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Black - with White
4 years 6 months old, Adult
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 96 lbs
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Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

Stark was recently surrendered to us by a loving family. He's hoping to find a new loving family that's familiar with Akitas.

For an American Akita, Stark is on the small side weighing in at about 97 pounds. In his previous home, Stark lived with a small dog (Shiba Inu) and two middle-school-aged kids.

He's a typical Akita: Playful, loving and loyal with the people in his household — less so with strangers, especially when they visit his property. Luckily, his previous home used positive reinforcement training, so Stark starts to like houseguests within a day or two. To be fair, that's what his ancestors were bred for.

If you're not familiar with American Akita's we strongly recommend doing some research before coming to meet Stark. If you have other dogs in your home, we'd also appreciate you bringing them to meet him prior to adoption. Stark would do best in a home with kids 13 and older.

For more information about Stark or if you would like to meet him, please contact:

Marine Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA

Stark's Animal ID is: 271226

(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)


TikiHut Akita Rescue Association (TARA)

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San Francisco, CA 94121

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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.