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.

Chuugi  Chuugi   


Freeport, IL

"Chuugi's the name.  Handsome's the game.  I am a one year old male AKC Akita puppy.   I am playful, loving and generally good natured around all people and pets that I meet. I have been raised with young children, however, I need a home with children age 10+. I  prefer a calm home and hanging out with my family. I'm very well-behaved because I'm working on my intermediate obedience training.  I am current on rabies and all vaccinations, and I'm in healthy condition. I am neutered and microchipped,also.  As happy and wonderful as I am, I still need a new home.  I've been a little dominant with the human youngsters in the house, so mom thinks it best I move on to a new home where there aren't any young ones.  I also need a family that will enjoy taking me on a daily walk.  And it's important to continue my training, as we Akitas can be very stubborn.  And I promise that whoever takes me in, I'll be as loyal to them as they are to me."

For more information, contact Elizabeth Gridley at gridleyem@aol.com or call her at 815-990-1934.  

Kimber  Kimber   


Noblesville, IN

"Who is this pretty little lady?  My name is Kimber.  I'm a 3-yr old Akita who LOVES people.  I really love being outside, too. When I'm not outside, I just want to be at your side, even when you are sleeping.  I know good from bad, but sometimes I choose not to care about being bad. I get along with other male dogs, but not so much with female dogs. I wasn't raised with children, but I've always had positive interactions with them.  I'm healthy, current on rabies, with no bite record.  So why do I need a new home?  As I said, I don't get along with other females, especially the ones I live with.  My ideal home is one where I am frequently with my humans, I have a large yard to run in, and a home without other female dogs.  Does that sound like your home?  If so, I'd like to make it mine." 

For more information, contact Spencer Sharp at spencersharp21@gmail.com, or call him at 317-767-4453.  



Chicago, IL

"Boscoe is a sweet and playful young Akita boy (about three or four years of age). He absolutely loves treats and going for walks, and appears friendly toward female dogs and mellow males. He would love to find a forever family who is experienced with the breed and ready to work on some basic training with him. He is very affectionate with those he knows, and loves watching the world go by out the window. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Boscoe, please submit an application on our web site at http://www.chicagocaninerescue.org/

For more information, contact Anna Johnson, manager of the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation at anna@chicagocaninerescue.com.  

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.com 

Abby  Abby 


Frederickstown, MO

"Hello!  Don't let the fence distract from my beauty.  My name is Abbigial.  I'm a five-year old Akita.  I'm a loving dog and a big cuddler.  My favorite cuddler and playmate is my human brother.  He can come by me anytime he wants and I wouldn't complain, even though he's five and a handful.  I'm spayed, but not current on rabies.  I don't have a bite record.  So why do I need a new home?  It's just that I don't get along with other animals.  I like being the only animal in the house. And I would love to be in a house where I could be up on the couch with you and be your best friend. Right now I'm outside in the garage because of my attitude toward the other dogs in the house.  If you would want to make me a part of your family please contact my mom.  It's important that you know and understand the unique qualities of the Akita breed."

For more information, call Nicole Montgomery at 573-330-9043 or email her at nicole-montgomery@sbcglobal.net

Bentley  Bentley 


Oshkosh, WI

"Are you looking at me?  Bentley here.  I'm a 4-yr old Akita/Husky/Shepherd mix, and a great cuddler.  I am timid and a very loving dog to my owner. I love to play ball and go for long walks. I am open and playful, love to cuddle, and love to sleep in my human's bed.   I am very loyal. I love everyone, but on my conditions.  When a lady cornered me in a fenced yard, and was on her knees, I confess that I bit her.  But I was scared.  I am loving once I get to know you.  Although I get nervous when my human's grandkids are over.  The hair on my back goes up.  So my human gets nervous, and when she gets stressed, she has seizures.  Which is one of the reasons she has to re-home me.  She is on disability and can't afford to care for me, and can't have all this stress in her life.  I am  neutered and up-to-date on shots.   My only medical condition is that my body rejects my nails, so I need to be put under to get my nails cut every three weeks.  My human hates to part with me.  She's had me since I was born.  But being on disability and the added stress is too much for her.  She doesn't want me to go to a rescue, where I might end up with someone who won't treat me right.  I really need a new home as soon as possible.  Can that special home be yours?"

For more information, e-mail Renee at reneelynnfox@yahoo.com or call her at 920-470-2334. 

Meiko  Meiko 


Cedar Rapids, IA

"At 3 years old, I am just a big goofy puppy named Meiko. I love playing with ropes, like the one in the picture above.  After selecting the best one for the moment, I will happily dance about trying to tease my humans into grabbing it. I like sleeping on the bed, and I know basic commands like 'sit' and 'down', and I walk well on a leash, except when I'm stressed. These humans I have now weren't always mine.  I had different ones before them.  They treated me well at first, but then something happened, so they locked me up alone in a room, where I was for the past year until my new humans saved me. All I want is people.  People who care about me and who will be there. I am perfectly content sprawled out between my humans and the TV because I know they're there for me. I sleep loose in their bedroom.  No cage for me.  But I do need to work on my socialization skills.  I forgot anything I've been taught.  Or maybe nobody ever taught me.  I don't remember much about my first home.   I also get overly stressed when away from my house and I start barking because I don't know what to do. Despite my barking, I do well at the vet and with a groomer. My barking lessens as I become more comfortable around my new humans.  So I'm sure I'll be fine once I know I can trust you to care for me.  I'm a healthy dog, current on vaccinations, with no bite record.  I'm not neutered yet, but will be before I find a new home.  So why do I need a new home when my humans are so understanding? I don't get along with their other four-legged creature, a young husky.  He just wants to play all day long, and that sometimes annoys me.  So I would be best in a home without kids or small animals, especially other dogs.  I'm hoping that home will be yours."

For more information, e-mail Shawna at AQH885@gmail.com or call her at 309-798-7383. 

Suki  Anika
Suki Anika

Suki and Anika

Thorntown, IN 

"Who are these two beauties?  We're Suki and Anika, seven-year-old female Akitas, siblings five and six from the same litter.  We were with two humans who sadly got divorced.  Neither one of them could take us in, so after a few car trips, we ended up with our new family here on their large ten-acre property two years ago.  We love it here!  We have a playground, our own house, and heat and water whenever we want. But we aren't in the main house with the humans, where we'd be happier. But the humans aren't too happy with us.  We don't get along with the other dogs and cats in the main house, which is why we're kept separate.  We're okay when we're on leashes, though, but otherwise have to be kept in a fenced area away from everyone else.  It isn't so much fun being confined like this, and our humans agree.  So we're looking for a new home and indoor living with someone who understands the Akita breed.  We get along great with kids.  And we're spayed and up-to-date on our shots.  We are very loving and very loyal, and would be so happy to be with you if you'll take us.  We've never been apart, so if you could take both of us, that would be wonderful!  But we understand if you can't. We each just want a new home."

For more information, call Su Ann at 765-336-4125 or e-mail her at suannnewell@yahoo.com

Ghost Ghost


Greenwood, IN

"Now you see me, now you don't... That's me, Ghost!  I'm a young Akita, only 14 months old.  I'm very sweet, playful and loving. I've been around kids occasionally, but I'm very large and like to jump, so kids are sometimes scared. Like most Akitas, I'm quite stubborn.  I know basic commands....but I sometimes choose not to follow them.  I'm still growing, very healthy, neutered and up to date on my shots.  Why do I need a new home as soon as possible?  Dad is moving, and he can't take me with him.  Mom can't keep me either.  So they're looking for a new home for me where I can snuggle up on the sofa and keep my new humans warm over the winter."

For more information, call Richard at 317-281-4740 or Cheyenne at 317-370-9047, or e-mail Richard at parnellrich@yahoo.com

 Cooper  Cooper   



Atlantic, IA

"Hello!  If you're wondering who this beautiful "show-quality" Akita is, my name is Cooper. I'm six years old. I was raised in a family with two teenagers who have since grown up and moved.  I'm an inside dog mostly, but love to ride in cars and go jogging with my humans. I've taken obedience training and know the basic commands, but like an Akita, I obey reluctantly and am extremely loyal. Unlike typical Akitas, I love to play fetch.  Bigger dogs don’t like to play with me, but smaller ones do and I've been well-socialized. I am healthy, neutered and up-to date on my shots.  I hate to leave my owner, but he can’t keep me because of his health.  So I am staying at Clearveiw Kennels in Omaha until I find a new home, preferably with a fenced yard.  And I don’t always understand small children, so only households with adults and teenagers would be best.  Mostly, you must have the patience to deal with the special qualities of my breed.  If you want to meet me, ask for me at the Kennel. My owner will take me back if my new home doesn’t work out, but I know it will, because I'm such a wonderful dog."

For more information, e-mail Richard at calbrads@att.net or call him at 949-303-5574. 

 Winslow  Winslow   


Ashtabula, OH

"Hello, my name is Winslow.  And if I look tired, I am.  That is, I'm tired of living in the Ashtabula County Shelter.  As much as I love the staff, at my age, 10 1/2 years, I just want to rest my tired bones on a soft bed on a living room floor, surrounded by family.  I'm a male Akita mix, neutered and healthy despite my age. In my wise years, I know for sure that all I want for the holidays is a new home.  Will that be yours?"

For more information, e-mail Karen at kmbrooks40@gmail.com or call her at (216) 513-0396. 



Detroit, MI

"Beauty is more than fur deep with me.  I'm Roxy, a three-year old female Akita. I love people and love to be near them. But I don't love other dogs.  I don't get along well with them.  And because I'm a big girl at 75 pounds, I should not be around little children either.  (I may knock them down with my exuberance!) I do have a bad hip, so I take glucosamine everyday. I'm spayed and current on my rabies.  I don't have a bite record.  Other than that, I am a healthy happy girl.  As wonderful as I am, I need a new home.  But it's only because my human moved to another state, and his mom can't keep me for very long.  I have until the middle of November to find a new home.  Will that be yours?"

For more information, e-mail Michelle at andersonms@comcast.net or call her at 313-447-5419. 



Blaine, MN

"First question to admirers and potential adopters of this very handsome Akita: What is your experience with this breed? Second question: Do you believe in "death do us part?" Yet, still keep your former canines' pictures, stories, toys, etc. close? We have NO idea why this guy was running as a stray and picked up by animal control. Not a breed you see hanging around doggy jail. So, he's giving us clues about himself, but we can't fill you in on his history. He's small for an Akita: about 75# and is between 5 and 7 years old. He LOVES people, but he can be headstrong, ha-ha! So, we are working on the MINE aspect of toy and treat ownership. He cannot go to a home with cats and needs to meet any resident dogs as he would prefer to be the head of the house! He is an amazing beautiful boy who deserves a wonderful home!"

For more information, call Liz Gigler at 767-757-8204 or e-mail her at: info@rpaw.org

 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.

 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.

 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. 

 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

 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.

   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

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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