Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative

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Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative Providing Iditarod mushers with veterinary care funding for their race teams to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

The initiative will allocate $25,000 to both the 2021 and 2022 Iditarod mushers, totaling $50,000. The first 50 mushers to enter each race are eligible to receive $500 for qualifying veterinary expenses.


How to apply:

  1. Be one of the first 50 mushers to sign up for the 2021 or 2022 Iditarod.
  2. Fill out Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative application.
  3. Submit form with qualifying veterinary care receipts up to $500.
  4. Expenses will be reimbursed via check from the Iditarod. 


Eligible expenses provided by a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinarian technician include:

  • Wellness visits
  • Diagnostics
  • Vaccines
  • Deworming
  • Prescribed medications
  • EKGs
  • Holistic health


Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative application PDF (Form to come)

Expense receipts can be emailed to dogsfirst@iditarod.com or faxed to (907) 373-6998.





The Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative is made possible by Pike Legal Group PLLC.

“This race is one of the reasons I fell in love with Alaska. It embodies the Alaska way of life; the spirit, grit and dedication to preserving the culture of the sled dog that is so important to continue. I am thrilled with the additional emphasis the Iditarod leadership is placing on dog wellness. We know now is the time for even greater focus on the health of these canine athletes and I’m honored to be a partner in this important initiative.”

— David Pike