Animal shelters in each of the towns on the 2012 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race route will start off the New Year with a year’s worth of food for one dog provided by Pedigree® Food for Dogs. Race Organizer Frank Teasley says as part of the title sponsor’s commitment to dogs, they donate food to the shelters on the race route. Many of those shelters are in small communities with limited resources. The 17th annual IPSSSDR is the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, and is slated for its ceremonial start from downtown Jackson January 27th. From there, the race travels Lander, Pinedale, Cora, Big Piney, Marbleton, Alpine, Evanston and Mountain View before finishing in Park City, Utah. The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public.