|AKITA RESCUE CODE OF ETHICS
This Code of Ethics is established under the authority of the Akita Club
of America Rescue
( known here afterward as the ACARC) and is intended to establish guiding
minimum standards of practice to which the ACARC would have Akita Rescuers
rescuer applying to receive rescue funding from ACARC must sign the Code
of Ethics, which
will be held by the Secretary of ACARC. It is presented as a set of principles
for Akita Rescue
groups to follow when proceeding with the care and placement of unwanted
A) I will fully educate all potential adopters about the advantages,
responsibilities of owning an Akita, as well as provide them with resources
to further their
knowledge. I will stand by ready to act as an informational resource for
the life of the adopted
B) Additionally, I will educate and assist all Akita owners, potential
owners or the general public
seeking information on the breed, or seeking help in dealing with their
Akita with the intention
of preventing that dog from becoming a problem for them or their community.
C) I will always conduct my rescue activities so as to present the Akita
breed in a positive and
D) I will advocate voluntary spay/neuter.
A) Any dog coming into rescue will be evaluated by a knowledgeable person.
B) I will inform potential new owners of any known issues, such as intolerance
of other dogs,
cats, children, etc., in any Akita they are considering adopting.
C) After proper evaluation, if an Akita has health or temperament issues
which render him/her
unsuitable for adoption, I will not attempt to find placement for that
dog. Furthermore, I will
consider quality of life, and euthanize when necessary in a safe and humane
3. CARE AND MAINTENANCE
A) I will provide appropriate care for each Akita including, but not
limited to, comfortable
shelter and confinement, exercise, socialization, appropriate diet, health
screening, parasite control, vaccines and treatment for any injury or
hereditary defect causing
pain or distress.
B) I will make sure any foster home used by my rescue follows the same
high standards for
fostering and will make any facility used by rescue available for inspection
if so required by the
4. HEALTH AND VETERINARY CARE
A) All Akitas prior to placement will be:
- current on vaccinations, tested for regionally appropriate vector-borne
diseases, have a
treatment plan in place for any detected diseases,
- be permanently identified by microchipping or tattoo,
- maintained on appropriate parasite control (heartworm and flea/tick
dewormed for intestinal parasites as needed),
B) If any of these are precluded by temporary health condition(s) as
documented by veterinary
records, a date should be set to complete the appropriate care and spay/neuter.
C) If a permanent health condition precludes spay/neuter, it must be
documented by veterinary
records, and the placement should be of such known parameters that the
chance of unwanted
reproduction is negligible.
D) any rescue placing an intact dog should notify the rescue committee
of this situation in order
to address any complaints to the committee
E) I will give all adopters copies of the Akita's health records and
will thoroughly discuss any
health concerns with them.
F) I will keep myself well-informed in the field of Akita health issues
and deal responsibly with
health conditions when they arise.
5. RECORD KEEPING
A) I will use all proper paperwork when doing Akita rescue, including
an adoption contracts,
adoption applications and a surrender forms.
B) Contracts for adoption will include, but not be limited to, the following
- the Akita will be returned to the rescue if the owner can no longer
- the Akita cannot be used for fighting or as an attack dog or trained
as a guard dog,
- the Akita will be an inside pet only, and
- the potential owner agrees to follow certain rules of health, nutrition
C) Adoption applications should include but not be limited to:
- personal and veterinary references,
- house visits when required, and
- household member information.
D) Surrender forms should include but not be limited to:
- proof of ownership,
- all health, training and nutrition information on Akita being surrendered
- a statement saying once the form is signed by the owner, all rights
to said Akita are now ended
and the Akita becomes sole property of the Akita Rescue.
6. QUALIFICATION OF NEW OWNERS
A) I will refuse to consider adoption to a person who I have reason to
believe has been or is
involved in the following:
- the commercial pet trade,
- is guilty of animal cruelty or neglect,
- has habitually chained a dog outside or
- has ever abandoned an animal in the past.
B) I will thoroughly investigate each potential adopter to determine
the suitability of the dog
chosen for adoption, bearing in mind that the decisions I make affect
not only myself, but the
reputations of other Akita rescuers and the future of the Akita breed.
7. RETURN OF DOGS TO RESCUE
A) I accept the responsibility for the well-being of every Akita rescued
by me for the life of that
dog, and will accommodate any dog placed by me whose owners are unwilling
or unable to care
B) I have made provision for my returned Akitas through the use of a
will, power of attorney or
other appropriate arrangement in the event that I am unable to meet my
8. PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
A) I agree to carry out my rescue activities in a professional, positive,
considerate manner, so that my representation brings credit to my own
Rescue and other ethical
Rescues or rescuers.
B) At no time will I use Akita Rescue as a means to make any personal
profit, allow Akita
Rescue to be a profit-making organization for anyone's personal gain and
will always conduct
Akita Rescue as a not-for-profit endeavor.
9. PUBLIC AWARENESS
A) I will make every reasonable effort to stay abreast of existing or
proposed regulation and
legislation, such as BSL, which may impact the owner, or potential owner,
of any dog I might
B) It is my duty to inform owners and potential owners of these regulations,
so that they might
make a considered decision about accepting a placement.
COMPLAINTS AND VIOLATIONS:
I understand that the ACARC is not a policing agency. However, if the
complaints about me I understand that these complaints must be responded
to. The ACARC may
designate one or more Committee members or others to investigate the complaint.
ACARC determines that I violated or did not abide by the COE, I will be
or permanently from the ACARC's list as a rescue contact and if permanently,
any and all
association with the ACARC will cease. I further understand that there
is no appeal process and
the decision of the ACARC is final.
My rescue focus is on doing what is in the best interests of the Akita,
both as a breed or an
individual dog. To this end, I affirm that I will, to the best of my ability,
follow the ACARC's
Code of Ethics. If I fail to do so, I understand and accept ACARC's Complaints
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