Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit rescue that seeks out, fosters, and places homeless Shiba Inu dogs into carefully screened, lifelong, and nurturing homes.

MSIR serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.


Our Mission

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) is a non-profit, all-volunteer corporation. 

MSIR seeks out, fosters, and places homeless Shiba Inu dogs into carefully screened, lifelong, and nurturing homes. In addition to rescue, MSIR volunteers provide medical care and/or rehabilitation for foster dogs and then attempt to match them with appropriate, permanent homes. 

MSIR also educates the public about the Shiba Inu breed, the need for dog rescue and dog training, and the importance of spaying/neutering pets to prevent overpopulation. 

One of MSIR's goals is to acquire funding to support operations.

MSIR Board of Directors  

President: Joahnna  

Treasurer: Debbie

Intake Coordinator: Theresa

Adoption Coordinator: Whitney

Adoption Counselor: Meghann

Foster Home Coordinator:  Cathy


Other MSIR Coordinators (non-board positions)

Transport Coordinator:  Caila

Home Visit Coordinator:  Teresa

Volunteer Coordinator:  Jess

Social Media Coordinators:  Natalie & Marissa

Auction, Affiliates and Donor Coordinator:  Barb

Fundraising Coordinator: Victoria

Secretary/Website Coordinator:  Emily


Foster Home Coordinator  

The Foster Home Coordinator is the main point of contact for everyone that is currently fostering a dog or planning to foster in the future. All questions about the care of a foster dog, fostering procedures and all veterinary care for a foster dog should be directed to the foster home coordinator, as they will assist with vet care questions, foster dog supplies, home management techniques, behavior concerns and anything else related to the well-being of your foster dog.  MSIR's Foster Home Coordinator can be reached at foster@shibarescue.org


Adoption Coordinator  

The Adoption Coordinator can answer questions from potential adopters about the adoption process and helps to match current foster dogs with potential adopters.  Also an important contact for foster homes as they will assist with the write-up for foster dogs, setting up home visits, and when the time comes to adopt out a foster dog, filling out the adoption contract and preparing the new adoptive family so they have everything the dog will need at the time of adoption. MSIR's adoption coordinator can be reached at adoptions@shibarescue.org    


Intake Coordinator  

The Intake Coordinator handles the intake process for all dogs coming from commercial breeders, other rescue groups, owner surrenders and animal control/shelters.  If you find a dog in need please contact intake@shibarescue.org  


Transport Coordinator

The Transport Coordinator, and the main point of contact that helps in transporting MSIR foster dogs. They will contact you about dog drop off and pickup logistics, as well as planning all transports including working with other rescues and Pilots N Paws. MSIR's Transport Coordinator can be reached at transport@shibarescue.org  


Secretary & Website Coordinator

The secretary is responsible for meeting minutes and communication in MSIR.  If you are not sure who to contact in MSIR, please contact secretary@shibarescue.org
The website coordinator is responsible for maintenance of MSIR's website and foster dog listings.  Foster homes are asked to send photos of their foster dog, complete statistics (using online template) and a short biography to listings@shibarescue.org within two weeks of dog's arrival in the home.