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.

 

Natasha & Nasuki (Suki)
Cleveland, OH area

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Natasha and Nasuki
Natasha
Nasuki

Natasha, female age 7 and Suki, female age 2.5, 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 was trained as a Service Akita for her owner and she is a very mellow girl who obeys basic commands and is easy to walk and non-aggressive to other dogs. She is a very wel-mannered Akita.

Nasuki (Suki), is a young female who is very playful and full of energy. She does well on leash and is very bonded to Natasha.

Both females are very beautiful and if they could be adopted together, it would be great but not mandatory. If someone wanted two Akitas that are very bonded and trained, these two girls are a fit. They are walked easily together and look for each other as soon as they are out of their kennels.

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

 

Haru
Cleveland, OH area

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Haru
Haru
Haru

Haru is a 3 Year old male with tricolor markings. An owner surrender with his mate Midori, Haru is a confident dog. He has not shown aggression with other dogs in the shelter but does show interest in giving chase for squirrels on walks. He may do best in a home without other pets though he does quite well with Midori. The pair was surrendered by their owner to animal control. The owner had planned to breed them but they had not received proper vet care prior to MARS. Haru is HW negative and somewhat skinny but the vet says he is just fine.

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

 

Midori
Cleveland, OH area

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Midori
Midori
Midori

Midori was an owner surrender from St. Louis County. She had been destined for a life of breeding with her mate, Haru. Thanks to the support of animal control personnel, the pair was given a second chance with MARS. Midori is a tad skittish with new people but was quick to engage with rescue volunteers. She is young (1-1.5 years old) and can build confidence in the right home with proper training. At only 56 pounds, she's a little girl but beautifully marked. Midori is wary about other animals (hackles up) and may do best in a home without other pets. She and Haru get along well and could be adopted as a pair. She is HW negative and vets say healthy.

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

 

Boocie
Cleveland, OH area

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Boocie
Boocie
Boocie

Meet Boocie, our young senior with a strange name but one that he knows and reacts to. Boocie's story is not one of a pleasant beginning of his life journey. He was removed from his original owners due to neglect as he had not been cared for properly in the area of Memphis Tennessee. Boocie's ears were so fly bitten that parts of them had to be amputated as well has his health condition was extremely poor with Heartworm Disease and basic lack of care.

Boocie spent almost two years in a vet clinic boarding before MARS took possession of this Akita and gave him the gift of freedom from Heartworm and put him on the road to health. Boocie does not hold any grudges against the humans that let him down and loves most everyone he encounters. He is very friendly and seeks out new people. Boocie doesn't mind being handled and likes being brushed. Despite his size, he's easy to handle and walks easily on leash. We would love to see Boocie in a forever home for the remainder of his life journey and I know he longs for that kindness and loving care. Could that home be yours?

If you are interested in knowing more about this beautiful boy, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Nikita (Nikki)
Cleveland, OH area

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Nikki
Nikki
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.

 

King
St. Louis, MO

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King
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King

We got him! Little King is safe! He's the newest orphan in the MARS line-up. King was left by his owner on a chain in the back yard — and then the owner MOVED. This baby boy was tethered for days with no food or water or people! He was saved by some caring neighbors, who took him to a great shelter which immediately called MARS. He has quickly turned from frightened to adorable — just ask his doting care-givers! King is approximately 8 months to one year of age and is a very quick learner on basic commands. He does not hold any grudges for his previous owners lack of care and warms up to all he meets. If you would like to meet our newest orphan, 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

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.

 

Jake & Elwood
Oregon, WI

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Jake and Elwood
Jake
Elwood

Jake and Elwood, named after Chicago's Blues Brothers, are two young male Akitas hailing from the streets of Dearborn, Michigan where they were picked up as strays. The boys are now learning the ropes in Oregon, Wisconsin where they are being boarded. These boys can be separately adopted and have sweet temperaments besides being so darn good looking. Sorry their musical accomplishments are limited but not their love for affection.

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

 

Rain
St. Louis, MO

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Rain
Rain
Rain

Rain is a beautiful little 2 1/2-year-old cutie with a playful and sweet disposition. She was saved from a Missouri puppy mill (by ZAC's Mission - No Akitas in Puppy Mills) before she was forced to have puppies for money. She is currently boarding at an excellent facility in St. Louis since arriving in the open arms of MARS. She is adored by the staff and MARS volunteers who are most struck by her huge heart, great coat and love of goofing around. For more information on Rain, please contact Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net or 773-594-9302.

 

Smokey
St. Louis, MO

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Smokey
Smokey
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
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
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.

 

dAKOTA
Menomoninee, WI

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Dakota
Dakota
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
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
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.

 

Bella & Tank
Milwaukee, WI

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Bella
Tank
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!

 

Wally
St. Louis, MO

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Wally
Wally
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
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.

 

Travis
Cleveland, OH area

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Travis
Travis
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.


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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