What Is A Rescue Dog

Fanciers of Akitas were among the first groups to realize that shelters and humane organizations needed help. They organized to rescue Akitas that needed additional help to find new homes. The term “rescue” has now come to encompass any group that specializes in placing one breed of dog, and the dogs they help have become known as “rescue dogs.”

Some regions are fortunate to have dedicated rescue workers who have a network of foster homes or boarding facilities; others may have only one person who provides information and works with local shelters. The one thing they all have in common is that they always have dogs to place. Many more are listed with local Akita Rescue Groups.

Except for puppies which are seldom available, rescues may have Akitas of all ages, males and females. Many people are afraid to adopt an older dog because they think the only reason people give up a dog is because it has some terrible problem, like a lemon used car that gets traded in at the dealers. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The reasons for people giving up their dogs are as varied as the dogs themselves. Many families relocate and are unable or unwilling to take their dog with them to their new home. A divorce may have the same affect, with both parties moving into apartments that may restrict the size of pets. Another common reason dogs end up in rescue is the owner who buys an Akita the same sex as a dog he already has. When the dogs don’t get along, the one that goes is the newer one.

The decision to buy a dog is often a very emotional one, so that people who buy a cute puppy on a whim don’t always give much consideration to what life will be like with an adult dog. They don’t think about the fact that dogs, like children, need education and experience to cope with life. When their cute puppy turns into a 100 pound dog that sheds all over the house or jumps on them every time they go out because he’s bored and lonely, they decide that he’s too much trouble. Through no fault of his own, the dog ends up in rescue. These are the lucky dogs. The unlucky ones are abandoned at their former homes, left tied in a yard, or dumped out of a car and left to fend for themselves.

Some of these dogs have gone through training classes, almost all are housebroken, and most will have been sterilized by the shelter or rescue. They have had health checks, temperament evaluations, and vaccinations. Rescue workers often know something about the history of the dog and can tell you about his virtues and any problems he might have. In fact, adoption may be contingent on your meeting certain conditions, such as no other pets, only female dogs, no cats, etc.

Rescues do have adoption fees but these are usually much less than you would pay for a puppy, and since the rescue dog is grown, you can tell a lot about him. Very few have papers available, but if you are interested in participating in AKC performance events like obedience or agility, you can obtain an indefinite listing privilege. AKC will provide the information on how to proceed ([email protected]).

Credits: This article has been modified from it’s original format. The original article was written by Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. Permission has been granted to freely reprint and distribute this document as long as LRR, Inc. is credited.


Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akita as described in the official breed standard.

About the Akita

A natural monument in Japan, the Akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk, and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the Working Group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with keen sense of humor, the Akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, Akitas are not receptive to abusive methods. Akitas originated in Japan many, many years ago, and have been designated a natural monument of Japan. They are a large, impressive breed with natural guarding instincts. While generally reserved with people they don’t know, Akitas are affectionate with their family. They tend to be independent, and while they will always know where you are in your home, they do not need constant attention as do some of the more dependent breeds. For more about this amazing breed, please spend some time here at our site. There’s a wonderful world to explore.