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.

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.

LucyLou  LucyLou

Lucy Lou

Chicago, IL

"Do you love to travel?  So do I!  My name is Lucy Lou.  I am a one-year old female Akita.  I am pretty laid back, and just love to kick back and relax with dad in his truck.  I've been all over America, but call Chicago home for now.  I am obedient for the most part, but like most Akitas, I am pretty self-minded.  I am healthy, and current on rabies.  And I really wish I could continue my traveling life with dad, but his grandma is sick, and she needs him to take care of her.  And I can't be around grandma.  So sadly, dad says I need a new home.  If you love the outdoors like I do, and you love to travel, then I would love to join you in your car, your heart and your home." 

For more information email Aaron Pettis at aaronpettis1@gmail.com, or Deanna O'Brien at marsakita@sbcglobal.net.  You can also call Aaron at 312-285-9320 or Deanna at 773-792-1309.

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." 

Bentley  Bentley


Kansas City, MO

"If ever there was a fine example of a male Akita, that would be me.  How can I be modest when I'm so handsome?  My name is Bentley.  I am a five-year-old male Akita.  I'm a very sweet dog - for the most part.  I get along with the spayed German Shepherd in my family and also the cat.  But I don't get along with other male or small dogs. Nor am I good with children. For some reason, the possums don't like me either.  Maybe it's because I like to stalk and kill them. Otherwise, I'm healthy and up-to-date on my shots.  I don't have any medical conditions. So now you know all about me.  Would you like to offer me your home?  I can't stay with my family anymore because I don't get along with the other male dogs.  So my new home can't have any other males." 

For more information email Amy Powers at lilminxie2@gmail.com or call her at 816-382-7063.

Kenai  Kenai


Mustang, OK

"Who is this masked crusader?  My name is Kenai. I am a purebred American Akita. I am a baby still at six months old, born approximately January 13, 2016. I'm going to be a big boy.  I already weigh approximately 55lbs. Mom says I am highly intelligent, and my stubborness and willfulness are part of my personality.  So while I can learn easily, I make it a challenge for my owner. I  attended puppy school for 6 weeks at K-9 Obedience training and just started my first Step Class at Full Circle Obedience in Oklahoma City. I am not an excessive barker. I love to be around other people and dogs - mom and dad have socialized me.   I am very affectionate and love to sit in your lap. I am a big baby, but very strong. I do have a habit of mouthing, and that might include your wrist. It is not an act of aggression, but simply a way of communicating with those I love. If I gets the proper amount of daily mental and physical exercise and firm training, I will make a fine pet. According to mom, I have not exhibited any aggressive behavior thus far. In fact, I even get along with the family cat.  I chase her, but I don't hurt her.  But even though I get along with cats and children, I should definitely be supervised when with them. Although my breed may tolerate and be good with children from their own families, if you do not teach me that I am below all humans in the pack order, because of my breed, I may not accept other children.  And if teased, I may bite. I need plenty of time with my family, so I will not do well as a backyard dog. I have had all my shots, and I'm microchipped. I even come with papers that can be filed with the AKC. So why do I need a new home if I'm so wonderful?  Mom's daughter has been ill and she needs to focus on getting her well.   But not just any house will do.  I am not a breed for the timid! I need a firm and confident leader and continued firm training. At times I will listen. And other times I will ignore you even when I hear you. It’s just part of my breed's stubbornness that makes training a challenge and requires lots of patience. So it may take a while, but I'll be the best dog you ever owned.  "   

For more information  call Jennifer Meier at 405-651-8264 or email her at liberty_logan@yahoo.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

Kida  Kida


Terre Haute, IN

"If there ever was a champion, it's me!  My name is Kida.  I'm a pure-bred 1-yr old Akita with papers to prove it. I am a very good and loyal dog with a sweet  personality.  I love long walks, love to play with other dogs, and I'm very friendly with people both inside and away from home.  I don't live with children, so I don't know how I'd react to them.  I am an  inside dog - humans make me happy. I also love my dog toys. Mom has a whole box of toys just for me! My only medical condition is that I am allergic to grains. So you'll need to feed me grain-free dog food and treats. I am spayed and up to date on shots.  If you have any question please feel free to call at any time. So why does a perfect dog like me need a new home?  My human had had some health issues come up, and it's difficult for her to care for me now.  If you like long walks and a loving, loyal companion, then maybe you have the perfect new home for me. "   

For more information  call Iryna Khudayev at 812-230-5487 or email me at ikhudayev@yahoo.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

 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.

 Pure  Pure

Grant Park, IL

"Available for adoption: Large & energetic three-year 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/a>

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