My name is Ocho!

American Shorthair Cat for adoption in Hayward, California - Ocho
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TikiHut Akita Rescue Association (TARA)

Facts about Ocho

  • Breed: American Shorthair
  • Color: Gray, Blue Or Silver Tabby
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
Introducing Ocho! He’s street but he’s sweet and he needs a home!

I met Ocho in a school parking lot where he was drinking from an opened carton of kids’ lunch milk. He was starving, mangy, and not neutered. But he could still turn on the charm!

I called him Ocho because I decided to trust him loose in the car for the 8 minutes it would take to get to my exit. He snuggled in my lap all the way to the vet. Ten days later, his mange is almost gone, he’s neutered and he’s on the road to recovering from months of malnutrition. Little Ocho is FIV+, a very manageable condition. Get the facts about FIV at

Ocho has great teeth which means he is likely a young cat, and can live a long, healthy life. He just needs to be an indoor cat and perhaps an only cat, to minimize the risk of spreading FIV (FIV can’t be spread to humans or other species, just cats.).

My wonderful vet clinic will keep Ocho a few more days, until his mange is gone. Then he really needs somewhere to go! He’s getting a bit feisty and restless after a week and a half in the isolation room. But he’s still making friends at the clinic, where the techs wrote “Sweetie pie” on his chart. 

Please contact Sandra at if you are interested in adopting Ocho.

Thank you for reading about him!

(This listing is to help assist direct placements of rescues that are currently with other rescue groups, shelters or their current owners. TARA has no affiliation with the placement of these dogs, nor do we have any knowledge of or guarantee their temperament, training, socialization or health condition. By using this listing, the adopting party releases TARA from any and all liability arising out of or in any way connected with the adoption of the pet listed)

About TikiHut Akita Rescue Association (TARA)

About Our Rescue Group...

TikiHut Akita Rescue Association (TARA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, animal welfare and education organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of orphaned Akitas and is located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.

Our group is comprised of volunteers, enthusiasts and foster homes. The members in our organization have come together because of the passion we share for the Akita breed. Our breed is respected and treated as royalty in their native Japan, but here in this country, so many of them sit alone in the local shelters, waiting to die. Each of our members (and their families), work tirelessly to save the many Akitas that end up in these shelters.

In addition to finding new homes and families for these wonderful dogs, we also dedicate our efforts to educating the public about the breed, including but not limited to, the importance of spaying and neutering, proper nutrition, behavior and training information and the genetic issues plaguing our breed.

Each Akita we bring into our program undergoes a thorough health exam, is spayed or neutered, brought up to date medically, and is worked with for basic obedience and socialization. We crate train all our pups and put them through basic puppy classes. All our dogs are microchipped before they are adopted.

The Akitas we take in come from all walks of life. Some have been abused and neglected and some have come from well known breeders. It is a huge misconception that all dogs that come from rescue are all problem dogs. We have seen some of the most wonderfully tempered Akitas come out of these shelters and we hope we can give many more a second chance at the life they never had.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

If you would like to make a donation to the TikiKids or towards specific TARA causes, you can send your contributions either via Paypal by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button below or by mailing your donation check to:

P.O. Box 337
Hayward, CA 94543-0311

Thank you for your support!

Our Adoption Process...

Information about the adoption process and and our adoption application can be downloaded at