A.R.W.N.Y. - NJ

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Please visit the ARWNY official web site here to see all the special Akitas in need of a new loving home.


A.R.W.N.Y.-N.J. is a small group of volunteers dedicated to Akitas. We are part of the official, parent ARWNY group. We have read the statistics about abandoned dogs and agree 110% that in nearly all cases the dogs are not to blame! What are those statistics?

About half of all dogs surrendered to shelters (42.8%) are not neutered. There's a certain amount of aggression linked to hormones in intact dogs. It's not the dogs' fault; they were programmed by nature to focus their entire existence on becoming alpha because the alpha dogs breed. All of our rescued Akitas are spayed or neutered because they make much better companions. Neutering has a calming effect that allows the dog to focus on its role within a human pack.

The majority of dogs handed over to shelters were between the ages of 5 months to 3 years. By 5 months old the dog should be trained to walk on a lead, sit, stay and come when called. It should be house broken. Certainly by the age of 3, the dog should be spayed or neutered. The statistics don't say for sure but we bet those dogs were not trained and not sterilized.

Statistics claim 33% of all dogs turned into shelters had not been to a veterinarian. Again, it's not the dog's fault it had the bad luck to end up with people who simply did not care. We care. All of our dogs have been checked by our vet, and brought up to date on health checks.

Dogs acquired from friends were relinquished in higher numbers (31.4%) than any other source. Breeding your dog because you have "great homes" waiting for all the puppies is NOT a reason to breed. We hate to say "we told you so," but the puppies you gave away to your neighbors who admired your lovely Akita are probably counted in these statistics.

We can and do help Akitas but no one can save them all, there are too many. If you're interested in owning an Akita, please contact us. Perhaps you'll find the perfect dog for your family. If you happen to have some loose change lying round, remember we are a legal 501(c)3 organization and need donations.


An application form can be completed from the A.R.W.N.Y.-N.J. web site here. Please print, complete the information and mail it to the address noted on the form or use our on-line adoption application.


A.R.W.N.Y. has a few Akita lovers who volunteer their time and homes to help orphaned Akitas. Foster homes are limited and we are always in need of new volunteers to help. If you would like to help, please contact Kathy DeWees at the number/email listed below.

A.R.W.N.Y. - NJ
Southern NJ
Phone: 914-747-4252

Email: kdewees@hotmail.com

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