Photos: Looking for new family members at an Anchorage dog adoption clinic

Standing nose to snout in an office space in Midtown Anchorage, volunteer Trina Johnson towel-dried a Chihuahua mix named Josh shivering after a bath. The puppy was from a litter of four that had arrived from Nome.

Most Sundays between noon and 3 p.m., people attend dog adoption clinics at Alaskan Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) hoping to meet and adopt a four-legged addition to their family.

“We rescue primarily out of the rural areas of the state,” said AARF director Beverly Ausick. “We fix, vaccinate and microchip everybody.”

The nonprofit, started in 2011, placed 556 dogs last year. For more info about adopting a dog, visit

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.