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AARTA - Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona

Welcome to AARTA's "News" Page - updated 7-5-15

Here you will find our:

--- Featured Adoptable Dog
--- Charitable Giving information - We're a 501(c)(3) non profit
--- Adoption fees & Process
--- Special News & Announcements
--- Wish List - things our Akita Orphans need

Give the Gift of Life!
Use our Safe and secure PayPal button on our main page www.AkitaAdvocates.org or go to www.PayPal.com and use our email address,


to Send the Gift of Life to the Akita Orphans.

Happy Tails page - visit adopted dogs in their forever homes!

www.AkitaAdvocates.org - Meet Our Adoptable Dogs! --- AARTA's Main Website

Shop iGive & support AARTA too! And guess what, AMAZON is an iGive "store", so you can shop AmazonSmile (below) through iGive and it's a one-two punch for your donation!!

Shop Amazon? Amazon Smiles on AARTA's Akitas - choose "AARTA" as your charity

Are you a GoodShopper? Choose "AARTA" as your charity for GoodSearch / GoodShop / GoodDining too!

Stay tuned for details on how YOUR AKITA Can be a Rock Star in AARTA's 2016 Calendar

Email AARTA to get details, and keep it in mind for holiday giving, or any time of year for Your Akita Lover! Only $15 each (plus $1.50 to mail up to 3 within the U.S.).

AARTA exists for our orphaned Akita friends and runs on donations alone. The adoptions fees we receive are a drop in the bucket compared to our monthly costs.

Please consider donating to help us care for our Akita orphans. Make a tax-deductible donation to help us cover vet and boarding bills, or sponsor a dog for a week, two weeks, or a month! We have very few foster homes -- one month's cost for boarding, food and medical care is over $200 for just ONE dog. Please help us Save More Lives.

Email us - You Can make a Difference.

*Foster homes and other Volunteer positions are available. Let us know how you want to help! We can always use assistance with transporting the dogs to and from adoption events, fundraising and more.*

AARTA's Goal is to end the Euthanasia of homeless pets, Akitas first, but not stopping there.

Friends Don't Let Friends Buy From BYBs!

If you know someone looking to get a puppy... of ANY BREED... Email AARTA - the odds are very good that we can find them a REFERRAL to a GOOD, ETHICAL, and RESPONSIBLE BREEDER.

Help educate your family and friends, Direct them to Good, Ethical, Reputable & Responsible Breeders (see our Definition: "How Does AARTA Define a "Good, Ethical, Reputable & Responsible Breeder", further below) --- AND --- To Stay Away from Getting Animals from Pet Stores --- it's not Saving them, it's simply keeping Puppy Mills in business.

"Tails of Rescue" -- book finished & on Sale!
The special and gregarious gal Cita will be forever remembered in a new book on rescued dogs, titled Tails of Rescue by local Phoenix pet lover, photographer, artist, and writer, Susan Richey.
The book is on sale now on her website below. A portion of the sale of each book will be donated to PACC911's EMF. Deb's "failed foster" Mitsu, is also featured in the book, each with their stories, along with many other purebred rescued dogs and some mixes.
We hope you'll take a look ---- Add this wonderful collection to your very own library ---- or give as a Gift to other dog lovers in your family.

Susan Schmitz (f/k/a Susan Richey)
Main Website: www.ADogsLifePhoto.com
Book Website: "Tails of Rescue" -- the book!
Blog: www.PhoenixDogPhotography.com
Phone: 602-386-9997

PACC911's EMF (Phoenix Animal Care Coalition - Emergency Medical Fund).
Many of you are familiar with PACC911 if you've adopted from, or volunteered with us at an adoption event. It is the organization of which AARTA is a member, that puts on the awesome "cookie cutter" events - we never have to wonder if there will be trash cans, water, a map of the venue, etc. These are the things you don't think about until you do "a different" event who isn't quite so organized -- but these little things mean a lot!
The EMF doles out the till to groups who are members like ourselves, to help cover the cost of up to 50% of a special medical need such as bloat, or orthopeadic surgery -- anything other than normal spay/neuter and maintenance care, shots, etc.
We are VERY GRATEFUL for This Program! For the past couple of years have seen the annual cap per group decrease due to current economics. The limit for 2014 was $1100. Often we encountered needs requiring that amount or more, for just one dog. Your contributions are crucial. We hope you will support the raffles and purchase sale items at PACC911 Booths at all their events to fund the EMF. BE Part of the FUN! Support PACC911!

Show your love of Akitas and support of Akita Rescue with your very own Akita Rescue stamps, or mug.
Visit our Zazzle store: AkitaZazzle's Gallery at Zazzle to purchase a stylin' coffee mug or even postage stamps with our vivid AARTA logo!

It isn't too early to plan your Charitable Giving for tax time.

Please keep our fluffy friends in mind when planning your contributions.

Each dog we save touches not only our hearts, but greatly impacts the Family that adopts them. In this way we are enriching the lives of our adoptive families, as well as saving the lives of these beautiful dogs.

Mail your check today made out to "AARTA" to P. O. Box 12016, Glendale, Arizona 85318-2016, for a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution.
Or, use our safe and secure PayPal button at www.AkitaAdvocates.org . ** THANK YOU!!

Our Featured Pet... A Loving Male Akita named YOGI

Yogi is a big, gorgeous boy who needs an alpha leader as his human parent. He is affectionate, sweet, well trained, and can be strong willed at times. Yogi needs order and leadership in his home and is willing to step up be the leader it if his owner is not. He would be best suited for an all-adult family who has had experience with very stong and independent-minded dogs.

Yogi loves to go for rides in the car, and knows many commands, including sit, shake and down. He will be an excellent companion for someone who knows how to not let Yogi get his way. He needs to be an only pet with no other dogs or cats. Yogi is now 7 years old, and hoping to celebrate the beautiful fall weather with you (yes, we know it's only July, but it IS coming soon, right?).
Will you be Yogi's special person? He'd love to join you any time of year.

Email AARTA to set up a time to meet Yogi.

AARTA's Adoption Process

Our process consists of completing an adoption application/contract, an interview, your family joining us to visit the Akita(s) you are interested in adopting. We perform home visits and there is an adoption fee*.

Everyone living with your new friend is required to meet the dog prior to placement to assure everyone's comfort, this includes other pets, particularly dogs. Dog to dog introductions are done on neutral ground so each can put their best paw forward and avoid common territorial issues.

Our thorough process helps ensure all our Akita friends go into appropriate, safe, loving forever homes. To meet one of our dogs, please complete our adoption application first. This is done out of respect for our volunteers and foster homes, as all have busy schedules, jobs, pets, and families of their own. Please understand everyone involved is a volunteer who does this for the love of the dogs; we have no paid employees.
Adoption fees are refundable within 14 days of placement, once the dog has again been placed. In some circumstances we will extend this time frame, please ask! Understand that we operate on a shoestring budget and have only adoption fees and donations as "income" for all vet, boarding, food, supplies, insurance and other expenses required.

Adoption fees

AARTA adoption fees are based on age and include spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, and all vaccinations up to date. We provide you with all the medical records and information we have, with each dog. Dogs from a Maricopa County Animal Care & Control facility (MCACC) are licensed for Maricopa county.

Adoption fees effective July 18, 2011:

Purebreds ----
Infant Pup: zero to six months old $475
Puppy: seven to twelve months old $395
Young: 13 months to four years old $325
Adult: over four to eight years old $275
Senior: over eight years old $225

Mixes ----
Baby: zero to twelve months old $325
Young: 13 months to four years old $250
Adult: over four to eight years old $150
Senior: over eight years old $100

Our only sources of income are donations and sometimes adoption fees, if the dog's bills are not extensive, but our boarding bills are often higher than our medical expenses.

Your donations support our efforts saving and re-homing Akitas, and are 100% tax-deductible. Simply make your check out payable to "AARTA" and mail to P.O. Box 12016, Glendale, AZ 85318-2016. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt by mail, appropriate for filing your yearly taxes. Thank you!

We don't recoup much of our operating expenses from adoption fees, and count on You, Our Donors, Supporters, Dog Lovers and Adopters who value our work, to Assist us in helping us continue saving lives in a variety of ways!.

Every amount, DONATION, or SERVICE you PROVIDE makes a difference----no amount is too small! Send a check to our P.O. Box listed above, or visit www.AkitaAdvocates.org and use our convenient PayPal button, OR Contact us and tell us What you can Provide. WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF GIFT CERTIFICATES, GIFT BASKETS, GIFT ITEMS, TRIP VOUCHERS, ANYTHING OF VALUE THAT WE CAN DO A BIG, BIG RAFFLE WITH! WE ARE OPEN FOR SUGGESTIONS!!!


Email us at AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com IF YOU CAN HELP BY **FOSTERING**, WITH TRANSPORT

    AARTA's Wish List

-- Volunteer Help -- Whether you want to be Hands-On, or Help Remotely, we welcome extra help for the dogs.

-- Foster Homes
-- We love Pet Club products, especially quality kibble www.thepetclub.net with Locations all over Arizona and Colorado!
-- High Quality Dog Food (no corn, soy, wheat or animal by-products) ---- We also love Goober Express! (link below)
-- Raw Bones (no rawhide please)
-- Toys, especially stuffed toys
-- 18" - 24" Nylon Slip Collars, any color
-- Leashes - the 4' type or Slip style
-- Quality Treats
-- Large Dog Beds
-- Kurunda Beds (off the floor, PVC frame/awning cloth type) - Are you Handy? Can You Build Them?
-- Tick Preventative Treatments, Cedar Oil products and Essential Oils

-- Foster Homes!
-- Lightweight folding tables for events
-- 10' x 10' E-Z up Tent for events
-- Monetary donations for Vet care & Boarding bills - Use PayPal www.PayPal.com and use our email addressAARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com to Send a donation.
-- large folding wire crates -- particularly 40" and 42"
-- another Foster Home

-- Transporters TO and FROM Adoption Events (early weekend mornings & late weekend afternoons)
-- PetsMart gift cards
-- Petco gift cards
-- Goober Express (high quality dog food) gift cards or credit www.gooberexpress.com
-- Ryan's gift cards or credit www.ryanspet.com
-- Business Services such as printing for our Educational Materials, annual calendar sales and business cards.
-- Items or Business Services to auction or raffle off for fundraisers (weekend getaways, restaurant gift cards, personal services, products, business services)
-- Sponsor an Akita's medical care
-- Sponsor an Akita for one month of boarding
-- Oh, and we really need Foster Homes!

-- We Have Yard Sales!! Hold onto your items for our Spring / Fall Yard Sales in Glendale! Every item and dollar helps the dogs!



The last thing we want to do is leave Akitas sitting in the shelter to die, but without your continuous support and fundraising help, we sadly have no choice, we cannot save them all.

Thank you to everyone helping us gather donations for the Akitas.

All donations raised by AARTA's Fundraisers go directly to the care and housing of the Akitas we take in. These big fluffy babes, through no fault of their own often find themselves at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and other shelters, where we take them off of the euthanasia list and find them new homes. All dogs we place are altered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. Pets received from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) are licensed for Maricopa County, Arizona.

AARTA is a 501(c)(3) Charity! Plan now for your 2015 Charitable Giving.

AARTA is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization (listed as "Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona")
Please keep our fluffy friends in mind when planning your contributions.
Each dog we save touches not only our hearts, but greatly impacts the lucky family that adopts him or her. In this way we are helping families as well as saving lives of beautiful dogs.

Mail your check payable to "AARTA" to P.O. Box 12016, Glendale, Arizona 85318-2016, for a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution. Even easier, use safe and secure PayPal www.PayPal.com. Click 'SEND' and enter our email address AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com to Send a Gift for the Akita Orphans.
HINT: Let your donation all come through by choosing 'Friends and Family' rather than 'for a good or service' (this will allow your FULL donation to come through to us without PayPal's fees deducted!)

Akita People:
Have you ever considered joining your local Akita club? Here in Arizona we have the Squaw Peak Akita Club and one of the year's most fun functions is the Spring Match Picnic. We join together with the Shiba Inu club. We have games, contests, a pot luck lunch (no we don't toss all the dogs together -- don't worry). Email us at AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com or call 602-88-AKITA (602-882-5482) for more information on our next fun event.
The Squaw Peak Akita Club welcomes new members, and consists of local, Responsible breeders (the Club has a strong Code of Ethics) and pet Akita owners, some rescue adoptees, some pet quality purchased, all who simply love their dogs!

AARTA is always looking for more help with the homeless Akitas. We are VERY thankful for all of our volunteers who make a difference by caring for the dogs in so many ways... shopping for treats and toys, making runs to pick up a sick dog who needs to go to the vet, talking to people at adoption events about the dogs and the breed, giving quality care and sponsoring healthcare for our needy Akitas, donating funds for the continued care of homeless Akitas, the creativity and generosity of those who are continually making items to sell and things to support and further our cause... and the list goes on.

Carol, Ken, Terri, Elizabeth, Autumn & Adam, Chuck, Armoun, John (Juan MuchoLobos), Debbie D., Juanita & Courtney, Sia, Anthony, Melissa, Barb, Fetu & Clay and Pat - you are all so appreciated! We hope you know how much your efforts impact the dogs of AARTA. ROO ROOOO & THANK YOU!

** Since our inception in December 2004 we have placed over 500 dogs in forever homes!! ** We are very proud and hope you will join us in our efforts! We have worked hard to do this and aren't stopping - rather we are working harder and smarter to not only place orphaned Akitas but also to Help Owners KEEP their dogs through education, training, and referrals to lower priced vets for needed care, training guidance, and providing food when times are tight.

Who We Are

We are a group of friends and Akita club members dedicated to helping Akitas in need, and placing orphaned Akitas in approved homes.

Our adoptable Akitas are mostly in boarding facilities which cost us dearly; we do not have our own shelter and are in dire need of more foster homes. All our efforts are done in our spare time, with our own and donated funds.
This is truly a labor of love. Please help us to save and care for these magnificent dogs.

Not ready for a long-term commitment?

Consider instead, a short-term commitment by helping a dog in need, and getting some canine love returned ten times over! Foster homes are our greatest need - if you know and love the breed, but are not quite ready for a lifetime commitment, fostering will give you the companionship you desire and help homeless dogs at the same time!

One question we hear over and over again... "Isn't it difficult to let go of a dog once it's been living in your home? Doesn't it break your heart to say goodbye? How do you do it?"
Answer: Yes, and no! Watching a dog learn to trust, play, gain weight and get over an illness is extremely fulfilling. Even just watching the healthy ones adjust to being in a home again, and finding the perfect family for each one, is a great feeling that is unmatched in other accomplishments. Talk to some of our fosters and see for yourself!

What is important to keep in mind is the level of screening AARTA does in approving adoptive homes. Our interview process and careful screening allows us the comfort zone to "give up" our foster babies knowing they are going to be a great addition to a wonderful forever home for them. We're are then able to save another life as there is again room for one more.

Fostering an orphaned Akita can last anywhere from three days in an emergency situation up to six months for general foster care. You're not locked into any commitment if things aren't working out as you expected.
You are filling a very important, and much needed role. Sometimes we just need an extra spot for a few days until a space is available in the kennels where we board. Taking dogs from the shelter, we are working on a finite time schedule, they have to go out or they have to go down (be euthanized). There is no negotiating with the shelters past a couple of days if the dog is not deemed adoptable. The county shelter workers have the toughest job of all and are not to blame for the need to euthanize many animals on a daily basis.

Rather, it is irresponsible owners who are to blame or them ending up homeless to begin with. Unfortunately our beloved Akitas fail the temperament testing done by shelters. This is because they are tested with other dogs, and tested with food and other dogs. Most of our furkids aren't too happy about "sharing their kibble."

The orphans we are able to help from the shelters are really great dogs. They seem to have a sense of being given a second chance and are so grateful and loving. Their unconditional love, and seeing them go into great new homes and families, is priceless Don't take our word for it - talk to one of our fosters yourself - then give it a shot - we think you'll be hooked!
Sometimes we have a hard time "keeping" fosters because they often "foster fail", but that's okay, the dog has a great forever home when you "foster fail" meaning you decide to adopt them! We Understand, and It's OK!

Just like owning an Akita teaches you a few things and changes you for the better, fostering one does the same thing but you can do it over and over again to multiply that good feeling!

To become one of our Approved Foster Homes, email us at AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com for an application, or call 602-88-AKITA (882-5482) to talk to us first.

An "Approved Foster Home" is one who has completed the application process, which is very similar to our adoption process, including home visit, with references verified. References must be people who do not live in your home. Our process is thorough and is designed to find suitable temporary homes while a forever home is found. The dogs we take in frequently have been strays or juggled around already, therefore stability is crucial. Nearly all are house-trained and most already have some obedience training. They mostly need a safe environment to feel human love again and come out of their shell. Watching this process, watching their personalities BLOOM, is one of the most rewarding parts of fostering! Something no amount of money can buy.

How Does AARTA Define a "Good, Ethical, Reputable & Responsible Breeder"?

We define this as:

A) Follow a Code Of Ethics (COE) that they follow in their puppy sales & breeding program which they're willing to share with you. This would be a joint COE with other Akita (or other breed) people through an Akita (or other breed) Club, either local or national, maybe both.

B) Actively show their dogs against others of the breed--this keeps their perspective and from becoming myopic. It helps to ensure they are striving to improve the breed's health and/or temperament, and maintaining the breed standard. This also shows commitment to the breed and that their breeding program isn't simply a money-making effort.
"Hobby breeders" do know this isn't about profit and do all health testing prior to choosing a mate for their dog in any breeding program. They know they will never recoup the money the put into their dogs, but improving temperament and maintaining the standard is why they do it, not for an income.

C) They will check you out as a puppy buyer well or more, than you check them out. They will be there to help with any issues that arise, health, conflict, accept the dog back or help to re-home if ever needed, etc.
We hear far too often things like "the breeder sold us our female then sold us the 2nd female the next year, all was great until a week ago and now they can't stand the sight of each other and just want to kill each other....why did he do that and not warn us?"
Or "he said since they were siblings they'd get along just fine". Help prevent this from happening to Your family and friends ---- Help Educate!

We are making a dent, and we want our impact to continue to increase by helping as many Akitas as possible. There's a lot of heartbreak in rescue, and the ones that are so preventable come from puppies and dogs being placed inappropriately. Good breeders know their line, can see tendencies towards personalities (still no guarantee but it helps) and with any resident dogs will do an extremely careful scrutiny of the dynamics of your current pack.

There are many people with intact Akitas or other animals who can and do "breed" yet have no regard of where the offspring ends up (puppies, kittens, birds, reptiles, red sliders, etc). Fortunately in the City of Phoenix, selling animals on the street is outlawed. Call your Phoenix Non-Emergency number if you see this.

AARTA can help you find a good, ethical & reputable breeder, of ANY (legally-owned) species or breed, with active breeding programs. Just Ask -- We are well connected!
We can recommend local breeders quickly, others may take a couple of days using our well-developed network.

Please refrain from buying a pets online! Many these days are outright scams. GO, VISIT, sit in their home, meet their animals, see their champions' ribbons, get to know the people and their animals --- BEFORE BUYING. This isn't something to do on a whim. Forwarned is forearmed. Do your homework before falling in love with an online photo and promise of "fast shipping".

We save the majority of the orphans in our care from the local shelters -- Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Yavapai shelters, and Coconino, Yuma and Arizona, Southern Arizona, and Western Arizona Humane Societies -- and all of them unfortunately have to EUTHANIZE "unadoptable" animals. Often our beloved Akitas fail their testing which typically includes other animals and sharing food with them. When we had time to keep track, we found roughly half are from Hunte Corp (puppymill distributor to the pet stores) and the rest are from local, unscrupulous breeders (sadly, there are many) who don't care about where their puppies go once they're paid for. We've seen dogs and then seen their cousins a year later... in the shelter, even as puppies... we've seen the telltale signs, extra sets of teeth, no socialization, etc. It is very sad to find them in this condition.

AARTA's goal, is to eliminate homeless pets, Akitas first & foremost, by ensuring they go to forever homes first (by directing people to breeders with ethical practices, and by helping people work out ways to keep their dogs when issues do arise. We understand there are times when failing health or a catastrophe necessitates the need to re-home an animal, but not at the insane rates we see year after year. 2015 has been harder than ever and those turning up in the shelters are increasing in number. Please help however you can. THANK YOU!

AARTA - Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona
Our Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 12016
Glendale, AZ 85318-2016
MAIN WEBSITE: www.AkitaAdvocates.org
Akita Message Line: 602-88-AKITA (602-882-5482)
Email: AARTA.AkitaAdvocates@gmail.com
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