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.

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)

Groot  Groot


Menomonie, WI

"Gentle Giant" is a great way to describe me! My name is Groot and I arrived as a stray in the tail end of December. I’m estimated to be an 8 year old Akita mix. I was adopted in mid-January, but returned in mid-February because I didn’t like to share my food or my people with the other dog in the home. Napping is my favorite pastime, but I also enjoy leisurely walks with my human friends. My hips aren’t what they used to be, but now that I am on some glucosamine supplements I am able to get up and around a bit more easily. I am a laid-back, sweet, gentle 97 pounds of fuzziness. I can “sit”, “lie down” and “shake” when asked, and I like to make friends with absolutely every person I meet. I would likely do well in a home with older kids who won’t be climbing all over me. I hear all the time from my DCHS staff friends that I am such a ‘handsome guy’ and a ‘good boy’… so please stop by and meet me today!" 

For more information email the Dunn County Human Society at info@dunncountyhumanesociety.org or call them at 715-232-9790. (May 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.

Savoy  Savoy 


Lake Forest, IL

"Slightly goofy, wonderfully handsome and completely loyal. That's me! My name is Savoy. I am a 6 1/2 year old male Akita. I am the biggest teddy bear you will ever meet. My humans call me a "LaKita" because I grew up around yellow labs and have the demeanor of a lab but the look of an Akita. I live with 2 young kids, and from day one I loved and accepted them into our family when they were born.  I am the kindest, gentlest, most loving dog my humans have ever known. Having to give me up is killing them! But they HAVE to do this for their one year old son who's severely allergic to me. It's only hurting all of us to have me stay. So they want me to find a home with a family who provides just as much love and attention as they do. To them, I hung the moon and they say I deserve nothing but the best. I am neutered, healthy and up to date on shots, too. I promise you I will love my next family as much as I LOVE my humans now. I'm one in a million!"

For more information email Maggie Roti at maggieroti@gmail.com or call her at 630-418-1564. (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nina  Nina


Columbus, OH

"Hello there, world!  My name is Nina.  I am a gorgeous 9-yr old Akita looking for a home that will love me forever. I have a strong alpha personality, yet I'm a loyal, loving girl who deserves nothing but the best in life. I am a bit reserved when I first meet people, but when I get to know you, I am the most loving and devoted dog in the world. The vet says I'm healthy.  Yay!  I'm looking for a home where I'm the only dog, and give me a fenced-in yard  with room to run and I'll be your friend forever." 

For more information email Alexandra at Causeforpawsrescue@hotmail.com.

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

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.   

Daisy May Duke  Daisy May Duke 

Daisy May Duke

Greenfield, WI

"Who is this Akita wannabe? My name is Daisy May Duke. I am an American pit, about two years old. I’m sweet as honey-glazed caramel apple pie. I love to cuddle and lounge with my humans. Sit down on a couch, and I’ll just melt beside you. I’m very laid back. I can sit, stay, lay down and speak when told to inside. Outside is another issue. I just want to run and play, so I choose to ignore my humans most of the time. Who wouldn’t, when the whole world awaits? My feistiness is also because I’m still a pup and still learning. The right human can teach me some manners, though because I'm very smart.

I get along well with other dogs. I know my place and mind my manners within my pack, but also have a great time playing with them. Dad says I’m respectful, but curious. If another dog starts barking when we’re walking, I obey dad and stay true and just keep on walking. I need a dad like the one I have now – strict but loving. I’ve been around children, too, though not raised with them. Dad has a big family, and when they all get together, I’m a princess with children of all ages.

I’m spayed and up to date on rabies. But I do have a regurgitation problem. My throat muscles are too big for me to swallow effectively. So I sometimes regurgitate my food. My condition is curable, but dad can’t afford the cure. That’s one of the reasons he can’t keep me. He also wants a better home for me. We live in a duplex with barely a yard, and he works nine hours a day. He wants better for me because I’m such a sweet girl and deserve better. He wasn’t my first dad. My first owners abandoned me in the cold of winter, chained to a garage door. Some nice lady brought me to my dad. He really loves me and hates to see me go, but I need a home where I can get the treatment I need, and have a large yard to run and play with you.  Do you have the ideal home for me?"

For more information, contact Patricio Dorantes at pj.dorantes91@gmail.com or call him at 414-899-5926.  

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

 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

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