Kkomi’s big adventure and what makes JACA special
The Japanese Akita Club of America, or JACA, was officially formed in 1997. We are a nationwide club that advocates for the breed, sponsors shows, supports rescues, shares information about breed health and educates the public. Our members in different regions often get together to go on outings, hold picnics or appear at events to introduce the public to the breed. What kind of people are JACA members? Some of our members are show people, some compete in other events, some are casual pet owners, some are breeders, some are involved in rescue, some are totally new to the breed and want guidance or to just hang out with others who love the breed.
We have always believed that JACA is whatever our members make it. Take, for instance, when breed ambassador Kkomi disappeared in San Jose. His owner Scott had been frantically looking for him without success. We alerted our club members and the general public via social media. Our NorCal members began networking with each other. One member, Darren, and his little daughter Chiemi who LOVES Kkomi as much as her own Japanese Akita Kougi, had been looking for over an hour as another JACA member Justin, drove with his own Japanese Akita Yumi from San Francisco to San Jose through midweek traffic, to join the search. Thankfully, Justin and Yumi managed to find the wandering Kkomi who was then joyfully reunited with Scott! That’s why we say our members make the club so special.
Kkomi after being found by Yumi.
Interested in joining JACA?
JACA members are newcomers and experienced pet owners, rescuers, breeders, conformation and competition dog owners, and puppy wranglers. Please note that our new membership process requires sponsorship from two current and eligible members. How do you meet members? Attend our shows, events or meet-ups (follow our Facebook page), adopt from an Akita rescue, get a puppy from one of our breeders, or get to know our members through their social media (#JACAMember).
$35/year for individual membership
$45/year for family membership
One year of free membership for individuals who adopt a Japanese Akita from a rescue!