Akita Rescue

The primary mission of the ACA Rescue Committee is to support organizations and individuals that rescue Akitas and to provide education, information and support services. These Akita Rescue groups serve the overall needs of homeless Akitas and meet the requirements for an ACA Rescue Fund Identification Number.

  • We believe that rescue volunteers and all Akitas have inherent worth and deserve our help.
  • We believe that we have a responsibility to our communities and our breed to provide accurate, honest, educational materials about Akitas.
  • We believe integrity is the cornerstone of breed rescue.
  • We believe treating people fairly, ethically, honestly and in a caring manner is vital to the success of this committee.
  • We believe in promoting ethical breeding practices and teaching responsible ownership.
  • We believe we are mandated to work together in planning, setting goals and standards, and fund raising to support the work of rescuing Akitas.

Each Akita Rescue group that receives a Rescue Fund ID also backs up their
rescue work with a Code of Ethics that they sign and abide by.


Unfortunately, many folks think dogs that end up in rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. But, it is not uncommon for Rescue to get $500 to $1500 dogs that have either outlived their usefulness or their novelty with impulsive owners who considered their dog a possession rather than a friend or member of the family; or simply did not really consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner.

Not all breeders will accept "returns", so choices for giving up dogs can be limited to animal welfare organizations, such as Rescues, or the owners trying to place their own dogs. Good Rescues will evaluate the dog before accepting him/her (medically, behaviorally, and for breed conformation), rehabilitate if necessary, and adopt the animal only when he/she is ready and to a home that matches and is realistic about the commitment necessary to provide the dog with the best home possible.

Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem (only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that), but it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. But, beyond doing a "good deed", adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made.

RESCUE AN AKITA and GET A DEVOTED FRIEND FOR LIFE!

To find one, check out the many deserving dogs listed with the Local Akita Rescue Groups.

If you have any questions please contact ACA Rescue:

Has your beloved Akita gone missing? Have you found an Akita? The Akita Club of America is here to help you! Please fill out the online form below, upload a photo of this Akita, and hit the "Send Form" button. Your information will be sent to our ACA Rescue Committee national resources. It will then be forwarded and networked with the most geographically appropriate local Akita Rescue to help reunite this Akita with its loving home.

Finding that home does take work! Please review the additional links below - they will provide you with the best tried and true measures to assist you with finding your missing Akita or reunite the Akita you've found with the home that is missing them.

Best advice -- be persistent and do not give up! Many lost and found dogs are reunited because dedicated persistent efforts were used!! Keep us posted!

REPORT A LOST or FOUND AKITA

NATIONWIDE ONLINE LOST & FOUND RESOURCES

http://www.findtoto.com/
http://www.fidofinder.com/
http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/index.php
http://bestfriends.org/Resources/How-To-Find-Your-Lost-Pet/
http://www.petsmissinginaction.com/
http://www.h4ha.org/programs/about-lost-and-found-pets.html
http://www.flealess.org/lostpets/index.html

The primary mission of the ACA Rescue Committee is to support organizations and individuals that rescue Akitas and to provide education, information and support services.

If you have any questions please contact ACA Rescue:

RESCUE WISH LIST

 

The listed items are items needed by our Akita Rescue Groups. If you have any of the listed items and would like to donate to one of our Akita Rescue Groups, you can contact the Rescue Group(s) you are wanting to donate to - Click the Rescue Group Tab for contact information.

  • Monetary Donations - help to defray the cost of Vet Care and Boarding
  • PetSmart, PetCo gift cards, Visa Gift Cards
  • Foster Homes, Volunteers, Transportation
  • Food, Dog Treats
  • Food Bowls, Water Buckets, Heated Water Buckets, Bucket Clips
  • Tarps - Bungee Cords
  • E-Z up Tents
  • Blankets - Dog Beds, Rugs with Rubber backs, Towels
  • Crates - preferred sizes #500 & #700 
  • Igloo Dog Houses
  • Fencing - Kennel Runs - Exercise Pens
  • Patio Bricks
  • Baby Gates
  • Grooming Supplies (Slicker Brushes, Combs, Shedding Blades, Nail Clipper, Scissors)
  • Ear Cleaner, Shampoo, Eye Ointment, Medicated Shampoo
  • Disinfectants, Laundry Soap
  • Advantage or Frontline, Worming Medication
  • Leashes, Dog Collars, I.D. Tags
  • Grooming Tables
  • Dryers

DONATING MONEY

Akita Club Rescue accepts donations of any amount.
Thank you for your consideration!


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Welcome to our "Reading Room" -- a great place to start your search about Akitas and breed characteristics. Whether your interest is showing, performance, rescue, service, or the many other things Akitas can do, knowledge is the key! These sources are but a few of our favorites to get your research started!! Enjoy and happy reading! We hope you will find it as useful as we have!

RESCUING AN AKITA

  • Top Ten Reasons To Adopt - Why on earth would anyone want to adopt a rescued dog? Here are our top 10 reasons.
  • What Is A Rescue Dog - The term "rescue" has now come to encompass any group that specializes in placing one breed of dog, and the dogs they help have become known as "rescue dogs."
  • Starting Your Own Rescue - So you want to help Akita dogs in need and start your own rescue. Here is some sage advice given with permission by ACA member Barbara Bouyet who was a founding member of the Akita Rescue Society of America.
  • Adopting an Adult Dog - Puppies may not be for everyone! Adult dogs, and seniors, can be wonderful companions! Find out why!

HAPPY TAILS

Wish

Can you believe it? After all she went through living as a feral dog for years until trapped and needing IVs to survive once caught, our little Wish was fully rehabbed! And what a beauty she turned out to be -- well she always was a beauty inside!! But there was one family who was a previous adopter of ARWNY's own Petee who saw through the exterior and said they wanted Wish -- from day one, first glance, they wanted her! And so Wish went to her new home and adjusted remarkably well. Robin and Rob and Petee and Wish were one big happy family forever and ever! NOW THAT IS A HAPPY ENDING!!!!

Kathleen Dewees, ARWNY
http://akitarescuewny.com/

Honey

This is Honey, the senior female akita, who was captured by Matt Dimon after almost a year of living on her own in the woods of Chesterfield, NJ. Shortly after her capture & vet visit, the folks who had been feeding her all along came to give her a forever home. This is Honey first seeing Tony, her adopter, after being on the lamb :)

Joann Dimon, BEAR
http://bigeastakitarescue.net/

Manny

This is Manny. He was one of the Arkansas Eight, rescued from a puppy mill where over 600 dogs were removed by authorities. He now shares a home with his brother, Shawn, (from MARS) in Wisconsin. Both boys are loved by Mike and Tracey Labus.

Dorie Sparkman, ARSF
http://arsf.org/

Tuffy

Tuffy lived with a family that was foreclosed upon and sadly she was left behind in the house. A kind neighbor heard of the predicament so she rescued Tuffy and even found her a wonderful home with a local pastor and his children. This was truly a home that loved her but they did not have money for extras! They did however have a roof over their heads and plenty of love. So the rescuer and the new family contacted us at SOS for help for Tuffy’s medical issues.

Tuffy had suffered for years with entropian and was in pain yet never showed any signs of aggression even with her pain. This new home has small children and other pets, and Tuffy moved right in: loving everyone, even the other pets, and just is amazing with everyone. Money was raised to assist, but not enough. A local surgeon gave a greatly reduced rate for the surgery. That was when they reached out to SOS for help! So Akita-S.O.S. paid the surgeon the remaining price and Tuffy had entropian surgery, and is pain free for the first time in years and can live out the remaining years happily with a new family that TRULY adores her!

Nancy Lamm, ARWNY Akita-SOS
http://akitasos.com/

REHOMING A DOG

  • Finding a Pet a Home - Maybe you are needing to find a new home for your pet or you found a pet and want to find it a home. Whatever the reason here is a great resource to help you SAFELY and PERMANENTLY find that right forever home. Source: Permission given by Best Friends Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org).
  • Placing Your Dog - If faced with placing your dog, it will take some effort for a safe, secure, permanent home. But this will help you achieve that end result which everyone wants for their beloved pet.

LOST/FOUND DOGS

  • Findtoto.com - America’s Original "Amber Alert" Emergency Broadcast System For Lost, Stolen, and Found Pets. Phone is 877-738-8686.
  • Lost Pet Action Plan - WHEN YOUR DOG IS MISSING, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!! This document will walk you through an action plan to help during this stressful time!

TRAINING/BEHAVIOR

  • Crate Training - So you are bringing home that new puppy or dog and want to make sure it works from day 1. Crate training may be the solution for many potential issues -- learn how to start off correctly!!
  • Safe Dogs/Safe Kids - Through education of child, parent, dog owner, and the public in general, dog-related accidents can be lessened greatly. Learn how to respect each other and live in harmony!
  • Behavior Handouts - Having issues with your dog? Want to prepare for a life changing event? A great resource for MANY tips about clicker training, digging, chewing, safe children interaction, holiday safety, head halters, preparing for baby arrival, separation anxiety, and so much more!!

AKITA BREED INFORMATION

  • History of the Akita - Just what is this native Japanese dog so proudly thought of as the " Treasure of Japan."
  • About the Akita - Whether your goal is a family pet, a show dog, or obedience competition, we are excited about your interest and obvious good taste. Learn more about our beloved breed!
  • Akita Breed Facts - Read up on what makes an Akita an Akita and whether this is the dog for you!! (courtesy of the Akita Club of America Public Education Committee)
  • Judging the Akita - What is it the judges see and what is our breed standard all about?

AKITA OWNERSHIP

  • Before you get a Akita - The decision to get a dog is not something to be taken lightly. An adorable puppy can tug at our heartstrings but, in the end, will require a significant investment of your time and money for approximately 10-15 years.
  • Akitas make terrible gifts - Many Akitas that come into rescue were once cute little puppies that were gifts to family members. Research the breed and discuss whether right for the home before anything else.
  • Living with an Akita - What to expect from the new addition to the household.
  • Who's In Charge Here? - Information about dog dominance, alpha behavior and how proper training can help achieve a harmonious household.

MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES:


If you have any questions contact ACA Rescue:

TITLE/REGION

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Co-Chairs Jodi Marcus and Charlie Marcus
Region 1 Cassi Belli and Joann Dimon
Region 2 Donald Plummer, Dorie Sparkman, Lisa Gray and Fred Mennecke
Region 3 Sherry Lockrem and Shelley Pryor
Region 4 Holly Staudenbaur
Region 5 Carrie Holgate and Annette Gomez
Region 6 Linda Logan
Rescue Liaison Linda Walker

Committee Responsibilities

  • Respond to all telephone calls and emails
  • Own ACA Rescue Committee Email List and Facebook Page
  • Facilitate Rescue Committee booths when feasible at dog shows
  • Receive and check all ACA Rescue Group references and assign ID Numbers to all approved Groups
  • Process all ACA Rescue Fund Claims including verification, review, voting, and final determination
  • Direct all parties to groups in their area for both adoptions and surrenders
  • Mentoring -- rescue groups, Akita owners, potential Akita owners
  • Organize the National Rescue Tables
  • Conduct rescue meetings when possible
  • Forward any donation for ACA Rescue Fund to the Treasurer
  • Monitor ACA Rescue Fund and fund-raise as needed to ensure healthy balance

The Akita Club of America (ACA) maintains an official directory of Akita Rescue Groups throughout the United States as a service to the general public. These Akita Rescue groups serve the overall needs of homeless Akitas and meet the requirements for an ACA Rescue Fund Identification Number. They also support the ACA Rescue Code of Ethics.

If you have any questions please contact ACA Rescue:

Disclaimer: These Rescue Groups are separate 501(c)(3) entities and ACA does not regulate or supervise their operations, procedures, or adoption requirements and is therefore not responsible for their actions.


Rescue Groups Map

NATIONAL PROGRAM: ARWNY Akita-SOS serves
as a national senior surrender prevention program.

See www.akitasos.com for more information or contact Akita-SOS:
Nancy Lamm (arwny@roadrunner.com) or Kathy Dewees (kdewees@hotmail.com)
914-747-4252

Designed to keep senior Akitas in their home and out of shelters and rescue.

State

Rescue Groups/Individuals and Contact

Alabama Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Arkansas Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Arizona Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona
Deb Harlow (AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com) 602-88-AKITA
www.akitaadvocates.com
Connecticut Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
Delaware Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Jodi Marcus (akidra@comcast.net) 703-730-0844
Lisa Gray
(lisa@schnabel.com) 571-237-7335,
http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/info/

Delaware

Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
Florida Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Georgia Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Idaho Washington Akita Group
Troy and Cecille Juresko (washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net) 509-467-0460
www.washingtonakitagroup.com
Illinois Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Indiana Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Iowa Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Kentucky Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Louisiana Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Maine

Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net

Maryland & DC Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Jodi Marcus (akidra@comcast.net) 703-730-0844
Lisa Gray
(lisa@schnabel.com) 571-237-7335,
http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/info/
Massachusetts Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
Michigan Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Minnesota Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Mississippi Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Missouri Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Montana Washington Akita Group
Troy and Cecille Juresko (washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net) 509-467-0460
www.washingtonakitagroup.com
New Hampshire Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
New Jersey Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
New Mexico New Mexico Akita Rescue Group
Chrisan Smith (akita2s@comcast.net) 505-400-9870
www.newmexicoakitarescue.com
New York Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net


Western Great Lakes Akita Rescue
Fred Mennecke 414-840-2339
www.wglar.org
North Carolina Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Ohio Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Deanna O'Brien (marsakita@sbcglobal.net) 773-792-1309 or 773-594-9302
www.akitas.org
Oregon Washington Akita Group
Troy and Cecille Juresko (washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net) 509-467-0460
www.washingtonakitagroup.com
Pennsylvania Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Jodi Marcus (akidra@comcast.net) 703-730-0844
Lisa Gray
(lisa@schnabel.com) 571-237-7335,
http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/info/

Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
Rhode Island Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
South Carolina Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Tennessee Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF)
Dorie Sparkman (arsf@juno.com) 904-398-5786
Kathy Stoudt
(kstoudtarsf@aol.com) 407-365-7848
www.arsf.org
Utah Washington Akita Group
Troy and Cecille Juresko (washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net) 509-467-0460
www.washingtonakitagroup.com
Vermont Big East Akita Rescue
Jo Ann Dimon (bigeastakitarescue@verizon.net) 609-388-7004
www.bigeastakitarescue.net
Virginia Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Jodi Marcus (akidra@comcast.net) 703-730-0844
Lisa Gray
(lisa@schnabel.com) 571-237-7335,
http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/info/
Virginia Rakki-Inu Akita Rescue
Kira Brown (rakki.inu.akita.rescue@gmail.com) 757-831-4200
www.vaakitarescue.org
Washington Washington Akita Group
Troy and Cecille Juresko (washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net) 509-467-0460
www.washingtonakitagroup.com
West Virginia Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Jodi Marcus (akidra@comcast.net) 703-730-0844
Lisa Gray
(lisa@schnabel.com) 571-237-7335,
http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/info/
Wisconsin Western Great Lakes Akita Rescue
Fred Mennecke 414-840-2339
www.wglar.org