Midwest Akita Rescue Society

Serving the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota Areas


Available By Shelter or Owner

The following Akitas are being listed as a free service to Rescues, Shelters and Owners. We make every effort to post timely, accurate, and reliable information.  However, these dogs have not been evaluated for temperament or health by a MARS Representative and MARS accepts no responsibility for their direct placement. We are available for assistance and consultation to help insure the best placement and transition.

 Katora  Katora 


Ypsilanti, MI

"Can you say 'laid back?'  Because that's what I am.  My name is Katora.  I am a 7-year old female Akita. I love to take naps and I enjoy walks. I have no health issues and I'm current on my rabies shots.  I am not spayed.  As laid back as I am though, my humans need to find a new home for me.  They love me and wish that they could keep me but I don't get along with the other dogs in the house. I confess, I recently bit our new yorkie puppy. Before that, though,  I got along quite well with our miniature Schnauzer. I was not raised with what you humans call children, so if you don't have any around, that's best for me.  I'm not sure how I'd react.  So if you have a home with no other pets and no children, then it's perfect for me!"

For more information, call Jackie at 734-485-3852.

Kitano Kitano



Capac, MI

"Have you ever seen such a handsome Akita?  My name is Kitano, Tano for short.  I am a healthy 3 year old neutered male. I live with my humans, both adults and children.  The youngest is 14 years old.  With us, there are five cats, a female dog, two horses and some chickens.  (That's me in the photo napping peacefully with two of my furry housemates.) But as much as I love everyone around me, my human believes I would do best in a home as an only pet due to my high prey drive. One thing I do not do well with is change, so I need a consistent household. Oh, yeah, NO MALE DOGS CAN LIVE WITH ME EITHER!  That wouldn't be good for me or the other dogs.  I don't have a bite record, but I'm not sure about my rabies.  So if I'm so content here, why do I need a new home?  My human's health is not holding up, and she can't keep me much longer.  If you can't take me, it's off to the shelter.  I really don't want to go there, so please find a place in your home for me!  I only have a couple of weeks."

For more information, contact Sally at 810-310-2562 (preferred) or Sally_20@msn.com.

 Joy and Yoshi 

 Joy  Yoshi



Chicago, IL

"Hello, my name is Joy, and I exude it all the time! People say I’m the happiest dog they ever saw. My dog-mom adopted me in 2002 after my previous owner died. I was so happy that she renamed me Joy! I’m a 14 year old Akita-mix, weighing in at 70 pounds. Despite my old age, I am in perfect health. Sometimes walking up the stairs takes a bit of time. I prefer a home without a lot of stairs, and some carpeting to make it easy for me to get up and down. I’m a sucker for head rubs, dog hugs, and affection. I may be a mix, but I’ve got a lot of Akita in me! I’m quiet and low key. I like to guard the home I live in, to keep it safe. Children love me. I let them rub all over my head.

Hi! I’m Yoshi, an ageless Shiba. I’m probably around 10 or 11 years old, and am as smart and clever as they come. My dog-mom rescued me in 2006 and I’ve been well-adjusted and happy ever since. I’m very cat-like-- quiet, clean and to myself. I may be only 25 pounds, but I’m a big dog at heart. I prefer to hang out only with Joy, because no other animal lives up to her standard. I love to go for walks and runs. My health is great, but sometimes I act like I can’t hear (just to fool you-- I’m clever, remember?). My vision is starting to wane.

Our dog-mom has a great job and travels a lot for work. That’s why we need a new home. For the past year we lived with a foster mom, but she has health problems and is unable to care for us anymore. If you adopt us, we offer wonderful companionship! We are BFFs, and need to stay together. Our owner wants to keep in touch with us, so make sure you share pictures and stories of your new life with us!"

For more information, contact Fenesha at 773-969-6374 or fenesha@gmail.com.

 Youngstown girls  Youngstown Girls

Youngstown girls  Youngstown girls


Youngstown, OH

"URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR THESE DOGS. I came across these 2 dogs lying on a street corner.  So I spoke to an employee at a business across the street.  He was about to call the pound. He believed they were dumped, as he had never seen them before and they weren't there the day before. They do look like they were well taken care of (the larger one more so than the younger one). Both came to me when I called, but showed extremely submissive behavior, as though waiting to be hit.  Yet, they are super sweet. A bit on the fearful side, especially so for the young girl, but both have really come out of their shells while in temporary foster care. They are playful and the young one likes to give kisses. And as you can see, they are gorgeous! The older one looks like Shepherd/Akita mix. The younger one, perhaps Shepherd/Retriever.  These 2 were found in an area known for drop-offs. I can't say that is the case, but no one reported any dogs matching their description to the pound and their stray hold was just up yesterday. They are now in temporary housing to keep them out of the overcrowded local pound. They aren't spayed, and we're not sure of their age or medical background.  CAN YOU HELP THESE TWO??"

For more information, visit the shelter's web site at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youngstown-Dogs-Surviving-the-Streets/172569426236079 or contact Tanja Lynn at 330-518-8218.

 Timber  Timber 


Auburn, MI

"Have you ever seen such a handsome boy?  Hello, my name is Timber.  I am a 2 1/2 year old Akita.  I am a very well-behaved boy.  I've been through basic obedience training and I walk very well on the leash. I am not social with other animals, though. I am very good with the three children in my home, but a little too protective.  I recently bit one of their friends who was visiting. That's why I need a new home, and a home without children.  I am otherwise healthy,  neutered and current on rabies.   I love to be with my family and I follow them to any room in the house. If you adopt me, I will offer wonderful companionship and I'll protect your home.  Do you have room for this ball of fluff?"

For more information, contact Mike Horneber at mfhorneber@gmail.com.

 Bear  Bear 


Belleville, MI

"Bear's the name, walking's the game.  I am a 1 1/2 year old male Akita.  That's me in the middle walking with my friends.  As you can see, I behave well while walking with other dogs, but really, really like to walk alone too!  I am a diamond in the rough.  My first owners didn't train me, didn't have consistent expectations of me, or set any limits.  Mom soon realized she was in over her head, especially when I got too boisterous and knocked dad over.  She knew it was time to find a new home for me - one where I could succeed under the right training.  That's when Frank came along.   He's been so patient working with me.  He treats me so differently.  I'm responding well to positive handling and training, and Frank says I'm a joy to work with!  My manners have greatly improved and I do well in the house.  I am house trained and have learned what's off limits.  I love my toys, but I'm just as happy to take a nap.  I'd be okay living with cats, but I prefer adults only in a home, maybe with dog savvy adolescents.  I am neutered, current on my rabies, and have a bite record only because of my lack of training and inappropriate handling.  As wonderful as I am progressing, Frank can't keep me as a forever dog.  He already has two dogs, and I'm taking up one of his foster slots.  I'm just living with him until my perfect someone comes along. I would do best in a home where the humans have the knowledge of an experienced Akita owner and who will continue my training.  They also have to be patient with my typical activity level as a young dog.  Are you Akita savvy?  I'd love to find a home with you!"

For more information, contact Deanna O'Brien at 773-594-9302 or marsakita@sbcglobal.net or Frank Hashek at 317-289-7152 or pepper2hot2eat@gmail.com.

 Kash  Kash 

Des Moines, IA

"I am offering my paw as a friendly hello.  My name is Kash.  I am  a male Akita.  I will be three years old on August 2nd, and weighed in at 82 pounds during my last visit to the vet.  I am a very  loving companion who needs lots of exercise. Long walks are my favorite pastime!  I know some commands such as 'sit' and I love to play catch.  I'm a very happy dog!  I was raised around one child and never had any issues with the little one.  I do tend to dig a lot, though, and I have to confess that I have killed cats, squirrels,& rabbits. So I'm on a no-corn dog food to help control my aggression.  Otherwise, I am healthy, current on rabies and I don't have a bite record.  I have been with my humans since I was six weeks old.  I've been an outside dog ever since.  And that's why I need a new home.  I need a big place to run and play, and my mom can't provide that for me any more.  Mom is sad to see me go, and if you adopt me, she wants to keep in touch with you and see pictures as I continue to grow.  It's also important that whomever adopts me has knowledge of how to care for an Akita.  We're a special breed, you know.  My ideal home would be one where I am the only animal.  Like I said, you can't trust me around cats.  Do you have a special home for a special dog?"

For more information, and breeder info, contact Kim Ellsworth at 515-419-2507 or kim.ellsworth@mchsi.com.

 Buddy  Buddy

Grand Rapids, OH

"Buddy is exactly what I am. I will be your buddy if you'll be mine. My humans rescued me from children who weren’t very nice buddies. They were hitting me with rocks and sticks when my human stepped in. I was just a puppy back then. Now I am about six years old. I am an Alaska Akita mix, a great watch dog and very loyal. I’ve never been a very social dog – maybe because of my past. But once I get to know you, I’m very playful. Nor do I have a bite record. I am a healthy pup and neutered. Sadly, the brave man who rescued me is moving and can’t take me with him. That makes him sad, too. So I need a new home soon. He’ll be moving within 60 days. I’m a country dog at heart, so I would do well in a setting with a large property. Do you have the ideal home for a special dog like me?"

For more information, contact Scott Tabner  at scotttabner@yahoo.com

 Tundra  Tundra

Ballwin, MO

"If there were beauty pageants for dogs, I'd definitely win!  My name is Tundra.  I am a 6 year old female pure bred Akita. I love people, get excited when I receive any attention, and know my standard commands. I have been  around a small baby/toddler daily and have shown no signs of problems. But I really don't like other dogs living with me.  I love attention and I love meeting new people. Like a true Akita, I am loyal and affectionate.  I am up to date on all vaccinations and I'm spayed. I've had both ACLs surgically repaired and suffer no issues from past injuries. I have no other known health problems. But although I am a beauty and love my family, they can't take care of me any more.  So I'm looking for a new home.  The best type of home for me is one with someone who wants nothing more than a companion. Is that you?"

For more information, contact Claire Lauber  at claire.lauber@gmail.com

 Saint  Saint

Youngstown, OH

"Hello, my name is Saint, and I live up to my name.  I am a 5 year old Akita who was rescued from a homeless woman in Youngstown by the city's homeless care nurse. I am fully vaccinated, and recovering nicely from being neutered.  I will be microchipped before I leave the local "no kill shelter,"  so I'll soon be ready for my forever home.  I am very friendly and a big boy who weighs a healthy 87 lbs.. I am house trained, and social. I'm very active, and need a home with active individual/s too.  Are you the one who will take in a saint?"

For more information, please contact Nicole Beckner-Litz at  nikkimom2rn@gmail.com  or 330-506-7709. 

 Kahlua  Kahlua

Allegan, MI

"This gorgeous girl, Kahlua, was found as a stray. She appears to be a young Shepherd/Akita mix. Not much more is known about her.  Visit the Wishbone Pet Rescue web site if you have a place in your heart and home for her."

For more information, please contact the Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

 Pure  Pure

Grant Park, IL

"Available for adoption: Large & energetic 20 month old female Akita "Pure". We prefer no other dogs or children due to her large size and energetic nature.  To arrange a "meet & greet" contact Cecilia at: akitaland@aol.com"

For more information, please email Cecilia at akitaland@aol.com

 Daisy   Daisy

Prophetstown, IL

"Hi, my name is Daisy - a sweet name for a sweet girl. I am a 4-year old Akita mix and I weigh about 50 lbs. I am a very gentle girl, and I take treats gently from your hand. I am full of energy, needing a firm hand on the leash. But I listen well and will come when called. My favorite treat? A good belly rub! I travel well in the car too, and love car rides. I am not particularly fond of other dogs or cats. So if I’m your only four-legged friend, that would be great! I am spayed, current on shots, and I take my preventative heartworm medicine like a good girl. I wish I could stay with my humans, but right now I’m living in a boarding kennel because they can’t take care of me like they wish they could. My human dad has terminal cancer, so it’s not feasible for them to take care of me. All my humans want for me is proper care and exercise, and to finally know the love of my own family in my own home. Being in the boarding kennel here isn’t quite the same. Do you have the perfect home for me? Do you have a heart full of love for a beautiful girl?"

For more information, please call Judy Welbourne at (815) 590-2218 or email her at welbourne@essex1.com

 Niki  Niki

Sardinia, OH

"Hello, Niki here.  I don't have to tell you what a beauty I am, because you can see that in my pictures.  I am a seven-year old female Akita looking for a new home.  My human has owned me since I was a pup at five weeks.  I was with other dogs a lot my first year, but not socialized much after that.  I love being exercised, and need to get out on a regular basis.  I like people and children, but not so much other dogs.  It depends on the dog.  Sometimes I'm really sweet, and other times aggressive, especially with females.   But I don't have a bite record.  I've been spayed and I'm current on rabies.  Sadly, though, I'm looking for a new home because my human is moving and can't take me with him.  I would probably do best in a home without other pets.  If you can take me before the end of October, I'd be a really happy girl!"

For more information, please contact Tim Hensley at: 859-426-0441 or thensley0422@gmail.com

 Boomer Boomer 

Brooklyn, IA

"Boomer here!  I have been an outdoor dog all of my life next to my sister, Sadie.  I liked her company, but I don't like cats or other small animals. I am more of a hunter and I will kill cats, squirrels and raccoons if I catch them. I do better with humans.  I am friendly and always excited to see people, but I don't have much training. I am about 100 lbs and brindle. And a big lover.  I am neutered, and I don't have a bite record.  I am not current on rabies, but my owner will take care of that before he re-homes me.  I am 8 1/2 years old.

So why do I need a new home?  Our owner is on the move!  He is no longer living in our home and I need a lot more attention then I am being provided. Do you have the attention to give me?" 

For more information, please contact Damon at: damon.winegarden@yahoo.com

   Bear    Bear


"My name is Bear, I am a mix of Pinto Akita and Shepherd. My birthday is 2/24/2010. I am 3 years old and weigh about 60 pounds. I have been spayed and micro chipped. I have had all shots and heartworm medicine. My mom had a stroke and has to move into a home for disabled people. My breed is not allowed at her new home. Mom wants me to have a home for the rest of my life. I play well with other dogs and have been with other dogs forever. I am an excellent watch dog and friend . I don't tolerate cats and am not for a home with small children. I am house trained and crate trained I was used to my owners working long hours and am ok with that. I will bring with me my own crate and some toys. Sometimes I like to just sit in my crate and rest. I am sometimes skittish due to having been mistreated before my mom got me. I have had a loving home and if it weren't for my mom's medical condition and need for new living arrangements would not be looking for a new owner. If you can provide a forever home for me and regular veterinary care please call my Mom!"  

For more details, please contact Ann at amgeiger@gmail.com or call 219-363-2051.

   Hero    Hero

Seward, NE

"Who is this handsome boy, you ask?  My name is Hero.  I am almost 3 yrs old, and weigh 91 lbs.  If you're wondering where I get my regal airs from, it's because I am an AKC registered Akita. I am also a great watch dog. I listen well and know basic obedience commands. I am up to date on all my shots, including rabies.  I'm neutered, and I have the pet tracker implant. As wonderful as I am, you may be wondering why I need a new home.  It's because I don't get along well with children.  I nipped one in the past when I got spooked.  I do get nervous sometimes and I am very particular about who I like, especially kids.  So of course it stands to reason that my new owner can't have children.  As my new owner, you will be interviewed, as I am selective who I take to.  Are you that special person for me?"

For more details, please contact Zeke at phzeke@yahoo.com

   Bella    Bella

Scio, OH

"After adopting Bella from the Harrison Co. Dog pound, the new owner found out that Bella does not like children, men or other dogs & she has a 4 yr. old child that Bella has growled at. The child loves Bella, Bella loved child, but one day when the child held up his plastic glass to show mom he drank all his milk, Bella put out a low growl that accelerated into a loud growl. That warranted the caution the mom is taking now to re-home Bella.

Her breed is a guess, but very possibly an Akita/Shep mix or Akita/Husky mix. She might be spayed, and is estimated under 2 years old. She weighs 50-60#.

Bella's behavior has dramatically improved over the last few months while waiting for her new home.  She gets along very well with the other male dogs in the house, but isn't always tolerant of the female Italian Greyhound.  She has also become best friends with her human dad.

Bella takes off if she escapes and tries to wiggle out of her martingale collar, but walks calmly by your side in a fenced yard.  She loves being groomed and getting bathed. The family is working with her begging during meal time.  Bella's favorite place in the house is in front of the window, even with the freedom of a doggie door.  Despite her improvement, she would do best in a home without other dogs, or only with a male dog.

You can find out more about her antics on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BellaisasweetAkitaxneedingrescueoradoption

The owner doesn't want her to have to go back to the pound but she wants her son to be safe and her health is not good.  Bella's need is fairly URGENT. "

For more details, please contact Robin at robin_mcclelland@frontier.com.

   Archie    Archie

Spring Grove, IL

"Hey there!  I'm Archie, a sweet 4-month old Akita mix male puppy. I am fully vetted but not neutered. I am trained and I get along well with other dogs, although I'm a little shy.  I'm currently with an all-breed rescue, but I would rather live in a home where the owners have experience with an Akita.  Would that be yours?"

For more details, please contact Connie McDonald at 815-675-6544 or 815-342-4250

   Illinois Animal Rescue  

Wheaton, IL

"Hello!  I am a handsome one-year old fully vetted Akita mix.  I'm good with other dogs, neutered, heartworm negative and up to date on shots.  But what I want the most are a forever home and a name.  Will you take me home?"

For more details, please contact Sally at Curtsshorty67@aol.com or 402-650-8729

JJ and Doegie

J.J. And Deogie

This is J.J. And Deogie. They were born in June 2010. They are both very beautiful and loving pups and are great with all people, young and old alike. These wonderful babies desperately need a loving home a.s.a.p. They are housebroken, love to fetch, play and run and love attention! Please help.

Contact Robin at 740-689-7548

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