Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative


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

The initiative allocated $25,000 to 2021 and $25,000 for 2022 Iditarod mushers. The first 50 mushers who entered the race were eligible to receive $500 for qualifying veterinary expenses.


How to apply:

  1. Be one of the first 50 mushers to sign up for the 2022 Iditarod.
  2. Fill out Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative form.
  3. Submit form with qualifying veterinary care receipts up to $500.
  4. Expenses will be reimbursed via check from the Iditarod. 
  5. Expenses need to be incurred from 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022


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

  • Wellness visits
  • Diagnostics
  • Vaccines
  • Deworming
  • Prescribed medications
  • Veterinary treatments
  • EKGs
  • Holistic health
  • Surgery






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