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Akita/German Shepherd Dog
Tan/Yellow/Fawn - with White
1 year 10 months old, Young
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 57 lbs
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Ruff is an all around great guy looking for someone to treasure him — He's a jewel, a sweetheart, a darling boy with a heart of gold who'll make even the happiest days even better. He's adorable, fun and loves everyone he meets. He's got that soul-mate connection with those around him. He already knows fun cues like sit, stay and lay down. While here with us, Ruff was introduced to another dog and has a playful play style.

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He is a neutered, male Akita and German Shepherd Mix that the shelter staff thinks is about a year and seven months old. Ruff weighs approximately 57 pounds.

He loves other dogs, walks nicely on a leash, has a very calm kennel presence. All-around really great guy and super affectionate. We’d love for you to meet him!
Ruff’s Animal ID is: A411087

For more information about Ruff or to meet him, please contact:

Sonoma County Animal Services
1247 Century Court
Santa Rose, CA. 95403

Shelter Hours:
Monday - dispatch hours 8am to 5:30pm
Tuesday to Saturday - phones 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday - closed

Spring into Summer Adoption Special:
All adoptable shelter animals are available for the special discounted rate of $25 (licensing and other fees still apply) through June 21st. (Special adoption rates are for adoptions through Sonoma County Animal Services only - Offsite adoptions through partners such as Western Farm Center do not include the special adoption rate).

(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.