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Why Not Me? Meet Randy!

03/18/2020 by Katie Virdell
March 18th, 2020 by Katie Virdell

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.  


Breed: Alaskan Malamute

Age/Gender/Size: 10 years / Male / Large (60 + lbs)

Likes: Exploring and going on adventures

Special Considerations: I need a securely fenced yard. No small dogs or kitties please.

Meet Randy! This big hunk of a gentleman is a ladies man to the core, and is looking for his new furever family.  He is currently being cared for through the Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL), which is based in the greater Northwest area. They don’t have a central location or shelter, and instead run their organization through volunteers that open up their hearts and their homes to foster this incredible breed.

Randy the HuskyThis sweet senior has it all – brawn, brains and a killer personality. He is 10 years old, but don’t let the double-digit number fool you. Randy was actually surrendered because he was in need of more exercise and activity. He is a strong healthy boy and is still up for lots of adventures. And, what better place to go exploring than the Pacific Northwest? Just be sure not to throw around the W-A-L-K word too loosely.

We mentioned that Randy is a smart boy, right? He is bilingual and knows his commands in both English and German. Don’t think that he doesn’t love to show this off, as well. Randy prefers to be with adult women and will need a family that is experienced and well-versed with positive reinforcement. He has made a lot of progress in working on some food guarding issues, but will continue to need some guidance in this arena.

Randy will need to be in a home without small dogs and cats. He does okay with other dogs, but we recommend that he be supervised in the case that he tries to exert his dominance. At 100 lbs, he can exert quite a bit of dominance! Like many Malamutes who are escape artists, Randy will need to be in a home that is securely fenced, to dissuade him from adventuring on his own.

If you are ready to set out on an adventure with a smart, sweet companion, we hope that you will consider Randy. Please visit to fill out an online application. WAMAL also has a sponsorship program, for those that want to help but may not be able to adopt or foster at this time. You can learn more about this and the foster program here. Randy’s adoption fee is $200, which includes his neuter and all vaccinations. Come meet Randy today!

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.