Midwest Akita Rescue Society

Serving the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota Areas



AVAILABLE ORPHANS


Our Orphans

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. Additional information on the breed and our application, which is required, are located under the
Welcome Menu above.

 

kAMIKO
Little Princess
Cleveland, OH

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Kamiko
Kamiko
Kamiko

Kamiko is only about a year old and acts her age. She is on the small side and is a sweetheart– happy, frisky, energetic. She is good with cats and dogs and especially likes to be with people. She is easy to walk, treat-motivated and trainable, and we learned likes to climb into car trunks and onto picnic tables.

Kamiko is anxious now to climb into the hearts of a new family . For more information on Kamiko, please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

tORI
Cleveland, OH

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Tori
Tori
Tori

Tori was a stray from southern Ohio. The kindness of strangers and several rescue volunteers brought her from Cincinnati to MARS in Cleveland. Tori is a stout, medium-size female who we estimate is about two years old. The woman who found her said that Tori was great with her grandkids, and she is a favorite of all who have met her. She was quite quiet and reserved her first days in Cleveland. That's over now. She has lots of energy and loves her walks on nearby trails.

She is easy to walk, anxious to please, and seeks affectionate contact with people. She tolerates other dogs in kennel, but will assert herself if challenged by unfamiliar dogs, so careful introductions will be required if she becomes a member of a multi-dog family. For more information please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

mOCHI
Mochi's Journey - A Journey of Gratitude
St. Louis, MO

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Mochi
Mochi
Mochi

Meet Kanshanokimochi or "Mochi", she is no longer Bitch #125. Her name means Gratitude, a feeling that we all have for the people who saved her from becoming just another puppy machine, with no one to stroke her or care about her. Zac's Mission cares and so do Emily and Nan - Mochi's foster family. Like Miles who she was saved with, she has a road ahead but now the end of that road is a home not a cage. Mochi will have her pups under the watchful eye of Midwest Akita Rescue Society.

Mochi is a well adjusted Akita female mother who has adjusted to her foster home well and shown her caregivers what a sweet and good mother to be she is. We think she will be a wonderful addition to any ones home and heart but she has her journey of delivering and caring for her pups for a period of time before Mochi is ready for her final journey to a forever home. If you would like more information about Mochi, please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net

 

TONY
They’re Grrrreat!
South Bend, IN

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Tony
Tony
Tony

When recently asked what he thought about the rescuers who saved him, Tony the 'Keeter WOOED—“they’re Grrrrreat!” Hailing from just North of Detroit, MI our Tony is a year or two old male with lots and lots of brindle stripes—hence the name. Tony is a compact boy and a typical teenager who is debating whether being a young lad or refined gentleman is more fun. He has been a good boy for the kennel staff, loves to investigate everything and enjoys the company of people. And while he thinks being a teenager with unlimited interest in life and a short attention span is Grrrrreat, Tony is responding to his obedience lessons.

Tony is being kenneled in South Bend, IN while he awaits his neuter and rear dew claw removal surgeries. Tony enjoys going for walks, and whether in the jungle or woods, roaring or wooing, he attracts a lot of attention. If you would like to take MARS’ version of Tony the Tiger on a walk through the wild side (one can always pretend!), please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

zILLOW
Face of a Craigslist Akita
Cleveland, OH

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Jacob
Zillow
Zillow

"I once had a home but my family had to rehome me so they put an ad on this thing called Craigslist. I was so confused and didn't understand what was going on. Who is Craigslist? Will that be my new owner? Why isn't my family keeping me? Not too much later, my family said I found you a good family, you will be taken care of and won't be taken to the pound. I left with my new family who had another dog, kids, and a house. But for some reason, I was left outside. My collar is a men's belt. I hardly was fed as I am extremely underweight and my ears hurt from the flies biting them. Six months later, my new family is taking me for a car ride and they take me to visit this place with lots of other dogs but they leave me there. I heard a person who works at this place say that I don't have any time here because I'm an owner surrender at the pound. The pound? I thought I wasn't suppose to go to the pound. My name is now Zillow, as I lost my home and am looking for a new one."

Zillow is a large young boy, very powerful and learning to walk gently on lead and learn more basic skills. Zillow is a good boy who just has not had any hands on training. He is a smart boy who is learning fast, quite friendly, and is a good looking Akita. If you are interested in meeting our Zillow, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

 

ZOEY
Darien, IL

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Zoey
Zoey
Zoey

Zoey has endured a sad beginning on her journey to MARS and a forever home. Her owners vacated an apartment that they were living in and abandoned Zoey there where she was finally discovered by the new tenants that were looking to rent the space. The new tentants felt so sorry for this Akita who was so thin and took her to a vet getting her a rabies shot, collar and then took her to the main pound in Chicago as they could not keep her. A caring volunteer notified MARS about this Akita as it looked like she was just shutting down in the shelter. MARS found her to be indeed shutting down as well as extremely underweight. We waited for the mandatory hold to be up and immediately took her to the vet. She was docile on the ride to the vet and the kennel and she would not even take a treat. The vet stated that this was the thinest Akita he had treated at only 45 lbs and advised us to put some weight on her slowly. By some miracle she was heartworm negative

Zoey's next chapter was much brighter as she slowly came back to life with some love and care and good solid food. Her tail is now up as well as her ears and she looks forward to her walks and the tasty morsels she finds in her dish. Zoey is a sweet loving female about 9 - 10 years young and learning that there are good things and kind people caring about her. If you would like to learn more about our Zoey and become one of her peeps, please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net.

 

TOMOKO
Cleveland, OH

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Tom
Tom
Tosca

Tomoko means "child of wisdom" and our Tomoko (Tom for short) is a young male Akita approximately two years of age who we feel is wise and of a gentle nature. Tomoko came from a shelter in Ohio and was picked up as a stray. He charmed the staff at the shelter just as he has charmed our evaluator and our foster care givers. Comments from his foster care giver..."Tom walks well on lead and is not overly aggressive to other dogs in his kennel. He is on the small side for a male. Has a beautiful face and coat. Very easy to walk, and seems fine with walking with Tadao (a bit bigger male) and would be interested in interaction, but we don't allow it yet."

Tom was not given any obedience training so we are working on the basics and he is showing himself to be a fast learner and very eager to please. If you would like to learn more about our Tomoko, please contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594- 9302

 

ADDIE
Gratitude for Addie-tude
Menomonie, WI

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Addie
Addie
Addie

Addie's VideoOur little Miss from Mississippi is ready to join a loving forever family. Addie is full of life and love—we’re not sure which she has in greater supply but she is very willing to share both with anyone she meets.

Being born with only a partially formed right front leg hasn’t stopped Addie—she has used her ever working mind to figure out ways to do things. and do them well. She recently visited a wonderful surgeon in Missouri and he recommended not operating. Her body and mind have adjusted and it is best to not tinker with what is working. The Vets call it compensatory remodeling—we call it Akita Addie-tude!

Addie is a young adult full of energy, eagerness, and enthusiasm for just about anything involving people. Everyone she has met has willingly given Addie a little piece of their heart. You cannot spend time with this spitfire without falling in love. Not out of pity for her physical condition, but because of her spirit and determination. She would do best with a family that is able to lend a little assistance here and there—like getting in and out of cars or dealing with lots of stairs. Addie will also need a fenced yard. Most of all, Addie’s forever family will need to have boundless love to share with her as she continues her life’s journey. For further information on Addie please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

UPDATE: Addie continues to blossom. She enjoys spending time in the grooming room, carefully watching her foster Mom at work. A non-stop ball of energy, it's not often you will see Addie without a ball or toy in her mouth--including when she is laying upside down on her back.

The Montgomery family of Salt Lake City is supporting Addie and she is wiggling all over in appreciation!

 

PAPOU
Shelbyville, IN

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Papou

PaPou, meaning Grandfather in Greek, is a sweet and loving senior male Akita who is looking for a place to hang his leash once again. PaPou came into the Chicago shelter environment because of his owners death and due to his age was labeled "rescue only". MARS was contacted and immediately upon meeting this sweet gentlemen, we decided that he needed to become one of our orphans. His check up at the vet deemed Papou extremely healthy and he is learning that happiness is just a short journey from the shelter to foster care. If you would like to learn the joys of sharing heart, home and possibly some Saganaki with a senior well behaved Akita, please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net

 

LUNA
To The Moon and Back
Crown Pointe, IN

ADOPTION PENDING!

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Luna
Luna
Luna

There is no other explanation other than moonbeams lit the path to safety for Luna. She was found on a highway in Detroit and rescued by a young lady on her way home from work. The good Samaritan dropped Luna off at the shelter in her hometown. Upon hearing Luna’s story, shelter personnel drove her to the Humane Society in Detroit in the hopes someone would be looking for Luna. The shelter closest to where Luna was found would offer the greatest chance at a reunion.

Lucky for Luna one of the moonbeams guiding her path was a bit pesky. It kept nudging the local Animal Control Officer to check on Luna. When she did, she found out Luna had not been claimed and was not doing well in the large shelter. So off she went to take Luna back and find her a place with rescue. The shelter was small but they made room. And, the ACO was familiar with the northern breeds so Luna did much better under the care of the staff and volunteers who had become very fond of Luna. They became her biggest fans and brightest moonbeams. And just like the Northern Breeds, they were polite but persistent and wouldn’t give up until they found a rescue for Luna.

One of our volunteers went to see Luna, the shelter was very accommodating willing to meet at anytime if it meant a chance for Luna. A little timid at first, Luna quickly warmed up in a few minutes. It was obvious she felt very safe and secure in the shelter, but her moonbeams were about to light the way to a foster home.

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Luna’s moonbeams have one last job—to light the way to good health. You see, Luna is heartworm positive and will need to undergo treatment. The Vets are expecting a full recovery and we hope it won’t be long until Luna’s moonbeams can move on and help the next dog in need. Luna has a special message for all the angels who believe in the power of second chances and helped her get to safety—she loves you all to the moon and back.

For more information on Luna, please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

Please consider donating a moonbeam or two to help fund Luna's heartworm treatment. Simply click below!

 

LADY BELLA
Cleveland, OH

ADOPTION PENDING!

Lady Bella
Lady Bella
Lady Bella

Lady Bella was kept on a chain by a Tennesssee trucker who surrendered her to the local pound because she didn't like the owners' two Yorkies who lived in the house. Lady B has been nothing but polite with seven different larger dogs of all kinds since she was taken in by MARS and transported to Ohio, where she awaits a new home with someone who will give her the attention and affection she desires and deserves.

Lady B is a medium sized female perhaps two years old, she's quite affectionate and joyously active when she is outdoors. She likes to be petted and played with and knows how to politely sit very well. One of her handlers says, "She loves to hunt bugs, frogs, and chipmunks on her walks. She is very friendly and easily greets new people." Please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net for more information on Bella.

 

AKIRA
St. Louis, MO

ADOPTION PENDING!

Akira
Akira
Akira

Akira was named after a Japanese saga about a mystic powerful male ruler in future Japan history. Our Akita is a stunning female Akita with a gentle elegant personality and temperament. Akira was purchased as a pup by a family for their young daughter and when the daughter left home the she also left her Akita with her parents. They felt that this dog was just too big for their empty nest lives now and contacted MARS to possibly find a new residence for Akira.

Akira is five years of age, house broken and trained in basic obedience. She has lovely manners and her basic white coat is very stunning. She charms her way around all who meet her although has the very typical Akita aloofness until she decides that you can be a part of her entourage. She is a gentle diva who is looking for a new home and one that will be her forever home. If you are interested in meeting or learning more about our Akira, please contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

TADAO
Cleveland, OH

ADOPTION PENDING!

Tadao
Tadao
Tadao

Tadao & Makto both came from a hording situation in Virginia. After the all legalities were processed they were released to rescue and thanks to a MARS volunteer in the area were safely transported to Cleveland, Ohio were they reside in a private kennel. They are both very nice boys and are fully vetted; neutered and up to date on all of their shots.

Tadao means "Loyal Man" and he is waiting to prove himself of that with his forever home. Tadao is 3 years old and a very happy boy. He has a mink colored coat and smiles from ear to ear. For more information on "Tadao", please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 


View Other Akita Rescue, Shelter and Owner Placements

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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