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. 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.

 

dAKOTA
Menomoninee, WI

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Dakota
Dakota
Dakota

Dakota's Video 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.

If you are interested in Dakota, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Ivy
Cleveland, OH area

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Ivy
Ivy
Ivy

Ivy is an Akita/Shepherd mix who was found as a stray. MARS rescued her just hours before she was scheduled to be put down by animal control. This sweet, spunky girl loves to play and be loved on. She gives lots of kisses especially when she is going on fun car rides. She thinks adventure is awesome!

She has strong hunting instincts and can get in trouble quickly with unattended small animals, including cats. She can really use someone to remind her she is special and reintroduce her to a safe and secure world.

If you are interested in Ivy, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

George
Cleveland, OH area

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George
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George

George's VideoGeorge was a collared stray sent to us from a shelter in southern Ohio. He is currently in a kennel outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He's still at least 10 lbs underweight at 80 lbs, but is gaining nicely. Every volunteer who has handled him – shelter staff, evaluator, transporters, kennel staff, walkers – has the same word for our boy's personality, "Friendly"! He's good in a car, and so interested in what was going on around him that he stood looking out car windows the entire ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland. He is a sweet dog, strong for his skinny frame, who likes handling and meeting new people on the walking trail we frequent. He appears unperturbed by new situations. He walks easily on a leash and harness and is so far not reactive to other dogs, people, or bicycles that pass. Indoors he likes to stick his nose everywhere. His senses are sharp. Outdoors he is very alert to any new noise, especially when made by frogs and squirrels, or movement of some brush in the woods. is extremely fastidious in the kennel and hates to relief himself in his run, so house training is unlikely to be a problem. And on command he will sit, lay, and give you his paw. Our Curious George pretty much a turnkey dog that now needs only a new home to turn to. For more information on George, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Natasha
Cleveland, OH area

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Natasha
Natasha
Natasha

Natasha, female age 7 and Suki, female age 2 1/2, came to us from an armed service person who was serving our country overseas when she found that the family member watching her Akitas had died suddenly and there was no one to care for the two females.

Natasha is a very mellow girl who obeys basic commands and is easy to walk and non-aggressive to other dogs. She is a very well-mannered Akita. This female is just an easy girl and will "ease" her way into your heart and home. Natasha and Nasuki can be adopted separately. Natasha "Tasha" is presently being fostered in a home in the Cleveland, Ohio area and she is good with other dogs as well as cats with proper introduction.

If you would like to know more about this orphan, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Nasuki (Suki)
Cleveland, OH area

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Nasuki and Nasuki
Nasuki
Nasuki

Suki is a 2 1/2-year-old female surrendered to MARS by an armed services member called to overseas duty. She has a beautiful gray coat and a big bushy tail. She is full of energy, very playful, and finds kennel life more confining than she is used to. She does well on leash, her spiral tail helicoptering as she vigorously explores every odor and moving object on her trail walks. At rest areas she is calmer, and likes to lean against her handler and take treats. Suki was in a home with another Akita, so she can get along with some other dogs, but we think she will do best as an only dog in her new home. Suki is intelligent, affectionate, active and watchful, and she is looking for a new life. For more information on this youngster, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Nicky
St. Louis, MO

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Nicky
Nicky
Nicky

Nicky is a fabulous female Akita around six years of age and turned in to a shelter in rural Missouri very neglected. Shelter personnel fell under her spell of sweetness and asked MARS to take on this pretty girl and help her find a good forever home. When Nikki arrived at our St. Louis location, she proved to be as sweet as stated and once cleaned up she was a very pretty female. She does have a broken toe that was never fixed and we are working with an orthopedic vet to correct this so that she can walk and run without any impediment. Nikki is good with other dogs and even ignores pushy cats. If you would like to get to know our Nikki, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Kibo
St. Louis, MO

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Kibo
Kibo
Kibo

One very large wonderful male sixteen month old puppy who is love with the world....that describes our Kibo. He is presently doing well being treated for a light degree of Heartworm and will soon be set for his forever home. He is a handsome boy who loves to play and interact with all the people he encounters. If you would like to be a "friend" on his list or meet him, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Asia
Aurora, IL

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Asia
Asia
Asia

Our sweet young Asia is fostered in Aurora Illinois and is a younger female who was surrendered to a shelter by her breeder due to "cannot care properly for her". Asia had a rough start with a bout of pneumonia developing from the shelter and fortunately is now much better and gaining weight and health. She charms her way around all she encounters. If you would like to travel to meet or know more about our Asia, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Tina
Springport, MI

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Tina
Tina
Tina

Tina's VideoMeet Tina, a very sweet, beautiful, four-year-old female Akita who is looking for her forever home. She is very easy to walk, and she loves to meet people on her walk. She loves to give her Akita kisses. Tina knows some basic commands. We think Tina may do okay with a non-dominant male with proper introductions. If you would like to meet our Tina, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Morning Satinka (Tink)
St. Louis, MO

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Tink
Tink
Tink

Morning Satinka, our Tink, was purchased from an Auction and was said to be pregnant. Upon checking Tink, it was found that she was 10 years of age and although they tried to breed her, instead she had mammary tumors and was very underweight and scared. Like the butterfly that morphs from a caterpillar, Tink has shed her sadness and her shyness and has learned to live each day fully and her progress has been both in the physical state and most importantly her mental personality that has blossomed. She is a favorite of all that meet or care for her and our hope for Tink is that she finds a solid foster or forever home where she can show her new found zest for life.

If you would like to meet our Tink or know more about her, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Dakota's Cujo Roo (Percy)
St. Louis, MO

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Percy
Percy
Percy

Dakota's Cujo Roo, our Percy, was purchased from an auction through Zac's Mission and was said to be the sire to Tink's supposed pregancy. Percy is another 10-year-old male who upon arriving at our medical facility was found to be extremely underweight and Heartworm positive. Percy has gained some health and weight and is presently undergoing Heartworm treatment and soon will be ready for a real home and someone to love and care for him versus trying to breed puppies from him. Percy is a very typical male Akita with the face of a bear and one of the most beautiful Akita coats.

If you would like to meet this handsome Akita, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Romeo
St. Louis, MO

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Romeo
Romeo
Romeo

Romeo is a handsome lover just entering the prime of his life (he's 5 years old). He was rescued from a puppy mill and brought to the care of MARS where he is slowly gaining some lost weight and acquainting himself with people that love him back. Romeo is well mannered, easy to walk and fun to be around. He is easy to bond with, aims to please and is pleasant with strangers. Romeo shows typical Akita aloofness with other animals with no signs of aggressiveness.

If you would like to add some romance to your life, set up a meeting with our Romeo. Contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Hank
Central Michigan area

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Hank
Hank
Hank

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.

This distinguished gent is about 6 years old and deserves a life that matches the meaning of his name—“ruler of a household or estate”. Gee, does that mean every Akita thinks they are named Hank? Hank is good with other dogs and even cats but does prefer human company most of all. Happy disposition and gentle nature are just some of his attributes. If you can provide a safe and loving home for the pitter pat and happy tune that is Hank’s step, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

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.

 

Taka
St. Louis, MO

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Taka
Taka
Taka

At just ten weeks of age, Taka was rescued from a bad puppy mill operation in SW Missouri and was very underweight, extremely frightened and completely unsocialized. Hawks were seen flying over that day, and so we named this beautiful male Akita puppy Taka, meaning Hawk. Once in our program, we made sure to fatten him up, and he has spent the last several months being raised and socialized in a dog savvy home with all positive, force-free training. Taka attended many weeks of puppy kindergarten and puppy elementary courses and eventually graduated as an AKC Star Puppy (a real AKC credential). He has also been a teaching dog at the Humane Society of Missouri.

Now eleven months old, Taka is a busy, happy boy, though he always needs to meet new people on his own terms before he is confident with them. His curiosity usually wins out with new encounters with people. He gently approaches to see if this human has cookies or wants to play. Taka does the Akita wooo and has a solid Akita guard bark. He knows many behaviors and tricks from clicker training and is an extremely smart Akita.

Our Taka must have structure in his life and lots of kindness and patience — no "Alpha" or dominance training. If he gets love and care, he will flourish. This boy is all Akita and can’t live in a house with other small dogs or cats in the household, and no kids. He would do well as an only pet, although he does have a few very good dog friends that he has chosen. He plays beautifully with them. Given the proper continued care and training and Taka will become a wonderful companion. If you would like to know more about this beautiful male Akita puppy, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302 and we will help you learn more about this special boy.

 

Joy
Indianapolis, IN

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Joy
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Joy

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.

If you would like to bring some "Joy" into your home and heart, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302 and we can tell you more about this Akita female.


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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