Akita Rescue & Welfare UK - ARW - About Adopting An Akita


When a dog has come from an unhappy background, it is more likely to develop a deeper bond with a new owner who offers it the love and care it has not experienced previously. They will be eager to please in response to the kind treatment and affection.

These dogs will quickly learn to accept the good things the new owners have to offer and are likely to bond deeper as a result. Many have known life on the streets, or chained up in a backyard or worse, and will blossom in a loving caring home. Most rescue dogs make exceptionally affectionate pets and extremely loyal companions.

What You See is What You Get

When adopting a rescue dog, it is possible to specify whether you want a dog or a bitch. You can also see what size and colour you are getting before you adopt, and you will know that the dog's temperament is acceptable before adopting. The Akita will have often been housed with AR&W (UK) or a foster home for a few weeks before adoption takes place, and its health and temperament will have been monitored during that time. AR&W (UK) will therefore be able to ensure that the right dog is matched with the right owner and home environment.

Health Problems

While there is never a 100% guarantee that any dog will remain healthy for the remainder of its life, at least there is the consolation of knowing that at the time of adoption the dog is in good health, and that AR&W (UK) will be able to provide information on the regular health checks that are available (and which in most cases are a condition of adoption).

Spay/Neuter Policy

Where an Akita is not already spayed or neutered this will be included as a condition of the adoption agreement. Under no circumstances will AR&W (UK) allow adoption of an Akita for breeding purposes.


The cost of adoption is a mere fraction of that of a new puppy. With the additional costs of vet and food bills, many people find the cost of purchasing a puppy is out of the question. While they feel confident that they can afford the upkeep of the dog, they feel that a large cash output upon purchase is just too difficult.


Many adopted Akitas are already housetrained and have some obedience training. This is because many of the dogs coming through AR&W (UK) are the result of divorce or bereavement, and it is simply not possible for the original owners to keep the dog any longer. Puppy training is therefore not required, though in many cases new owners will prefer to take some form of obedience training with their new pet, simply to reinforce the bonding process.

24 hour Helpline

AR&W has a 24 hour helpline number that is given to all adopters, as well as a network of co-ordinators to offer support should any problems arise during the Akita’s life. This support is very important in a successful adoption, and the confidence of knowing that help is available has kept many Akitas from being euthanised.

Can You Help?

There are so many ways you can help us and our beautiful bears.

Adopt/Foster-  If you feel that you can offer a much needed loving, caring home to one these unfortunate Akitas, please complete our Adoption/Foster Application form.

Transport Runs- Help us get bears into our care or to their forever homes by being an Akita Chauffer, email info@akitarescue.org.uk for more information!

Home checks- Help us homecheck potential adopters by making sure they and their home is going to be the best we can give to our beautiful bears. Full training given, please email info@akitarescue.org.uk

Become an Akita Angel- Click here for more information