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Updated 4/15/14

WASHINGTON AKITA RESCUE NETWORK

Please scroll down to read "How Could You?"  How important are the pets in YOUR life?

This Page is dedicated to the memory of Amiya, the Everett Akita that was euthanized before we could help her.     Akita Lovers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest are networking to help prevent any more adoptable Akitas from being put to sleep unnecessarily.  Please check this page often as we will update it frequently.  Listed below are Akitas currently at Pacific Northwest animal shelters.  When you are looking for a wonderful companion, please consider one of these dogs.

 Amiya was euthanized about 5 days after she was listed on Petfinder by the Everett City Shelter.  They considered her dog aggressive because the well-meaning person who had taken her in had not understood Akitas.  As soon as she was listed on Petfinder, Melissa visited her. She visited her several times, taking her outside, brushing her and giving her the attention she deserved. This sweet, affectionate girl should not have died.  We know we cannot save all the Akitas that end up in shelters, but we are all guilty of letting this one slip through the cracks when there was no reason.  We all had good intentions but we did not act fast enough.  Melissa did what she could, but she could not do it alone.  Akita people, whether they are breeders or just lovers of the breed, need to help.  Do you have a spare kennel?  Can you contact a shelter and leave your number to be contacted before an adoptable Akita is put to sleep? We all need to network to save these dogs.   We all need to keep our eyes and ears open.  We will keep Amiya on our site as a memorial to her and a reminder to all of us.  Godspeed over the Rainbow Bridge, sweet girl. 

 

 

If you want to help, please contact WAG. 

washingtonakitagroup@earthlink.net

 


Emily Grey

Added 4/15/14

*Courtesy post.  Emily has not been evaluated by WAG*

Hello, I am Emily Grey and I look forward to meeting you. I am one of the lucky Akitas who came to OHS with over 100 dogs from a breeding operation. My breed is known for its loyalty, courage, protectiveness and love for our people, but I missed out on the opportunity to fully understand and bring out these great qualities in myself with training when I was a puppy. Now I am hoping to catch up! I already can walk on leash and even relax and give a play bow when I see you (if I've gotten the chance to know you). I think I can really shine in a home environment and I hope I find a patient person or family who will understand where I need to go and will help me get there. With lots of commitment, positive training, kindness and understanding I believe I will become a great Akita dog and the best companion.A training consult is included prior to adoption.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip ID, collar and OHS I.D. tag, initial vaccines, courtesy veterinarian exam, 30 days free PetPlan health insurance and plenty of post adoption support!

Name: Emily Grey  Code Number: 153869  Date Available: 4/11/2014 4:42:00 PM   Adoption Fee: $150

Gender: Female    Age: 6 Yr    Weight: 84 lbs    Location: Dog Red Pod - 58

Emily Grey is at the Oregon Humane Society


Dottie Turner

Added 4/15/14

*Courtesy post.  Dottie has not been evaluated by WAG*

Hello, I am Dottie Turner and I am one of the lucky Akitas who came to OHS with over 100 dogs from a breeding operation. I am learning to walk on leash and am curious about my environment. I am finding that people are OK and maybe even interesting to me, but I am scared right now. I would really appreciate your patience and understanding and would do best in a calm and quiet environment loaded with love. I need a fully fenced yard and may do better with a calm and social dog to learn from. Slowly but surely and with your commitment I believe I will become your best companion. A training consult is included prior to adoption.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip ID, collar and OHS I.D. tag, initial vaccines, courtesy veterinarian exam, 30 days free PetPlan health insurance and plenty of post adoption support!

Name: Dottie Turner  Code Number: 154212  Date Available: 4/11/2014 4:43:00 PM   Adoption Fee: $150

Gender: Female     Age:   10 Yr     Weight: 78 lbs.
Location: Dog Red Pod - 51

Dottie Turner is at the Oregon Humane Society


Colin Jones

Added 4/15/14

*Courtesy post.  Colin has not been evaluated by WAG*

Hello, I am Colin Jones and I look forward to meeting you. I am one of the lucky Akitas who came to OHS with over 100 dogs from a breeding operation. I enjoy the company of other dogs (especially the girls) and I am definitely curious about people but I just don't know how to open up and make a connection with them yet. I am starting to move in the right direction and hope to feel more confident with lots of positive reinforcement and proper training. My breed is known for its loyalty, courage, protectiveness and love for our people, but I missed out on the opportunity to fully understand and bring out these great qualities in myself as a puppy. Now I would like to catch up in a positive home environment with a person or family who will help me get there. With lots of commitment, kindness and understanding I believe I will become a great Akita dog and your best companion.A training consult is included prior to adoption.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip ID, collar and OHS I.D. tag, initial vaccines, courtesy veterinarian exam, 30 days free PetPlan health insurance and plenty of post adoption support!

Name: Colin Jones  Code Number: 154203  Date Available: 4/11/2014 4:42:00 PM   Adoption Fee: $150

Gender: Male      Age: 4 Yr     Weight: 55lbs   Location: Dog Red Pod -57

Colin Jones is at the Oregon Humane Society


Diesel

Added 3/18/14

*Courtesy post. Diesel has not been evaluated by WAG*

Diesel is an Akita Labrador mix at the Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, WA.  He is about 7 months old now and still has a lot of growing to do. 

His ideal match is someone who is familiar with the Akita breed and has experience and the desire to provide ongoing socialization and training. Diesel would appreciate someone who is home fairly often to ensure his needs are provided for at his young age. With guidance and love, he will blossom into a confident and well-adjusted adult dog. Diesel gets along with other dogs, and would do best with an easygoing and well-mannered adult dog. He has some experience with cats, but may need some boundaries set in his new home when adjusting to new felines. He's looking for a home with older teenagers and adults only (no younger children please) who can provide consistency, structure and training from day one. This handsome fellow has a huge heart and is very eager to please. He can't wait to show off his natural intelligence and affectionate side. Please consider meeting him soon!

13132 NE 177th Place, WOODINVILLE, WA, 98072

Phone
(425) 488-4444

Website
http://www.homewardpet.org

 


Shaba

Added 3/16/14

*Courtesy post. Shaba has not been evaluated by WAG*

Shaba is a 4 year old female Akita at Yamhill County Dog Control.  Her owners had to give her up due to a change in their living situation.  The shelter environment is very stressful for her and she wants to be in a new home ASAP! 

http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/dog-control

(503)-434-7538


Rockie

Added 3/13/14

*Courtesy post.  Rockie has not been evaluated by WAG*

Rockie is a 3 year old Akita mix available through the Blue Mountain Humane Society.  However, Rockie IS NOT CURRENTLY AT THE BLUE MOUNTAIN HUMANE SOCIETY.  He is at Washington State Penitentiary getting trained so he can behave better in his forever home. He is learning "sit", "stay", "lie down" and how to walk well on a leash.

http://www.bluemountainhumane.org/adopt.php


Crew

Added 3/13/14

*Courtesy post. Crew was not been evaluated by WAG*

Come play in the great outdoors with me!  While my life over the past year  has been a hard one with a lot of upheaval and separation, my heart and smile is as big as the Big Sky in Montana! 

As many of you may know, i was found abandoned and very skinny with my mate in Utah. As she was pregnant, I was probably used for breeding and forgotten. While we were taken to a shelter in Utah, my bonded pair mate did not make it out even though Susie Brown of Humane Society of Beaverhead County in Dillon Montana was going to take us both.

According to Susie, I was very skinny.  But with the mountain air and Susie's and Beaverhead County's attention, I thrived and gained weight. But this was back in September!  Through Fall and Winter, I sat missing my bonded mate  in this very small, rural mountain town in a pretty remote area wanting my family !   But as much as I love Susie and Beaverhead, it's remote and I need help finding one! 

As a four year old male akita, I am very active guy and fairly big. When I stand on my back legs to give you hugs and kisses, I am about 6 ft tall!.  Alright, I give lots of hugs and am a bit of a cuddler that loves people even children.  But I want to be the center of your attention. While I was found with my bonded mate and may do well with a female akita in time, I prefer no other dogs , cats or small animals. I love children and am good with them, but I am a big guy!

Although I will eat snacks out of your hand gingerly and you can take food right out of my mouth, I have a terrible habit of spilling over my bowl and eating from the ground. So, Martha Stewart might not want me as a dinner guest and someone that can work with me on my dinner manners might be good.

Did I forget to tell you how handsome I am? a big  cuddly , plush live Bear for sure. But while you can't tell very well in the photos , I'm a faun akita unique markings and soulful brown intelligent eyes . In the Montana sun, my fur sparkle a big of a golden and they tell me that despite my rough start, I am going to have a golden future!

Other than that, I am an amazing guy...my name was Crew in Utah and at the shelter, but I've been nicknamed the Grand Cru because like the classification of wine, I am the highest of quality!  A big hearted guy with a big smile and lots of hugs and hikes to give! 

Abit of a goof too...just watch my videos of me in the mountain stream!  Take me out to play and I'll entertain you for sure. Give me a home and soft bed to cuddle with you and I'll love you forever!

Are you an experienced akita owner in need of a new special bear to love you? If so, please call 208-309-2484  or email pwertalik@contractlaboratory.com or  call the Beaverhead Shelter at (406) 683-8119  E-Mail: bvhdpets@qwestoffice.net to find out more about me and how much love I have to give!
 

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoeObPeAUk4-A1k7GZoTScQ/feed?filter=2

Crew is at the Humane Society of the Beaverhead in Dillon, MT


Declan Jones

Posted 3/2/14

*Courtesy post. Declan has not been evaluated by WAG*

Hey! Declan Jones here, I am one of the lucky Akitas who came to OHS with over 100 dogs from a breeding operation. If you meet me you will see how I cock my head to the side, give you a curious look, then maybe spin around and buck a little. What I need is a good dose of trust in a loving home as I am very timid of new people, situations and scared in new environments and will need a quiet, low traffic home with adults or perhaps older, calm children. A fenced yard would be a requirement for me to go home with you. Patience would be good too, since I might make mistakes while I am figuring it all out. I bet with your commitment, kindness and understanding I can become your best friend. A training consult is included with my adoption.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip ID, collar and OHS I.D. tag, initial vaccines, courtesy veterinarian exam, 30 days free PetPlan health insurance and plenty of post adoption support!

Name: Declan Jones  Code Number: 153859  Date Available: 2/27/2014 4:03:00 PM   Adoption Fee: $150

Gender: Male     Age:   5 Yr     Weight: 65 lbs.
Location: Dog Red Pod - 50

Declan is at the Oregon Humane Society


Waldo

Adopted April 2014


Chibi

Adopted March 2014

   

 


 

Loki

Adopted March 2014

Loki

 


 

Darla Avery

Adopted March 2014

 


Dano

Adopted January 2014


Atticus

Adopted October 2013

 


Angel

Adopted September 2013


Summer

Adopted September 2013


Aleta

Adopted September 2013


male Akita

Adopted September 2013

 


Tundra

*no picture available*

Adopted September 2013


Kira

Adopted August 2013

 


Nikki

Adopted July 2013

 


 

Shiro

Adopted July 2013

 


Kita

Adopted May 2013

 


Bruno

Adopted May 2013

 


Soloman

Adopted May 2013

 


Kino

Adopted February 2013

 


Witt

Adopted February 2013

 


Sachi

Adopted February 2013


Kaily

Adopted February 2013


 

Mimi

Adopted January 2013

 


Luna (S-11A)

Adopted January 2013


Kodiak

Adopted January 2013


Bella

Adopted December 2012


Kira

Adopted October 2012

 


Zena

Adopted October 2012

   

 


Karli

Adopted October 2012

Update: Karli went over the rainbow bridge shortly after being adopted.  Run free sweet girl!  We're glad your final days were in a comfortable and loving home.

 


Isis

Adopted October 2012

 


Girl "B"

Adopted September 2012

 


Hatchi and Boresia

Adopted August 2012

 


 

Griz

Adopted Summer 2012, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge shortly after.  RIP sweet boy!

 


Raiku

Adopted August 2012

 

 


 

Akira

Adopted June 2012


Noah

Seattle Humane Society

Adopted December 2011

 


Haru

Humane Society of SW Washington-Vancouver WA

Adopted December 2011

 


Suki

Humane Society for Thurston County (Olympia WA)

Adopted July 2011

 

 


Priest

SCRAPS

Reclaimed by his family - June 2011


Mimi

SCRAPS

Adopted June 2011


 

Susie

Pasado Safe Haven

Adopted March 2011


Lexi

Ponderay Animal Shelter

Adopted March 2011

 


 

Jasmine

Spokane Humane Society

Adopted January 2011

 


 

Miko

Pixie Project-Portland OR

adopted January 2011

 


 

Damon

Humane Society of Southwest Washington - Vancouver WA

Adopted December 2010


Kodiak

WARN Volunteer Placement

December 2010


 

Sheba

Pinehaven ID Animal Shelter

Adopted December 2010


 

Dakota

Humane Society-Long Beach WA

Adopted November 2010


Dozer

Adopted November 2010

Owner Giveup


Kira

Adopted November 2010

Kitsap Humane Society

 


Spindle

Adopted November 2010

Kitsap Humane Society


 

Cheana

Siberian Husky Rescue-Sandpoint ID

Adopted July 2010


Emmie

Canyon County Animal Shelter


Rex

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Adopted July 2010


Whoopi

Kitsap Humane Society

Adopted July 2010


Kita

Everett Animal Shelter

Adopted July 2010


Akira

Whatcom Humane Society

Adopted July 2010


 

Sauchi

Oregon Humane Society

Adopted July 2010


 

Tess

Humane Society for Southwest Washington

Adopted June 2010


Chan

Spokane Humane Society

Adopted June 2010


Akita Mom and pups

SCRAPS

Adopted June 2010


Akira

Kitsap Humane Society

Adopted June 2010


Kira

Seattle Animal Shelter

Adopted June 2010

 


Nikki

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Adopted June 2010

 


 

Ernie and Carson

Canyon County Animal Shelter - Caldwell ID

Adopted April 2010

 


Young Female

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Adopted April 2010


Kudy

Multnomah Animal Shelter

Adopted April 2010

 


 

Gerta

Camano Island Animal Control

Adopted April 2010


Theeny

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

Adopted April 2010

 

 

 


Kenan

Adopted January 2010

Spokanimal - Spokane WA

 

 


 

Toshi

Everett WA Animal Shelter

Adopted 7/9/2009


Bedo

PAWS Lynnwood WA

Adopted 7/10/2009

 


Haru

Multnomah County Animal Shelter

Adopted 3/30/2009


Oreo

Meridian ID Animal Shelter

Adopted 03/12/2009


Keiko

Seattle Humane Society

Adopted 02/05/2009


Yoshi

Whitman County Humane Society

Adopted 02/14/2009


Murphy

Willamette Humane Society

Adopted 02/02/2009


Wind

Humane Society of Southwestern Washington

Adopted 12/20/2008

 

 

 


Alexi and Mariah

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Adopted 12/18/2008

 


Foxy Lady

Oregon Outback Humane

added 1/17/08

UPDATE January 17, 2008

Update 12/14/08

Foxy STILL needs a home.  Does anyone out there have room for this sweet girl?

Well I've been in my foster home for quite some time.  I am living with 8 other dogs, 6 are my foster family's and the other 2 are also searching for the right place.  I get along fine with them.  I like to play (when I feel like it) and hike and just hang out.  I guess the first foster home just had dogs that bugged me!  These guys have each other to bug when I have had enough.  The hikes are great and I have not been real stiff after them at all.... we even went 6 miles the other day.  Even though I am old in years, I still have enough "puppy" in me to be entertaining and do like to play with the other dogs once in a while.  The kittens still like to play with my tail.  When they try and steal my food I give them a little growl, but have never tried to hurt one of them.  No food aggression to speak of.  They generally just play with my tail and walk under my bely.  I walk right by the chickens, cows, horses and mules.  In fact, I am the only dog the mules leave alone.  They must know how special I am.  I get along good with older children too.  According to my foster day, my name should be "Cutsie."  My personality will definitely steal your heart.  Don't pass up a chance to share some time with a true "Lady", Foxy Lady.  You will be glad you had me in your life! 

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Yes I am a Foxy lady. I am a senior dog, about 9 years old, that was found as a stray. Although they cannot tell for sure, it appears I have been spayed as I do not have any signs of ever having a litter. I am a nice older gal who would be best off in a home by myself as I do get a bit snippy when other dogs are bugging me. Somewhat alpha, I may also be OK with a calm, non aggressive dog. I like kids and listen well. The youngsters had me on walks at the adoption this past weekend and I behaved myself for them. I like attention and am looking for a nice place to retire. please contact Martina at 541-943-3368. Their website is  http://oregonoutbackhumane.org


Dragon

Washougel WA Humane Society

added 11/03/08

Update 12/1/08 - Dragon was adopted! 


 

 

Bodine

LifeSavers Pet Rescue - Polson MT

Added 5/5/08

Update 12/14/08

Bodine has been adopted!!

 

 


Hailey

Spokanimal C.A.R.E.

Spokane WA

Adopted!



 

Tiny

Spokanimal C.A.R.E.

Adopted!

 


Rosie

Spokane Humane Society

Adopted!


 


Kuma

Oregon Outback Humane Society

Adopted! 

 

 


Teika

11th Hour Rescue Northwest

Issaquah WA

Added 8/19/2007

ADOPTED!


Samantha

Rimrock Humane Society

Roundup MT

ADOPTED!

 

 


 

SHASTA

Second Chance Animal Adoption

Bonners Ferry ID

Adopted!

 

 


MEL

Adopted!

  5/5/07

Humane Society of Skagit Valley

Burlington WA


ROCKY

 Adopted!

5/5/07

Bonneville Humane Society

Idaho Falls ID

 


BRAD and ANGELINA

Humane Society of the Palouse

Moscow ID

UPDATE!  4/17/07

Adopted and together in their new forever home!!

 


NO NAME - ID A385206

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Added 3/1/07

Euthanized 3/5/07

Failed Food Aggression test in a shelter environment



 


ASIA

Klamath Humane Society

Klamath Falls OR

Update 4/17/07

ASIA has been adopted!  Hope this forever home works for her!


Brigit-ADOPTED!

updated 2/23/07

SSP-Preferred Animal Care

Bellingham WA


 

Buck- ADOPTED!!!!

Wasatch Humane Society

Salt Lake City UT

 


 

HARLEY

UPDATE!  4/17/07

Harley has been adopted!

 

 


 

 

Kiko-ADOPTED!

SpokAnimal C.A.R.E

Spokane WA

 


 

Bonsai - ADOPTED!

SpokAnimal C.A.R.E.

Spokane WA

 

 


Blue - ADOPTED!   This sweet girl has found her forever home! 

Panhandle Animal Shelter

Sandpoint ID


Buster-ADOPTED!

Colville Pet Refuge

Colville WA

 

 


 

Lila  ADOPTED!!!!!

Northeast Veterinary Hospital /Seattle Animal Control

Seattle WA

 

 


Shammy

ADOPTED!  

 

 


Marilyn - ADOPTED!!!

from Clallam County Humane Society

 

 

 


 

UPDATE - KOVU ADOPTED from Missoula Humane Society!!!!

 

 

 


                                                                               

Humane Society of Cowlitz County

Longview WA

Elwood ADOPTED!

                                                                                                                

   


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

ADOPTED!!!

 


Missoula Animal Control

Nikoda ADOPTED!

 

 


 
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How Could You?
By Jim Willis
6-7-6

 

 

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" - but then you'd relent and roll me over for a bellyrub.
 
My housetraining took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed, listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs," you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.
 
Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.
 
She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" - still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love."
 
As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them, especially their touch - because your touch was now so infrequent - and I would have defended them with my life if need be.
 
I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams. Together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being your dog to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.
 
Now you have a new career opportunity in another city and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.
 
I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog or cat, even one with "papers."
 
You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a goodbye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.
 
After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"
 
They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you - that you had changed your mind - that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.
 
I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table, rubbed my ears and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.
 
She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"
 
Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself - a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.
 
With my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not meant for her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.
 
May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
 
http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/06/1827219.php
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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