How to Help

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS) depends entirely on the efforts of our volunteers and tax-deductible donations to continue our work of helping Akitas. See below for some of the ways you can help MARS in our mission to rescue Akita dogs.


As a rescue without a physical location, MARS relies heavily on foster homes to temporarily house our Akitas. Fosters open their homes to help provide dogs with the care they need while we find them permanent homes. If you are ready to become a foster, please click the button below to fill out our MARS Foster Home Application form.

Become a Foster


There are many ways you can lend your time to help MARS. From helping with fundraising, marketing or administrative tasks to hands-on help walking or transporting dogs, we’re sure to have a volunteer opportunity that fits you! Click the button below to learn more about volunteer opportunities with MARS.

Become a Volunteer


MARS has Akitas available for adoption at several Midwest locations. To help ensure that every Akita placed by MARS becomes a loved and well-cared-for family member, all potential homes are screened. To learn more about adopting a dog from MARS, please read our Pre-Adoption Guide. You can view our current orphans by clicking the button below. If you see an orphan that you think would be a good match for you and your family, you can learn more about them or fill out an application from their page.

See Adoptable Dogs


Many of the Akitas we rescue require extended veterinary and foster care before they become available for adoption. We rely heavily on generous donations from our fellow Akita lovers. We are a non-profit, tax exempt charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(3)c organization. Your donations to MARS are fully tax-deductible. Click the button below to make a donation via Paypal (you can use credit cards or your Paypal account).

Donate Now

Sponsor an Orphan

If you would like to donate in honor of one of our orphans, use the “Sponsor Me” button on any of our adoptable dog’s pages. Any amount is appreciated and will help with that orphan’s care and expenses. For a one-time donation of $75+ or a monthly donation of $25+, we’ll thank you on the orphan’s page.

View Adoptable Dogs

More Ways to Help

Shop in our Store

MARS sells Akita-related gifts, apparel and more in our Etsy and Zazzle stores. All profits from products sold go directly to rescuing and rehabbing MARS orphans. Shop our store

Shop at Amazon Smile

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MARS (listed as Akita Owners Rescue Foundation Corp) whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Same products, same prices, same account you would normally use on Amazon. Remember to start your shopping at