About SHAR

Welcome to Safe Harbor Animal Rescue!  We are a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving dogs a second chance at a happy life. We specialize in the rescue of the Shiba Inu breed, but sometimes rescue other breeds as well.

Our dogs come from many different places. Mostly, they come from shelters, puppy mills, or owner surrenders. The reasons people give up a dog vary from divorce, to loss of job, change of lifestyle, etc. We welcome you to explore this site, look at our adoptable dogs, and perhaps even make a donation!

KONA Bear, one of Safe Harbor's original Mascots!
Floof, one of Safe Harbor's toughest fighters!

All About the Shiba Inu

Although we take on all kinds of dogs, Safe Harbor specializes in the Shiba Inu. What’s a Shiba, you ask?
Meaning “brushwood dog”, the Shiba Inu originated in Japan. They were named for the color of the leaves on the brushwood tree and were bred to hunt small game and were especially useful in the mountainous regions due to their size and agility. Their coat is a double coat and they can be black and tan, red sesame, or red. According to the American Kennel Club, “The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. The Shiba adapts well to different living situations, but must be exercised regularly on leash or in a secure area. Early obedience training and regular brushing are musts.”
Officially recognized in 1992 by the AKC, “Shibas are excellent watchdogs and family pets.They are particular about keeping themselves clean and are very easy to housetrain. Shibas are loyal to their family and will often get along with other pets.” 
High energy level, regular exercise required
Life Expectancy
13-16 years, generally healthy breed
14-17 inches, 20-35 lbs
Independent, reserved, stubborn
Frequent Seasonal Shedding, weekly brushing