenger, and would love to be your copilot on the way to walks and hikes.  He currently gets four walks a day, which is good to keep him in shape and up-to-date on the neighborhood 'peemail'.  He also enjoys spending time outside in the yard, playing catch, tug-o-war, and even a little soccer match before lounging in the shade.  Kenai's current owners report he needs to sit for a few minutes after eating and drinking to ensure everything goes down okay.  That is basically his only challenge.  He is good in th...read more about KENAI
  KAIN
KAIN Wanted: Super cushy bed!  It would be great if the bed came with the accessories of a loving family and a calm environment too!  Kain is a senior mal that has unfortunately experienced some major changes in his home that makes it best for him to find a new place for his retirement years.  Kain is a very good boy; however, he does need someone who is patient and understands he doesn't like being startled (I mean who does?)  The best home for him will be with adults and may do well with another dog of similar energy levels with proper introductions.  He walks well on leash, which will be good to help him lose a little extra (ahem) fluff.  He is very smart and knows a number of commands.  He can be a little excitable, so may need to be reminded of those commands on occasion.  True to his breed, he has a strong prey drive so no small critters.  Kain is ready to join his new family with some walks, hangin...read more about KAIN
  KANGA
KANGA  is ~4 year old, 85 pound malamute. He thrives on adventure and would love an active adopter who will take him on adventures and give him plenty of play time! Kanga is a loyal guy and will be a great companion for someone. He also LOVES the snow! His number one favorite activity (even more than walks and treats!) is going for car rides! He loves feeling the wind in his face through an open window (car surfing). Kanga is incredibly observant and curious.   Kanga’s comfort with people has grown significantly while in rescue. He does need a little time to build trust, but eventually he will follow you around and give you kisses! He is also quite affectionate and loyal to those he bonds with.   Kanga has excellent house manners and is happy to chill on his bed or lay beside you as you work. He has basic training and knows: sit, down, come, get it, stay, and release and is ready for the next level of training. He is very treat motivated and respond...read more about KANGA
  SPIKE
SPIKE will do anything with and for you as long as he trusts you! Spike knows basic commands, walks nicely, and will let you brush anywhere. Timid at first, he will lean in for pets and will woo, leap, and twirl when he’s excited. He is very smart and extremely food motivated, so you can teach him pretty much anything. We have been working on ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ to teach him not to push through the door since he doesn’t like to be left behind. Spike will play fetch with you, bringing the toy right to your hands sometimes. His favorite past time is sleeping and gnawing on bones. There have been a couple of times that he has guarded a bone (it was a rawhide that had broken off) and a rat that he had caught, but I never worried that he would bite me. He will warn you if he is not comfortable with you getting too close or guarding something (only twice in the time he has been with us), so you have to be able to read h...read more about SPIKE
  ICICLE
My name is ICICLE and I've come a long way baby!  Icicle, or Icy for short, has thrived over the past year in his foster home recovering from an abusive owner and multiple knee surgeries.  Physically he is all healed up and emotionally he is doing so much better!  Icy has been set-up for success in his awesome foster home and is now ready - and so deserving - of a home of his very own!  His foster family said it best: "Icicle just needs someone that will love him, be patient while he adapts and understands he’s in his new furever home."  With that patience and love you will get a TON in return!  Icy warms up pretty quickly to new people now and loves belly rubs and attention!  He gives thank you kisses when he gets his food and is just so thankful to be safe!  He is house trained, crate trained, and knows basic commands of 'sit', 'down', 'no' and, 'come' and also knows hand signals for '...read more about ICICLE
  DIAMOND
DIAMOND wants to live up to her name and be a girl's best friend!  This young mal mix has been bounced around quite a bit already and is craving the security of knowing she has a forever family and home.  She is cared for in her current home; however health issues of her owner require her to need a new soft spot to land.  She would do best with a female owner, though  does also warm up to males in time.  Right now strangers and being left alone are, understandably, a little scary for her; however, you can tell she really wants to get to know people and bond.  She took treats gently from our volunteer and sat prettily for them and followed the command of 'down' as well.  We have also been told she knows 'sit', 'lay', 'down', 'paw', and 'speak' so training with additional commands will be a fun activity with her new family to bond!  While Diamond does have a couple challenges to work through,...read more about DIAMOND
  HAKU
HAKU was a return visitor to one of our amazing shelter partners and this most recent time his owners did not claim him, allowing the shelter to reach out to WAMAL to get him into an amazing furever home!  He is underweight and was stressed in the shelter environment, though still did well with the staff.  Haku would do best in a malamute experienced home and may do well with a canine companion.  Once he settles in we expect he will be a wonderful companion, and even allowed our transporter to hold his paw while he rode shotgun!  He walks well on leash and enjoyed laying down in the play yard and rubbing his body all over the grass!  He is described by one of our volunteers as 'a really cool guy' and we could not agree more!  Haku enjoys treats and will sit for them (though he tries to protest with barking!) but then will sit and gladly gulps it down!  It is good to see he is treat motivated as it will help him get back up to a healthy we...read more about HAKU
  BEAU
BEAU wants to be your shadow and join you on every adventure and be your constant companion at home!  This is both because Beau enjoys attention and also because he really struggles with anxiety if left alone.  This is very understandable as he has moved from home to home, with one of his previous homes neglecting him.  In fact, his current home kindly took him in after a neighbor found him running loose with a collar that eventually had to be pried off with pliers with multiple infections and being underweight.  This family loves him and has done wonders for him in the time they have had him, unfortunately they aren't allowed to make changes needed to make the area secure enough for Beau and aren't able to be his forever home.  They have started to set him up for success in his forever home by working through house training, house manners, and commands.  He has done really well with his learning with the exception of not mastering catching the ten...read more about BEAU
  GRIZZ
GRIZZ is a distinguished older gentleman that is the perfect energy level to join you on walks, hikes, and backyard BBQs!  True to malamute form, he has plenty of energy and - unlike most malamutes - enjoys a great game of fetch and he will actually bring the ball back to you!  (Whaaaaaat??!!)  Along with fetch, he also knows 'sit' and 'stay' and is just an all around well-behaved pup.  Grizz LOVES people and enjoys attention and meeting new people - like his new family!  He has done well with meeting some other dogs and is curious and friendly, so may enjoy a canine companion and he is also good being an only dog for all the attention.  Grizz has been an outdoor dog his whole life, occasionally being allowed inside during inclement weather where he would lay on his designated rug.  We think he would enjoy being indoors with his new family, though will need patience while he learns to be an indoor dog.  As smart as he is...read more about GRIZZ
  DANIEL
Daniel has had a bit of a rough start in life but has that malamute strength of character and is ready to bounce back!  While he was a little shy in the shelter environment that didn't stop him from taking treats (nom nom!).  It appears he knows the command of 'sit' and will enjoy learning new commands as a way to bond with his new family...and get more treats!  He enjoys being pet and is described as a nice boy.  He can be vocal, particularly when food is involved.  He has done well with other dogs, particularly females, and may enjoy a female companion in his new home with a similar energy level.  Daniel is ready to enjoy a cushy bed and lots of adventures! 
  EDDIE
EDDIE is a loveable bundle of fluff and is a BIG boy!  Like a really big boy who needs to lose quite a bit of weight.  (I mean a lot of us can relate right?)  The great news is that walking and playing are two of the best parts of owning a dog and he will enjoy joining you on your adventures!  He is described as sweet and we couldn't agree more!  He has done well with female canine companions in the past, so would likely enjoy a new furry friend in his new home.  Eddie deserves to live a cushy life.  He enjoys being pet and would love to learn what it is like to be a beloved furry family member.  
  SHELBY
Little Miss Shelby is a sweetheart with a big smile and a nonstop tail wag!  Based on her size, we expect she is a malamute and husky mix, bringing the best of both breeds.  She enjoyed engaging with our volunteer, and is a happy girl ready to experience life as a beloved furry family member!  She is food motivated which will help when teaching her new commands and tricks.  Shelby moves well, is good on leash, and will enjoy joining you on all of your outdoor adventures.  Shelby would love for you to open up your home to her and she promises to not steal the couch...well, at least not the whole couch!
  AXEL
AXEL is a big lovebug looking for his furever home!  He quickly engaged with our volunteer when he was visited in the shelter and loved the attention.  He is described as a very nice boy and quite friendly.  He has that typical malamute strength so will need to have some leash refresher work to not pull.  Also typical to the breed, he is food motivated and is happy to sit on command for a treat (and occasionally forget himself and jump up for one!).  He has lived with other dogs and may enjoy a female furry companion in his new home.  Axel will make a great companion!
  YUKON
YUKON is in search of his perfect retirement home!  This senior has a ton of love to give and would enjoy being a part of your family.  He enjoys people and greets them with a wagging tail and a big smile.  He does well with children (especially when he gets extra snacks they throw onto the floor!).  He has also done well with dogs and plays nicely with them, so may enjoy having a caine companion in his new home.  He is great on car rides and will enjoy joining you on walks.  Yukon knows 'sit', 'lay down', and 'shake' and is also house trained.  He also loves to chase toys - so cute!  This gentle giant would truly thrive in almost any environment and just wants to be a part of your world.  Yukon is described as practically perfect in every way and we could not agree more! 
  WILLOW
WILLOW is a beautiful malamute that is looking for a home familiar with malamutes and their unique characteristics!  Super smart, she is house trained, does well in the car, and knows a bunch of commands including 'sit', 'stay', 'down', 'paw', and 'no'.  Typical of the breed she does not prefer being told 'no' (we feel you Willow!) and will woo at you to let you know it.  Also typical of the breed she is picky about other dogs and is not interested in sharing her new home with them.  She needs more exercise than she has been getting recently and needs to lose some weight; so working on leash skills and going on adventures will be a priority for her new family.  As smart as she is, we expect she will pick up those skills quickly!  Another fun exercise activity for her is running around the yard playing with her stuffed toys.  When our evaluator met Willow she immediately rolled over for belly rubs and can...read more about WILLOW
  CHIEF
CHIEF If you are looking for a dog to fill your heart and home, Chief may be just the guy for you!  At 130 pounds of fluff and stuff he is a great dog that loves spending time with his people.  Chief is looking for a home where he can be your only furry family member (the better to get more attention!) and does have that typical malamute prey drive.  He adores people and will do best with older kids and adults as he can easily knock over little ones due to his size.  Chief is the perfect energy level and will be happy to be your copilot on the way to walks, hikes, and camping as he works to lose a few pounds.  Chief is a smart boy and is housetrained, knows a number of commands including 'sit', 'down', 'shake', and 'bed', and also does well on leash.  When meeting our evaluator, Chief approached with a wagging tail, ready to say 'hi' and even showed off his tricks!  He can't wait to do the same with his...read more about CHIEF
  KONA (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING KONA is a sweet, gentle and loving Malamute mix, he is around 5-6 years old and weighs 80lbs. He is ready to find his forever home! Kona is a well mannered, mellow and sweet dog who is happy to just be where his people are. Kona can be more shy at first and takes a little bit of time warming up to new people and feeling comfortable in new situations. Once he knows you, he is so loving and sweet as can be! He enjoys walks and walks well on leash. He does get a little more confidence with other dogs around to show him things are 'safe', so he would do well with another dog in the home. He would love to live in a quiet area with a fenced yard for him to lounge and roam. He is not a busy city dog. He is not tested with cats. Kids over 8. Kona is neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Also, Kona’s Son is Bowie so please check out Bowie too on their website. Kona is being lovingly cared for at Forever Home Dog Rescue. For more info and ...read more about KONA (Courtesy Listing)
  BOWIE (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING BOWIE is a sweet and happy Malamute/Husky/Pit Mix, he is a little under 3 years old and weighs 90lbs. He is ready to find his forever home! Bowie is well mannered, fairly mellow after he gets a good walk or playtime in and enjoys being with his people. He is happy to go where his people go, he likes to be outside and would love to tag along for camping adventures! Since he is very large he would not make the best long or rigorous hike partner, but loves trails. Bowie is happy to lounge with you after his daily activity. Bowie is good with other dogs. He would love to have a fenced backyard to lounge and play in. He’s not tested with cats. Kids over 8. Bowie is neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Also, Bowies’ Dad is Kona so please check Kona out too on their website.   Bowie is being lovingly cared for at Forever Home Dog Rescue. For more info and to meet Bowie please contact them directly at fhdrwa@gmail.com &nbs...read more about BOWIE (Courtesy Listing)
  MAX (Courtesy Listing)
Courtesy Listing My name is Max! Max is a 7-year-old Alaskan Malamute/German Shepard/Lab mix. Max has bounced around a couple of homes due to some behavioral issues but with the right family that is dedicated to him and his training, he is a wonderful dog! Max will resource guard and is protective over his food, toys, and his person. His previous family claims he began this behavior after getting attacked at the dog park at the age of 2. The majority of the time he is a great dog with no issues, but he will need a family that is experienced and can work with him in the areas he has some issues. He is up to date on all shots, neutered, potty trained, crate trained, and walks well on leash unless he sees a bunny, squirrel, or another dog. Since Max can be protective of his person, Max needs a single owner home or a home with two very experienced and committed owners as he will likely end up bonding with and being protective of one of the owners. We will not place him in a hom...read more about MAX (Courtesy Listing)
  THOR (Courtesy Listing)
*COURTESY LISTING** Hello, my name is THOR! I am an 8 year old, 75 pound Malamute/Husky mix that is seeking my furever home! I have been described as the most handsome, sweetest boy!  I arrived as a neglected stray, who was covered in mats and had a nasty ear infection. The kind shelter staff started medical treatment right away while waiting for my owner to reclaim me. Sadly, they never located my owner but I am in good hands at Homeward Bound Pets and feeling so much better after all of those mats were removed!!! Once I realized I could move without pain, I began running and rolling in the field, snorting, rubbing my back, kicking grass up, and well - just having a great time!! I am surrounded by love, a large field and pool to play in during these hot summer days. I have been told I am amazing and so loving, and I would have to agree. I love to play, getting treats (yum!), and I just want to be with my people. After I arrived, the shelter found out that I lived ...read more about THOR (Courtesy Listing)
  BALTO (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about Balto please contact  Forever Home Dog Rescue fhdrwa@gmail.com My name is Balto ! My Story Balto is a sweet, playful and loving 2 year old, Malamute/Shepherd mix who is looking for his forever home! Balto is super friendly and happy and loves to play around outside with his people! He is a leaner and loves pets and attention too. Balto walks well on leash but can get excited and pull at times. He is large, around 75-80lbs and will needs owners who can handle his size and strength. Balto does good with other dogs and came from a home where he lived with two other large dogs. No cats or small animals for him. He would do well with another large laid back dog in the home. And he would make a great adventure buddy! Balto is UTD on shots, neutered and microchipped. His adoption fee is $500. Lovingly cared for by Forever Home Dog Rescue   Web Link to Balto:   https://ado...read more about BALTO (Courtesy Listing)
  PREACHER (Courtesy Listing)
Courtesy Post My name is Preacher! My Story Preacher is a 2-year-old Malamute mix. He weighs in around 85lbs and is ready for his Forever home! Preacher aka 'Preach' loves to play with other dogs, run/lounge in the yard, snuggle and go for 2 - 3 mile walks. Preacher loves to go to work with his foster mom in the Seattle/Bellevue area 4 days a week and does great in an office environment and meeting new dogs and people. He sleeps most of the day and when not sleeping, will play quietly with his toys. Preacher is a leaner and loves attention but also appreciates his quiet moments lounging in the yard. Preacher walks well on leash but is very strong and may pull when he sees a squirrel. Preacher is potty trained but struggles in confined spaces therefore he is not kennel trained. No cats. Preacher is neutered, UTD on his shots and micro-chipped. His adoption fee is $500. Lovingly cared for by Forever Home Dog Rescue   Web Link to Preacher: &nb...read more about PREACHER (Courtesy Listing)
  NIKO (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about Niko please contact  Forever Home Dog Rescue fhdrwa@gmail.com My name is Niko ! My Story Say hi to Niko! This sweet Alaskan Malamute has had a rough past and is ready to move forward with his loving forever home. Niko is around 3 years old and currently weighs around 50lbs, but is very underweight and is working on getting to a healthy weight. Niko was a stray dog in Mexico, which is a tough place for a Malamute to be a stray! He recently joined us and is now looking for his forever home. Niko is an awesome dog but does have some issues that will require the right home, training and experience. Niko is currently in a foster home with 4 other dogs. He has started to show resource guarding (with food, toys, etc), which is no surprise as he is used to competing for his food and resources as a stray. So he is currently being kept separate, and having supervised increments of socialization with the dogs on ...read more about NIKO (Courtesy Listing)
  DEKOTA (Adoption Pending)
***Adoption Pending*** DEKOTA came to us from a challenging living situation.  She had recently given birth but was surrendered, suffering from several health conditions.  Dekota is almost 1 ½ years old and weighs in currently at about 90 pounds, is thin and lithe, standing tall on long legs.  She has been under the care of a wonderful foster and has been nursed back to health! Dekota is super gentle but also very shy with humans. She is far more comfortable around dogs and so we will be looking to place her in a home with another medium or large well-behaved dog or two.  Currently she is best buds and a playful companion with her foster brother and she watches him for behavior cues around humans. Dekota is sweet, happy, playful and energetic with no guarding issues nor aggression. Dekota needs an adopter who has an abundance of patience and understanding of her fear and shyness. She needs time and a calm environment without a lot of c...read more about DEKOTA (Adoption Pending)
  GOOSE (Adoption Pending)
***Adoption Pending*** GOOSE is an adorable redhead pup that would love to join your pack!  For a younger mal, he is fairly mellow but still enjoys playing and will love going on walks.  He is described as a very good, happy dog - what more could you want?  He has mastered the command of 'sit' and is ready to learn more.  He is working on walking on leash.  He has grown up so far outside, so will enjoy learning about being inside and hanging out on a cushy bed.  He takes treats gently.  Goose came into rescue with his brother Maverick and while they get along well, they do not have to be adopted out as a pair.  If you want a ready-made pack, these two could be a great fit and are described as angels !  Goose can also go to a home with another dog companion or where he can spend time with other dogs.  Goose would love to join your pack! 
  MAVERICK (Adoption Pending)
***Adoption Pending*** MAVERICK is here to say Tom Cruise doesn't have anything on him!  This mal pup is quite a looker and is ready to add some hunk to your home!  Maverick is very friendly and enjoys people.  He has already learned the command of 'sit' and will enjoy learning new commands in his new home.  He walks pretty well on leash (though sometimes does the puppy chew on it) and has done well on the couple car rides he has been on.  He will enjoy going with you to explore the neighborhood and further out adventures as he is an energetic and playful pup.  He has not spent time indoors, so we expect he will quickly learn to enjoy cushy beds!  Maverick came into rescue with his brother Goose and while they get along well, they do not have to be adopted out as a pair.  If you want a ready-made pack, these two could be a great fit and are described as angels!  Maverick can also go to a home with another dog companion or wher...read more about MAVERICK (Adoption Pending)
  SINBAD (Adoption Pending)
***Adoption Pending*** SINBAD is seeking an active home where he can join you on all of your outdoor adventures and then hang out inside to relax and watch a movie with you!  His favorites are Eight Below, Snow Dogs, and of course, Snow Buddies.  Like his favorite movie stars, Sinbad is a typical northern breed that needs a secure yard and lots of exercise or he will get himself into trouble!  Case in point, Sinbad is what we would call a 'frequent flyer' in local animal shelters due to escaping his yard.  While we don't know what containment his previous home had, we do know it is important that he has a secure space since it is clear he enjoys exploring.  This will be great in his new home where he can explore in a more controlled (leashed) environment.  Sinbad has a joy for life and loves people and getting attention.  He knows the command of 'sit' and is attentive and eager to please, so we expect training wil...read more about SINBAD (Adoption Pending)
  LULU (Adoption Pending)
***Adoption Pending*** Lovely LULU is in search of her very own furever home!  Described as a sweet dog, Lulu loves being with her people and will do best in a home where she is not left alone for extended periods of time.  This is especially important as she is getting to know her new family as she can be a little shy until she gets to know you.  Once she does though, prepare yourself for giving lots of ear and neck scratches!  True to her breed, Lulu needs a secure yard to keep her safe.  Fortunately she has a normal activity level and is calm when hanging out with her people, so with daily walks and hikes she will do well.  Lulu has had positive experiences with other dogs she has met, so may enjoy a canine companion in her new home or will be fine as your one and only too!  Lulu is at a great age and energy level to join almost any family where she can be with her people!