Western Great Lakes Akita Rescue (WGLAR) is a 501(c)3 Not For Profit Organization located in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area. We are dedicated to the rescue, care, and well being of Akitas in need.

Staffed by volunteers, our mission is to save, heal, and ultimately rehome unwanted Akitas. Through the use of foster homes, volunteer services, and a careful adoption process, WGLAR strives to enhance the lives of these regal animals who find themselves unwanted, abandoned, or abused by previous 'owners'.

An additional goal of the organization is to share valuable information and insights regarding the breed with owners, potential owners, or other interested parties. This information can help maximize the joy that can only be experienced by successfully integrating an Akita into the family.

Volunteers & Foster Homes Needed

Western Great Lakes Akita Rescue is looking for dedicated Akita Lovers who can volunteer or foster to assist us in our mission to save, heal, and rehome unwanted Akitas. Please contact a member for more information. Contact info is available on the contact page of this site.





WGLAR operates in part thanks to a grant received from the Pedigree Foundation.

Through no fault of their own, more than four million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year -- only half of them ever find a home.

The PEDIGREE Foundation , a 501 (c)(3) philanthropic organization, is dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes. Donations to the Foundation directly benefit shelters and rescue organizations nationwide.




Save an Akita - Donate Money

We accept donations using PayPal. You can make a one time cash donation or you can act to become a 'virtual owner' by sponsoring an Akita in foster care.

Please see our Wish List for other types of helpful donations to assist us with our work.



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WGLAR will have these new items available for sale on the web site soon. Click image at left for a closer look and then check back real soon to buy yours!

Demonstrate your fondness for Akitas,

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and Help Support WGLAR

by purchasing one (or more) soon.



Check Our Adoption Listings

We frequently post information on Male & Female Akitas available for adoption. Check our listing for available and soon-to-be-available dogs.


Help WGLAR by shopping on-line

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Don't See an Akita that fits you in our listing?

Check back periodically. We will continually be posting information on other Akitas up for adoption as they become available.


Akita Rescue Code of Ethics

WGLAR abides by a Code of Ethics as proposed by the Akita Club of America Rescue Committee. The Code of Ethics we abide by is available for your review here.


On-Line Help Group for Akita Puppy Owners

A new on-line group has been created specifically for those who either want to or already own an Akita puppy and have breed related questions or require breed specific help. Group Members include veterinarians, trainers, breeders, and K-9 behavior specialists all working together to answer any Akita related questions you may have.

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