In this article, we’ve featured 9 of the best dog shelters in Alaska. Read on to learn about them.
1. Alaska SPCA Adoption Center (Anchorage)
The Alaska SPCA has been operating since 1955 and has saved countless furry lives in the years since. Their shelter in Anchorage, AK, is home to dogs, cats, and rabbits that are all waiting to be adopted into loving permanent homes. Before being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, undergo a medical exam, receive their vaccines, and have a dental check.
Puppies under six months of age are available for an adoption fee of $300. Dogs aged six months to two years cost $250, and dogs seven years and older are available for $150. If you’re interested in adopting, view the available pets here. You can also donate to the shelter here.
2. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Shelter (Palmer)
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Shelter is currently home to many pets who are waiting to be adopted into new loving homes. Most of these cats and dogs were brought in as strays and cannot be reunited with their owners, or they were surrendered by owners who are no longer in a position to care for them.
Generally, dogs at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Shelter are available for an adoption fee of $145. This helps to cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, licensing, and age-appropriate vaccines. View their adoptable dogs here.
3. Fairbanks Animal Control/Shelter (Fairbanks)
The Fairbanks Animal Shelter is run by Fairbanks Animal Control and is home to many dogs looking for their forever homes. Fairbanks Animal Control brings many stray animals to the shelter – those that can’t be reunited with their owners are listed for adoption. Some pets at the Fairbanks Animal Shelter have been surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.
If you’re interested in adopting a pet from Fairbanks Animal Shelter, you will first need to make an appointment to view the available dogs. You can also view an up-to-date list of available pets here – keep checking back regularly if you don’t find your perfect pet.
4. Friends of Pets (Anchorage)
Friends of Pets is a non-profit organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are striving to give pets in need a second chance at life. Friends of Pets has a shelter in Anchorage where abandoned or abused animals are housed until they can be adopted into new homes. They also work with local communities to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters.
Before being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and receive medical care or treatment they may need. They are also microchipped, and any health conditions or ongoing care requirements are explained prior to adoption. If you’re interested in adopting, view the available dogs here. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Pets here.
5. Kenai Animal Shelter (Kenai)
Located in Kenai, AK, the Kenai Animal Shelter is where lost or abandoned pets are housed until they can either be reunited with their owners or adopted into new homes. They also work with local communities to promote responsible pet ownership and advocate the importance of spay/neuter surgery to reduce pet overpopulation.
Dog adoption fees range from $188 to $284, depending on the size and age of the animal. Prior to adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped. Any known ailments or illnesses are disclosed to adopters immediately. View the adoptable pets at Kenai Animal Shelter here.
6. Alaska Mindful Paws (Homer)
Alaska Mindful Paws is an animal shelter in Homer, Alaska. This non-profit organization provides temporary care and housing for animals that are homeless throughout Homer, until they can be fostered or adopted by new families.
To adopt a dog from Alaska Mindful Paws, you must complete an application and wait for it to be reviewed. While waiting, you can visit the shelter to meet the dogs or cats you’re interested in, or you can browse the available pets here. All adoptable dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and dewormed. The adoption fee is $185 for puppies and $140 for dogs. You can also donate to Alaska Mindful Paws here.
7. Haines Animal Rescue Kennel (Haines)
Haines Animal Rescue Kennel (HARK) is a non-profit organization that relies on private donations to provide care and support for homeless animals. As well as running a shelter where homeless dogs and cats can be adopted from, HARK also offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and dog grooming services.
Prior to being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The adoption fee for dogs is $100, with this money going towards the cost of caring for each animal while at the shelter. View available pets here, or donate to Haines Animal Rescue Kennel here.
8. Anchorage Animal Care & Control (Anchorage)
If you’re looking to adopt a dog in Anchorage, AK, make an appointment to say hi to the pets at Anchorage Animal Care & Control. Their shelter is home to dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small animals like rabbits that are brought in as strays or surrendered by their previous owners.
All adoptable animals at the shelter have passed a behavioral examination, are spayed/neutered, are vaccinated, microchipped, and licensed. You will also receive a coupon entitling your new dog to a free health exam at a local participating vet clinic. If you’re interested in adopting, view the available pets here, then complete an application. You can also donate to the shelter here.
9. Juneau Animal Rescue (Juneau)
Juneau Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to caring for abandoned, stray, and surrendered pets in Juneau, Alaska. As well as offering pets in need a second chance at life, they also offer doggy daycare and boarding, grooming, and regular veterinary clinics where the public can microchip and vaccinate their dogs.
If you’re interested in adopting, you can view Juneau Animal Rescue’s available dogs here. Before adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, and vaccinated. Dogs are available for an adoption fee of $125, while puppies aged seven months and under cost $185. You can also donate to Juneau Animal Rescue here.