New Larger Facility
The Sled Dog Sanctuary began modestly in 2002 on two acres of spruce forest just outside the city limits of North Pole, Alaska. North Pole is a quiet little town located in the middle of the state in what is considered a desert region, not because of its high heat, but its limited precipitation.
The town also resides in a geographic bowl so when the winter cold settles in it often stays for days or weeks at a time unable to pass out of the valley. This can prove to be a problem for dogs living outside. While sled dogs are used to living in the extreme cold, warm in their thick coats and insulated houses, days of 40 or even 50 below zero (Fahrenheit) can wear out even the toughest of sled dogs.
In 2011 the Sanctuary was approved for its 501(c)(3) non-profit status and as we continued to grow we were took a hard look at where we were, where we wanted to be and the limitations we had at hand to help those in need. We soon realized that in order to do the best job we could we would have to move outside what we were used to, make a drastic change and find a place where we could truly grow and expand.
And so, after over a decade of toughing it out in the interior, in 2012 we made our big break moving nearly 300 miles south just outside the little town of Talkeetna, Alaska, to warmer weather, snowier winters and 40 acres of quiet forested land.
Our new trails are easily accessible right off the main dog yard with endless acres of state land right at our door. No matter where the land takes us, the Talkeetna mountains and the Denali range watches over us in the distance.
From building new trails, expanding and improving the dog yard or laying out new camping sites to help us work with the dogs on the trail and beyond we are always working hard to perfect our little corner of sled dog heaven.