Introducing the Arctic Dog Rescue and Training Center, ADRTC
The Arctic Dog Rescue and Training Center (ADRTC) is a nonprofit tax exempt organization established to match wonderful dogs with good homes. All of us at ADRTC are volunteers.
ADRTC began operation in New Mexico in early 2007. Prior to this, it existed as the Central Coast Northern Dog Rescue, CCNDR, of California. CCNDR began in June of 1998, as a chapter of the Siberian Husky Rescue and Referral of California. In October of 2000, CCNDR became an independent nonprofit tax exempt corporation in California. CCNDR averaged approximately 1 adoption per week, until it ceased activities in 2006, when the founders moved to Albuquerque, NM, and began establishing ADRTC.
Our organization acquires dogs from local animal control facilities, animal shelters, and private persons. Dogs are carefully evaluated in their foster homes, spayed/neutered, and receive necessary shots for immunization before placement. Our dogs range from younger dogs–under one year, to mature dogs of 5 years. We accept a diverse number of the arctic dog breeds, and some arctic dog mixes that qualify as good family dogs.
Typically, we accept more Siberian Huskies, American Eskimo dogs, and Samoyeds than other arctic breeds. While we do work with other breeds such as malamute mixes, Keeshonds, and elkhounds, we rarely have them available for adoption. We do accept the rare breeds, such as Karelian Bear Dogs, and Siberian Liakas.
ADRTC Placement Specialists make every attempt to qualify the match between a dog and family to ensure that the dog will enjoy a healthy and happy life. We provide advanced information about breed habits, and as much information as our foster homes have on the specific behavior of any dog. We offer follow-up with counseling and support.
All foster dogs are placed using an adoption contract with ADRTC, and offer a 14 day guarantee should the adopting family wish to return the dog for any reason. Assistance with a dog is available for the dog, as long as necessary.
Dog adoption fees generally range from $175 for older dogs to $225 for young and outstanding dogs. Most dogs are between the ages of 1 and 3 years. While dogs are in foster care, we make every effort to provide obedience and leash training in addition to crate training, and some education in good manners.
We also train dogs of the arctic breeds. If you own such a dog, and wish assistance with training, contact us for further information.
We are always in need of volunteers and foster homes. If you feel you can help, we especially want to hear from you. Please feel free to copy this introduction, and post it, or pass copies along to anyone you believe might desire to give a good dog a home, or anyone who has a northern dog already, who might desire assistance with their dog, or be able to open their home to a foster dog. In order to encourage participation, we offer our volunteers free assistance with training, and teach them how we train dogs so successfully.
Gary W. Kelly
Arctic Dog Rescue and Training Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico