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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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NOOKA is a very fun and sweet girl who needs daily exercise to help her release all her malamute energy. For this spry 8-year-old gal exercise is very crucial! She loves walking/hiking with a backpack as it gives her the little extra exercise she needs while on walks and helps her focus. It takes her time to warm up to new people and Nooka seems to favor females. She’s not much of a snuggler, is independent and can be left alone at home for hours without causing any damage. She also loves her crate and sleeps in there all night with no problem. Nooka would do best being the only dog in the house and in an adult only home. As most malamutes do, she has a very high prey drive so no kitties or small furries. Nooka is great at telling you when she needs to go out to the bathroom. Her voice is really beautiful, and she is not afraid to use it. She loves to sing and be heard. Overall, she is a great girl who would be best in a house with people who are highly active and would get her p...read more about NOOKA
RANDY is a big healthy 10-year-old mal looking for his perfect family! Do not let his age fool you--he has the energy of a 2-year-old! This guy is strong, super smart and will do best in an adult only home. Randy loves attention and really adores people. He has great house manners and will not destroy nor chew items, is house trained and knows his commands in both English and German. His best day includes lots of walking, hiking and activity. He rides great in the car, jumps in and out with ease and loves to have the window cracked to stick his head out. Randy enjoys his food but can be reactive if someone tries to take away food wrappers etc. so he needs a committed owner to continue the positive progress he is making in his foster home.  He can get reactive at the sight of other dogs and needs a careful handler while on leash. His foster says that, after some time with her, Randy has grown comfortable enough to show his goofy and playful sides! Check out my Instagram...read more about RANDY
  SILVER (Adoption Pending)
*** Adoption Pending*** SILVER is from a really sad situation where she was left on their own for at least two years at a construction site.  Food and water were not always available, and she sought shelter and shade under a variety of construction vehicles.  Silver came into rescue and was given a thorough vet exam and much needed bath and grooming!  While the volunteers were at first timid about interacting with these "wild" pups, Silver soon won them over!  She is gentle, loves attention and easy to walk on leash.  Very chill and laid back this pup deserves a place to call home where she can be spoiled, and she can get all the love she has missed out on.  She can be uncertain and protective around other dogs so would love to be in a home without other pups and definitely no cats.  She loves kids and seems to actually prefer kids to adults according to our volunteers who brought their children out for dog socialization.  ...read more about SILVER (Adoption Pending)
SADIE is a lovely adult malamute that wants to be your one and only!  She has been well cared for and loved; however, has to find a new home due to an incident with another dog.  Other than needing to be an only pet and careful around other dogs, she really has no other issues.  She walks well on leash and knows a number of commands - and even follows them quite well on leash and about half the time when not on leash.  (The other half of the time off leash she wants to convince us she just didn't hear the commands...oh malamutes!)  On walks, she does well with the 'wait' command, though will pull to get to another dog, so needs someone strong enough to keep her from doing that.  She enjoys pulling carts, which is good, as she needs exercise to lose a little extra 'fluff'.  This friendly girl loves people and has spent time with older children that she did very well with.  Sadie enjoys attention and getting pets and b...read more about SADIE
MS. HANNAH is our picture perfect Diva! She is a strong-willed Alaskan Malamute mix with one of the cutest fuzzy faces around. Being a true example to the breed Hannah likes to test her limits occasionally. As such she will require an adopter who has a good understand of pack rules and a loving yet firm hand during training. Hannah loves a long hike as much as a Netflix and chill night on the couch. Her favorite snack is cheese curds. So if you have access to Beechers Handmade Cheese she would like to meet you immediately. Hannah loves being with her humans and so if she is left for long periods of time may try to escape to find the company of another person to spoil her. Hannah needs an escape proof home environment (Fort Knox like since she is a master at creative escapes). She is a bit cool towards other dogs and would prefer to be your one and only in true Diva fashion. Cats and young children are probably not a good mix for this girl.  Hannah is being lovingly cared for...read more about MS. HANNAH
CASH is ready to live the good life after winding up in a crowded CA shelter and spending some time on death row. This special 4-year-old male loves people and is ready to go on adventures! Cash will need an experienced adopter who has dealt with resource guarding behavior and who can be attentive to his known triggers and how to manage him around food and toys. He is a smart pup and knows sit, down, touch, stay, come and shake already and will enjoy learning new tricks with his new owner. Regular exercise will be an important key to satisfying Cash’s energy and mental stimulation needs. A home with no cats, young kids or other dogs would be the best for him. Cash is good with other dogs but his resource guarding needs would require his new home to give him their undivided attention to help him be a good family member. Cash is currently in the Seattle area and the option of several supervised visits prior to adoption, along with in-home training sessions from his cu...read more about CASH
KYIA is looking for a malamute experienced adult-only home. This special malamute is believed to have had a previous owner that may have been abusive and is very cautious about people coming into her home. The WAMAL volunteer that met her met in a park and was able to walk Kyia. She is picky with her dog friends and may be best as an only dog. She is a known food thief and has been known to open microwaves and toaster ovens - smart girl! Despite these challenges she is a lovely malamute that will do well with consistent training and exercise. At five years young she has lots of energy and is ready to go on adventures! She comes house and crate trained. The adoption fee of $400 includes spay-neuter and all vaccines.
KANGA wants to be your adventure buddy! This fit active boy loves going places and being out in public--outdoor restaurants, walks, hikes—and adores his car rides!  Kanga, once he knows you, loves giving licks and kisses and is super affectionate…you just need to let him initiate in the early days while he is building trust.  This pup has had a challenging past and he just needs to know you can be count on to pay attention to his physical cues when he’s feeling overwhelmed or unsure. Kanga has no issue being left alone for 3-4 hours and is happy to sleep in your bed or anywhere as long as he can be close to you. Kanga won’t do well in an apartment setting with cramped stairways or elevators, so we are looking for a home setting for him with a secure yard. As far as other dogs, Kanga can be choosy so we are looking for a home where he can be Fuzzball King of the Castle!  Definitely NO cats and young kids are iffy too.  Dog savvy teen...read more about KANGA
SPIKE is a young adult malamute mix that was struggling in the shelter environment after his owner needed to rehome him.  The shelter got in touch with WAMAL and he is now ready for his forever home.  In the home environment, Spike was described as being playful and enjoyed leaning in for pets.  He spent most of his time outdoors and got along with all family members.  When he first arrived at the shelter, he did well with the vet staff and was friendly until he was to be re-kenneled, which he tried his best to avoid!  We expect his behavior was primarily driven by his confusion in the environment and believe he will settle back into a home environment.  We will continue to assess him around other dogs and he may enjoy a canine companion in his new home.  Spike is ready for a savvy owner to take him on adventures and welcome him into his new family!  Check out my foster Instagram @spiketakesahike
BETTY is a big red-headed beauty that absolutely loves attention!  As soon as you start petting her, she leans in and rolls down your legs to get on her back to ensure she gets that belly rubbed!  She is well-mannered and walks well on leash, which is good since she weighs 100 pounds!  She knows some commands including sit/stay, shake, and down and will happily do them until she is on a leash - then it is all about her exploring and walking.  She will enjoy short regular walks to build up her stamina.  She was uninterested in a couple other dogs introduced to her, even when they were sniffing and trying to engage.  With that she may do well with another dog in the home, but would likely not mind being your one and only!  Betty came into a local shelter as a stray so we don't know a lot about her but we do know she is gentle, sweet, happy, and is deserving of a home of her very own where she can be pampered! 
STORMI is a young malamute that is looking for a home where she can run and play and play and run!  She is still a pup and - as to be expected - is full of energy and excitement!  She is very friendly and exuberant.  In her first home she had some challenging experiences, which we believe is a contributing factor for some of her anxiety so may enjoy a home with another dog.  With her age, many things are still new and she will do well bonding with her new family with training for commands and leash walking.  She is already learning her commands and knows 'come', 'sit', and 'leave it' and is learning others as well!  She loves people and attention and will do well with a strong, calm, and gentle pack leader.  She loves her toys and her cushy bed and is ready for her forever home.  Stormi would do best in an active home with adults and possibly older children where she can bond with their pack over some outdoor adventures an...read more about STORMI
LEO is a younger malamute filled with energy and joy for life, ready to roll right over for tummy rubs!  In fact, our WAMAL volunteer described him as 'all over the place, so happy, goofy, playful.'  He can start off a little shy, but opens up and is very friendly with people and does well with dogs of his energy level and general size.  In fact, he would love to have another dog pal!  He enjoys playing with other dogs and getting out his boundless energy.  Leo knows some basic commands including 'come', 'sit', 'leave it', and 'stay' (when he is not too excited!) and will enjoy learning more in his new home.  He needs to work on his leash skills.  He is house trained and happily sleeps in his crate at night.  His foster home reports he 'seems to want to pretty much always be with us and the dogs as a group.'  As expected with his breed, Leo does not do well with small critters so needs to kept ...read more about LEO
THOR LOVES attention and is friendly and confident when meeting people! He would really enjoy joining a new home where he can get lots of attention and be your adventure buddy!  Thor is a smart boy that already knows some commands, including "sit," "down," and "shake" along with the command of "stay...no way!" He does better with his commands if you have a high value treat in hand (not surprisingly!). He has lived with another dog and may enjoy another dog buddy in his new home, though will need to be watched around bones and antlers as he has shown some guarding tendencies. He is crate trained and does well at the vet office and with the groomers. True to his breed, he needs a lot of activity and secure containment (he has been known to try to get out of windows and doors). He loves car rides and is playful and active, so will make getting to adventures fun and easy! He also particularly enjoys Pupuccinos!   
SLASH has had quite a journey to WAMAL---after having escaped from a dog sitter in Texas until he was eventually located by his owners after 13 months when they saw him posted online as a stray.  His owners were able to get him to safety and to Washington; however, a significant number of changes in their life and environment were not conducive to Slash being able to live his best life. This redheaded gentleman is looking for a home where he can go on outdoor adventures and be with people. Slash does well with other large female dogs, so would be great for a home with another dog that enjoys playing and hanging out. Despite being lost for a period of time, it has not seemed to affect Slash much--he LOVES people, and even does well with the groomer and vets!  From his adventures he does need to gain a little weight; however, that will just make training with treats more fun! He already knows the commands of "sit," "down," and "paw" and w...read more about SLASH
KOA Who's a good boy?  Koa's a good boy...suuuuuuuch a good boy!!  This pup will do best in a home of his own where he can get a lot of activity and attention.  He loves people and especially getting belly and ear rubs.  He walks great on leash and does very well in the car, so will be a joy to hike with!  He knows 'sit', 'down', and is very receptive to voice, even coming when called.  This polite boy will also give you his paw for a shake!  With all that intelligence there has to be a little malamute mischief and here it is...he can open doors!  So typical of his breed, he will need a secure space and activity so he doesn't get bored and decide to take himself for a walk.  That challenge is easily overcome by ensuring he is exercised and engaged - which will be super easy with his personality - I mean who wouldn't want to pay him all the attention?  As one of our volunteers aptly put it, Koa is 're...read more about KOA
OREO is a sweet cookie that is looking for - and really deserves - his forever home. This pup has been through a lot, coming into rescue with an injury, untreated bladder infection, and underweight after having been essentially rescued by a good Samaritan from a life living in a parking lot sleeping under cars. He is well on his way to a full recovery and this experience has not daunted his malamute spirit at all! He is adaptable and a big, strong malamute that would love to be part of a pack of his very own. He is friendly to people, curious, and already knows the command of "sit."  He does really well in cars, taking the opportunity to chill and even nap.  He will need some help with his leash training, which is not surprising based on his history as he has likely not had a lot of experience. He enjoys attention and being pet and we are confident he will really enjoy learning about the finer things in life - like indoor snuggles and lots of adventures! &...read more about OREO
  ICICLE (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING.  ICICLE is residing with Genny so for more info please contact her directly: gennybreon@gmail.com 515-227-9092 Icicle is a 5 ½ year old male Mal/Husky mix. He is black, white and grey in coat color and has one blue and one brown eye. Icy currently weighs in at 74 pounds.  Icicle, who is recovering from dual TPLO surgery is currently residing with his foster family who became his legal owner when the rescue they were fostering him for refused to get him the follow up medical attention he needed.  The foster/owner family cannot keep him because they have other dogs and Icicle wants to be an only dog. Genny shares: “Icicle is loving and sweet, handsome and smart, but he’s an only child kind of pup. We don’t know much about his past other than he was abused by his “owner”.  He’s very shy in the beginning when he first sees people, but with women he warms up really...read more about ICICLE (Courtesy Listing)
  KONA (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING Meet KONA and BOWIE, bonded pair!  If you would like to learn more about them please contact fhdrwa!@gmail.com. Kona and Bowie are a bonded father/son pair from Ocean Park, WA. Their owners had to suddenly leave the country. Kona is a Malamute and the dad. He is about 5 years old, 80 lbs, and has hazel eyes. Kona is quite timid at first, but once you gain his trust, he is very friendly and loving. He loves to lean in and sit by your side. He cares greatly for his son and will look for him if he can't see him. Once he knows his son is safe, he'll act with more confidence. Bowie is his 3 year old son, also about 80 lbs. His distinctive looks are from his mother, who is a Pitbull. He has one blue eye and one hazel eye. They can be picky about their dog friends, but are generally quite playful and calm. They have been outdoor dogs their entire lives. They have a high prey drive and have not been around cats or kids. They must be adop...read more about KONA (Courtesy Listing)
  BOWIE (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING Meet KONA and BOWIE, bonded pair!  If you would like to learn more about them please contact fhdrwa!@gmail.com. Kona and Bowie are a bonded father/son pair from Ocean Park, WA. Their owners had to suddenly leave the country. Kona is a Malamute and the dad. He is about 5 years old, 80 lbs, and has hazel eyes. Kona is quite timid at first, but once you gain his trust, he is very friendly and loving. He loves to lean in and sit by your side. He cares greatly for his son and will look for him if he can't see him. Once he knows his son is safe, he'll act with more confidence. Bowie is his 3 year old son, also about 80 lbs. His distinctive looks are from his mother, who is a Pitbull. He has one blue eye and one hazel eye. They can be picky about their dog friends, but are generally quite playful and calm. They have been outdoor dogs their entire lives. They have a high prey drive and have not been around cats or kids. They must be adopted togeth...read more about BOWIE (Courtesy Listing)