Application for Adoption

Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our MARS orphans. Please realize that many of our dogs came to us because they were mismatched with their former owners’ personalities, facilities, and/or lifestyles. For the sake of both the dog and you, we need you to review the policies and procedures below and provide all of the information in the application.

Policies and Procedures

Before you complete an application, please review the following:

  • We ask first and foremost that potential adopters have knowledge of the breed. (You can find Akita breed info on our site.)
  • Due to the sheer size of the Akita breed, it is our policy to not place adult Akitas in homes with resident children under the age of 10. Puppies may be placed in Akita-savvy homes with children 6 years and older.
  • We do not place same-sex dogs within the same household.
  • We adopt our orphans within our area of coverage in the Midwest. We do not ship our orphans.
  • We don’t adopt to homes which use electric fences.

Once your application is received:

  • We will contact your references.
  • We will conduct a physical home check. (You will be notified of any deficiencies and recommended corrective actions.)
  • If you application is approved, you are free to meet/adopt any of our available orphans. If your application is declined, we will provide reasons why.
  • We do require a hands-on meeting, so travel is required to where the dog is located (most are in private foster homes or private kennels).
  • All orphans are spayed/neutered (except some puppies until they are old enough), up-to-date on all vaccinations, and micro-chipped for permanent identification.
  • Our adoption fee is $300 (or $400 for puppies, with $100 to be returned upon proof of spay/neuter) and we are a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization.

We require potential adopters to read our Pre-adoption Guide before filling out an application.