Sled Dogs in Need of Help
Big Lake rescuer hits financial difficulties
The owner of about three-dozen sled dogs in Big Lake is asking the community for help.
Mike Ladan has been caring for older dogs since the late 1980s, but financial troubles mean he can’t provide the food and shelter needed.
Mike Ladan began taking care of older dogs when he met a musher who was going to shoot her animals. He took them from her instead, and since then, many people have dropped their dogs off at his property.
But now he can’t care for them and the health of the dogs is deteriorating – many don’t have shelter or enough food. A call for help on Craigslist was answered by Alaska charity Straw for Dogs, and now the community is behind Mike. One of the sled dogs has already been adopted.
Mike Ladan has been rescuing retired sled dogs for more than 20 years. But hard times have hit. The self-employed blacksmith and metal engraver isn’t getting as much work as he used to, and now, his 35 dogs can’t get the care they need.
The dogs range in age from 7 to 15 years old.
A local vet says unfortunately not all have a good bill of health. Despite health issues for some, the goal now is to find homes for all of them.
Mike and his dogs aren’t on their own. They’re getting help from several animal rights groups.
Even if adoption is not an option, donations are also welcome.
If people would like to adopt a dog or donate food, straw, dog-house, money, they can write to
email@example.com or visit Straw For Dogs at 645 G Street, Ste. 100-1175.
You can also help with vet bills by calling Northstar Animal Hospital 907-746-7387.
Straw for Dogs has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Straw-for-Dogs/326853836684.