NorSled Officers and Advisors for 2019    beto

  • President – Angelique Miller
  • Vice President – Jane Cordingley
  • Financial Officer – Judy Homewood
  • Secretary – Maria Dhindsa
  • Rescue/Adoption Coordinator – Gail de Rita
  • Advisor- Randee McQueen
  • Advisor – Cathy Sparks
  • Advisor – Debi Stevens
  • Advisor – Nelly Nichols

Welcome to NorSled!

Our Mission Statement

Rescuing, Rehabilitating, fostering and finding homes for unwanted, abandoned and abused Northern breed dogs: Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and mixes of these breeds.


Thanks for visiting us! We hope you’ll find helpful information on owning and caring for a Northern breed dog, whether one is already part of your family or you are still searching. There are numerous ways you can help NorSled find each of our dogs a forever home – please explore the site to find out more!



Meeting NorSled Dogs

You can meet your new best friend at a NorSled Adoption Fair – click on Schedule to see the schedule of our adoption fairs. To see the dogs in NorSled program, click on Available Dogs. This page also has information on our adoption process.

Service Area

Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled) covers many Northern California counties including: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. The territory covered by NorSled is approximately 70,702 square miles with a population of about 12,839,947. This area is larger and more populated than some States and even some Countries!

NorSled works directly with shelters in these areas, and also if there is space, shelters in other Northern California areas, Central California and Western Nevada. In some circumstances NorSled may take owner surrenders, but usually we work through the shelter system. We work closely with other Nordic Breed rescues in other areas, and can refer owners in crisis to the rescue nearest them.

More About NorSled

Official Name: Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled)
Founded: 1998.
Tax Status: We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit: donations to NorSled are tax deductible.
Mission: Rescuing, fostering and finding homes for unwanted, abandoned and abused Northern breed dogs: Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and mixes of these breeds.
Volunteers: We are an all-volunteer organization. NorSled has no paid staff, and owns no facilities.
Statistics and Results: Since NorSled’s inception, we have helped find homes for over 2,400 dogs. From 2008-2015 NorSled averaged rehoming over 200 dogs a year.

While we work with many other rescue groups, no other groups are covered by our 501(c) (3) or our insurance.

NO ONE may pull a dog from any shelter under Norsled’s 501(c) (3), without written permission from our President or the Rescue Adoption Coordinator.

NorSled History

In 1998, a small group of husky lovers formed Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled). Originally most were members of Siberian Husky Rescue and Referral of CA, and many are still active in this organization. However, the NorSledders wanted to expand rescue to include dogs that were mixes of the Nordic breeds, not just purebreds. Their goals were not replacing existing rescue groups but:

  1. Helping a population of dogs that did not have a rescue network, and
  2. Expanding into geographic regions where there was no Nordic purebred breed rescue.

We have a strong rapport with many fellow rescue groups and shelters who are also working to improve adoptions in Northern California. Today NorSled coordinates efforts with more than 10 other rescue groups including Tony LaRussa’s ARF, Malamute rescue (MUSH), Husky Rescue (SHRRCA and BASH), Samoyed Rescue (SFSR), and German Shepherd Rescue.

NorSled hosts adoption fairs in three counties and attend events in even more. We have participated in ARF’s Animals on Broadway, Berkeley East Bay Humane Society’s Bay to Barkers, Sports Basement’s Animal Extravaganza. In addition, with four other rescue organizations NorSled hosts the annual Fun Match in Danville, CA each June. And in 2011, NorSled hosted the only timed carting race in Northern California- So MUSH Fun – that served as a NorSled fundraiser. NorSled conducts programs at multiple schools in Northern California, educating students about sled dogs in particular and the Iditarod.


Many thanks to all of the rescue groups that came before NorSled – including SHRR, MUSH, BASH, Husky Camp, and ARF – several of whom helped NorSled get started, and have continued to work with NorSled since. Working together, we can save more dogs.

Special thanks to PetSmart for their donations for each pup we place from adoption fairs and allowing us to show dogs at their store in Vacaville.

Special thanks to Pet Food Express for feeding our pups! For over 4 years, PFE has donated chow to help feed our fosters. They have also donated raffle items and allowed us to show dogs at several of their stores – including Clayton, Benicia and Walnut Creek.

Special thanks to Cottage Kennels in Concord for helping NorSled with boarding dogs when our foster homes overflow, and helping us show the dogs to potential adopters.

The following individuals, businesses and organizations have been supportive of NorSled’s efforts. All deserve a “four paw salute.” THANK YOU!!!

A thank you for providing venues for our adoption fairs to:

  • Pet Food Express –  Benicia, Clayton, Blackhawk and Walnut Creek
  • PetsMart – Vacaville, Walnut Crfeek
  • PetCo –  Concord

The following kennels have helped by housing our dogs—often giving us discounted rates—and a tolerance of husky antics:

  • Cottage Kennels, Concord

Veterinary Services
The following veterinarians have helped ensure our dogs are in top physical condition:

  • Contra Costa Animal Eye Clinic (Concord)Empire Veterinary Clinic (Empire)
  • Four Paws Veterinary Clinic (Dublin)
  • Dr. Peggy Rusher (San Jose)University of Davis Veterinary School (Davis)
  • Sage (Concord)

Other Groups & Individuals
There are also groups and individuals who have helped NorSled in many ways:

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