JACA Cares – Working with Rescues
Because of the growing popularity of the Japanese Akita in the US, there are more and more unscrupulous and greedy backyard breeders and puppy mills trying to make a buck off an unsuspecting public who do not realize the importance of sire and dam health testing, proper vet care, nutritional support and socialization for puppies. As a result, more Japanese Akitas are being dumped at the pound – some are adult dogs who have been deemed useless because they cannot be bred or can no longer be bred while others are puppies or young dogs with health or temperament issues due to poor breeding practices or lack of socialization. The lucky dogs avoid being euthanized and end up at no-kill shelters or rescues. But that does not mean they will not make excellent pets for the right household! After rehabilitation, which includes consistent care and nurturing, rescues are often the most loving dogs you will ever meet.
JACA is committed to working with organizations that are active in breed-specific rescue through our JACA Cares program although on occasion, we will feature rescued JAs or raise funds for JAs in desperate need of medical attention for general rescues. Since we are not a rescue ourselves, our main related activities involve publicizing rescue-listed Japanese Akitas in need of homes and collecting funds and goods for donation to the rescues with whom we have established good relationships. In the past, we have provided emergency funds toward Japanese Akitas in rescues with medical needs and our members have volunteered to assist with grooming, transport or home checks. We also recommend that our member breeders specify in their contracts that they are the first point of contact should one of their puppy buyers need to give up a dog so that dogs bred by JACA members do not become additional burdens in the shelter or rescue system (in other words, if you’re in JACA and you breed, you take care of your own).
For more information about JACA Cares, contact email@example.com. Donations to JACA Cares are tax deductible and may be made out to firstname.lastname@example.org on PayPal.
Adopting a Japanese Akita
Adopting a rescue can have its challenges but after a couple of weeks of transition time where the dog gets used to living in a stranger’s home and you get used to your new dog, you become family. It is one of the most rewarding relationships in pet ownership EVER. Once your adopted dog senses this new living arrangement is for keeps, it’s said the dog will begin to show his or her appreciation much more so than a dog from a breeder would. While that information is anecdotal, some of our members who have both adopted and gotten a dog from a breeder will attest that it’s true. The Japanese Akitas that end up in rescues more often than not are from backyard breeders who do not sufficiently screen their buyers (we won’t even go into the lack of health screening for the sires and dams), do not take back dogs and do not help place the dogs that they’ve bred, thus placing more burden and expense on rescues. Some of the dogs have been neglected or are in dire need of medical attention when a rescue takes possession of them, but the rescues patiently, and often at great expense, rehabilitate the dogs in their charge. Most of the rescued Japanese Akitas are in their young adult to senior years. All rescues spay and neuter any dog that comes through their doors. All dogs are observed and worked with closely so that rescuers know the dog’s temperament, personality, likes, dislikes, energy level, etc. and can find the best match for a successful outcome. Rescue screening of potential adopters may seem intense and invasive but it’s only because rescuers want to find a forever home for the dogs. Each of the rescues listed below are independent of JACA Cares and applicants must meet the criteria of the individual rescues.
We hope that you will consider adopting if you would like to add a beautiful companion Japanese Akita to your home.
Georgia Akita Rescue Division
Covering the state of Georgia, and occasionally surrounding states, Georgia Akita Rescue Division (or GARD) may be one of the newer rescues on the block but they have fast earned the respect of the more veteran rescue community. The heroes at GARD have successfully helped re-home several Japanese Akita from backyard breeders in recent years. Keep up with them on their website and Facebook page.
Big East Akita Rescue
Big East Akita Rescue group covers the NY, NJ, and PA metropolitan region and the Northeast, helping unwanted, abused, and neglected American Akitas and Japanese Akitas in need. The good folks at BEAR have noticed an uptick in Japanese Akitas on the east coast needing homes. If you’re located on the northeastern Atlantic coast, please check their website regularly for available JAs and contact them directly.
Namaste Akita Rescue Alliance
The loving and kind people involved with Namaste Akita Rescue Alliance in the Northern California SF Bay area have helped find new homes and resources for many an Akita including our very own members’ Japanese Akita Astro (you can follow him on his Facebook page Astro’s Adventures). Please check their adoptable Akita listings on their website or Facebook page.
Rockin' Red Dog Rescue
A Passion for Paws
Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Serving the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and parts of Kansas and Kentucky, Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS) gives homeless Akitas a chance for a better life. They have placed over 800 dogs since their inception and continue to do the difficult work of rehabbing, medically treating and placing Akitas in their region.