About Us


We are a small, all volunteer, rescue.  Our past president, Pam Peterson, has been breeding, grooming, training, and boarding dogs for over 30years, and more than 20 of those years she has been involved with and showing Shiba Inus.  She is a member of the Shiba’s parent club, The National Shiba Club of America.  She has also bred, groomed, trained and shown Akitas and Kai Ken, both Japanese breeds with some traits that are similar to Shibas.  Pam had been active in rescue for over 20 years.  Recently, she and her husband decided to retire from dog rescue and focus on horse rescue.

So as of January 1st, 2018, Robert and Paula Norris have taken over Tri-State Shiba Inu Rescue. Robert has been an officer of the rescue since it's inception. Robert and Paula had volunteered with Shiba rescue even prior to this. Over the years they learned so much from Pam and hope they can continue the rescue in a fashion that she would be proud of.

Tri-State Shiba Inu Rescue Inc. was formed as an Ohio non-profit corporation and was recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 public charity in 2009. We are entirely supported by public donations We don’t receive any governmental funds and no one in the organization receives any monetary compensation.  We do, however, receive an abundance of tail wags and wet kisses.

Our main focus is to rescue Shiba Inus and Shiba mixes, but if you look at our adoptable dogs, you might find a few other types of dogs there. Sometimes, when a kill shelter calls and says they have shibas or shiba mixes and we say we will come get them, how can we say no when the dogs don't appear to have ever met a shiba before. It’s pretty hard to say, nope, take that one back.  So, we do what we can, when we can.

We don’t have any physical facilities; all our rescues are fostered by volunteers.  We try to make sure we meet all the medical needs our rescues may have, including making sure they are up to date on their shots, have been heartworm tested, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered.  We try our best to match each dog with an appropriate home.  So when we ask questions about your life circumstances, we aren’t trying to be nosey.  We just want any adoption to work for both you and the dog.