Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Are all equal in our eyes young or old, show quality or pet
We see them through the eyes of rescue
Beyond physical apperance, beyond age, beyond judgment
Each one deserving of love, compassion and a forever home
We see their spirit and love them equally
We kindly ask that you do the same.
MARS has Akitas available for fostering and adoption at several midwest locations. See additional information on the breed and our application .
Many of the Akitas we rescue require extended veterinary and foster care before they become available for adoption. Our adoption fee covers only a very small portion of these expenses. We rely heavily on generous donations from our fellow Akita lovers.
Hi, my name is Dakota. I�m 6 years old, 78 lbs and a Virgo. I love butt rubs, knucklebones, walks, hotdogs and lying outside in the fenced backyard. I don�t care much for baths, cats, other dogs and strangers � as you can tell, I�m a pretty typical Akita.
I would love to have a REAL forever home. I have had two since I arrived in a kennel in Cleveland, Ohio as a MARS foster dog in 2011 and both of them failed me. The people at the kennel were really nice and I was able to go for fun walks with them but then they told me I was getting adopted and going to my “forever home” with my new Dad. I was very happy for almost a year but then Dad’s new wife brought home a little dog and I had to go since my new “Mom” didn�t want a big dog so Dad sent me back to MARS in November of 2012.
This time I ended up in Menomonie Wisconsin in another kennel. I enjoyed myself there – played a lot, went to obedience class and became “kennel buddies” with another foster Akita, Addie. But then, my dreams came true and my next “forever family” came and adopted me in July of 2013. I was so happy. I had a Mom, Dad, a teenage sister and best of all � I was the only pet. I finally found where I was supposed to be! Then, my “forever family” had some personal issues and though I tried living with my “Dad”, it wasn’t working with his schedule. “Mom” had already gone out and gotten a cat so I wasn’t welcome there either. Back to MARS I went, again. I waited with my “not-so-forever” parents in a parking lot for my foster Mom to come and get me. I couldn’t understand what I did wrong but my foster Mom said it wasn’t my fault. She cried while I looked out that back window for a long time, even though I couldn’t see my “family” anymore.
I was really sad for the first couple of weeks but my “kennel buddy”, Addie, was still there and my foster parents showed me lots of love (even though they put me on a diet!!) so I felt better soon. Things were great for a while, I even started going for walks with Addie, got to run in the HUGE backyard, got lots and lots of “butt rubs” and knuckle bones. But then, I started to have trouble getting up and it hurt to run. My foster parents took me to see Dr. Margaret and after some x-rays she told them that I have hip dysplasia. Now I get these yummy fish oil pills (I save them for dessert after my breakfast), something called “Cosequin DS” sprinkled on my food (I don�t like the chewable pills) and a anti-inflammatory pill (my foster Mom says it’s only a very small dose). I also go to see Dr. Margaret every 10 weeks for a chiropractic adjustment and I FEEL GREAT. I run so fast and have soooo much energy – who would guess that I was going to be 6 this year. I love my foster parents and my “kennel buddy” Addie but I would really like a home and family of my own where I can be the only 4 legged princess of the house. But for now, until my REAL FOREVER FAMILY finds me, I will wait patiently.
Luna is healthy chunk of brindle female Akita. She is spayed and current with shots, and in all ways healthy and active.
Luna was born with some congenital vision issues that have impaired her now, but will ultimately result in blindness. Her ophthalmological specialist says she has vision in both eyes that is reduced by juvenile cataracts, which at some point in the future may warrant removal to extend her time with serviceable vision. But sadly, there is no treatment that will prevent the inevitable loss of her vision.
She knows the basics commands: Sit, Shake, and “get out of the kitchen.” She has proven to be quite smart and resilient, as she quickly has adapted to her foster surroundings. She thunders up and down stairs and it is impossible to tell there is a vision issue at all. In unfamiliar surroundings it is more easily observed as she occasionally bumps into things in her peripheral areas. She thrives out in the world so long as her companion is there to lookout for her. Confident even off-leash, when in a new place she prefers to stay close and relies on her friends for navigational clues.
Luna is charming and enthusiastically greets people. She’s extremely playful towards the two large male Akitas with whom she fosters. Luna is assertive when seeking attention, walks, or rides in the car. She sleeps in the same bed as a cat and has never shown a hint of aggression towards anything. She’s always willing to share her food, toys, and treats. Luna loves being outside and is fascinated by the geese, squirrels, and golfers that pass by.
The ideal situation would be to get Luna settled into a stable forever home that understands the future challenges and is sensitive to the needs of a visually impaired member of the family. It would be best for her to acclimate to the new environment and routine while young and her vision is fairly functional. She is a 6 month-old baby who will brighten the lives of those around her and a very special girl who needs just a little help to have an active and happy life.
Meet Our New Orphan � Handsome Hank! “I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade, but I’m not afraid-this rover’s crossed over”. to rescue!
Here’s Hank on his way out of the shelter in Louisville, and on his way to the safety and security of rescue. Hank is in a temporary foster home with MARS and would love to leave his worries on the doorstep of a more permanent foster home, or even better, a forever home.
PS: Our sincere thanks to our wonderful friends at the Metro Louisville Shelter who always look beyond the stereotypes and see the dog that is in front of them and to all those helping Hank to safety.
Joy is a very gorgeous 6 1/2 year old female who is not having a lot of joy in her life at the present time. Joy’s life long caregivers went into a nursing home due to age and poor health and the remaining family members took Joy to a shelter. She not only lost her home but found herself in a kill shelter. MARS, upon being notified of her predicament, evaluated her and found her to be a very well-behaved beautiful Akita who really needed to be back in someone’s home and heart. She is trained and fully vetted now and is a perfect example of Akita endurance.
Akitas are wonderful, but they are not for everyone. If you are thinking of getting an Akita, we strongly urge you to research the breed thoroughly. Education and preparation are the foundations to a long, loving relationship. Finding a reputable rescue organization or breeder is the first step. For further information on the breed please read the literature under Akita Information at the top of this screen or visit the Akita Club of America website at http://www.akitaclub.org
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