Sled dogs find new homes for the holidays

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but two of fourteen sled dogs brought to the Fairbanks North Star Borough animal shelter have been adopted in time for the holidays.

Just two 5 year olds, Clapper and J.J., still need homes, said shelter administrator Barb Harris.

The dogs were brought to the shelter by a musher who gave them up for personal reasons. The dogs were adopted by recreational mushers and skijorers, Harris said. Two older huskies had to be euthanized.

Shelter staff got busy getting the word out that the dogs came from some top bloodlines, including George Attla, Joe Runyan, Bill Cotter and Roxy Wright. Attla and Wright are champion sprint racers. Runyan has won both the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Cotter is a Quest champion and top Iditarod racer.

A couple from Clear eyed some of the dogs on Friday and returned to the shelter Saturday at noon to adopt them, Harris said.

The shelter had received at least 30 calls Saturday about the sled dogs and from as far away as Anchorage and Palmer.

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