Those of us who have been involved in
rescuing Akitas all too often experience the worst of humanity; namely,
the abuse and neglect of this noble breed. We are struck by the
complete lack of compassion demonstrated by some, or the pure ignorance
of others who allow their animals to remain in a state of perpetual
suffering. Because these Akitas have suffered so much, it is their
right to tell their stories which is why this page is here. If you
cannot read their stories, it does not make their suffering any less,
but you should try to be as courageous as these Akitas and perhaps it
will turn you into someone who cares even more.
Sadly, the names, colors and faces change
from year to year, but the suffering does not--from Akitas blinded by
long years of pain caused by inward eyelashes damaging corneas, to
embedded choke chains that have eaten through their flesh. The eye
damage from entropion could have been prevented by an inexpensive
surgical procedure; the neck injuries could have been prevented by an
owner who cared enough to spend a few moments a day with their dog. Then
there are those whose lives are spent outside on a chain; some are
starved, others are gravely ill and yes, they are all Akitas.
Many of these dogs were saved by
volunteers who rescue Akitas. The rescues often struggle for
financial help and are truly altruistic in their love of Akitas.
Others died in animal shelters, loved momentarily by the people who
euthanize animals for a living. In every case, the worst is
over--some of these dogs did not survive even after being rescued, but
enough of them did to make this page one of the most important at this
website. You owe it to them to at least look at their faces.
HERE FOR THE PHOTO GALLERY.