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AKITA CLUB OF AMERICA
RESCUE CODE OF ETHICS
This Code of Ethics is
established under the authority of the Akita Club of America Rescue
Committee (known here afterward as the ACARC) and is intended to
establish guiding principles and minimum standards of practice to which
the ACARC would have Akita Rescuers adhere. Each 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 Akitas.
I will fully educate
all potential adopters about the advantages, disadvantages and
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 Akita.
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.
I will always conduct
my rescue activities so as to present the Akita breed in a positive
and honest manner.
I will advocate voluntary spay/neuter.
Any dog coming into
rescue will be evaluated by a knowledgeable person.
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
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 manner.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
I will provide
appropriate care for each Akita including, but not limited to,
comfortable shelter and confinement, exercise, socialization,
appropriate diet, health and temperament screening, parasite
control, vaccines and treatment for any injury or hereditary defect
causing pain or distress.
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 ACARC.
HEALTH AND VETERINARY CARE
All Akitas prior to
placement will be:
vaccinations, tested for regionally appropriate vector-borne
diseases, have a treatment plan in place for any detected
identified by microchipping or tattoo
appropriate parasite control (heartworm and flea/tick
preventative and dewormed for intestinal parasites as needed)
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.
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.
Any rescue placing an
intact dog should notify the rescue committee of this situation in
order to address any complaints to the committee.
I will give all
adopters copies of the Akita's health records and will thoroughly
discuss any health concerns with them.
I will keep myself
well-informed in the field of Akita health issues and deal
responsibly with health conditions when they arise.
I will use all proper
paperwork when doing Akita rescue, including an adoption contracts,
adoption applications and a surrender forms.
Contracts for adoption
will include, but not be limited to, the following provisions:
the Akita will be
returned to the rescue if the owner can no longer keep it;
the Akita cannot
be used for fighting or as an attack dog or trained as a guard
the Akita will be
an inside pet only, and
owner agrees to follow certain rules of health, nutrition and
should include but not be limited to:
house visits when
Surrender forms should include but not be
training and nutrition information on Akita being surrendered ,
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
QUALIFICATION OF NEW OWNERS
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
is guilty of
animal cruelty or neglect,
chained a dog outside or
has ever abandoned
an animal in the past.
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.
RETURN OF DOGS TO RESCUE
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 for it.
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 obligations.
I agree to carry out
my rescue activities in a professional, positive, cooperative, and
considerate manner, so that my representation brings credit to my
own Rescue and other ethical Rescues or rescuers.
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.
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
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
that the ACARC is not a policing agency. However, if the ACARC receives
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. If the ACARC determines that I violated or
did not abide by the COE, I will be removed temporarily 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.
ARWNY SUPPORTS THIS
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 and Violations
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