Thank You for Visiting Us Today ...
Welcome to Blue Moon Akita Rescue. You will see that our rescue and our website are perhaps not as formal as some folks would expect. That would be because I'm a pretty informal person. But please don't confuse informality with our level of dedication or professionalism.
I've been involved with Akitas and their rescue for about 40 years now. I don't have all the answers, but I am pretty good at finding what I need to know. I'm always glad to share information with other animal people. Here at Blue Moon, we don't just love Akitas ... we LIVE Akitas. Every day.
So, grab a cup of coffee and join me as we talk dogs...and cats...and plants ... no politics, no religion on this website except to say in our home we love God and Country and believe in honoring our responsibilities and keeping our promises.
Everyone who adopts a dog from us enters into a written contract. It is a legal document, and the law seems to think legal documents are important. More than that though, if you get one of our dogs, you get our word that you are never going to be left hanging and that we will always honor our word. What we get from you is your word that you will do right by your new family member. Every minute of every day.
Here in Colorado, we generally think that a person's word should be at least as good as a legal contract. At Blue Moon, you get both and the understanding that it is always about the DOG ... first and foremost. Do right by the Akita whose life is entrusted to you because we will. First and foremost, it's always about the one who has no voice and no choice. It's that simple.
If you think we're just a shelter adopting out dogs ... please visit another website because you really are not going to want to spend time dealing with us. We wish you well and any animal you may get somewhere else will ever be in our thoughts and prayers.
Since 1973, we have been quietly going about the business of rescuing Akitas in need, rehabilitating as needed, training as needed and then when the dog is ready physically and emotionaly, of finding them the right home that will, this time, really be forever. We don't place as many dogs as a lot of rescues, but we have one of the lowest return rates you will find; that's because we do our homework on the front end.
We love every Akita who comes in here and each Akita who comes to us leaves with an ironclad promise that we will always be there for him, no questions asked.
We have been a Colorado corporation and a 501C3 Non Profit recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service since 2010. In 2011 we placed about 82 assorted dogs, cats, kittens and a reptile or two. Our focus is Akitas but if it breathes and needs help and we are in a position to do so, we help. if we can't, we really try to find someone who can.
Sometimes we fail, and that's the really hard thing about doing rescue. No matter how many you save, every day somebody dies because nobody stepped up.
People ask why we have dogs here from all across the United States. The answer is simple. There are only about six active Akita rescues in this country and we are all always full. Some of the dogs come to us brought by owners who can no longer keep their dogs. Some come to us at the request of one of our sister Akita rescues. Some come to us from places we'd never heard of but that have a director or a volunteer who has been searching online.
The one thing we ask of all of our dogs is good temperament. It is understood that Akitas are not the most cordial of breeds when it comes to dealing with their own kind; we know they have a strong prey drive, and we love the personality and heart of the breed that is loyal to their family to their death. We understand and embrace those things that make the Akita who they are. We do, however, expect our dogs to display good temperament and a willingness to learn new things. We are physically unable to take every dog that people want to bring us, but the dogs we take we are prepared to stand behind for the rest of their lives.
I saw my first Akita in 1972 and the rest, as they say, is history. I simply could not believe how amazingthis big bear of a dog was ... or how completely he was ignoring me. I waited next to the vehicle with this gorgeous dog until the dog's owner came out. I said "Is this your dog? And the guy (a little apprehensively) said "Yep, what'd he do now?" We chatted, and he called his Akita ("Point") out of the truck and Point then gave me my first experience with the aloofness of the adult male Akita. I was hooked, totally and forever under the spell of the Akita.
Remember, I've been around almost since before fire. In the dark ages before the internet, information about unusual things was a little more difficult to come by, and the Akita was at that time classified as a "rare breed" in the United States and not yet recognized by the AKC. When I asked the public library for information on the Akita, the reference librarian said "A What?"
In 1973 I got my first Akita puppy and later rescued and rehomed my first Akita. Since then we have evolved into Blue Moon Akita Rescue and been working with Akitas and continued doing Akita rescue at one level or another. It's been an interesting ride. We have been a Colorado corporation and a 501C3 Non Profit recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service since 2010. In 2011 we placed about 82 assorted dogs, cats, kittens and a reptile or two.
Our focus is Akitas but if it needs help and we are in a position to do so, we help; if we can't, we really try to find someone who can. Sometimes we fail, and that's the really hard thing about doing rescue. No matter how many you save, every day somebody dies because nobody stepped up.
BLUE MOON'S COMMITMENT
Our commitment at Blue Moon Akita Rescue is two-fold.
To the Dogs of Blue Moon - Our first commitment is to the dogs we bring into our rescue, and to them we promise:
That they will receive quality, loving medical care, food, training and love as part of our rescue family
That they will never again be with no place to go or waiting to die in a shelter
That they will be treated with love, respect and dignity while they are with us and we will find them a forever family who will continue to treat them with love, respect and dignity
That when they go to their forever home we promise it will be as good as or better than what we are able to provide for them and that they are leaving us with the intent that they are going forever home with their new family
If you happen to be one of the occasional cats, kittens, gerbils, snakes, etc. that seem to sometimes find their way to our door ... the commitment is the same although we do try to find specialty rescues for the exotics that come our way.
To the People who come to us - Our commitment is
If you are here to adopt your first Akita, we will ensure that you are familiar enough with the breed to be ready for the responsibility you are undertaking, and we will support you every step of the way
When you leave with one of our dogs, you will have a written contract, a vaccination record, a health evaluation, a behavioral evaluation and our promise to stand by our dogs. We are proud of our dogs and we endeavor always to be the people of integrity they believe we are.
If you have spent time with us and have now determined that perhaps the Akita isn't the right dog for your family, we will provide as much help and support finding the right pet as you would like from us
If you have an Akita with a training issue, we would much rather help you resolve your dog issue than to take your dog into our rescue. We are here to support you and we also have a number of highly skilled professional trainers who are happy to work with you and your dog as well.
If you have acquired one of our dogs and for any reason believe it is not working out, we will honor our contract which says we will always accept the return of one of our dogs, today, tomorrow or any time in the future, or we will work with you to resolve whatever the issue is, whether it is environmental, training or simply a lack of communication
When you apply to adopt from us, know that we are going to check your application and references very carefully and we welcome the opportunity to share our references with you as well.
If you are here to learn more about the breed and to volunteer your time, we are happy to have you join us
If you are here to grieve the loss of a beloved family member, we will share your grief and lighten that load however we can. You don't have to adopt a dog from us to bring us your grief. Only dog people understand what it is like to lose that kind of a friend/child/protector that was our loving relationship with our dog.
If you are here to learn when and how to say goodbye, we will share our thoughts with you regarding quality of life and the when and how to say a goodbye that is gentle, loving and respectful. If you cannot make this journey alone, we will either take that last walk to the bridge with you and your beloved pet, or if you are not in Colorado, we will find help for you so you do not have to make that journey alone