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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 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 help you find dog professional who follows recommendations.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering an Alaskan 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. The 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 current dogs are potential matches. If do not have one available, you will be notified when we find a potential match.

(4) Together we discuss trainers and training options.

(5) We provide educational resources to prepare you and help you communicate with your highly intelligent Malamute!

Kathy Sdao’s SMART x 50 (Capture & Reward Good Behavior)

Building Your Dog's Confidence by Victoria Stilwell (FREE Online Course)

Shy Adopters Guide

(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 be prepared.

CHAAMP follows the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). They recommend that only reward-based training methods should be used for dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.

We are 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 rewards-based training (communication). Training is supposed to be fun for you and your dog.

Rescue dogs need to build their confidence and you can help them. We want our furry companion to trust us and know that they have a choice to collaborate with us. Some need time to come out of their shell and process their feelings. They will appreciate that you are considering their feelings! Soon they learn good things happen when he/she collaborates with you.

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KINDNESS is powerful, pass it on:

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