If you need to
find a home for your adult
FIRST CONTACT YOUR BREEDER FOR ASSISTANCE. If that is not possible,
or if your breeder will not offer help, this information will assist
you in proper placement of your Akita.
for you to know that Akitas are now killed in
country in growing numbers. Municipal shelters exist to enforce
rabies laws and to take in stray dogs. Most states mandate a short
waiting period for owners to reclaim pets; when that time has
elapsed dogs are killed to make room for the next batch of unwanted
"pets." Regardless of your Akita's beauty, how friendly, loving or
special you think it is, to shelter personnel, it's simply another
unwanted dog that will be killed and piled up for transportation to
the rendering plant. That is a fact.
Purebred rescues, especially the scattered few working with Akitas,
are just as filled
to the brim as shelters. If you don't want your Akita to die with
strangers then re-think your reasons for wanting to give away your
dog. If you think the Akita is lonely because you work, you could
give it some special one-on-one attention when you are home and make
certain you take it for daily walks. Akitas actually enjoy being an
only dog and like most canines, they sleep when you're not home.
If you are
moving, well frankly, every state and city in this country has
dogs--you could arrange to take your Akita with you to your new
home. Allergies? Akitas do not have hair, they have fur and are
virtually hypoallergenic. In most cases, washing your hands after
touching your dog will remove any lingering allergens.
If you're faced with a behavior problem, you should have your Akita
examined by your vet for
hidden health problems then seek
the help of an animal behaviorist and a good dog trainer. Surely
you realize that no one else would want your problems. If you can't
find a solution to a problem you helped create what makes you think
anyone else can turn the behavior around? If your Akita has bitten
someone, you should know you can be held legally responsible for
any future bites IF you fail to inform a potential owner that your
dog has a record of biting.
If your Akita is
suffering from a health problem and your reasons for seeking
another home are based on the expense involved in caring for the
dog, you should know that no one else would want to adopt a dog that
is not in good health. Many shelters are forced to kill young,
healthy Akitas for lack of homes--you probably won't be successful
in finding anyone interested in taking on a major health problem.
If you are giving up your
because it's now a senior--over 8 years old--SHAME ON YOU! Ask your
vet about supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin to increase
mobility, get excess weight off those creaking joints and watch your
enjoy every moment of its life. You can't seriously reward so many
years of loyalty with abandonment!
You will have the
best chance of finding a new home for your
if the dog is young and adaptable, obedience trained and friendly.
If you can't or won't make an effort to work through existing
problems and keep your Akita, then follow the instructions below and
Word-of-mouth and classified ads in newspapers are the most
effective ways to reach potential adopting families. Assuming you
have someone interested, here are the next steps:
Bring the dog to
your veterinarian to update all shots and get a clean bill of
health. Ask your vet for a written health certificate. This shows
you care about your Akita and expect no less from an adopting home.
classified ad in a local paper with a circulation over 100,000.
Describe the dog in human terms, i.e. "Akita, female, beautiful, affectionate to good home only. Do not
advertise a price.
Take the names
and numbers of all callers and try to get them back within one hour.
Do not talk about the animal at all until you call them back. Many
people will leave a fake number never expecting you to make any
attempt at responsible placement.
When you return
the call, ask questions immediately – do not let them ask the
questions. You must take the lead. For example: "I am returning your
call about the Akita. Do you have an animal now?" Go on from there.
CLICK HERE for
the Telephone Interview Score Card. It will help you gain an
understanding about the person interested in adopting your dog. Work
these questions into a conversation. If people think they are being
tested, they may not be as honest as they would during a casual