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'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
email@example.com or call her at 815-990-1934.
"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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at
"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
For more information, contact Anna
Johnson, manager of the
Canine Rescue Foundation at
Bella and Rotten
"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
"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
"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
email@example.com or call her at 920-470-2334.
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 and Anika
"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,
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
"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
"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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 949-303-5574.
"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
email@example.com or call her at (216) 513-0396.
"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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 313-447-5419.
"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:
"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
For more information, call Jackie at
"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
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
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
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
For more information, contact Scott
"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
"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?"
information, please contact Nicole Beckner-Litz at
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:
For more information, please email
"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
"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
For more information, please contact
"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
or call 219-363-2051.
"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
Her breed is a guess, but
very possibly an Akita/Shep mix or Akita/Husky
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:
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
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?"
more details, please contact Connie
McDonald at 815-675-6544 or 815-342-4250
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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