Adopting a Rescued Shiba Inu

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) is based in Chicago and has foster dogs available in various states in the Midwest.

MSIR does its best to match the right dog with the right family by finding out as much as possible about the potential adoptive family before placing a dog.

All dogs placed by MSIR are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped.  As you consider a dog, remember that the average life span of a Shiba Inu is 12-17 years.

MSIR's adoption fee covers the aggregate costs of caring for foster dogs. Adoption fees cover a portion of medical care as well as general care for the dogs while they are being fostered. Note that total foster care costs always exceed the adoption fee.

Age Range                     Adoption Fee
0 to 12 months                  $400
13 months - 3 yrs               $325
4 - 5 yrs                              $275
6 - 8 yrs                              $225
9+ yrs                                 $150

We do not require a fenced yard for all our Shibas, but we do have a policy on electric-type fences. We do request that all our dogs be kept on-leash and in a secure environment when outside at all times.

New owners who adopt through MSIR must a sign contract. If you successfully complete an obedience course with your rescue Shiba, you will be refunded $25. Obedience training is important to guide your Shiba in becoming the kind of dog you will want beside you forever. Obedience training also helps a new owner bond with a new dog. We can recommend obedience facilities--just ask us!

Steps to Adopting a MSIR REscue Dog

1.  Make sure a Shiba is for you.
Read our information page, read books about Shibas, join a Shiba list online, and educate yourself as much as you can about the breed.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact us.  Talk it over with everyone in your household, and make sure that everyone feels the same way about it that you do. Think about your schedule, and decide when you will have time to spend with your dog. Who will be responsible for taking care of the dog?  Finally, take a look at your home. Where will the dog sleep?  Eat? Once you have considered all the aspects of having a loving, active companion, you are ready to think about adopting a Shiba.

2.  Fill out our application.
Fill out this online application. We reserve the right to refuse your application for any reason.

3.  Schedule a home visit with a MSIR representative.
If you reside within a state where MSIR has volunteers, you will be contacted to schedule a home visit. The volunteer will come to your home to meet your family and listen to your needs. This helps to determine whether the home is the proper environment for a Shiba Inu and what type of Shiba would be best suited for the family.

4.  Searching for the Perfect dog.
If your application is accepted following the home visit, your paperwork will be available to foster homes. The foster homes know the most about each dog and can best determine if your home would be a good match for the dog. Once your home visit has been accepted, feel free to email foster homes about dogs. MSIR requires that your entire family come to meet the dog that may be right for you at its foster home or at a MSIR Meet n Greet.  We insist that all members of the family are present to make sure everyone agrees this is the perfect match.  If you do not feel this is the right dog for you, or if the foster family feels you are not the right family for this dog, we encourage you to keep checking the website because more dogs come into rescue each week. Often, there are many wonderful families interested in the same foster dog. Unfortunately, the dog can only be placed in one home. Many times we see the foster dog choose the new family which is why we require all family members to meet the dog.

5.  Wait 24 hours
Once the foster home and you have decided the foster dog should be the next member of your family, we ask that you wait at least 24 hours before taking your new Shiba home. This step gives you time to fully consider your decision.  It also gives you the chance to prepare your home to be ready for your new family member, and purchase any items such as a collar, bowls and food for your new companion. 

6.  Take your new pal home!
When you are totally convinced that you've found the perfect, lifelong friend, you can come take him or her home! You will then sign our contract and pay MSIR your adoption fee. Whoever said you can't buy love never adopted a Shiba! We will provide support to you after the adoption, to make sure that your new friend becomes an integral part of your family.
If you have any questions about our adoption process, please contact our adoption coordinator.