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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  Randy
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!   The Golden Paws ado...read more about Randy
  Zena
Zena is a lovely lady looking for a retirement home to call her very own.  She was found by good Samaritans and when no one claimed her, she came into rescue.  She was a little timid when she was first rescued, but is settling in well and is described as being a total sweetheart.  Zena is deaf, but that doesn't stop her and she can feel vibrations and see.  She is reported to have some stiffness in her hips and needs soft food since her teeth aren't the best, but hey - it's not that easy getting older!  Despite her age, her favorite part of the day is going for a walk which she LOVES!  She also enjoys spending time outside and will come into the house where she quickly acclimated and doesn't have accidents.  She has been fine around other animals she has been introduced to and may enjoy sharing her home with a laid back male that has a similar energy level.  Zena just really wants a soft place to nap, strolls in the neig...read more about Zena
  Nooka
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
  Elijah
Elijah is a young malamute who still has some growing to do to match his big paws!  This cutie is ready for adventures with his new family and would do well with another dog.  He is a very friendly dog with people and does well with children, though with his energy levels older kids may be best.  As a young pup, Elijah will need continued training, leash work, and lots of exercise to be the best canine companion he can be.  Typical of his age and breed, he is a digger and will escape if given the chance. He takes treats gently and enjoys time with people.  Elijah is a great pup ready to find his furever home!     
  Jasmine
Jasmine is a sweet, lovely young lady looking for her furever home!  As a young adult, she is looking for a home that can give her a lot of exercise and training.  She is great with people and would do well with older children.  She can be protective of her food, particularly with Elijah, the other mal she came into rescue with.  She may do well with another dog as she and Elijah are not a bonded pair; however, she may enjoy being an only dog as well where she can get all of the attention!  She takes treats gently from people.  She is reported to be house trained and is very smart, so training will be very rewarding for both Jasmine and her new family.  She can be an escape artist, so needs secure space.  This sweetie is ready to get all the pets and love!  
  Kai
Kai can best be described as a laid back mal and just an overall happy dog.  He enjoys being around people and has done well with most dogs and animals he has met, so may enjoy having a companion in his new home.  We expect he would be just as happy to be your one true love.  He does well with everyone he has met, including young children.  Kai already knows the commands of "sit," "lay," and "shake" - such a smart boy!  He LOVES affection and enjoys being pet all over - especially belly rubs.  One of his cutest traits is that he likes to answer you when you talk with woo woos.  True to his breed, Kai can be a bit of a puller on leash, so will need some additional work on that.  He is in great in the car, so he can go on adventures with you and keep working on those leash skills (and losing a little extra "fluff!"
  Octavian
Octavian is a Malamute that will thrive in a relaxed environment as he is timid, especially in new situations.  Once he gets to know you, he enjoys being pet and is very treat motivated.  He already knows the commands of sit and can work into a down, and he will also give you his paw.  Octavian will need an adult only home due to his timidness.  He has lived with another dog though, so may enjoy a canine companion in his new home.  This guy enjoys swimming and is ready to join you on all of your outdoor adventures!  He will reward your time and patience with him with a ton of love.     
  Kangamoo
Moo, lovingly nicknamed Kangamoo because he loves to hop through the tall grass, is looking for a soft place to land after a rough time. Moo found himself in a crowded shelter for three months where he was very scared and reacted by growling and trying to protect himself. Fortunately, this young adult malamute found a rescuer and began his epic road trip north to WA. During the trip he enjoyed exploring his hotel rooms and the soft beds! He also started to learn about trusting people again and even started sleeping on the same bed as his rescuer. As he is rebuilding his trust in people, he is starting to enjoy petting and is learning how to earn treats. Moo loves to go out on adventures and is working on his leash skills. He does well in a crate or a cushy bed while he is in his foster home alone. So far he is interested in other dogs, but has kept his distance. With time and patience, Moo is becoming an amazing companion and is ready for his furever home!
  Kyia
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.
  Emmett
We pulled Emmett from one of our partner shelters.  This energetic pup is 2.5 years old and wants to be your best bud! So far, we have found him to be a friendly, goofy and at times pushy boy just shy of 100 pounds. This guy is strong, super smart and will do best in an adult only home. Emmett seems aware of his size and so will need someone who is not only strong in build but in attitude. He will need a calm, consistent, and patient adopter familiar with positive reinforcement training and someone who can meet his energy and mental stimulation needs. He is a typical malamute with a high prey drive so needs a home without small animals. He is good with medium sized dogs and larger. He enjoys playing with toys and is a big strong boy. He can be protective of his food and treats. He loves people and is just a happy pup!  
  Cash
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 current ...read more about Cash
  Rocky
Rocky, a 4.5 year old male, has had a rough beginning and is ready for a fresh start! He arrived in a California shelter as a stray where a kind person rescued him. Unfortunately, he did not do well with the resident dogs in his previous home and needs to find his right furever home as the only pup. Rocky is currently in a foster home and is making great progress with learning how to be a wonderful companion. Rocky was recently diagnosed with low thyroid function and went on meds and an exercise regime. He is now at a healthy normal weight and his thyroid levels are close to normal. He is much more energetic, playful and goofy!  He loves going on adventures to the mountains or the river, is good in the car and on leash. Rocky will need patience and a committed adopter who will continue his well-established training regime. He will reward all your efforts with a lot of love and cuddles and will enjoy leaning in for pets or a snooze in a recliner!   Approved adopters a...read more about Rocky
  Chewy
ADOPTION PENDING If you are in search of the perfect family dog Chewy may just be the boy you have been looking for! At four years old he is ready to join you on your outdoor adventures and then hang out with you inside. He is great with kids and has lived with kids five years old and up. Chewy is described as very sweet and friendly. He is excited to meet new people and is a very good boy and does not jump up though he does like to prance around! Chewy is being rehomed because he has recently developed issues towards another large resident dog. He may do best in a home as the only pup or with a less dominant or small dog. Typical of his breed he is not good with cats. This boy cant wait to find his new home where he can shower you with affection! The adoption fee of $400 includes spay-neuter and all vaccines. Chewy is being lovingly cared for in Oregon while he awaits his new forever home. Important - Please note. This dog is being listed by WAMAL but is residi...read more about Chewy
  Ginny
ADOPTION PENDING Ginny is a very mellow, sweet female, red and white Mal. She’s a big girl weighing in at 100 pounds. Ginny is at that amazing Mal age when she is over the puppy challenges and ready to be your best pup companion! Want to hike or jog? Ginny’s ready! Time to chill? She’s already in snuggle position! She was with her owner for over 6 years but due to changing life circumstances the owner reluctantly surrendered her in order to give her what he felt would be a better life. Ginny is very calm, likes to be petted and run alongside her owner's bike. She may need some leash training though to help with pulling. She is house trained and does well with other dogs and is fine with children and strangers. She has spent a lot of time with an Australian Shepard and they are great together. She may try to escape new areas until she realizes she can’t so a securely fenced backyard is a must. Ginny’s former owner says, “Ginny re...read more about Ginny
  Haddie
ADOPTION PENDING Haddie is a big girl who is ready to fill your home with fluff and love!  This one year old malamute is looking for a new home as her current owners have some health challenges, so made the difficult decision to rehome Haddie.  Her ideal home will ensure she gets a lot of exercise and training to be the best companion she can be.  Haddie has had a great start to life and is already house trained and crate trained though will need some work on leash training.   She does well with all people and has lived with teenagers.  She enjoys being outside in her secure yard doing zoomies and creative landscaping (aka digging).  She likes playing with toys, which is good because she is still in the chewing phase of life.  This girl is go, go, go and likes to follow her people and get attention and love.   
  Koru
My name is Koru! Koru is a beautiful, happy and super sweet Alaskan Malamute/Husky mix. He is around 11 months old, weighs roughly 70 pounds and still has a lot of room to grow! He is looking for an active family and needs to be in a home with another playful dog with a yard to play around in! Koru is young and very active, he will need a family that can get him proper exercise and is familiar of the needs of Malamutes/Huskies. Since he is still a puppy he will need basic obedience and potty training support. Koru loves other dogs, would do fine with respectful kids over 10 and is not tested with cats but due to his breed mix we do not recommend them. Koru requires: -a large fenced yard out of the city -another playful dog his size -large breed experience Koru is UTD on shots, microchipped and neutered. His adoption fee is $550. Koru is located in Edmonds, WA. Please contact Forever Home Dog Rescue by email directly at fhdrwa@gmail.com And here’s a link to t...read more about Koru