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Washington Akita Group, Inc. (WAG) is a small group of concerned Akita people dedicated to the rescue and placement of orphaned Akitas in Washington State.   (Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming as foster or kennel space allows). Our primary mission is to find good homes for abandoned Akitas, most coming from local animal shelters after being found as strays or given up to shelters by their owners. We DO NOT take dogs directly from an owner except under extraordinary conditions. We help transition the dogs into their new homes by providing proper nutrition, veterinary care, grooming, socialization and love before placement. We offer support for Akita owners and education for our communities about the Akita as a breed and the need for responsible dog ownership.

WAG is now an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.  Donations are tax deductible.

To Make a Donation Via Paypal

Just use our email address

Thank you for your generosity!


If you are interested in adopting an Akita from WAG, please fill out an Adoption Application and send it in!

Once an application is submitted, it may take 2-3 weeks to be processed and a reply sent.  WAG is made up of volunteers who help in their free time.  We realize you are anxious to hear from us and we will respond as quickly as possible.  To be considered for any WAG Akita,  the following must be completed:  Application submitted, home visit completed and reference checks completed.  Please understand that we will make a decision that is in the best interest of the dog. Thank you for your patience.

View available WAG orphans on our Adoptions page OR check out the WARN page for shelter placements.  We do our best to keep both of these pages as current as possible.




Time to buy coupons for Macy's Shop for a Cause!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The 10-25% off all day sale coupons (valid only the day of the event at any Macy’s location) plus the chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card (this ticket must be deposited the day of the event) are available now for $5 each.

WAG gets to keep all proceeds from the ticket sales but unfortunately due to liability issues none of the other participating charities will be in the stores this year.

Some reminders about the sale coupons:

·        The coupons can be used in any Macy’s store but can’t be used online at

·        There are a lot of exclusions listed on the back, including cosmetics & fragrances

·        If you buy a coupon in advance but don’t know if you can make it into a Macy’s on the day of the sale you can complete the chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card now and get it to me by the 22nd and I’ll deposit it for you the day of the sale at the Clackamas store. 

Contact Linda to buy one:


The WAG booth won its second award of merit at the Seattle Kennel Club show! The award is for breed education and general booth presentation. Thank you to everyone who was here and helped including our wonderful breed representatives Keegan, Shelby, Swayze, Mora, Suede, Porter, Wrigley, Bailey and Skylar!

Fundraising at the show also contributed over $724!  Way to go everyone!


For all you Fred Meyer shoppers- you can now support WAG when you use you Rewards Card. Just go to rewards
Link your rewards card to WAG. Search for us by name-Washington Akita Group or by our non-profit number: 85415

Then every time you shop and use your rewards card, you are earning WAG a donation. You still earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates.

If you don't have a Rewards Card, they are available for free at the customer service desk. Thanks and have fun shopping!



Many of you are beginning to hear about a recent large-scale seizure of dogs and horses from a puppy mill in Ranier, OR.  At this time, the dogs are being held by the Oregon Humane Society and the Columbia County Humane Society until the legalities of the investigation are completed.  Both shelters have been in contact with WAG and will know to contact us IF and WHEN they need help. 

Read more about the story here

UPDATE 1/6/14 a news link on the ongoing court case here


Bloat in Akitas

Akitas and other large breed dogs are at risk for bloating.  Do you know how to recognize the signs?  Would you know how to act in this emergency?  Babe, a former WAG orphan, recently suffered bloat, but was able to recover because of the quick action of her owner.  She is on the mend and back to being the beautiful girl she is:

Please follow these links to further educate yourself about bloat

Information about bloat from Barbara Bouyet's book:

A video of a dog bloating:


Please say "NO" breed specific legislation! Take a look at this video to find out more.


Read the story of Zeus.  What a happy ending! Thanks to Francee Hamblet of  Minda Akitas.


The Washington Akita Group Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund is dedicated to the needs of our orphans needing extra attention.  Some of our foster dogs have expenses that go above and beyond regular dog care.  Consider donating in memory of a pet.  Or perhaps as a representative of a kennel or dog club.  Many companies will even match what their employees pledge to donate.    Please specify "scholarship fund" on your donation as well as your name, pet name, club, or company to be acknowledged below.  Unspecified donations will go towards our regular costs of transport, veterinary care, and other general needs.  All donations are tax deductible.

Donor List

Bronze Club (gifts up to $50)

Jordan Vendramin

Judith Kelly

Anthony Gomez

Sue Gensel

Vicki Johnson

Ryan Tiffany

Wendy Sorrell

Karen Johnson

Jamie Bradfield

Julie Jinneman

Ligaya Feierday

Millie Cain Gardner

Connie Larson

Cecille and Troy Juresko

Christine and Mario Garnier

Ryan Shaffer

Nancy Lamm

Kathy & Miguel Fair

Ronda White

Karen Hauer on behalf of Elisabeth and Nick Mahen in memory of Kuma

Diane Lynch

Robert Snyder

Connie Streier Larson

Colleen Clark

Margaret Mershon

Traci Frei

Silver Club (gifts up to $100)

Michael Smith

Megan Morrow

Gale Nakashima

Karen Heacock

Deb Fletcher

Tamara Larson

Chris Skilton

Megan Morrow

Cindy Gilpin Jarvis

Ken Woodman and Alyssa Wong

Melissa and Vance Fisher

Gold Club (gifts up to $500)

Alice and Chris Skilton - In Memory of Nakita

JoAnn Dimon

Carol Foti

The Brooks Family

Dr Dan Frey

Brent and Lyn Montgomery

Marine Installations

Cari Lucas

Pam Fernald

Platinum Club (gifts over $500)

Capital Pacific Bank

*Julie and Bob Ellis*

*Heart of Texas Akita Club*

Erin Sunahara

Robin Bridges

Mary O'Connell

Nicholas and Elisabeth Mahen in memory of Kuma







Consider fostering an Akita.  We are always in need of foster homes.  So many Akitas end up in shelters and we cannot help them all.  If you are "Akita smart" and have room in your home and your heart, you might be the perfect foster parent for an orphaned Akita.  Foster home application and home check required. 


Contact us at  Washington Akita Group


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Donate to WAG when you shop on-line at



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Buy a WAG t-shirt! $15 each (includes shipping)



We also have Rescue Magnets and handmade bead bracelets.  Please contact WAG for pictures and prices.   They make great gifts.


email us to order


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Special thanks to our frequent donors and volunteers:


Julie and Bobby Ellis


Kathy Amrine - WAG ad in ACA update


Jill Drennan - online auctions


Erin Sunahara


Alicia Meyer - website design







Run Free at the Rainbow Bridge!





A page dedicated to the Akitas that have left us.






WAG's Favorite Vets


Dr Dan Frey and the Woodinville Animal Hospital


Vista Veterinary Hospital, Kennewick WA


Summit Veterinary Referral Center, Tacoma WA


Indian Trail Animal Hospital Spokane, WA


Sonnya Crawford, DVM and Greys Harbor Veterinary Services Montesano, WA















Internet Links We Recommend

Printable Recue Application

Printable Contract for Adoption

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