• Est. birth date: 08/25/2002
  • Male, neutered
  • 32 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm positive (undergoing treatment)
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Shabba is a Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue dog fostered in Forest Park, Illinois.

Shabba is a candidate for out-of-territory adoptions.  If you are not located in the Midwest but are interested in adopting Shabba, please email

This handsome 14-year-old gentleman is looking for a best friend. Shabba believes naps should be long, deep, and often.  His favorite mid-afternoon activity is to switch from the east dog bed to the west dog bed after a casual stop at the water bowl.  

Shabba is so good with his foster canine and feline siblings.  While he doesn't play with them, he is courteous and gentle, even when the kitty tries to move in on his territory!  

Shabba loves people and will greet new friends with a wagging tail.  He really leans in to a good petting session and will rest his head in your lap when he's content. Give him a good scratch behind the ears and he'll sit by you for hours. 

Speaking of ears, Shabba is selective about what he hears.  He's pretty good at hearing the sound of the treat drawer, but he often cannot hear you call his name or other noises around the house.  Shabba definitely shows his age when it comes to stairs and getting up after a long nap. His back legs aren't as strong as they used to be, so he'd do best in a home with very few stairs. 

But watch out when the leash comes out - this 14-year-old turns into a puppy at the slightest suggestion of a walk.  He'll jump and prance and whine till he gets out the door, then drag you for a whole block as he bounds with joy down the sidewalk.  He's always on the lookout for an opportunity to get out the front door or through the fence gate for a self-guided tour of the neighborhood.  Shabba is a true shiba who should not be underestimated: Strong. Sneaky. Smart. Adorable.  For more information on Shabba, you can contact his foster family at

Shabba is currently undergoing treatment for heartworm.  Due to his age and the stress treatment has on the body, his vet has recommended the slow kill method of heartworm treatment.  Shabba will be under close supervision of his vet with regular blood testing to monitor his progress.  He is not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease and is able to maintain his normal laid-back lifestyle while undergoing treatment.  If you have questions regarding his treatment, please contact Cathy at


Any one interested in adopting this dog must first complete an adoption application indicating the name of the dog(s) they are interested in learning more about.  Once the adoption application is received, our adoption coordinator will contact you.  You must respond to this email to set up your home visit and complete the approval process.  The entire adoption process is outlined on our web site.

NOTE: Due to the breed's independent and prey driven nature, Shibas should ALWAYS be leashed whenever they are outside of a securely fenced area.  In addition, many Shibas are door bolters and care should be taken around doors and other escape points.