What happens to dogs dropped from the Iditarod?

OK, we all know the Iditarod is a big deal, especially in Alaska. The entire state gets involved, but did you know the Department of Corrections even gets into the act?

When a dog is dropped at a checkpoint because they’re ill or injured, they are vet-checked on-site, then air-lifted back to Anchorage, but they don’t go straight back. They have stops along the way, one of which is at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.

The inmates sign up to care for the dogs for the two-to-three day stopover, and there’s even a waiting list for the slots.

The inmates feed the dogs and attend to them as vets check them out twice daily.

What a great way to build community involvement skills while providing a needed service.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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