Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League


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Initial Inquiry Form


Thank you for your interest in WAMAL and in adopting an Alaskan Malamute.

Our adoption donation is $400 and includes spay/neuter, current immunizations and in some cases a microchip. As $400 rarely covers the money spent for rescue for each Malamute, people are encouraged to donate more if they can. Every nickle donated allows us to save that many more Malamutes in need. It is only through donations that we can manage to fund our rescue work and without these donations we would not be able to save the Washington State Malamutes in need, like the very Malamute(s) you are hoping to adopt from us now by filling out this application!

One of our volunteers will be in touch with you soon regarding your application. Please be patient, we are an all volunteer organization and schedules are sometimes hard to arrange. It may take a few days or more before a volunteer contacts you. If you do not hear from someone within a week, please contact us at: WAMAL@WAMAL.COM.


Once your application has been reviewed we may contact you regarding arrangement of a home visit. In a home visit one of our volunteers comes to your home to discuss your application and how a Malamute would fit into your home and life style. All this takes time to arrange, since both dogs and volunteers are spread out across the state so we ask that you be patient while we work with you through our process.

Only after the home visit is completed do we discuss specific dogs or arrange for you to meet the dogs that are currently available for adoption. Please keep in mind that we do not hold dogs for applicants while they go through the adoption process. We urge you not to set your sights on just one dog, because there may be someone further along in the process interested in that same dog. If that home is determined to be a good match, the dog will be adopted out.

If you are not from WA State, please get in touch with your local rescue representative. WAMAL sometimes assists with adoptions in surrounding states, such as Idaho and Oregon, but much farther than that presents far too many difficulties -- all of which would need to be coordinated by the local rescue representative anyway.

For applicants in Canada, please understand that it is very difficult for us to adopt to you and thus will most likely have to refer you directly to Canadian rescues. There are several reasons for this:
- Our inability to retrieve the dog should the adoption not work out
- The unfairness of depriving a dog in Canada of a loving home because we have sent a Wamal dog to his/her potential adopter
- The additional burden that cross border adoptions place on already overworked and overwhelmed rescue volunteers.

Here is a link to the rescue affiliates in other states http://malamuterescue.org/rescue/listorg.html

In order to best serve you and to ensure a good match between your family and an available dog, please respond to the following questions with as much detail as possible. The more detail and better your application, the easier it is for us and you to match your home to one or more of our available Malamutes in need of a new home..

All information supplied, including email address and phone number(s), will be kept strictly confidential and used only in the course of Malamute Rescue!

Please fill out this application in full. If a question is not applicable to you, use N/A. Submitting an incomplete, false or inaccurate form could result in you being denied the chance to adopt from WAMAL.

If you are under 18 years of age, you cannot sign our adoption contract, only a legal parent or guardian may sign on your behalf.

Field names in red are required.

Date of last update to Adoption Application Form: March 31st, 2013.


Is there a Mal or multiple Mals on our website in which you are interested?

If so, please enter their reference number :   

...and their name(s) :   
Do you want to adopt a male or female?   
Male       Female        Either   

Is this dog intended as a gift?
Yes       No   

If yes, please note that the actual recipient of the dog needs to fill out this entire adoption application.


Title :    

Your Name:    First       Last  
Your Significant Others Name:
Home Street Address:

State:        Zipcode:
Your Tel. number (inc area code):    Home       Cell or Other  
Your E-Mail Address:   
You might ask: Why does WAMAL want my email address?

WAMAL needs a valid email address to send you confirmation of your application as well as to assist you with your search. Email addresses are used solely for Malamute Rescue and are kept in the most strict of confidence. Please provide your email address in a form of:
{Username}@{domainname}.{domain type} Example: foo@foo.com
Please do not paste in a web URL as this will not work.
If you do not have email access, you can enter N/A but please be aware that rescue or adoption might take a lot longer and is far more difficult to arrange as the majority of all communications will be via email as rescue work often occurs at odd hours of the day and night when our volunteers are available.

What days and times would you be available to have a WAMAL representative contact you?


How many humans live in your household and what are their ages:
Number of Adults:  
Number of children:  
Ages of all family members:  
Do grandchildren, nieces/nephews or other children visit?
Yes       No   

If the dog will be around any children, please explain how you will monitor interactions between children and the dog.

Will any roommates or other family members be required to care for the dog?
Yes       No   
Do you live with your parents?
Yes       No   
If yes, are they aware that you want to adopt an Alaskan Malamute?
Yes       No   
If you are a minor, you must have a legal parent or guardian sign our adoption contract on your behalf.
Is everyone else in your household aware of your intention to adopt an Alaskan Malamute?
Yes       No   

Are you employed?
Yes        No        Retired   

Is your spouse employed?
Yes       No       Retired       N/A   
Do you or your spouse work at home?
Yes       No   
How many hours a day will your dog be left alone?

Do you or any of your family members have any pet allergies?
Yes       No   


Do you:
Own       Rent       Other   

Please describe:

If you are renting, does your landlord approve of you having an Alaskan Malamute on the premises?
Yes       No       N/A   
Renters, provide landlord's name/phone number and copy of pet policy.
That can be emailed to wamal@wamal.com or faxed to 866-514-4794.

Is your yard COMPLETELY fenced?
Yes       No   

Fence height and kind of construction and age (complete for all sections):

Does the fence gate lock and is it sturdy enough to resist a large Malamute?
Yes       No   

Height of gate:

Is your property fenced in a way that is escape proof for a malamute?
Yes       No   

Does the fence go completely to the ground?
Yes       No   

Do you have an existing Kennel and/or Dog Run?
Yes       No   

If so, pleae provide details as to the Size and Description of the Kennel and/or Dog Run:

Describe your neighborhood:

How long at current address?


Do you currently have pets or farm animals or does a housemate have any pets or farm animals?
Yes       No   

If there are pets in your household, how many?
Please include all animals including dogs, cats, birds and small animals:
For each animal, please provide the following:
Species, Dominant Breed, Sex, Spayed/Neutered, Age, and if Vaccines are all current?

If you have cats, do you expect the Malamute to interact with them?
Yes       No   
If so, how do you plan to handle introductions?

Do you understand that we require dogs adopted through us to be spayed or neutered?
Yes       No   

Do you understand that Malamutes in general have a strong prey drive and although some may be good with cats, there is no guarantee that they will be dependably so?
Yes       No   

Have you ever had to re-home or give away a pet?
Yes       No   

If Yes, please explain:

How many dogs have you owned?

How long did you have your last dog?

How long ago?

Have you ever owned a rescued dog before?
Yes       No   

Have you ever owned an Alaskan Malamute before?
Yes       No   

Describe the characteristics you are looking for in an Alaskan Malamute:
Why do you want a rescued Alaskan Malamute?

How will you discipline and train your new Alaskan Malamute to deal with undesirable behavior? (Note that this breed can sometimes dig, chew and exhibit other undesirable traits unless properly supervised, exercised, confined and trained.)

Do you have any past experience in dog obedience training?
Yes       No   

If yes, please describe:

Where will the Alaskan Malamute stay during the day?

Where will he/she sleep at night?

How do you intend to exercise the Alaskan Malamute?
Please note that most Malamutes are usually not good candidates for dog parks.

What will you do with the Alaskan Malamute if you have to move?

Do your pets get annual veterinary exams to make sure they are in good health?

Please include any other information that you feel would be helpful in placing the right dog with you:

To help us with our rescue, please tell us, how did you find us or hear about us?
Web search (google, yahoo, other?), Petfinder, 1-800-save-a-pet, Yahoo Classifieds, flyer at a vet or dog park, friend or family memeber, TV, saw us at a special event, referring website (if so, who?), et cetera. Please provide as much detail as possible as it can really help us. Thank-you!

Do you have any objections to a WAMAL representative visiting your home before the adoption so we can make sure your home is secure and safe for one of our dogs?
Yes       No   

If yes, please explain your objection:

Integrating a rescued malamute into your household will not happen instantly and that unless there is a serious problem that cannot be worked through you need to make a commitment of at least a few weeks to allow the new dog to adjust to your home and lifestyle.
Please answer YES to understanding and agreeing to the initial two week trial period:   

The WAMAL staff will be available to answer any questions and to assist you with advice from the benefit of their experience.
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