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Shiba Inu Rescue Association

Chicago, IL

Our Mission

Shiba Inu Rescue Association (SIRA) is a dog rescue group that serves the Midwest U.S. states. (We are based near Chicago, but our dogs are cared for by foster families in private homes across the Midwest). We are dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected and abused Shiba Inu, Shiba mixes and other primitive breeds from commercial breeders, shelters and private owners. We evaluate each dog for temperament and place them in approved nurturing foster homes where their needs, medical and otherwise, are addressed in order to prepare them to be placed in thoroughly screened, loving, lifelong forever homes. SIRA also works to educate the public on the Shiba Inu breed in addition to the importance of responsible pet ownership including spaying/neutering, dog training and obtaining a dog from a reputable breeder or rescue group.

SIRA is an all volunteer organization that is licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture as an animal rescue. SIRA is recognized as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois. We are an independent charitable 501c3 non-profit organization by the Federal government.

Adoption Policy

So you've seen the beautiful, headstrong breed known as the Shiba Inu. You've researched the breed's characteristics and examined your living situation and decided you are ready to open your home to a Shiba Inu.

Here is a brief summary of SIRA's adoption process. For more detailed information please visit our website:

The best first step if you live in the midwest and are considering adopting from SIRA is to visit our webiste and read through the adoption policies and procedures. Then you can complete our online application to become approved as an adopter. Once you have completed your application, you will receive a confirmation receipt from Google Form. Depending on how many applications we're processing, it may take several days before you hear back. If you have questions about the status of your application, please email

The application forms help us learn more about you and your home environment so we can identify any potential challenges and match you with available dogs who will thrive in your home. Once your application is reviewed, our Applicant Approval Coordinator will get in touch with you about scheduling a home visit with a SIRA volunteer in your area.

After your home visit is completed and approved you will be able to meet available foster dogs! For questions about the adoption process please send an email

SIRA depends on foster families as a critical part of our operation. Foster homes help a newly rescued dog adjust to living in a home environment. They work with SIRA to address any medical needs that the dog may have (including spay/neuter) and nurture and socialize the dog to prepare him/her for adoption. Foster families have the right to adopt their foster dog and participate in the process of approving adoption matches. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a foster home, visit or email

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