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Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection

Berryville, VA

Our Mission

Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection (CHAAMP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping purebred Alaskan Malamutes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

CHAAMP provides foster homes, kenneling, training, and vet care for Alaskan Malamutes who have been abandoned, turned into shelters, or are otherwise in need. Our goal is to find and match loving families with our pups, share educational resources, provide positive reward-based training recommendations, and advocate for Alaskan Malamutes.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a Malamute please complete an application. We ask a lot of questions so we can do our best to match you with a Malamute that will best suit your lifestyle. Think of it as a match-making service.

We are happy to discuss what it means to use positive reinforcement rewards-based training.

"Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only rewards-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems."

Together we can continue learning and growing our relationship with our furry family members.

ADOPTION / FOSTER Application:

VOLUNTEER Application:

We've been rescuing Malamutes in our area since the early 1990's and are an affiliate of the national rescue organization, AMAL (

CHAAMP runs on 100% volunteer power. All donations go straight to the dogs.

Adoption Policy

Learn about Malamutes

The Adoption Process

(1) Complete & submit an application:
Or visit our website,, and complete the online application. Of note, we will contact the vet indicated on your application for a reference. Information provided is used to help us match a pup with your lifestyle. We will work with you and answer any questions.

(2) Home Visit is scheduled. **Please be patient while waiting to hear back from us & check your SPAM folder just in case we already responded.** CHAAMP runs on volunteer power & it may take a week or so before we can get back in touch with you.

(3) After your home visit, your application is reviewed by the board to discuss which of our dogs we think are potential matches.

(4) Together we discuss trainers and training.

**Please read the CHAAMP Adoption Manual and sign the acknowledgment page. Make sure you watch the required videos which will provide an overview of dog body language. We want to ensure you understand the overview of the force-free concept to set you and your new pup for success.

(5) Meet the dog(s) and hopefully bring one home.

Please note we require that you bring your current dog(s) with you when you come to meet the CHAAMP adoptables. You will also need a second vehicle to separate your dogs for the drive home. We don't make exceptions to this rule so please come prepared, so you do not have to make an additional trip.

CHAAMP is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild.

There are many ways to train your dog. Yet the only one that results in a healthier, emotionally stronger relationship between you and your pet is through positive reinforcement rewards-based training (communication). Rescue dogs need to rebuild trust with humans and build confidence. You want your furry companion to trust you and do what you ask because good things happen when he/she collaborates with you.

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