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Join us in St. Louis for a MARS Fundraiser

Join us in St. Louis for a MARS Fundraiser

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Join us for a night of local shopping, drinking, and listening to live music, all benefiting Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS)! Friendly pups welcome!

Drink specials served by The Crow’s Nest all night long

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Hubble thanks you for your support!

Hubble thanks you for your support!

Hubble’s Gratitude –

Hubble the day after his surgery

Hubble, formerly called Maximus and renamed by his caring vet techs, is a four-month-old pup that was brought to a clinic with inches of his intestines prolapsed. He was brought in by his owner to be euthanized and his breeder was giving the owner a replacement pup. The vet immediately contacted MARS, knowing this pup needed immediate care that was beyond her expertise. We were able to get him to a VCA clinic in Savoy, Illinois whose director, Dr, Dwayne Dust, performed extensive surgery to save his life and removed several inches of colon and intestines. This was on Friday the 13th and pictures of this fighter were taken on the 14th.

A long time friend and MARS member and a vet tech herself has offered to foster this boy. We are all so thankful to everyone for their prayers and support. Look at what that support has achieved! Hubble, you have a bit of a road ahead but somehow we feel you will make it a smooth journey.

If you would like to help with the cost of Hubble’s surgery and ongoing care, please consider a donation to MARS.

Donate for Hubble

Volunteers needed!

Some of our wonderful MARS volunteers

We know not everyone can give one of our Akita orphans a forever home right now. But did you know there are many other ways you can help support MARS?

As an all-volunteer organization, we always need people to help us in our mission to rescue Akitas. We have opportunities for fosters, fundraising, marketing/PR, transporting dogs, or helping out at the kennels in Chardon, OH or St. Louis, MO. Find out more about these and all the other ways you can lend your time to help MARS.

Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to our new website!

To help celebrate the Year of the Dog and our own 20th Anniversary, MARS is pleased to welcome you to our new website. Whether you are looking to adopt or foster one of our orphans, find out how to help, or just learn more about the breed, we are glad you are here and hope you will find what you need. We’ve posted some more new features with links below to help you get started. If you have questions or comments or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s New

  • Mobile friendly – view the MARS website from any device
  • We’ve made it easier for you to learn about our adoptable dogs. From any of our MARS Orphans’ pages, you can now get more information about that dog, sponsor the dog, start an application to adopt that dog, share the dog with someone else and more.
  • Online forms – securely fill out our adoption and foster applications online
  • Support MARS by shopping in our store – all of our Etsy and Zazzle products can now be viewed from our website. Is there an easier way to support the Akitas you love?
  • Get help – with dedicated contact forms for shelter liaisons and owners needing assistance and some great resources to help Akita owners, we’ve made it easier to get help when you need it.
  • Information for Adopters – find out whether an Akita is right for you and get help choosing a new best friend and integrating him or her into your life and home
  • Sharing tools – share MARS orphans or articles on Facebook and Twitter or via SMS or email
  • Training and Care section – full of information to help new or potential Akita owners
  • Search our site – click the magnifying glass icon in the header if you are looking for something specific

About MARS 20th Anniversary

Founded in approximately 1977, we are one of the original Akita rescue groups operating in the United States. In 1998, we absorbed Akita Owners Rescue Foundation (AORF) to become a freestanding entity and this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary as MARS. We have proudly placed over 900 Akitas in forever homes!