Washington Akita Group, Inc. (WAG) is a small group of concerned Akita people dedicated to the rescue and placement of orphaned Akitas in Eastern and Central Washington State (other areas in the Pacific Northwest 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.
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Thank you for your generosity!
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!
you Fred Meyer shoppers- you can now support WAG when you use you
Rewards Card. Just go to
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.
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.