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.

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

 

KAI
Bedford, KY

Riding the Waves

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Kai

One of the meanings of the name Kai is ocean. For this pretty girl, the seas were choppy for a few days but then the waves became gentle due to sheer luck. Kai was brought to animal control in Louisville, KY. Her owner could no longer keep her and fearing she would fall into the wrong hands he requested she be euthanized. When a former Akita breeder went to pick up another Akita for a sister rescue, the staff mentioned Kai. She was spayed, current on her vaccinations and Kai appeared to be a very nice girl—the breeder just couldn’t leave her behind, so off they sailed. Kai is a very young and beautiful seven. She has been a polite guest and does not appear to be bothered by other dogs. Kai is ready to set sail into the sunset—that just happens to match the color of her gorgeous coat—to the land of forever homes. If you know how to handle a jib and would like more information on Kai please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

TOSCA
Cleveland, OH

Rescue Will Restore the Music

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Tosca

Tosca (formerly Melanie of the Woodstock Five) had been living with her family and Bonz, another former orphan, for the past several years. Unfortunately her adopters have now decided that caring for their new grandchild and two Akitas is too much for Tosca's mom and they are returning Tosca to MARS. Tosca is six years of age, house trained and a love, although we don't think she is found of having her picture taken. She is going to miss her family and especially Bonz. MARS' commitment to our orphans is forever--as in forever and ever--so we are going to make sure Tosca finds a new loving home where she can woo her arias with less melodrama. For more information please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

 

NOEL
Surprise, Surprise
South Bend, IN

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Noel
Noel
Noel

Noel was about nine months old when she was found as a stray in northwest Indiana. Her microchip was traced to an owner and they were contacted by the shelter. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, they had sold her but they couldn’t recall the name of the new owners and they did not want her back. Full of energy and excitement, it did not appear Noel had attended finishing school just yet. And while she was a bit underweight, and a lot wiggly; overall Noel seemed in good physical shape. MARS agreed to take her under their wing and she was moved to a kennel in South Bend.

Noel remains true to form at the kennel—an active, energetic teenager. She also doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in her body. The greatest danger—being kissed lots! After a spending a bit of time with you, Noel begins to settle down and enjoys getting attention. A quick leaner and learner, we believe Noel would blossom in a home with a family willing to be her training partners in an obedience class. Playing brain games would also help work off the energy of an eager mind. If you would like more information on Noel please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

NEFFIE
South Bend, IN

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Neffie

On a late evening a man walked into a shelter in Indianapolis with a young female Akita stating that he had to give her up as he could no longer afford to feed her or care for her. The next morning the same man walked into the shelter with a box of six new born pups that he said he found in his garage......The pups were immediately taken to Neffie who eagerly accepted them and began feeding them. MARS was contacted and we urgently tried to find a foster spot for mom and pups. They will be placed for adoption when they attain eight weeks of age and we are looking for some good caring homes for our rolly polly pups as well as their mom Neffie who will be spayed prior to placement. Mom is definitely a pure bred Akita however the heritage of the pups sire is not known. If you would like to brighten up your life and your days and inhale some puppy breath with one of the members of Neffie's family, please contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

 

LEO
Cleveland, OH

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Leo
Leo
Leo

Leon is a 1.5 year old owner surrender. He was turned in with a story, but we suspect he may simply have grown too large and active for the home. Everyone who has met Leo – shelter staff, MARS evaluators, transporters, and kennel handlers – loves him. Long, tall, and handsome, he currently weighs about 100 lbs and is growing still. He is extremely friendly, fairly gentle if strong, but also a pretty much untrained adolescent not long out of his puppy phase (but very willing to please). He makes friends quickly and greets people with face kisses, sometimes standing with his front paws on their shoulders (we are working on this) and uses his head and mouth to search everywhere and gently remove any treats they might be carrying. We have discovered that he considers himself a lap dog, so cuddling will not be an issue with Leo. As big and strong as he is, he walks easily on a leash and rarely pulls and will stop in mid walk to get in an "Akita Lean" and some lovin. He escaped once from his kennel run but returned quite readily on recall. He would rather be with people and obtain affection than roam on his own. To date he has not shown any "other dog animosity", Leo is a big goofy and wonderful personality and with some structure and training he will make a great companion. For more information on Leo_ contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

 

SAMURAI
Osage, IA

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Samurai
Samurai
Poe

The Samurai were military nobility of medieval and early modern Japan and much of their teachings are still found in the martial arts today. MARS Samurai is a noble eight year old male Akita who only exhibits his gentle side in interacting with all humans and others of his kind. He is a gentle giant with quite a history. A couple of years ago Samurai was found by a lady in Chicago and her vet identified an owner via his micro chip from Arizona. The owner was never able to be located and the woman who found him returned to his native England and MARS lost track of Samurai as we were helping to locate the original owner. Fast forward to December of 2013 and the City of Chicago Pound contacted us about this big sweet male Akita that was picked up as a stray and once again the micro chip identified him as Samurai, our old acquaintance. Well with his history, we immediately came to his aid and with the help of some regular Akita angels, he has been vetted and transported to a foster home where he is safe and a happy boy. Samurai was found to have a thyroid imbalance which accounts for his larger weight and he is now on thyroid meds and soon will be a healthy slim and trimmer Akita looking for a forever home. Samurai is a lover not a warrior and he would love to be in his own forever home...could that home be yours? If further interest is desired, 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!

 

MAKOTO
Cleveland, OH

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Makoto
Makoto
Makoto

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.

Makoto mean Sincerity. Not only is he sincere he is also very outgoing and loveable too. "Mo" is 2-3 years old and is fully vetted however he has a 3rd degree luxating patella (bum knee). The good news is we have a great vet standing by to do the surgery and says the outcome looks good. However Mo needs a foster (or forever) home to recover in. For more information on "Mo", please contact Deanna O’Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

TADAO
Cleveland, OH

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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.

 

KING
Verona, IL

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King
King
King

King is a three to four year old Akita who is looking for a new palace to hang his leash. King's owner needed to move to a location where he could not keep King who he had from a pup and turned him in to a vet facility. We were contacted by some friends of MARS who were Akita breeders and they asked us to help find a new home for this Akita. We ironically had previously evaluated him when the owner was thinking of re-homing him so we were familiar with King and made some room with some help from some Akita angels. King is used to being groomed and is a well behaved, house trained male Akita who would make anyone's home a warm and friendly palace or place to share fun times and love. If you are interested in learning more about our King please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net .

 

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

 

IZZY
AKRON OHIO

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Izzy
Kyra

URGENT UPDATE : Izzy's foster is returning to his home overseas this Fall and Izzy now needs a new place to dwell. Izzy has a mild case of an auto immune disorder that affects her nose but it is controlled with medication that is reasonable and there are organizations that can help cover the cost. She is housebroken and a very sweet senior girl and we are pleading her case for a new foster or forever home. This girl has touched a lot of hearts for quite some time so please if you can find it in your heart and home, give Izzy a new place to hang her leash.

Izzy was adopted out by a shelter and found several months later by a caring person who is presently fostering her in Akron Ohio. The previous owner was contacted but never responded to calls and letters. Izzy has made herself the perfect house guest and co exists with the resident dog well. This is an awesome senior Akita (between 8-10 years of age) who is super friendly and sweet. Izzy walks amazingly on a leash and she knows how to sit and shake. She loves to play - especially with stuffed animals and does not mind being groomed. Izzy is a "special needs senior" who has an autoimmune disorder that will require medication for quite some time. This wonderful Akita really needs her own forever home so that she can live out the remainder of her years and bring smiles to the fortunate humans that open their hearts and home to her. If you would like more information on sharing those years with Izzy, please contact Deanna OBrien at 773 594 9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net

Izzy is sending lots of sweet 'kita kisses to David & Ange for being her sponsors!

 

sAM I AM
Cleveland, OH

I AM SAM. I AM SAM. SAM I AM from "Green Eggs and Ham by Doctor Seuss"

Adoption Pending!

Sam I Am
Sam
Sam

MARS Sam I Am is just over a year old wonderful male Akita who has had a tough start to his young life and it is no wonder he doesn't like green eggs and ham and truly prefers good wholesome kibble. Sam was purchased by a young couple who found themselves in a bit over their heads and hearts and had to give up Sam shortly after purchasing him from a pet store. Sam was bounced around to a couple of homes before finding himself in a shelter where MARS was able to take him into our program. Sam is an extremely sweet boy who is very good on lead and loves his walks and attention. We are working on Sam learning to like his cage confinement when not out enjoying the world and he is progressing very positively. Some comments from his foster caregivers..."On walks once he is out of his cage, he's unaffected by bikes, children, and other trail walkers, and is as easy to handle as any orphans we've had. He's interested in other dogs but doesn't go crazy wild when passing them. He's fond of being handled and is a bit of a leaner. Sam is very willing to please and learns quickly....most of all he need consistency and patience... He does thrive when he is with humans, we are unsure if he is crate able but I do believe with a savvy understanding home he will rise to the occasion. He is very affectionate and is a compact size." We feel Sam needs some gentle work in order for him to learn that good food and good TLC are the main components in his future now and if you would be interested in joining his rehab team, contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

 

POE
Greenwood, IN

Adoption Pending

Poe
Poe
Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while we pondered, weak and weary....we received a call from a friendly Louisville Kentucky shelter that we have dealt with in the past concerning a very sweet male Akita in need. After meeting this four year old male we agreed with the shelters assessment and made room in our program and in our hearts for Poe. Poe knows some basic commands and is a rather large boy who is much in need of some added weight. He does not seem aggressive to other animals and is a pleasant male Akita who is looking for a forever home and "never more" wants to be homeless. If you would like to know more about our Poe, please contact Deanna OBrien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773 594 9302.

Poe is sending poetic woo-woos to Bishop and Cyn Clarke for being his sponsor.


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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