Breed and age
Akita, 2 years, male
Date moved in at HRI
Ready for rehoming since
20 June 2020
He's right for you if...
Taro has a lovely nature and great temperament despite his past. He is very excitable, playful, friendly and affectionate. He seems to have been house-trained but unfortunately has no other training so will need his new owner to spend time with him doing this.
He might be rehomed with a female depending on a meet and greet and he would also suit a family with akita experience.
Update on 28 June 2020
Despite a really bad start, Taro is ready to be welcomed into a loving home by an experienced and caring akita owner.
Taro has been through a lot with us in the last few months to get him to this stage. He had a lot of rehabilitation and exercise to build back up his hip and leg muscles. He was on a special diet to nourish him and get his weight back up to where he should be and through it all, he was to and from the vets for check-ups to monitor his progress.
Taro has a lovely nature and great temperament despite his past. He is very excitable, playful, friendly and affectionate. He seems to have been house-trained but unfortunately has no other training so will need his new owner to spend time with him doing this. He might be rehomed with a female depending on a meet and greet and he would also suit a family with akita experience.
Taro has gone from enduring his walk for rehabilitating to loving it now that he has his strength back. He can be excited initially but settles quickly and is great on his lead.
Taro has the potential for an outstanding pet given an experienced, patient and compassionate new owner.
Update on 20 June 2020
After weeks of vet appointments, rehabilitation work and good nutrition, we are finally at a place where we can start looking for a loving and compassionate owner for Taro, someone with previous Akita experience.
Poor Taro was in bad shape when he came to us, he was 10-15kgs underweight, his hips and back legs had muscle atrophy, the pads of his paws were raw and his toenails were very painful.
Despite all he went through, Taro has a brilliant temperament and a great nature. He is excitable, very friendly and affectionate. He appears to have been house-trained but unfortunately has no other training.
He could possibly be rehomed with a female depending on a meet and greet. He would also suit a family with Akita experience.
Taro is now enjoying his walks very much, he can be a little overly enthusiastic at the start but settles quickly and is very good on his lead.
Update on 9 May 2020
We are nowhere near where we want to be with Taro but we're getting there, his recovery is slow but it's progressing in the right direction.
Taro came in weighing 15-20kg less than he should be for a 2yr old male akita, he must have been starved, thankfully with his specialised diet and eating plan, he has put a few kilos on.
His pads and toenails have improved to the point that we have been able to increase his exercise to build up the muscles on his hips and back legs which had muscle atrophy.
His white coat was a dull grey but it's becoming more silky and white with the good nutrition he has been getting. Despite his journey so far, his gentle temperament prevails, he's an amazing boy.
Thank you to everyone who donated to help us with Taro's recovery so far, we appreciate it, but we still have a lot more work to do to help him to the rehoming stage.
Update on 25 April 2020
We took 2 year old Taro, a gorgeous white akita, in recently and he is now safe but in very bad shape.
Taro is very much underweight, he must have been starved, he weighs 15-20kgs less then he should and because of this has to be fed in a specific way with a special diet.
His back legs are very weak, he has muscle atrophy on both hips and leg muscles. He has to be walked progressively to build the muscle mass back up gradually. Unfortunately there are other issues which have hindered us with his walking, his pads were raw and some of his toenails were damaged, one very badly needing extra veterinary care.
We have a long road ahead and plenty of vet appointments for Taro before he'll be ready for rehoming but we won't give up on him.