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.

Tigger  Tigger


Crestwood, MO

"Well, you can probably tell by my stripes why I'm called Tigger. I'm an Akita,  approximately 4 years old. I'm a beautiful brindle boy who would love to have an inside home. I can sit and shake. I'm easy to walk on a leash and love to take walks, but please don't leave me outside a lot. I love to spend time with my humans. I am neutered and in good health, though I seem to have some seasonal allergies.  I'm just a gentle boy picked up as a stray. I'm staying at the Crestwood Animal Shelter for now, but looking for a permanent home. Do you have room for me?"

For more information email Mary Balles at mary@balles.us or call her at 314-607-1884. (August 2017)

Missy Missy


Plainfield, IL

"Hello my name is Missy. I am a fun loving Akita puppy only two years old.  I'm a big girl, too, at 85 pounds! I love to play catch, play with my hula hoop, blow bubbles in my pool and hang out with my 2 legged sister Rachael. She is my buddy. Unfortunately I do not like my 4 legged brother, who is also an Akita. We just do not get along. So mom is trying to find me a new home. I would love a family who had children, because they're fun to play with. But no other dogs or animals in the house for me! I love my humans.  I am obedient, do tricks for treats and I'm totally house trained. Do you have the perfect home for me?" 

For more information email Cynthia Simotes at cynthia.simotes@kehe.com or call her at 815-347-9139. (July 2017)

Rylee  Rylee


Plainfield, IL

"Such a happy face for a happy girl! Hello, my name is Rylee. I am an 8-month old Akita who is still growing and learning. I am a loving dog with a great personality! My humans have socialized me well with activities, kids, obedience classes, and doggy day care. I get along great with the 13 year old and 5 year old children in my home. I am gentle and caring with both. I also get along fairly well with the other dog in the house. But lately, I've been showing some food aggression. Mom is worried that I might hurt their other dog, so she thinks it best I find a new home while I'm still young. I am healthy, spayed and up to date on shots. While I don't want to leave my family, I think I'll do better in home where I am the only pet.  I've never been around cats, so that's probably not a good idea either. I don't know how I'd react. Do you have room in your home for an affectionate, furry friend?"

For more information email Stacy Clifford at stacylynnclifford@yahoo.com or call her at 630-209-1350. (July 2017)

Kuma  Kuma 

Kuma Bear

Olathe, KS

"Who is this mellow fellow?  My name is Kuma Bear. I am a 3-year old male Akita who was adopted at 6 weeks old by my current family. I was raised with two girls, now ages 7 and 11. I also live with an 8-lb., female terrier mix who arrived about 8 months ago as a 3-lb. puppy. We have great fun together, despite our size difference. I am housetrained and have never been destructive in the home. I will stay in a kennel if necessary, but I'm not used to being in it for long periods of time. I walk well on a leash, and love to play fetch in my fenced yard. I know sit and shake and I am treat motivated. I have the stubborn streak at times, so very characteristic of my breed. I am very bonded to my humans. Like all Akitas, I am protective of them, but not aggressive. I am quiet unless I need to warn them of an unexpected guest or something concerning outside. When you first meet me, I can be initially shy, reserved and fearful of men and strangers I don't know. I do best with females and older children, but eventually warm up to others. As a pup, I had a horrible allergic reaction to the rabies vaccine and went into anaphylactic shock, so I am not up to date on vaccinations.

Why do I need a new home? Because of a recent incident with a relative's cat. I had never been exposed to cats before and I was staying with a relative for a few days. I missed my family and was anxious in a different home. After a cat began to taunt me, I chased the cat. A relative intervened in that very excited and chaotic moment and unfortunately, I bit the relative as an accident. They are fine, but very nervous now having me around. This person is a frequent child care provider for my humans, so they had to make the difficult decision to re-home me. Experts believe the circumstances caused me to bite, but I need a new home just to be safe. I hope to find a wonderful new home with someone experienced with the breed. We can play, take walks, or just plain chill. Can you help me?" 

For more information email Shannon Johnson at sleeperks@hotmail.com or call her at 913-208-5195. (July 2017)

Teddy Bear  Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

Erie, MI

"You can probably guess why my name is Teddy Bear. I am a 4-year old long-hair male Akita. And just like teddy bears, I am very loving and very playful. I get daily time outdoors where I enjoy running free in the back yard. But even though I listen well, I am also very dominant. So I don't get along with the other pets in my house. That's why I'm looking for a new home. I am crate trained. I am not neutered, nor am I up to date on my rabies. So I'll need a trip to the vet as well. My ideal home would be a one pet home - ME! I promise to love you and cuddle with you, just like the teddy bear I am." 

For more information email Shelly Miller at miller5906@yahoo.com or call her at 419-913-8704. (June 2017)

Bear  Bear


"Hello there! My name is Bear. If you're thinking I don't look like an Akita, you're right. I am an honorary Akita in the body of a Siberian Husky!  They say that I am 12 years old but I don't feel like it. I have a good energy level and really enjoy going out with my foster and new friends. But I'd rather come and live with you. My Mom and Dad have new work schedules that don't give them much time to care for me. Mom's allergies are acting up, too. They love me a lot and it was hard for them to ask Indy Homes For Huskies to find me a new home. Before coming into rescue, I had spent about a year confined to my crate for 23 hours a day. Yet, I am a gentle and loving dog and would really like my own human.

Although I've lived alone most of my life, I am doing well out in the yard with 4 other sled dogs at my foster home. I sure do enjoy my walks and behave well on a leash, going out together with one or two of my new friends every morning and evening. I've even learned a few of the sled dog cues. That makes me feel like I am a smart dog and it sure makes our walks easy. I behave pretty well in the house too and really enjoy all the petting and cuddling that I get indoors. Won't you please consider taking me home?

I really want a home where I don't have to share my human with too many dogs. If there is another dog, it would have to be a low key dog who is relaxed and easy going. Although I am a senior dog, I have good energy and want to share some good times with a loving human who shares my passion for walks. We can help each other stay young."

Read more about me here: http://indyhomesforhuskies.rescuegroups.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=9465215

For more information email the Indy Home for Huskies at  jclem@indyhomesforhuskies.org or call them at (317) 251-7297. (June 2017)

Kirby  Kirby


Raytown, MO

"Who is this furry little face? My name is Kirby.  I am a healthy 8-year old female pure-bred Akita and just a big sweet teddy bear at heart.  When I'm in an environment I'm 100% comfortable in, I'm an amazing companion - very playful, very loyal,  and very protective.  In fact, I was very attached to the man who raised me.  Sadly, he passed away.  I'm with his daughter now, but I'm not adapting well there. I've killed chickens, and attacked and bitten small dogs and cats. I don't like to share toys, food or attention. It's all about me, and I'm not about to bend in my ways. Also, I don't like strangers, and I don't do well with separation. I'm current on my rabies, but I am not spayed. I need a new home soon!  But it has to be a special one.  It is highly recommended I live with a male human who is single, and without small children or small animals. I know that's asking a lot, but I also know there's someone special out there for a special girl like me." 

For more information email Jenn Thaler at jkrivulka79@gmail.com or call Jenn at 816-442-4052.

May 2017

Nikita  Nikita


Leonides, MI

"A wandering we will go... That's what happened when my human found me.  I was just strolling along minding my own business.  Not very happy, though.  I would prefer to live inside with people who love me.  I am Nikita, and the vet guesses I'm between two and five years old.  I am a very sweet dog, at least, that is what I overhear my human saying.  I am house trained and sleep in a kennel all night, even though I was a stray. I love attention, so please don't leave me alone.  To thank you, I will cuddle with you when given the chance, or lie close to whomever is around. I like to run, but that doesn't happen very often. Occasionally I will get into a real playful mood, and I can make my humans laugh at my antics. I am not spayed, and recently had a litter of puppies, who have just been weaned. Because my humans found me, they have no knowledge about my background.  As much as they love me, they can't keep me because they have a baby on the way.  Since they don't know my history, they don't know how I would react.  They've never seen me interact with small children.  And cats?  Let me loose, and they are the first thing I go after. I do take a little time to warm up to new people, but when I do, I will never forget them and I'm happy to see them. I've had some difficult times.  All I am asking for is a loving and attentive home - without children or cats." 

For more information call Timothy Grimm at 269-689-5448 or email Timothy at timogrimmo@gmail.com.

April 2017

Cheveyo Cheveyo


Midland, MI

"Cheveyo - Spirit Warrior.  That's me.   I am a four year old Akita husky mix, an independent spirit and full of energy. I know how to sit, stay, lay down, shake, sit at the door and allow my humans out first, and I walk with minimal corrections on a leash. As you can see by the photo, I ride very well in cars. I am house and crate trained as well. I am good with other dogs, with proper introductions, of course. I am excellent with older kids. I am neutered, up to date on all vaccines, have a current negative heartworm test, and I've been treated for fleas and parasites. I am also microchipped.  I'm in shelter right now.  And while the people here are very kind to me, I really want a home of my own.  But I should not be placed with small dogs or cats due to my high prey drive.  Also, I have a dominant personality - who would have guessed?  So I must go to a home where my new people can show me who's boss.  If not, I will without a doubt push my people as far as I can.

For more information email Linda Atkins at Petrescue70@gmail.com or call her at 989-326-2589.

January 2017

Roxy  Roxy


Omaha, NE

"What a beauty I am, don't you agree?  My name is Roxy.  I am a 16-month old female Akita.  I am a great dog.  I'm housebroken and get along with other dogs and people.  I've never given my humans any problems.  I haven't been spayed, but I'm current on rabies.  If I'm so wonderful, why do I need a new home?  My owners are moving and won't have time for me anymore.  That will happen in January, so I really need a new home soon!  I promise I'll be just as good for you as I am for my humans now." 

For more information call Tommie at 402-805-0497 or email Tommie Meeks at tommie.meeks@yahoo.com.

December 2016

Arya and Drogo  Arya and Drogo

Arya and Drogo

Wichita, KS

"Double trouble or double the fun?  Hello!  We're Arya and Drogo - 1 1/2 year old Akitas - male and female.  We get along with children, but play a little rough with other dogs. We're also jumpers, so our home must have 6-foot fence. We are potty trained, and know the basic commands of heel, down, and shake.  We do not do well in crates.  We are healthy, up to date on shots and have both been fixed.  As wonderful as we are, we need a new home.  Our military family is stationed in Italy, and they have just been deployed.  So they must re-home us.  If you have a house with a fenced yard and no other other dogs, we'd love to meet you!" 

For more information email Marcia Coleman at marciacoleman81@gmail.com.

October 2016

Kobe  Kobe


Chicago, IL

"Who is this handsome fellow you ask?  My name is Kobe.  I am an 8-yr old male Akita.  I am very friendly and affectionate.  I get along well with the female dogs in my house.   One of my favorite pastimes is chasing cats, squirrels, and rabbits.  And if they're in my yard, I may just jump the fence to follow them.  So my new yard must have a high fence. I also love to take walks and I really love kids.  I am healthy, neutered and up to date on shots.  Even though I'm such a good boy, I need a new home.  Mom is sick and can't take care of me anymore.  So if you have a secure yard and a big heart, then you have the home for me." 

For more information email Carrie Rodriguez at rodriguezlilbear@aol.com.

October 2016

Zoom Zoom


Grant Park IL

"This beautiful and sweet home raised 2 1/2 year old boy has lost his owner. Looking for a loving home with no kids/ no dogs. Fenced in back yard a must. He's neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. If you're that home, please contact Cecilia at: akitaland@aol.com." 

King  King


Chicago, IL

"Who is this big boy?  My name is King.  I am a 5-year old Akita.  I have the typical Akita personality. I am head strong, but I listen well to commands.  I need a lot of space to run and play.  But give me the indoors to relax with my people after a long afternoon of exercise. I adore the older child in my human's family because I grew up with her, but I don't really like to be around the new baby.I don't get along with other dogs either, especially the neighbor's dog whom I attacked.  I am neutered and healthy, with no medical conditions.  While I love my humans, and they love me, I need a new home because they are moving.  So if you have a house without small children, but with a fenced yard, that's ideal for me.  Oh and no other dogs either.  We probably wouldn't get along.  I'm ready to run and play with you!"   

For more information  call Kirsten Cole at 312-731-1688 or email her at kqckkb@gmail.com

July 2016

Dakota  Dakota


East Troy, WI

"Hello there!  This charming face belongs to me!  My name is Dakota.  I am a 1 1/2 year old female Akita.  Don't let this napping pose fool you, though.  I am a very active and playful dog. I like to play with hard plastic toys. And I love my human's attention even more!  When they leave, I really miss them.  So they put me in a cage.  Otherwise, I tend to tear things up.  I think it's something my human calls "anxiety".  I get along with the small dog in my home, but I don't like the male Akita who lives with me.  As for my humans, I'm a very good protector.  I let them know when someone is coming. But when our guest comes in, I jump on them. Mom doesn't like that.  And it might be too much for little kids, too.  I live with older kids (10 and up) and do well with them. I know how to sit and give paws. I'm spayed, but not current with my rabies shot.  So why do I need a new home? Because I can't get along with the other Akita in the house.  It makes my humans sad, but we all know it's best for me to find a new home.  So they took me to a shelter where I will stay only until I find my fur-ever home!  If you're looking for an only dog who loves people, then I'm the dog for you."   

For more information contact Arrow (Akita Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wisconsin) on Facebook.   

May 2016

Bella  Rotten 

Bella and Rotten

Galveston, IN

"Bella means beautiful, and that's what I am.  That's me on the left.  I am a 4-yr old AKC registered Akita.   This is Rotten, my mate.   He's also four years old.   We've been together since we were puppies.   I've been with my human mom for 16 months.  Rotten joined me four months later.  We used to live with someone else, but they didn't want us any more.  I was getting food aggressive toward Rotten, so I needed a new home.   My mom took me in without knowing that I don't like small dogs or cats.  She had three Yorkies.  Sadly, I killed one of them, as well as the neighbor's cat.  My new family wasn't happy with me and tried to give me back, but my first mom couldn't take me back, and they also had to get rid of Rotten, which is when he joined me.  Rotten isn't anything like me.   He's a gentle giant.  The cats are gone now.  The small dogs go outside in the front yard.  Rotten and I use the back yard.  But he doesn't like to stay there.  He jumped the 4-ft fence one day and pinned down the neighbor's dog, but didn't kill him.  The neighbors are scared now, and want us out of the neighborhood.  Rotten has to stay on a leash in the yard.  It's not much fun for him.  I'm not spayed, but I'm current on rabies.  Small dogs and cats aren't for me.  And I tend to get food aggressive around large dogs.  I can be really sweet as the only dog in the house, though!  We may have our problems, but with lots of love and patience as the only dog in the house, we can be wonderful and loyal."

For more information, call Melissa Diedrick at 574-721-3773 or email her at  31missyk@gmail.coma> 

Feb 2016

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