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.

 

Nikita (Nikki)
Cleveland, OH area

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Nikki
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Nikki

Nikki's VideoNikki comes to us from Memphis where she was with another rescue for over a year. We don't know her history before that. She is now with MARS, in a kennel near Cleveland, looking for a real and forever home. Nikita is reputed to be four years old, but acts like a yearling. She is a looker, a leaner, a licker and a play leader. Everyone who has met her from Memphis to Cleveland has fallen for her charms. Her floppy ears and delicate head don't scream "Akita", but from the neck down she is all Akita, one able to do a full body wiggle with her 80 lbs. of happy. She likes other dogs and displays relaxed gestures and play behaviors. We don't yet know her attitude toward cats. Nikita is easy to handle, easy to walk, easy to love.

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

 

Travis
Cleveland, OH area

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Travis
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Travis

Travis is a wonderful one-and-a-half-year-old male Akita who was raised from a puppy along with a young male child. Unfortunately illness within the family forced them to find Travis a new home. MARS was contacted and we evaluated him and found this Akita to be an exceptional boy. This handsome male Akita is housebroken and knows some basic commands and is just looking for a new home and family who he can share his leash and heart with. He is a gentle spirit who loves nothing more than to cuddle up with any human that shows him love and care. If you are looking for that "special" furry critter for your heart and home, Travis would be more than happy to fit in with your life and family. If you would like to know more about this Akita, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Koty
Cleveland, OH area

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Koty

Koty's VideoKoty cut it close with a pound ready to euthanize him before many Akita lovers from all over the country stepped forward to save him.

He is currently proving to be a friendly, easy to handle, happy fellow who enjoys human company. He's just begun to relax and take offered treats and is working to add a few needed pounds to his rangy frame. We believe he is 8-10 yrs old.

He is not aggressive with the other dogs, he just does his own thing in an aloof Akita way. He walks very well on a leash and he would make a sweet and great companion to an open heart and home.

For more information on Koty, or any of our other orphans, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Smokey
St. Louis, MO

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Smokey
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Smokey

Smokey is a big bear of an Akita rescued from Memphis. Everyone that meets him wants to cuddle with him. When he first came to MARS he was down and depressed. Now that he has been loved his true self has emerged proving him to be funny, playful and loving. He is also a striking and strong six year old. Smokey receives seizure medication and is currently benefiting in health from much better veterinary care and in soul from a better living environment in St. Louis.

For more information on Smokey or any of our orphans, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Dana
St. Louis, MO

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Dana

Dana is a lovely 3 1/2-year-old female Akita who is a sweet and charming girl, waiting to charm her forever family. She loves her toys and is a very smart and well-behaved Akita who came to our program from the far reaches of Missouri near the Arkansas border. She is residing in a foster home in downstate Illinois now and enjoying her foster family of humans and other canines. She seems to be good with other dogs pending proper introductions.

If you would like to learn more about our lovely Dana, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Romeo
St. Louis, MO

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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.

 

Wally
St. Louis, MO

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Wally

Wally is an 8-month-old Akita mix and brother of Thunder. They were saved from SW Missouri. Wally is a gentle soul with a big heart with undercurrents of his enthusiastic puppy behavior. He is an open book and clearly wants to be loved and will generously return that love. Given a little time to hang out, one will surely find his head resting in their lap. He is a little nervous and unsure at times but can be easily brought back into his comfort zone with a little love. He communicates with his eyes versus his vocal cords and aims to please. If you are interested in learning more or meeting our Wally, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Thunder
St. Louis, MO

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Thunder

Thunder is an 8-month-old Akita mix and brother of Wally. They were saved from SW Missouri. Mom was an Akita, dad was a drifter. Thunder is a focused, exuberant, powerful pup ready for adventure yet hungry for affection. He easily demonstrates an ability to connect with anyone who shows him some love. We have yet to hear him bark. His previous caretakers clearly spent little time providing training or reinforcing his positive characteristics but he is not prone to mischief, just enthusiastic about exploring and meeting and greeting people. The garden snake he met blew his mind! If you are interested in meeting our Thunder, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Hank
Central Michigan area

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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.

 

dAKOTA
Menomoninee, WI

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Dakota

Dakota's VideoDakota is one very beautiful female Akita who finds herself a victim of a divorced family and sadly like many victims of divorce, she is looking for love and a new home in all the right places. Dakota would like to be the only princess in the castle so she will need to be the only dog in the household. Her love of being in a home and belonging to a stable family is her main objective and also MARS objective for her. She is housebroken of course and would love to meet a new family. Dakota is four year of age and if you feel she would fit within your home and hearts, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Taka
St. Louis, MO

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Taka
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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

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.

 

Bella & Tank
Milwaukee, WI

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Bella & Tank

Bella and Tank's VideoMeet Bella, a three-year-old female Akita, and her best bud Tank, a four-year-old male. They are a bonded pair of the sweetest and most wonderful Akitas who are looking for a new home. Their previous owner who loved them very much fell upon hard times and lost their home so he wanted this pair to have a chance at a forever home.

Tank is a brindle and Bella is fawn with black mask. Bella and Tank are house trained and know basic commands and are the perfect lady and gentlemen duo. They are not dog aggressive and love meeting new people.

If you would like to share your home and heart with this pair, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302. They are just waiting for you!

 

Mia
St. Louis, MO

ADOPTION PENDING!

Mia
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Mia

Mia is a quick learner with a mysterious background. She was rescued from a dog pound in north St.Louis. She likes other household pets with proper introductions by attentive adopters. Mia is fostered in a home with cats and dogs. She's a very sweet, loving girl with a big bark. Mia communicates her needs and is a very curious girl. She likes long walks and lots of attention. She is learning to use the crate, her foster mom finds she is easily trainable. Mia needs a home with a mom/dad with lots of patience and willingness to give her positive reinforcement for all she has already learned.

For more information on Mia or any of our MARS orphans, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Willow
Portage, MI

ADOPTION PENDING!

Willow
Willow
Willow

Sweet Willow was found on the side of a road near Detroit, Michigan with old and new wounds — ears cut down — and a wagging tail, by a kind gentlemen on his way to work. He picked her up and contacted us as he was a former Akita owner and wanted to know if we could help. We had her taken to a vet in the area who stitched up her wounds, spayed her and put her on some antibiotics. The vet felt she was perhaps used as bait dog and was fairly young. We think she is under 2 years old.

Her temperament and personality are excellent and we found her a foster home where she could rehab. Willow's heritage is not exactly known as some thought she could be a Karakachan mix or Akita mix... whatever Willow is she is as loving and sweet as she can be. Willow has excellent manners and is good with other dogs when properly introduced.

Her foster Mom is watching her recover quickly and is seeing a playful, protective, hilarious dog emerge who is eager to please and learn. Willow shows strong loyalty to those who love her.

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

 

TOMOKO (Tommy)
Cleveland, OH area

ADOPTION PENDING!

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Tom
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Tomoko's VideoTomoko means "child of wisdom" and our Tomoko (Tommy 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 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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