Midwest Akita Rescue Society

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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.


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.


Cleveland, OH

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Zeus Zeus Zeus

Zeus's VideoZeus is well named: He is a big (90 lbs.), handsome thunderbolt of a boy. He is lean, strong, filled with youthful energy and excitement, and playful but largely untrained. He enjoys the company of people, along with their treats and affectionate handling. Zeus can get along with some females, but our guess is that he may do best as the only dog in the family. He responds to direction and training and will thrive in a family experienced with large dogs able to give him the structure and attention he needs to become a great companion.

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


Cleveland, OH

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Ivy Ivy Ivy

Ivy's VideoIvy is a 75 lb. Akita/Shepherd mix who was picked up as a stray. MARS rescued her just hours before she was scheduled to be put down by animal control. What a shame that would have been, because Ivy is a beautiful dog who loves everyone she meets. She already knows basic commands,learns new commands easily, walks well on a leash and is a confident girl. She would probably make a good agility dog. Pictures alone can't capture her lively and loving nature. She is a must-see-to-believe kind of girl. If you would like to see what Ivy has to offer, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


Cleveland, OH

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Natasha Natasha Natasha

Natasha, a 7-year-old female came to us along with a younger female, Suki (who has already found her forever home). They came 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 "Tasha" is presently being fostered in a home in the Cleveland, Ohio area and she is also good with cats.

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


St. Louis, MO

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Nadia  Nadia

Chained to a structure near a river in the woods for the first few years of her life, Nadia endured weather, solitude and frequent hunger. A good samaritan visited her weekly bringing hay and food/water to her (as well as to other occupants who shared the wooded tieouts with her) until she was finally able to purchase Nadia from the owner and brought her to MARS for help with finding her an actual home. Nadia does not hold any ill feelings against humans due to her past lack of care and has a gentle, sweet demeanor. She was found to be heartworm positive so she is being treated for that after she gains some much needed weight and health. We are also investigating some possible sight problems with her peripheral vision, however she is getting along fine in most aspects of her sight. Nadia has a bit of a long road to travel to be completely healthy but she will get there with our help and possibly that of her supporters. If you would like to find out more about this pretty female who is around four years of age, just ask 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)
New Jersey

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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 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.

Percy, aka Mr. Handsome, is now a happy healthy senior and has been transferred to B.E.A.R., Big East Akita Rescue in New Jersey to help him find his forever home. BEAR has a known record of placing seniors and we want Percy to have his chance finally at a forever home so he is now an East Coast member. Please contact BigEastAkitaRescue@verizon.net for more information on this hunk of an Akita.


Aurora, IL

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Luna Luna Luna

An eight-week-old female Akita puppy was given up by her breeder in Missouri for having some sight problems and Zac's and MARS were contacted to help. Luna was brought into MARS fostering program and has brightened the lives of her foster care givers. Her eyesight problems seem to be related to a third eyelid and she is being seen by eye specialists to correct any vision issues. She is a very smart puppy who knows all the ways to break into hearts and is an very quick learner on house rules and plays with the big dogs in her foster home with complete confidence and commands. She is growing daily and is becoming a very beautiful brindle girl. If you would like to know more about our Luna, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

Note: We took Luna to a specialist and it was suggested that we wait another six weeks for her to grow a bit more prior to bringing her back for proper diagnostic recommendations and what is needed to correct her vision. As of December, she was too small to really get an accurate take on what was causing her sight problems. She is therefore unavailable for adoption until we know what the corrective procedures are that will be needed.


Yellow Springs, OH

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Rex  Rex

MARS was contacted by a concerned vet tech at a clinic in Ohio about a young male Akita who was brought in by his breeder to be put down as he carried the gene for an auto immune disease. We immediately fell in love with this young male who was just two years of age and has a personality and temperament to die for. He is not showing any degree of sickness nor blindness from the VKH genes that he apparently carries and is in full remission. We had him completely vetted and neutered. His foster explains that Rex really wants to have dog friends and seems to like everybody he encounters, both two-legged and four-legged. He is rapidly learning house rules and is loving his foster home. If you wish to learn more about Rex or help sponsor him, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


Portage, WI

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Rainey Rainey Rainey

This beautiful, all-white, four-year-old female Akita lost her home when her owner suddenly died from a heart attack at age 65. Rainey was sent to an island home in upper Minnesota where she found herself once again looking for a home due to attacking a cat. She is a wonderful housebroken female who is being fostered now in Wisconsin and doing well in her foster home and adjusting to the resident male Akita. If you would like to learn more about our Rainey, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.



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Ellie Ellie Ellie

Momma Ellie who watched over her pups Izzy and Sophie so well, is a young female around 2.5 years of age. Ellie initially was very scared of anyone new and took a few days to realize that no one was going to hurt her but they would be dishing out wonderful food and treats. Ellie is coming around now and once she knows and trusts you, she loves the belly rubs that she gets when she shows her tummy and rolls over for more. Unfortunately, Ellie proved positive for Heartworm so she is undergoing treatment now but will be available in a couple of months once she is done with her treatment and healthy. Ellie is a very attractive Pinto female and if you are interested in knowing more about her, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


Belleville, MI

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Bruno  Bruno

Hi, my name is Bruno and I'd like my very own human. I am a young male and need somebody that understands Akitas to help me channel my puppy energy. I am now living with several other dogs at my foster home. I get along OK with those dogs as long as my foster Dad is watching, but I can play a little rough. I think it would be best if I was the only pet in my new home. My foster Dad is giving me some clear and consistent rules and I am learning my manners. If I must say so, I am a pretty handsome dog. I am an affectionate dog too and sure would like a furever home. I would excell in a quiet country atmosphere where I could practise all my commands in a quiet calm setting. If you would like to share your home and heart with me, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


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.


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.


Cleveland, OH


Yoshi Yoshi Yoshi

Yoshi is a petite (about 65 lbs), sweet, and spunky 3-4 year old female with striking looks. She walks well on leash and likes to climb on picnic tables during outings to survey her surroundings. But mostly she likes to be with people and loves to be massaged and petted. She knows a few basic commands and wants to learn more. If you want to team up with our darling Yoshi and teach her, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


Nasuki (Suki)
Cleveland, OH


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 Nasuki, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


St. Louis, MO


Niall Niall Niall

Niall came to MARS following the whelping of her 3 puppies in a foster home. While there, Niall did well with the other dogs in the home but wasn't feeling the love after her puppies were born. It was thought that this was due to her new protective mama status, not aggression. Niall was an owner surrender to the other rescue group handling the adoption of her pups. We know little about those circumstances but she appears to have been well loved, given her sweet demeanor. We know she was kept with a GSD as her pups were a mix. Her former foster wanted to keep her but simply couldn’t due to her own dogs and the need to devote more time to the puppies' socialization. Niall has some anxiety about the kennel environment and would love to find the comfort of a real forever home. She would do well with other dogs with slow introductions. She may do well with cats as well but she is untested. Please foster or adopt this lovely lady. If you would like to meet Niall, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.




Polly Polly Polly

Another beautiful puppy acquired via ZAC's and MARS at four months of age from an auction. Polly has not met anyone who does not become her friend and she has a zest and love for life that amazes all who encounter her, knowing her beginnings. She is presently fostered in Wisconsin and is learning all the rules of life and being loved by her foster caregivers. If you would like to become Polly's friend and/or know more about her, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


St. Louis, MO


Thor Thor Thor

Meet Thor, although not the Norse God of thunder and lightning....nor the Marvel comic book character; our Thor is a magnificant male Akita who through no fault of his own is looking for a forever home. He lived with a military family in Kansas and when workers left the gate open, he decided to check out the territory and confronted a small terrier type dog that wanted to take on the big guy. The small dog suffered a bite and the managers of the base housing said that Thor had to find another home. Thor had lived with two other dogs one of which was a small terrier type however Base rules deemed him to relocate. MARS was contacted and we found this Akita to be a great example of our breed and we are looking for the right home for this Akita. He walks gently on lead and knows basic commands and would love to find his new forever home. If you are interested in offering Thor that home, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

Thor is unavailable for 8 weeks as he is recuperating from ACL surgery and is in rehab.


St. Louis, MO


Hiro Hiro Hiro

Two-year-old male Akita turned into a vet clinic in Kansas to be put down for chasing and hurting barn cats. Sympathatic vet tech and Akita lover contacted MARS for help in rehoming this boy to a cat-free home.

He was transported to St. Louis, kissing the transporters throughout his trip and even giving them hugs. He is a sweet, good-looking boy who was guilty of following his genes in hunting small critters whom he did not feel were members of his pack. Hiro has been stealing the hearts of all he encounters and if you have a cat-free home, he would love to be a part of that. Interested? Contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.




Sophie   Sophie

Sophie is Izzy's littermate and another very sweet Akita female puppy who is now around 5.5 months of age. Sophie is a little more reserved than her sister and is learning to be confident that these toys, treats and love that she is experiencing with her foster mom is the way puppies should be treated. Sophie would excel in a home with a confident, outgoing, male Akita that she could follow along in his footsteps. Sophie is doing wonderful in her foster home and taking in all the affection and love that her foster mom gives her while teaching her that the world is not such a scary place and new people have wonderful treats to share with good well mannered puppies. If your home and heart has a spot for Sophie, contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


St. Louis, MO


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.




Izzy Izzy Izzy

Izzy is a sweet typical Akita female puppy who is now around 5.5 months of age. Izzy has learned quickly to play with toys and does the typical "Akita kill" of her toys and loves zoomies, good food, pets and especially love from her foster mom who is teaching her that humans are wonderful and carriers of many wonderful treats and especially known for giving out tons of love to puppies in need. Izzy has bounced back to becoming a very affectionate young female and is ready for her forever home that is not on wheels. If you have space in your home and especially in your heart, please take a look at this pretty female. Interested? Contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.




Micah Micah Micah

Micah is a handsome black and white Pinto and is the sire of our Izzy and Sophie puppies. Micah is around two years of age and knows some basic commands which he is eager to show off for some wonderful treats. He is a good natured non aggressive and a quick study on learning anything new. He is healthy and putting on some much needed weight in foster care and would love to have a forever home. If you are interested in Micah, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.


Cleveland, OH area


Drake Drake Drake

Drake's VideoYoung Drake – we're guessing he's a couple years old – was found with his mother tied up beside a storage unit in Missouri abandoned, malnourished, and in poor condition. Mom is definitely an Akita; the father, well, who knows? Drake is on the small end of the Akita size spectrum, weighing about 70 lbs. But he has a giant personality and great looks. He has been a favorite of all the transporters, vets & vet techs, and MARS volunteers who met him on his way to Cleveland. Here he's a happy, charming fellow who seeks out the company of people on whom to practice his charms in return for attention and petting. He has become very playful and now gives us the famous Akita lean. His coat and skin are still rough from previous mis-treatment, but even so, he's a very handsome young fellow, an all white coat on his left side and beautiful brown pinto pony markings on his right. He is agile, easy to walk on leash, and attentive to his handlers. If you meet him, you'll want him.

For more information on Drake, 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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