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Mar. 22nd, 2021

"It won't rain all the time, the sky won't fall forever..."

Caena, aged 2 yrs, 2010

Caena Kamikaze Ryu

June 15, 2008 - March 21, 2021

"...And though the night seems long, your tears won't fall forever."

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May. 15th, 2017


Last night, we heard a gunshot. Fairly close to the property. Given that the nearest neighbor we can see, has told us before that they do pistol training/target practice in their backyard, we didn't think too much of it, other than being really close. (And yes, we looked around and didn't see anything.)

Just now, on my way to the mailbox and back again, I had to fight* with both dogs to get them to keep walking past a certain area along the edge of the driveway, where the hayfield meets it.

They shot the damn fox last night and it died there. They mowed the hayfield around him, so I couldn't see it until the dogs beelined for it. (Which makes sense or the resulting mess could mess up the cutter *and* the hay.)

I get trying to keep wildlife from your chickens, what have you. But dammit, you *knew* we walk our dogs along the driveway. Why couldn't you have killed the fox at the pine tree line or something instead.

Now, we get to bury said fox tonight and hope it rains soon to wash away the scent, otherwise, *everytime* we walk the dogs through there until it does, it's going to be a battle with them.

* I literally had to take both by the collars and march them well passed the area, on the opposite side of the driveway.

May. 10th, 2017

Dear Leo-

If you're standing in front of my chair, I can't sit down to put my boots on.

If you're trying to lick my toes, I can't put my socks on, and I can't put my boots on.

If you're sniffing the crap out of said boots, trying to stick your head in them, again, I can't put them on.

If you're trying to lick my hands, I can't tie the laces on my boots that I finally got on.

If I can't tie the laces on the boots, I can't take you outside to play.

We've been through this, buddy. Daily. Sometimes several times a day.

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Jun. 15th, 2016

Eight years...

Eight Year ago today, a very special litter of puppies was born and they and their mother were rescued by Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue.

Eight years ago today, Dante sent us our next Akita, born exactly 10 days after she left us. Had to go prepare the new pupper after all, for the crazy family she'd be living with 3.5 months later.

Eight years ago today, Caena Kamikaze Ryu was born.

Happy Birthday, Caena! Here's to many more silly birthdays with you.}:)

Dec. 22nd, 2014

I won something! No, really, I won!

I never, ever win like this. Never. It's a fact.

But when they say it only takes one ticket, holy fuck they aren't kidding!

End of November, Lone Star Akita Rescue started a raffle to raise money for their rescued Akitas for heartworm treatments, testing, general vet care, etc. The raffle was for this stunning queen sized quilt-

So I bought a ticket. Only one, because that's all I had at the time and then... I forgot about it. I really meant to go back and buy more, because I figured, it's for my breed.

One ticket.

I won with ONE ticket.

I had to watch the video twice before I realized, that yes, that was MY NAME. They drew MY NAME. ME.

And yet, despite the person running it confirming that yes, it was me that one, and even sending me confirmation of shipment, etc, it still didn't fully sink in.

Until today. Until this absolutely stunning handmade quilt by Charla Spurling-Urioste arrived at my door.

And all I can do is stare at it.

I won. One ticket and I won.

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Oct. 31st, 2012

Akita Rescue in need

Monday night, Jo, of Big East Akita Rescue, and her family were home with 12 of the Rescue Akitas under BEAR's purview. It was supposed to be the safest place for them during the storm.

But we all saw and heard what happened to New Jersey's coast.

According to Jo, the barrier islands off Tom's River, NJ were gone in the storm surge. Between 10pm and midnight that night, sudden storm surge resulted in 4ft of water in their yard and home. Her husband and 2 teenage kids went into the water to rescue the Akitas from the kennels and bring them to the second floor of their house.

Tuesday morning, they had no power, no running water, no food, heat, etc and the first floor of the house was destroyed. Both vehicles are gone.

Word got out via other Akita Rescue people and is still being spread across Facebook and the internet. Donations have started coming in, via non Akita Rescue groups, Akita owners and others.

The area they are in was and is restricted to emergency personnel only because of the water and down power lines.

They could have left. They opted to stay. For them, the love of the breed is a family thing and they refused to leave the Akitas behind. Many are senior Akitas and Rescue is the best place, next to a forever home, for them.

Boarding for the Akitas has been offered, others are gathering supplies for them, and someone else has a van with a generator waiting for the word that they can go in.

Last word was from today. They have been able to take the dogs out for a morning walk and put a few back in the kennel runs in the garage.

But they still need your help to rebuild. The link above takes you directly to their donation page. Anything you can send will help BEAR rebuild and resupply to help these Rescue Akitas as well as Jo and her family.

To that end, I am running a scarf sale on Artfire. Each scarf has been put on sale. You DO NOT need an account to buy there. Proceeds from each sale will go to Akita Rescue, specificly BEAR.

Even if you can't donate, or don't wish to buy a scarf, at least pass the word.

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May. 7th, 2012

Meet Shasta

Shasta is a roughly 2 yr old Akita/Husky mix that was picked up by the Wytheville, Va Animal Control as a stray. She came across the Akita Rescue email list needing either a foster homew for a few days, or transport to Blue Ridge Husky Rescue down in Asheville, NC.

It took a bit of doing, but a foster in Wytheville was found for the few days it was needed after Shasta's spay surgery. Then on Sunday, Mark and I had the pleasure of going to Wytheville and transporting Shasta to Johnson City, where we met D. with Blue Ridge husky Rescue, who would be taking her to her new foster home in Asheville.

Shasta is an absolute sweetheart. She's very talkative until she gets to know you. Timid in the way that animals who've been abused and are unsure as to whether you mean to hurt them again or not- especially around guys. It took awhile- nearly the whole drive- but when we dropped her off in Johnson City, she stopped barking at Mark and even went up to him and licked his hand before we put her in D's car and said good bye.

She's severely underweight- you could feel nearly every bone in her body, which means she's been a stray for awhile, and blowing coat. We sat in the parking lot at the pickup spot in Wytheville with her temp foster M, and I must have pulled enough fur out to create a cat from. She was a sucker for treats though, and by the time we were ready to leave, she was trying to give me one of her rather large front paws, apparently that means she decided to be my friend, according to M.

We folded the seats up in Orion and spread a blanket out in the back for her. I ended up having to pick her up, literally, to get her in the CR-V, as she was extremely reluctant to get in herself. Once in, she looked around, then laid down and pretty much slept the entire 2 hour drive.

When we met up with D in Johnson City, she had a Husky named Merlin with her, when Shasta saw him, that was it, she was friends already and wanted nothing more but to play. When we went to put her in the back of D's vehicle, Merlin decided to make a break for it and run around the parking lot a few times with Mark and D chasing him. I think he thought it was a game. It took a bit of doing and the intervention of a kind woman, but he was caught and both went into the backseat- Shasta very willingly because it meant she got to hang out with her new friends. They headed out to Asheville after that.

And we headed home to our own sweet Akita.

Nov. 30th, 2010

Van stolen at Eukanuba - with dogs inside!


Jan. 11th, 2010

Interesting times we live in...

So I received my first ever 'Cease and Desist' letter today, from a law firm in Connecticut-I confirmed it was legit- demanding that I remove a blog entry I posted pertaining to an email I received that requested the information within be disseminated as far and widely as possible.

Said entry was originally posted in May of 2009, and had several comments, anonymous mind, confirming various parts of what the email contained.

As per the C&D letter, said entry has been removed.

However, I am rather struck by the fact that despite numerous confirmations, both here on the entry, and by the person who sent the original email, that the supposed truth has been buried so deeply that people are willing to believe anything.

Then again, it's also possible that money talks.

By the way, this is why I log IPs.

Dec. 4th, 2008

2009 MARS Akita Rescue Calenders are available!

These are the ones that have a photo of Dante-Inu in them.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Remember...the 2009 MARS calendars are now back from the printers and
available for ordering!

We have been shipping them all week and the feedback has been great :)

Please forward this email to other Akita enthusiasts, family members,
email lists, or anyone you think would be interested in purchasing a
calendar. It is our MARS grass roots supporters that help us promote
and sell our calendars each holiday season. Every purchase counts and
makes this a successful fund raiser for our orphans!

Please order early, especially if your dog is in the calendar, as we
only printed a certain number of calendars and we want everyone that
desires one for themselves or for gift giving to be able to purchase one.

Please see below for an order form that you can print out, or you can
order on-line with your credit card from the Moongazer website

**For international orders, please email me privately for specific

The calendars are the featured product on the Moongazer website and are
listed under "Unique Items" and then just click on "MARS Items."

Or follow this direct link:

Or, see a complete listing of various MARS items at:

This year the calendars features over 90 Akitas just being Akitas and
with over 1500 entries, we tried to pick some great shots! We have a
detailed Who's Who page, dedications, and every month has a miniature
calendar of the month previous and the month following in the top right
and left corners.

We are sure you will love them!

100% of the proceeds from calendar sales benefit the orphans under the
direct foster care of MARS.
Many thanks to all who have supported MARS
efforts and to those who made the calendar possible this year!

Take Care,
-- Lisa
Lisa R. McCluskey, BS, CPDT
MOONGAZER.COM - "Intelligent Instruction Pets Enjoy"
Accredited Pet Behavior Counselor - Pet Behavior Institute of the UK
Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Certification Council for Prof. Dog Trainers
American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator #3950
Certified Delta Society Pet Partner, Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Professional Member #2713
Assistant - John Rogerson's 21 Day Instructor Course - Kusur, India
Akita Club of America Public Education Committee (PEC) Chair
Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS) Co-Founder

MARS ORDER FORM - 100% of Proceeds from Sales Go to MARS Orphans

1.) 2009 Full Color Twelve Month Calendar (11" x 17" when open) - $16.00
QUANTITY - _______ TOTAL - _______________

2.) MARS Notepads -- 5.5" x 8.5" burgundy print on grey, 50 sheets
--$2.00 each
QUANTITY - _______ TOTAL - _______________

3.) $5.00 - S & H - Please add $1.00 S/H for each additional calendar
TOTAL SHIPPING - ______________

4.) GRAND TOTAL - _____________

5.) SHIP TO:
NAME _________________________________________
ADDRESS ______________________________________
CITY ______________________ STATE __________ ZIP _____________
PHONE ____________________ EMAIL __________________________

8.) Method of Payment: Check, Money Order, MC, Visa (please circle one)
Account Number: exp. date:
Cardholder's Signature:
(Your credit card will have our corporate sponsor, MOONGAZER.COM on the
bill, as MOONGAZER.COM will be providing merchant services free of
charge to MARS.)

Call Moongazer at: 866-822-PETS (toll-free)
Order On-Line at: http://www.moongazer.com
Send to:
Lisa McCluskey, MARS, 1802 CR 2000E, St. Joseph, IL 61873

Nov. 11th, 2008

This is why my head hurts sometimes...

Reading comments like this...

"Oh, and they can be really aggressive towards kids. edit Actually nvm, I think the aggressiveness is from american Akitas, not shiba inus or even akita inus :3" From this post.

Sorry, Caena! You, as an AMERICAN AKITA, have to stop being so nice! You're supposed to be AGGRESSIVE! What's wrong with you?!? You're doing it wrong!!!!

Oh and Shiba-Inus aren't aggressive? Bullshit. Tell that to the little fucker that threw itself at the fence, growling, snarling and barking like mad everytime Dante and I were out walking back in North Carolina.

ANY dog can be aggressive. It all depends on the OWNER.

Yes, there is such a thing as an American Akita-Inu line and a Japanese Akita-Inu line. The American line tends toward stouter, larger(heavier) with a more boxy face. The Japanese line is leaner, deeper chested with a more fox like face. Most times they are very hard to distinguish between though.

But they are ALL Akita-Inus.

Oh and thanks to that damn live feed video, Shiba-Inus will most likely become the next 'Hot Ticket Item' for Christmas.

Oct. 20th, 2008

ARSF Auction Scarf II

ARSF Auction scarf II by *WolfSilverOak on deviantART

Oct. 13th, 2008

ARSF Online Auction Scarves

At nearly any given time, various Akita Rescues ae trying to raise money to offset costs. Relying mostly on donations, you can imagine how difficult this task can be. One type of fundraiser they do is online auctions.

Recently, I donated 2 silk scarves to the ARWNY auction. Well, I put it out there that I could and would, gladly, donate scarves to other Akita rescues who would be interested in some for their auctions.

Akita Rescue Society of Florida (ARSF) recently took me up on that offer. Their auction will be held, online, around the beginning of next month. I will post the direct link when it becomes available so you can bid on these scarves if so inclined.

Remember, all proceeds go directly to the Rescue's funds and aids in the care, and rescue of Akitas in need.

ARSF scarves )

Oct. 6th, 2008

Puppy breath and Puppy kisses.

It's been 14+ years since we've had either of those.

Caena Kamikaze Ryu is a 3.5 month old Rescue Akita puppy, from Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue. She was born June 15, 2008.

Calliope and her 7 pups were dumped by her owner in a shelter in Georgia when the pups were 2 days old.

This litter was so sick, that Rachel (of HoDAR) wasn't sure at times they'd make it. As a possible result, they are smaller than average Akita pups at their age. Whether this is due to their being so sick, or it being Chrondrodysplasia(a hereditary genetic disorder that affects the bone growth and joints, as well as heart and liver issues), they simply don't know.

Other than small size, no other symptoms have manifested as of YET. So, Caena and her siblings could simply be small/petite Akitas. We think she may top out at around 50lbs, 60lbs if we're lucky, although she will always be short- or as I say, small in stature, and will most likely have arthritis early on and other joint issues. Which is why we want to get her into agility classes, to help work those joints and strengthen the muscles.

She's fiesty, and a lover. HATES being alone in her kennel at night. She's just not used to being by herself. Last night was the first night without a sibling. NO accidents in the house!

She's all Play!Play! with Mark and I. Very curious, wants to explore, can't figure out why the cats are bigger/as big as her and don't want to play. Loves the backhill. She's a digger too, roots out the grass, throws it around, chases leaves. Loves her puppy Kong.}:)

Aries came down twice on his own last night, to check her out. Came down again today, was going to hang out on the couch because she was sleeping, when Caena woke up, saw him, and wanted to play. Needless to say, Aries got scared and went back upstairs. I think within a week or two, he'll be fine.

Max on the other hand. He hasn't come downstairs on his own yet. I brought him down last night. He pointedly ignored Caena until he couldn't anymore, then hissed, snarled, fluffed up bigger than his 20lb self(at which he is 5lbs HEAVIER than Caena!), if that is possible and stalked across the back of the couch, then up the stairs. Where he has stayed since. He will take awhile. He never really cared for Dante either though.

When we take her down for a 6 month checkup in Dec, I'm going to talk to my vet about genetic testing for the Chrondrodysplasia, as IF she does have it, we want to know what to expect. If she does, she won't live as long as Dante did, but nonetheless, she will have a very full, VERY happy, love filled life.

There's nothing like a Rescue puppy. This was definately the right choice.

Expect to be spammed with photos over the coming days, weeks, YEARS.

(I'm on Mark's computer right now, later this evening, I'll have to make and upload Caena icons.}:) )

Oct. 1st, 2008

The Arkansas Eight

Eight Akitas were taken from a long-established puppymill in western Arkansas last week. These Akitas are safe and currently at a temporary location until they can be transported to various Akita rescue organizations in the mid-west, northeast, east and southwestern United States. All eight need to be spayed/neutered and seven need treatment for a tick born disease. Six, five males and a female, will need extensive socialization, as clearly they have had little interaction with people.

Transport costs to the various rescues alone will cost $2,000. Medical treatment and spay/neuters will add to that cost.

Please find it in your heart to donate whatever you can to assist in the overall costs. These eight Akitas deserve a chance at a better life.

To submit a donation please visit ARMAC’s website, http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/, and click on the “Donate” button. You will also find on the webpage a link to photos of the Akitas.

Thank you so much for caring.

Lisa Gray
ACA Rescue Committee

Sep. 29th, 2008

Update on Puppy Mill Akitas..

Via Lisa Gray-

" I spoke with Rebecca at length last night regarding her visit with the 8 Akitas from the puppymill in Arkansas. This is what we know about them… (please note that the ages are estimates, except for the puppies, which were born last December).

Pen #1 contains one male (age 1-3 years), not socialized at all, seemed like he wanted to approach Rebecca but was fearful, but not aggressive. 3 male puppies 10 months old, along with one female puppy from same litter. All four puppies were fearful of people, but not aggressive. One adult female (about 5 years old), the puppies mother, who was extremely friendly and affectionate. She also approached the toys and seemed to know what they were. She does appear to be pregnant. The puppies are relying on their mom for reassurance after being taken from the mill.

Pen #2 contains one adult male (age 3-5 years), not social, but did approach Rebecca for petting. One long-coated female (age 2-4 years), she was extremely friendly and wanted lots of love. A small “terrier” type dog got into the pen with these two, but both showed no aggression toward the terrier at all.

All the Akitas, except the long-coated female, tested positive for that tick born disease and will need treatment. The “momma” will need xrays to determine whether she is in fact pregnant, and if so, how far along. It may be possible to abort the puppies. Otherwise, she will need to go to a rescue that will be able to handle her before, during and after delivery of pups. Let’s hope she is not pregnant.

These Akitas need to go to rescue ASAP. At the moment they are exposed to flies, ticks, feces and each other (which could result in a pregnancy).

I am sending pictures under separate email of them. Please let me know ASAP which one(s) your rescue is able to take. Since MARS already has an approved adopter for a male and female, I think MARS should choose first. ARSF has transport all set-up, so Dorie should choose after MARS.

The older male, penned with the long-coat female, may be difficult to socialize at his age. I think a second opinion on his demeanor is in order; I will work on that.


Lisa Gray

ACA Rescue Coordinator"


"Estimated cost to transport the Akitas that are coming to the east coast is $2,000. I’m skeptical as to whether the ACA Board will approve that high an amount. If anyone would like to donate toward the overall costs (spay/neuters, medical treatment, transport) please visit ARMAC’s website, http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.org/, for a link to make a tax-deductible donation.


Lisa Gray"

Sep. 20th, 2008

Update on Arkansas Akitas

Most recent email with most recent info...

I spoke with Joanne at the humane society late this afternoon. There are a total of 8 Akitas at this farm. She was told by the owners that there are 3 males that were born last December. The rest are adults, one male has a questionable temperament, described as a very dominant male that the owners are afraid of.

Joanne said that an all breed rescue has stepped forward and offered to temporarily house the Akitas, get them vaccinated and tested for heartworms, brucellosis and erhlichia. All 8 Burmese Mountain Dogs that came out tested negative for heartworms and brucellosis, BUT tested positive for erhilichia. The all breed rescue will not be able to treat the Akitas for any insect borne diseases. BMD rescue stated that all 8 of their breed that came out were in fairly good health and appeared well fed. But they have not scene the "outside world" and "showed no signs of mishandling, just NO handling".

Rebecca Payne has offered to travel to Paris, AR next weekend to assess the temperaments and get a better handle on their medical conditions. I have provided Joanne with Rebecca's contact information and asked her to coordinate with Rebecca date/time for the evaluations. Rebecca does not feel, at this time, that she will need additional help.

The all breed rescue that will be temporarily housing the Akitas has a vast transport network to the northeast, so getting a couple of these Akitas to ARWNY should not be a problem. Joanne Dimon has several contacts that can assist with getting a couple transported for ARSF to Georgia. I'm not sure if MARS can take one or two, but ARMAC has offered to take one.

So we should wait to hear further from Rebecca as to what she finds when she meets the Akitas. Rebecca will be taking pictures of the Akitas and providing us with further details. In the meantime, please have your groups prepare a transport plan to your respective areas. And if there are any other Akita rescue groups that can even one of these dogs it would help alleviate the burden on everyone involved. All our rescues are overflowing and many of us will need to board these Akitas because no foster space is available. The expense of boarding of boarding yet another Akita is one that we could all do without.

PLEASE remember to save all receipts associated with these Akitas. The ACA Rescue Committee will be urging the ACA Board to reimburse for many expenses that might not otherwise be covered under the Rescue Fund Guidelines.

For those rescues that will be taking an Akita(s) from this mill, please start soliciting your supporters for donations to help defray your costs.

I will update everyone again soon.

Lisa Gray

Akita Rescues need donations. They need your help. If you can help, even if it's only a few dollars,by all means, do so.

Sep. 18th, 2008

Oh gods...

"The dreaded call came about a puppy mill that includes Akitas.

They expect 8-10 of them tomorrow.

Reports include 4 who are older and in bad shape as well as 6 or 7 older with symptoms including bowed legs, broken ears, matted coats and eyes, etc.

They are near Fort Smith, Arkansas. This hasn't hit the press yet as they are hoping the "owner" will surrender the animals before being prosecuted.

A volunteer is working with the sherrif's department and contacted me. They have American Eskimos, Akitas, Burnese Mtn Dogs, and other pbs and mixed dogs.

Please feel free to pass on to ANY other rescue groups, especially Akita ones as I'm a little geographically challenged ;0)

Thank you,

Akita Rescues are filled to the max. They can't handle an influx like this.

This area sits right between Tulsa, OK & Little Rock, Ark. Fort Smith is on the boarder of Oklahoma. Tulsa, Ok is about 100 miles south of this location.

Fort Smith is 100 miles north west of Little Rock.

More info forthcoming as I get it.

Sep. 16th, 2008

Virginia Counties Threaten Animal Rescue Groups’ Survival

County actions could lead to the disbanding of animal rescue groups who rely on foster homes to house the pets in their care. This would result in additional thousands of pets being needlessly euthanized.

CHANTILLY, VA September 11, 2008: In two separate Virginia counties, animal rescue group foster homes have been cited for zoning violations with respect to the temporary housing of dogs as a volunteer service to a legitimate 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization. In neither case are the foster homes being cited for exceeding County zoning guidelines concerning the number of dogs being kept; the assertion is that dogs are being housed for commercial purposes.

In Fairfax County the relevant sections of the Zoning Ordinance are Paragraphs 5 and 6 of Sect. 2-302. The notice of zoning violation states, in part:
“The keeping of dogs and/or cats in conjunction with an animal rescue service is not a permitted use in the R-3 District. Therefore, … these animals are not for personal use and enjoyment; rather they are kept for commercial purposes.”

Arlington County is more succinct:
Arlington County Code, Zoning Ordinance,
Section 31.12.b.(6) and Section 31.12.b.(6)
Operating a kennel, boarding facility or
adoption center form [sic] a residence
in an R2-7 Zoning District.

The zoning ordinances in each county allow for citizens to keep dogs, within
guidelines, for their own “personal use and enjoyment”; however, since the animals in question are kept in conjunction with a rescue organization, they are being considered “commercial use” and thus the right to house them is being challenged. A primary consideration for classifying something as “commercial” is a profit motive. The foster care providers that work with animal rescue groups are volunteers who offer their services without compensation, and frequently at great personal expense.

If the Counties are successful in classifying these volunteer services as commercial in nature, the ruling would force the closure of many hundreds of foster homes throughout Arlington and Fairfax Counties and would establish a precedent that could be emulated throughout the Commonwealth. These closures would cause an immediate influx of hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs and cats into the County shelters which are neither prepared nor funded to handle such volumes of animals. Since the shelters would be filled beyond capacity, this would mean the immediate euthanasia of many, if not most, of these highly adoptable animals.

Additionally, the classification of volunteer services as a commercial activity could logically be extended to non-profit organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America (troop leaders, annual cookie drive), the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation (fundraising events), church functions (bible study classes, fundraising activities), and innumerable others.

Ironically, even though Fairfax and Arlington Counties are citing rescue volunteers for fostering in their homes, the Counties themselves use citizen-based foster programs within their shelter program (Fairfax) or by their contracted shelter provider (Arlington). (Double standard much?)

The Commonwealth of Virginia has received national recognition for the adoption of strict new dog fighting and puppy mill laws. In a 2007 study, the HSUS found nearly 1,000 puppy mills operating in Virginia. Of those, only 16 were properly licensed. As of January 1, 2009, the date that the new Virginia puppy mill law goes into effect, each of these puppy mills will be limited to 50 dogs over one year of age. The remainder will be surrendered to shelters, sold, or killed.

As evidenced by the recent puppy mill bust in West Virginia, where over 1,000 dogs were saved, it is the rescue groups who step up to handle the sudden glut of dogs – publicly supported shelters do not have the capacity. A finding that volunteer foster homes are serving a commercial purpose could put the rescue group safety net out of service, forcing the euthanisia of untold thousands of dogs and puppies all at tremendous expense to Virginia taxpayers.

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation (AFH) is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax ID: 43-1977921) incorporated in Virginia on September 11, 2002. AFH rescues at-risk dogs, provides them with needed medical attention and places them into loving new “Forever Homes”. In an average year, AFH places over 1,000 dogs into new adoptive homes. The organization is also instrumental in the transport of thousands of dogs from rural shelters to other pre-screened, reputable rescue organizations all along the eastern seaboard.

AFH has also been a key participant in many animal-related activities over the years. The rescue group made five separate trips to the New Orleans area following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rescuing nearly 150 stranded dogs. It was also a keyparticipant in the recent shutdown of a West Virginia puppy mill that rescued over 1,000 dogs from the hardships of a puppy mill life (see www.aforeverhome.org).

During the 2007 reporting year, the A Forever Home Rescue Foundation alone placed 875 dogs with new adoptive families and had 105 animals on hand at the end of the year. When aggregated with all reporting entities in the Commonwealth, the number of dogs and cats that could potentially be impacted by this action on an annuallized basis approaches 250,000.

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation is expending thousands of dollars in legal fees to protect its foster home network. These are funds that would be better spent taking care of the animals. (And they aren't the only rescue group who will end up doing this. EVERY Rescue group with a foster home in Virginia will end up having to use the funds better spent on care for the pets, on legal fees instead.)


Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Paragraphs 5 and 6 of Sect. 2-302:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoningordinance/articles/art02.pdf (see Page 9)

Fairfax County Animal Shelter Foster Program:

Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals - Appeal Number: A 2008-SP-025
Arlington County Zoning Ordinance Section 31.12.b.(6):
http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/CPHD/planning/zoning/pdfs/Ordinance_Section31.pdf (See Page 5)

Arlington County Animal Shelter Foster Program:
Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development
Planning Division – Reference Number: CE083516

Virginia Puppy Mill Law:

Virginia Dog Fighting Law:
Virginia Department of Consumer Services Online Animal Reporting:


For additional information, contact Ken Cline at ken@aforeverhome.org

Aug. 27th, 2008

ARWNY Annual Raffle, tickets available now!

Remember these scarves?

Well, if you really like them, now is your chance to buy tickets for the raffle in which they will be given away.

Akita Rescue of Western New York is holding it's Annual Akita Picnic/Fun Day on Sept 13, 2008. At this picnic, raffle drawings will be held for a wide variety of Akita related and non Akita related items.

My 2 scarves will be raffled off as a set. You can own these 2, OOAK , 100% Silk scarves, for mere dollars in the grand scheme of things.

So buy your raffle tickets now. Buy LOTS. all proceeds benefit Akita Rescue.}:)

We're buying a good amount and putting them towards the dog bed/toy basket.}:) Our next Akita won't want for toys if we win. Heh.

And remember, these scarves won't be offered up anywhere else. If you want a silk scarf, and want to help a good cause at the same time, there are still Dante-Inu Memorial Scarves available. 2 Silver and 11 Copper. 50% of each sale goes to Akita Rescue.