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.

 

Yoshi
Chicago, IL

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Yoshi

Meet our sweet female Akita puppy born 3/4/2015 who now finds herself looking for a new home as her owner moved to a location where she could not have pets. Yoshi is well-behaved, housebroken, playful and loving and would love to be part of her own forever family. She is the typical Akita — good with other dogs and pups with proper introduction. Yoshi is busy learning all the ins and outs of becoming a well-mannered Akita companion and walks gently on lead. If you would like to continue with Yoshi's educational pursuits, and would like to make her a part of 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  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 few 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 seven 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.

 

Ricco
Lafayette, IN

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Ricco  Ricco

Meet Ricco, a gorgeous golden brindle young male Akita who is all love and personality. Ricco found himself in a shelter and he swiftly captured the hearts of all the volunteers who worked with the shelter and an army of volunteers worked to promote him to Akita rescue. We had some fortunate luck in finding a foster home for him and with the help of our usual Akita angel suspects Ricco was on his journey to freedom and a foster home. Ricco is fully trained and has a wonderful personality....loves to play and loves to give Akita leans and kisses. If you would like to learn more about this handsome male Akita, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Becky & Sienna (BFFs)
St. Louis, MO

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Becky & Sienna
Becky
Sienna

Our two new orphans Becky and Sienna, although not related, they are truly sisters of the heart. If you are looking for an attractive, loving, five-year-old female, either one or both of these girls would graciously fill the bill. They are both well-trained, housebroken and love to give kisses and share their joy to each and every human they encounter. Their story....not so pretty. They were confiscated from a breeder due to lack of proper care and thankfully they do not hold a grudge and are thriving now in good health and care. Everyone who has interacted with these females, comes away praising them and their temperaments &0151; from transporters to kennel managers and volunteers. So, if you would like to add one or both of these special "sisters of the heart" to your heart and home, just let us know and contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Penelope (Penny)
Cleveland, OH area

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Penny
Penny
Penny

Penny's VideoPepe Le Pew Goes Woo-Woo! Despite being on in years, it looks like Pepe Le Pew is still in avid search of romance (hmm...maybe they make a little blue pill for skunks!). Unfortunately, more than ever given his age, Pepe’s eyesight is still misguided and it seems he has set his sights on our Penelope. Our Penelope has a perfectly centered white stripe on the back of her very poufy tail and poor Pepe has mistaken our sweet girl for a rather large skunk. In fairness to Pepe, we can see how he could fall for such a pretty girl, especially when she wags her tail with the big white stripe. Alas, no matter how many mon Cherrie’s this lady's man utters, our Penelope is not interested. Seems her nose knows to stay away! So with kind thank you’s for Pepe’s attention, Penelope has decided it is best for MARS to find her a more suitable suitor in the form of a forever family.

Penelope, Penny to her friends, is about 4 years young and was found as a stray in north central Indiana. She was a very good girl at the shelter, even willing to share the big kennel with a female German Shepherd. Being so nice, the staff reached out to rescue to save this special girl from the ills of shelters and, the advances of old Pepe. Penny was definitely someone’s pet. She was in decent shape, was already spayed and knows basic manners — but sadly no came looking for her. Penny takes treats nicely, is happy to see people and enjoys car rides. In addition to the shelter staff, who were so happy she was going to rescue, Penny has received A+++ from the clinic and kennel staffs.

In order to escape Pepe's harmless, but persistent ways Penny hitched a ride to our kennel outside Cleveland. We will provide updates as we learn more about our newest girl. For more information on Penny, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302. We hope you understand we'll be very careful about giving out Penny's exact location, especially if you have a French accent — we know the crafty ways of Le Skunk.

 

Joy
Indianapolis, IN

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Joy
Joy
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.

 

China & Coco
Cleveland, OH area

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China
Coco
Coco

China and Coco's VideoDivorce, Sickness, Financial Troubles all spell negative happenings for our four-footed friends. China and Coco are a mother (age 7) and daughter (age 2) who were brought into a shelter due to their owner's ill health and, unbenownst to MARS, separated at the kennel. MARS was called to see if we would be a better placement for China. We evaluated her and pulled her and, on the day of her freedom, someone mentioned that China had a daughter that was also at the shelter. We bow to never breaking up a family, so we pulled Coco too. When Coco and China saw each other there was an abundance of Akita wooing and play bowing and their happiness at being back together was a joy to behold. We then called upon our Akita angel squad to transport from St. Louis, Missouri to Ohio where space was available.

Both girls have passed their temperament tests with flying colors. They both walk well on leash and seem to know basics. Coco does everything her mom does and gives her mom the Akita bump insuring that mom is next to her. These two are a wonderful pair and although they can be separated, it would be wonderful to see them in their forever home together. Family counts for everything according to Coco and we think they would be an exceptional addition to a forever home. If you are interested in adopting or learning more about our girls, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302

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Rutger (Rudy)
Cleveland, OH area

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Rudy
Rudy
Rudy

Rutger's VideoRutger is German and is taken from the name Roger. Our Akita was saved from certain death in a shelter by a care giving MARS volunteer who fell for his charm. Our Rutger is called by those who care and love him Rudy. The following is from one of his care givers:

"I just finished hosting Rudy at my house for 5 days as he recovered from a neuter and benign testicular tumor removal operation. Rudy is about 7 years old according to the vet, but looks older, perhaps because he was a stray for some time and has lost a lot of weight."

"He's down to 80 lbs and could stand to gain 10-15 lbs. Rudy is a sweet adult dog, very calm, gentle, slow moving, very friendly, and so far at least is not dog aggressive as so many Akitas are. He house-trained himself here in about an hour and had no accidents after the first half day (although it's true I took him out every hour or so the first day here). I would walk to the kitchen door, let him out in the backyard, and he would do his business, smell a few things and then come right back inside like he'd done it a hundred times. I'm pretty sure he has been a house dog, because he is not fazed by furniture, stairs, or hallways. His favorite activity seems to be chilling on the floor near wherever I am and napping. He followed me everywhere inside and out."

If you would like to meet and greet our Rudy, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Sammy
Oregon, WI

ADOPTION PENDING!

Sammy
Sammy
Sammy

Sammy, born 11/13/2013 as Savage Bear Hamus, is a very handsome black and white Pinto male Akita who came under MARS' care and into our program for adoption recently. He lived with a young man and two other Akitas and the young man found himself in love and getting married to someone who had three dogs also. Thus, it was decided that Sammy and another female would be placed elsewhere to comply with the number of dogs allowed to be maintained by one family. Sammy was loved and his owner felt that Akita rescue would find him the best new home. Sammy is as sweet as they come and is learning that all new humans are okay and the experience of new people and new places is positive. His personality is charming and! he is looking for a new home now and hearts to care for him. If you would like to meet and greet our Sammy, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594-9302.

 

Bella & Tank
St. Louis, MO area

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Bella & Tank
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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. Bella and Tank are house trained and know basic commands and are the perfect lady and gentlemen duo. They are not other 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!

 

dAKOTA
Menomoninee, WI

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Dakota
Dakota
Dakota

Dakota 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 is good with other dogs upon proper introduction like any typical Akita and 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.

 

GYPSY
Osage, IA

ADOPTION PENDING!

Gypsy
Gypsy

Just like a gypsy that dances and sings her way her way into hearts, our young female Akita Gypsy will steal your heart. Gypsy had a home however her owners fell upon hard times so she was made to wander into the arms of MARS and we will find her a new forever home where she can live out her life and be cared for and loved. Gypsy is house broken and may do well with a gentle loving male and of course a loving family that she can call her own. She gives her foster mom Kita kisses and knows many basic commands. If you would like to meet, or dance with our Gypsy, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

tORI
Cleveland, OH

ADOPTION PENDING!

Tori
Tori
Tori

Tori's VideoNote: Tori is recuperating from knee surgery. She will be ready for her new home by the end of July.

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 four 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. Tori is good with other dogs with proper introduction, as with any Akita. She loves just about everyone she encounters. For more information please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

TONY
They’re Grrrreat!
Rockford, IL

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Tony
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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 presently fostered in Rockford, Illinois. 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.

 

TOMOKO
Cleveland, OH

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Tom
Tom
Tosca

Tomoko's VideoTomoko 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 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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