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:


Gus has a wonderful home on a 35 acre horse ranch! Keeping the residents safe from the surrounding coyotes and mountain lions that can be heard in the distance. I personally met Gus and spent a fair bit of time with him and was determined to find him a home where he was truly loved! He is such a special fellow! He found his place in the sun so to speak and is valued and loved. He also gets to run and cavort on plenty of acreage!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gus is in Oregon and needs a forever home!

  Here is Gus a two and a half year old male Akbash dog. Gus is a fantastic fellow. He has had working experience but will do fine as a companion dog on acreage also. He is eager to please and is a very personable fellow.

Here is Gus and his sister Molly. They were quite a pair but I sadly had to split them as Molly was a bit of a trouble maker and took Gus along for the ride!  Molly is now guarding Alpaca and doing great. However Gus is lonely and needs another female dog buddy and a forever home of his own.

I cannot tell you how handsome and wonderful this dog is! I met him personally when he was in California. Myself and another dog trainer friend of mine were amazed at how quickly and easily he took to leash work. In his foster home his foster says he is the only one of her working livestock guardian dogs that comes when called! He also is contained by adequate fencing, he is not a fence climber or jumper.

Here is Gus with his sister Molly being "trained" by the family's grandchild to have some patience around food! What good dogs!

  If you are interested in Gus contact Akbash Dog Rescue Coordinator Janet Davis by e-mail or phone 510 523-6161

To read more about adopting Gus click the "read more link " below

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Marley adopted

Finally Marley has found a forever home!

   A wonderful couple that have had four Akbash dogs over their lifetime adopted her. They are used to the protective ways of the Akbash dog.

     They report she is settling in nicely. Since Marley loves kids she is very happy the grandchildren come over frequently.

    A happy ending for Marley.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Marley needs a home of her own! ADOPTED!!!

    My name is Marley and I need a home. Read my story to find out why I am homeless! It follows along the same lines as so many dogs.
    A couple years ago (I am a two year old gal), a family from Texas got me as a pup. There are lots of Livestock Guardian dogs in Texas so people often bring us cute white pups home to their families. Unfortunately the family that took me was like so many, they like you as a pup but are not in it for the long haul! I slept in the bed every night with my best pal, a little eight year old girl!
    The family moved to North Carolina and brought me along. However, shortly thereafter life got difficult for them and more difficult for me! They put me in a very high kill shelter where I promptly got kennel cough and was about to be euthanized!

   Someone sent this pretty picture of me at the shelter to Janet Davis of Akbash Dog Rescue. She decided I was just too lovely and must be saved! I went to stay with a very nice lady in North Carolina that has a boarding kennel and helps rescues by taking foster dogs for a reasonable rate until they find homes. All the foster dogs get to play together and get lots of love and good food.
   Very quickly another family decided I was right for them. They had two small children and acreage in the country. They promised they had had a wolf hybrid and could deal with any behavior issues an Akbash dog might present. Seemed like a great match and they drove to meet me and I jumped right in that car and rode home with my new family!!!

  Wow a new kid even, all my own! I so love kids!
   However once again my family decided they did not want me! Or the adults in the home did (not the kids I am sure)!

    You see I am an Akbash dog, which means I am a serious girl. Here I am trying to keep the family safe! If I hear a noise I will bark and attempt to protect the home and family. I take that responsibility seriously.
     If that bothers you , I can be (with patience), trained to relax and go "off duty". I was crate trained also and would not have been too much for a more experienced dog handler. Turns out my family was not very experienced at all with dogs and that combined with two small kids....well you know the story. If someone wants to lighten the load the easiest thing is to get rid of the dog!
    A very nice man that is a previous adopter of two Akbash rescue dogs, came to get me and took me back to foster care boarding with the nice lady I stayed with after the shelter. At least I know where I am now!
    I mind my manners very well with all the other dogs. Since I am an Akbash dog once I settle in I will be the dominant dog so please do not pair me with a bossy female dog. I would do best with a male dog and submissive dogs. However, I have been with dozens and dozens of dogs so really what I need is an owner that has some dog skills and all will be fine!


I have matured into a beautiful girl. I am a country girl having always lived in rural areas, so don't think I'd like the city. All that noise would stimulate me too much. I would just love a quiet country home...

If I look a little sad, I am! Want a FOREVER home this time, so please only inquire about me if you are devoted dedicated dog owners!!!
  Thank you!

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