Aims and Objectives
Aims & Objectives of the Friends of Akitas Trust (UK)
* 1. To relieve the suffering of Akitas, particularly, though not exclusively those which are in need by reason of homelessness, sickness, ill treatment or is unwanted for whatever reason, with due regard to the age, sex or health of the Akita, and do all that is possible to ensure the welfare of such Akitas.
The Akita is a beautiful and striking breed, and people often seem surprised to hear that such a magnificent dog ends up in rescue, but it’s true. In the UK so far this year 105,068 stray dogs have been collected, with 7,892 of these dogs being put to sleep (Stray Dogs Survey, 2007, The Dogs Trust) The percentage of these that are Akitas has not been established, but it is thought to be a significant figure.
Other Akitas may need a new home for other reasons such as family breakdown, owner illness or simply a change of circumstances.
* 2. To ensure that those Akitas that are re-homed are placed into suitable permanent homes so as to ensure their future well being and to use it’s best efforts to keep in contact with such Akitas for the duration of their lives.
Friends of Akitas Trust will do everything in its power to match the right home and family with the right Akita. Potential adopters are required to fill in an initial questionnaire to establish their situation and what they can offer to an Akita in need. A volunteer representative will then carry out a home check, using the initial questionnaire as a guide to verify information. Akitas coming under FOA care will be assessed to the best of our ability, as much information about each individual dog will be ascertained prior to any placement. Once an Akita has been placed in a home, permanent or otherwise, the FOA will maintain contact and be on hand to help with problems and support through advice and guidance.
* 3. To support and educate new and existing Akita owners, and the wider public, in matters relating to the health, welfare and treatment of Akitas.
Akitas are not the easiest breed to look after, and FOA would like to help inform all owners, new to the breed or not, and whether they own a rescue Akita or otherwise.
* 4. To maintain a continuous campaign through a variety of methods to educate members of the public about the Akita breed.
Friends of Akitas Trust (UK) believes that it has an obligation to inform the wider public about the Akita breed and make individuals aware of the responsibilities that will take on if they choose to own an Akita. FOA will also utilise a variety of mediums to maintain a successful fundraising and awareness campaign.
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