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.
"Black as night's shadows -
that's me! I'm Shadow, a very sweet and wonderful
female Akita mix approximately 2 years old. I am well behaved,
but my human caregivers tell me I have an ornery side at times.
I LOVE to be outside and I behave pretty good on a leash.
As friendly as I am, I don't get along with other dogs so
I need to be the only dog in the home. But I do get
along great with kids and cats! I am spayed, but not
current on my rabies vaccinations. I don't have a
bite record. I'm at the Jasper County Animal Rescue
League and Humane Society right now, but hope to make
your home mine. Please come visit me to see what a
wonderful girl I am."
For more information, contact
at 641-792-5407 or
JOY AND YOSHI
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
For more information, contact Deanna
O'Brien at 773-594-9302 or
email@example.com or Frank
Hashek at 317-289-7152 or
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
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
For more information, contact Scott
"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
"So I was walking down the
street, minding my own business when someone saw me and
took me to the local Humane Society in Marion. They
call me Bailey. I'm a 2-year old female Akita mix.
I've been with these nice people at the Marion Area
Humane Society since January, but I really want a "fur"ever
home. I love playing with children and riding in
cars. I don't like cats or small dogs, but I'm good
with bigger dogs. I'm protective and playful, and
have some separation anxiety. I'm up-to-date on
shots, and don't have a bite record. Do you have a
good home for me?"
For more information, contact Halley
Lane at 740-389-6548 or
"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?"
information, please contact Nicole Beckner-Litz at
"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
For more information, please contact the
Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance.
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:
For more information, please email
"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
Grand Ledge, MI
"Who is this serious fellow? My
name is Chuck. I am a 7-year old
male Akita in need of a new home.
Don't let these photos fool you, though.
I'm really a big, goofy boy, I'm
independent and loving. I'm good
with dogs that have low activity levels
and I ignore those other four-legged
creatures you humans call cats. I
am neutered and up-to-date on my rabies.
My best environment would be with a
single adult. I live with mom and
dad right now, but they are expecting a
wee one, and will be moving soon.
Sadly, I can't go with them. If
you can take me home soon, that would
make me happy."
For more information, please call Adam
Horrocks at 517-202-6207 or email him at
"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
"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
For more information, please contact
Park Rapids, MN
"Good day to you.
My name is Taja - a beautiful name for a
beautiful girl. I can't tell you
much about myself. I wandered away
from home, and these lovely people at
Headwaters Animal Shelter found me and
took me in. They think I am about
two years old. They did learn,
though, that I am very friendly with people and
have never shown any aggression towards
them. I have never bitten anyone here
either. They haven't put me with any
four-legged friends yet, so they do not know how
I am around other dogs or cats. I am very good on
my leash and walk well. I am not a jumper,
but I love to run when put in my kennel.
The humans here tell me I will be spayed and UTD on
my shots prior to adoption. I will make a great pet for anyone
who knows about the Akita breed and has a large area for
me to exercise. Is that your home?"
For more details, please call Rochelle
Hamp at 218-237-7100 or email her at
"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
or call 219-363-2051.
"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
"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
Her breed is a guess, but
very possibly an Akita/Shep mix or Akita/Husky
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:
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
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?"
more details, please contact Connie
McDonald at 815-675-6544 or 815-342-4250
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?"
more details, please contact Sally at
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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