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.

Zoey  Zoey    


Raytown, MO

"Who is this sweet baby?  My name is Zoey.  I am an Akita and a baby still, at seven months old.  I am very shy when I first meet you, but once I warm up to you, I am a very loving puppy. I have been around my prior owner's young grandchildren, current fosters small dogs, and one cat and get along well with them.  Since I'm just 7 months old, I love to play rather rough.  I'm going to need some guidance in this area. I am spayed, current on my shots and have never bitten anyone. As sweet as I am, my owner needs to find a new home for me.  He travels a lot, and is sometimes on the road for four weeks at a time.  I want someone who will be home for me and play with me.  The perfect home would be one where I am with another large dog where I can romp & play, or maybe be the only dog if you have time to play. If there are children in the home it would be better if they were older children because I am still a pup and play a little rough. I would be best with an experienced dog owner who will get me some obedience training.  This will help build my confidence and will build a great bond between me and my new owner. Because my current owner really believes that obedience classes will help me, he is willing to help pay for my first obedience class after you provide him with a copy of the receipt and proof of completion. There are three key factors to my success: 1) Patience; 2) Lots of Love; 3) Training; so if you think you can and are willing to provide this for me please contact my human."

For more information, email Dana Payne at danabrat1969@yahoo.com or call her at 816-289-8488.

Buster  Buster    


South Haven, MI

"Hey, Buster!  That's me!  I'm just a youngster, only eight months old.  I'm a wonderful boy.  At least, that's what I hear from my friends here at the shelter.  I'm always up for playtime. I am young, energetic, and full of intelligence. I had a sad beginning, though.  My first owners tied me up most of my life.  Then they lost their home so they had to surrender me.  I've been here ever since.  But I'm ready for a forever home.  I am a very smart dog who is always willing to learn (for treats, of course) but I need a strong leader as my new owner who will teach me new things.  I am neutered and current on rabies.  I don't have a bite record.  I am looking for an experienced adopter who knows how to properly train and handle a very intelligent and strong dog like me. My friends here know I will grow to be an incredible dog with the right teacher!  Is that teacher you?"

For more information, email Angela Miedema at angelamiedema@al-van.org or call her at 269-637-5062.

Harry  Harry    


Miami, NM

"Who is this gentle old soul?  My name is Harry.  I am sweet, handsome, and yes, an older gentleman about 10 years old. I used to spend my days wandering around, down on my luck, and sleeping in a culvert. Finally, the hunger and thirst took over, and I collapsed on someone's front porch. The kind humans called Colfax Pet Rescue to pick me up. It was the best day of my life.  I was so relieved to be rescued.  They say I'm a pleasure to care for.  I'm grateful for every little thing they do to make me comfortable. As you can see in the photos, I've put on some much needed weight.  I've been neutered, vaccinated, and I'm heart worm negative. They say as my testosterone level diminishes, I am showing myself to be sociable and well-behaved with the other dogs in our rescue. It's been a long time since I've had friends and someone to spoil me.  Let me warn you, though, I'm a hugger. I love nothing better than to press into you gently with my forehead and have my neck and ears massaged.  If you want a soft, furry gent to spoil, then I'm the dog for you."

For more information, email Abbie Ghini at mauiranch@yahoo.com or call her at 575-483-2206.

Hansel  Hansel    



"Howdy! My name is Hansel and I am a VERY happy boy. My foster mom tells me I am very handsome. I've been told by other people too that I am a beautiful dog. I am 51 lbs. of pure love (I don't have one aggressive bone in my body), but since I am still an energetic puppy, I could still use pointers on how to show my affection because of my size, but I sure do love to show my humans how much I appreciate them! I love to run, play fetch, and have some toys and treats just like any pup does. My foster mom is proud how I've reacted to the other pups in the house giving kisses and playing through the gate wagging my tail and running back and forth, but she hasn't actually let me play one-on-one with them yet because they are so much smaller and much older than myself.

But boy oh boy, would I love to have a friend to play with! I do tend to get hot easy and it would not be healthy for me to be left outside year round in extreme elements, plus, I want to be around my humans! That's my most favorite thing ever! If you choose me to be part of your family, I promise to be your friend for life. Love and many kisses, Hansel"

For more information, email Kara Delaney at Kara.delaney@yahoo.com or call her at 816-809-3232.

Smba Simba   


Belleville, MI

"Who is this serious-looking boy?  My name is Simba.  I'm a lovable 3-year old Akita.  But don't let the serious face fool you.  I love to play.  I'm comfortable around other dogs and very frisky with them.  I've had some obedience training and did well. I am comfortable around people as long as the environment is peaceful and welcoming. I just need a little time to warm up to them.  I'm used to residing in my large kennel.  I've never been an inside dog, but might adjust.  I'm not neutered, but I'm up-to-date on shots.   I need a home that will be patient with me. I am loyal and very affectionate once I get to know my humans. And I am extremely sweet!!  So why do I need a new home?  My humans are moving in September and can't take me with them.  Do you have the ideal new home for me?  I'm willing to give it a try if you are."

For more information, call Nichelle Tatum at 734-469-0572 or email her at nichelle-tatum@att.net

Megami  Megami 


near Athens, GA

"Konnichiwa!  I am Megami, a beautiful girl with a beautiful name.  I am an 8-yr old Akita who came into rescue due to financial strain of my previous owner.  I am a sweet girl, although I prefer to be the dominant one in the pack.  I love to get belly rubs, play tug of war, go for walks and I enjoy a nice ride. I will wade in water and really enjoy my pool. I am house and crate trained, and I've been groomed at the vet and at home.  But sometimes I need to be sedated when the vet grooms my nails.  I am a loving girl.  My favorite treat is beef knuckles bones.  I love to lounge under a desk or by the couch all afternoon and although I appreciate nap time, I also love riding shotgun in the car.  I need daily exercise to maintain my mobility.  When I first arrived at my foster home, I had to be on medication for a previous injury. But now, I'm managed just by proper exercise and diet. I handle my Akita duties by wiggling my butt and barking at doorbells and announcing arrival of guests while spinning in a circle. I want to sniff and give approval of new guests just to be sure they are okay. I am very gentle with treats and have zero food aggression with people! I may be eight, but I act like I'm three, with my zoomies and energy!  I'm completely vetted and spayed.  

As wonderful as I am, I can't stay with my foster mom any more.  She already has several senior dogs, who I really don't get along with very well.  I escape my crate, so she keeps them locked up, and that's not fair to them.  So I need a forever adoptive home. Because I'm dominant, I could adapt into a home with a submissive male with proper introduction.  But please, no small pets and NO small children. I don't like children under the age of 12.  And no cats, chickens or bunnies, unless you want them for dinner.  I really would do best as an only pet.  Even then, I need a strong leader or I will lead you. Be firm with me, and I'll be very good on lead and in public.  I would make a perfect companion for an older person or a couple who needs a best friend. When outside, I'll require a secure fence, because I will climb, dig, or chew to get loose if left alone. I am a great house dog.  Please don't take  me if you want me to be a yard dog.  Do you have the perfect home for me?  If you do, mom is willing to help out with transportation."

For more information, contact Joanna Scott at nrgzrbny22@aol.com or 615-934-4217.   

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.  

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

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

 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. 



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

 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.

 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, we're looking for a home with a fenced in yard, no dogs and no children.  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.

   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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