Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Akbash pups from Texas-FOR ADOPTION-August 2018

    These four male Akbash puppies ended up in a shelter in Texas! They were a ranch litter born to working livestock guardian parents. Far to often the unfixed working dogs breed constantly and there is no proper plan in place for placing the puppies in good homes. They ended up locked in a too hot barn in the Texas summer heat, and ill cared for. The rancher called animal control to come take just the males!

   Here they are in a Texas shelter that had no knowledge of Akbash dogs! A good friend and foster with Akbash Rescue found out about them and we worked to get them out to rescue. The shelter does free adoption events with no screening whatsoever of adopters. Not a good plan for an Akbash puppy!

   For a successful adoption, meaning for the life of the dog, good placement is key. Akbash rescue works with potential adopters to determine if this is the right breed for the environment and dog skill level of the potential adopter. All adopters will speak to Akbash Rescue, fill out an adoption application, and have a home check. Unfortunately most shelters cannot do this level of screening so direct from shelter adoptions of Akbash dogs are often unsuccessful. This is a breed that needs proper placement for sure!

 Lucky for these pups they ended up in rescue!

Akbash Rescues friend and representative in Nebraska found excellent foster in Texas!
  Due to vaccination requirements the pups needed local temporary foster before they could travel to their foster home in Colorado.

   Then our intrepid rescue pal, got the puppies a ride to Colorado via "Pilots N Paws"! An organization that pairs volunteer pilots with rescues to transport dogs around the US.

Huge Thank You to everyone that helped these pups! From the shelter workers, to the Texas foster, to the Pilot and the Akbash Rescue pal that arranged it all! These rescues require so much help and effort and money from many many people!

   Here are the pups safely arrived at their beautiful foster home in Colorado! Thank you thank you to their Colorado fosters! They are long time Akbash owners and fans!

   Our good friends at Colorado's Summit Dog Rescue even arranged for a volunteer professional photographer to come take photos of the puppies!



Here are the four pups ....below is Bear

Then Huggie....


and Sparky....

If you are interested in adopting one of boys in this Turkish gang please contact Akbash Dog Rescue, Inc at e-mail address or phone number 510 523-6161 (California time). Thank you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016



         This sweet young dog came in as a stray to a very overcrowded high kill shelter in Los Angeles California. She has been the victim of a botched home ear cropping job!!! Someone cut her ears off! At home with no proper anethesia and follow up veterinary care!
         She came to my attention as the shelter listed her as an Akbash mix, so shelter volunteers contacted me to get her out of the shelter and take her into Akbash rescue. The shelter falsely aged her at five years old.
         I sent her picture around, and we got some video which showed her to be a very young dog approximately 7-8 months old! She is also most likely a Ovcharka shepherd dog, and Armenian Gampr dog. These dogs are very similar to Akbash dogs, but more often companion dogs whose ears are often cropped at 3-5 days old. Hers were cropped at her current age, in an awful painful manner, a botched home job! She had little to no chance of a proper adoption from the shelter she was in, which does no screening at all. She was in real danger so a plan was formed to save sweet Misha!
 After recovering on a medical hold for a week, she was ready to play with anyone that walked by her kennel run at the shelter! Misha quickly became a shelter favorite, with her sweet temperament and her very bad history! Myself and a couple volunteers formed a plan to rescue her. She is currently out of the shelter and safe in boarding. However, her medical care and boarding costs are quickly mounting! Please help us rescue Misha and care for her until a suitable forever home is found! You can help with Misha's rescue by donating to Akbash Dog Rescue, Inc. which is a 501c3 rescue organization so donations are 100% tax deductible. There is a paypal donation button to the right or contact me for other ways to donate (Janet Davis National Director at e-mail or 510 410-0149).
Here is our sweet girl all happy awaiting her forever home or foster. She is currently still in boarding awaiting a caring foster home!

Monday, February 15, 2016


Washaw is a young, 18 month old, purebred Akbash dog. He is in Virginia awaiting his forever home! He was placed unattended with livestock too young and was not good with the goats. This is a common problem for the working livestock guardian dogs! They are meant to have much oversight and training the first couple years. Older experienced dogs with them to teach them how to behave around livestock, and human shepherds.

  Washaw is a really great dog, good with other dogs and people. He needs some acreage to guard and a great committed owner. He will mature into a fine guardian given a patient kind owner. Akbash dogs are extremely intelligent and sensitive. If you are interested in this fine handsome fellow, please contact Akbash Dog Rescue, Inc. National Director Janet Davis. E-mail is and or phone 510 410-0149 (Pacific standard time).

  Please think about geographic location before inquiring, I do not fly adult Akbash dogs, it is to stressful and difficult to arrange, so anyone adopting needs to arrange transport, ground transport. Washaw is in Virginia.

   Washaw is neutered and up to date on shots.

Thursday, August 20, 2015



     This gorgeous one and a half year old male Akbash dog is residing in Oregon. He needs a foster or adoptive home soon! His current owners found him listed on Craig's list as a puppy and thought he was a labrador! Bo is no Labrador!

     Bo is a typical young Akbash dog, very protective of the family and territorial. He is on six acres in the country but is too protective for the family. They wanted an easy going dog like a lab and were unprepared for the territorial nature of the Akbash dog.

    Bo is well mannered at the boarding kennel and a big favorite with all the employes. He is a large powerful dog and needs some acreage with a dog owner familiar with the unique characteristics of livestock guardian dogs, or willing to learn. He needs a well fenced acreage.

   Bo has never been around livestock, he is great with the immediate family. He has a number of dog friends too!

What a magnificent fellow!

silly fellow playing with a nerd dart!

  If you are interested in fostering Bo or providing him with a forever home please contact Akbash Dog Rescue, inc Director Janet Davis at e-mail or phone 510 523-6161

  Bo is neutered up to date on shots and is well cared for and healthy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NICO (location Washington state) ADOPTION PENDING

Nico is a one and a half year old neutered male purebred Akbash dog. He is in Washington state looking for a new home. Nico loves goats and will sleep under a pile of them. He would do best paired with a female livestock guardian, on acreage, with some goats to tend to.
Nico is a great dog is you are interested please contact Akbash Dog Rescue Director Janet Davis by e-mail or phone 510 523-6161

Thursday, February 5, 2015


MIRA has been adopted to a sheep each and is currently guarding sheep with a male Akbash Pyrenees cross buddy!

Mira is a young, one year, old spayed female Akbash dog. Mira is in foster in Montana and needs an adopter and forever home!

To read more about Mira click the "READ MORE" link below

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Boss has gone to his new home on a horse ranch in Nevada! Here he is exercising in the horse ring. What a happy dog smile this is! So nice to see.

There will be many months of learning for Boss and his new person. People often think a dog will just settle in right away in a new environment. Not true! Dogs are unsettled after relocation and much care needs to be taken to get a dog adjusted. They are in an elevated stress state with high levels of adrenaline at first. They do not know what to expect from the new environment.
I work with an adopter or foster, to set up a secure place for a dog that is entirely escape proof. The dog needs to learn the perimeter and they can be a flight risk at first so safety is key. You cannot just turn a new dog loose on a property!

The dog needs time to bond to the new owner and learn the routines and inhabitants in the new location. Setting up a consistent routine for the new dog is very important so the dog feels secure and begins to think of the new place as his or her territory.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Boss for adoption

Here is Boss Man a young, approx one and a half year old neutered male Akbash dog.

Boss is in boarding in Northern California and awaits a foster or adoptive home. If you are interested in Boss contact Akbash Dog Rescue person Janet Davis at or call 510 523-6161

Boss will be placed on acreage in a quiet rural setting only. He was most likely an abandoned working livestock guardian dog.

Boss was quite down on his luck and due to be euthanized in a very overcrowded high kill California shelter a few weeks ago.

    to read about how he was rescued click the "read more" link below

Saturday, April 5, 2014


This entire litter of purebred Akbash pups ended up in rescue! This is not an uncommon occurrence unfortunately. Rescue often gets entire litters of pups! People often think it will be easy and a quick money maker to have a litter of pups and sell them, however this is not true. If one is interested at all in proper care of the pups and proper placement! Veterinary care for the mother dog and pups is quite expensive and properly advertising and screening homes for pups is a very expensive and time consuming proposition. These pups did not have decent living conditions and ended up in the house. Soon as they grew they became to much to manage and ended up in rescue. Much public donation money has been spent to get them all the health care they needed and now they are all healthy and vaccinated and spayed and neutered. 

Amir is in foster with a very experienced working dog owner and he is available for adoption through Akbash Dog Rescue. He is six months old and neutered and up to date on shots. He has a very nice temperament and is getting acquainted with the resident livestock. 

To inquire about adoption contact Janet Davis e-mail
click the "READ MORE" link below for more information on adopting Amir: