Adoption


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Adopting from ARPH

Please be advised that during the current COVID-19 restrictions, responses from our volunteers may be delayed and home visits postponed.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

OUR DOGS

The Australian Shepherds available for adoption through ARPH come from many sources. Some of them have been rescued from pounds and shelters. Others are referred to us by owners who can no longer keep their dogs for a variety of reasons. ARPH only accepts purebred Aussies into the program. Vicious dogs are not accepted into any of the listings.

The majority of dogs we rescue are young adults or adults. While pups do appear from time to time, they are not common. More males than females tend to be the trend in rescue as well so please consider both genders when adopting.

Our dogs are kept in foster homes with volunteers who share their homes with these dogs until the right adoptive home is found. These foster homes evaluate for temperament and also work on basic training of the dogs.
 

 

VETTING OF THE DOGS

All of our dogs over 6 months of age are spayed/neutered. We feel there are more than enough Aussies already in need of homes and that our rescues should not be used for breeding. If a dog is too young to be altered the adopter will need to agree in writing to do so by the time the dog is 6 months of age.

Our dogs have been seen by a vet and declared healthy for adoption. They are up to date on vaccinations, have been heartworm tested and also been cleared for parasites.
 

 

THE ADOPTION PROCESS

Anyone wishing to adopt a dog through ARPH must first complete an Adoption Application. When the adoption application is complete it is forwarded to the ARPH Rescue Representative closest to you. That representative will review the application, call all references, discuss parts of your answers with you, and may ask for a home check during the application approval process. ARPH looks for homes with a past history of responsible dog ownership which includes annual vetting of all pets.

After you have completed the application and submitted it, please be patient--it may be several days to a few weeks before you hear back from a representative. Most ARPH Volunteers have jobs during the day, as well as families and their own dogs to tend to in the evenings. This is a labor of love for us all, and we work very hard to respond as quickly as possible to potential adopters.

We do NOT ship dogs to adopters.
 

 

AFTER YOU'VE BEEN APPROVED

Once your application is approved, the ARPH Rescue Representative with whom you are working will help you find the right dog to match your family. Sometimes a dog that matches your home will be available immediately, but in most cases, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The more narrow your criteria for the right dog, the longer the wait. If your heart is set on a certain color, gender or age, you will probably wait longer than the adopter who is open on all these things. We do not place our dogs on a "first come, first served" basis, but according to the needs of the dog.

Many, but not all, of our ARPH Rescue Representatives have a web site or Facebook page for their area or region where you can receive more information specific to their area. Please look at the Available Dogs below, on our Facebook page, or visit the other ARPH regional sites to find available ARPH Aussies.

ARPH's careful screening process endeavors to ensure that each Aussie is placed in a loving, caring, and permanent home. ARPH is looking for owners who have adequate time, energy, and resources for Australian Shepherds. If your home fits those requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.
 

 

ADOPTION FEE

 

ARPH's standard adoption fee for a fully vetted dog is $300 U.S. Any donations above the standard fee will help to offset any necessary expenses, and are tax deductible (for U.S. residents only).

Occasionally, the fee may be lowered for special needs dogs and some senior dogs. Unaltered puppies require an additional spay/neuter deposit which is refunded upon proof of spay/neuter, per ARPH's adoption contract.

 

We sometimes have aussies on referral from private homes.

Please see our Referrals page.

 

 

 

Koda ARPH #14409

IN

If you are looking for a very loving, smart, energetic and athletic Aussie, Koda may be your guy! Koda is a happy, bouncy 4-year-old with a current weight of 49 pounds. He stands 20 inches at the top of his shoulder.

Foster mom says, “Koda is such a funny boy.  He likes sitting with his foster family and watching animal shows on tv. When I get up in the morning, or when I get home after being away, he screams with joy in greeting me.  He is athletic and I’ve seen him jump straight up with all four feet off the ground.  I’ve seen him kick out his legs when he’s airborne.  He believes squirrels are the enemy, but he has yet to catch one. Koda really enjoys being brushed and petted. He also loves rolling onto his back for self-back scratches as well as napping on his back with his feet in the air. He is well-behaved and sits automatically for a treat or to have his leash attached. He enjoys walks and while not thoroughly leash trained, he does not pull or drag. He is a soft dog and if he hears a tone of voice that he thinks might be scolding, or critical, he goes into submissive mode. He is very trainable and likes to please.”

Koda came to ARPH after being surrendered by his former owners to a Shelter, reportedly because young active children made him nervous. He lived with 2 other dogs and a cat in his former home.

Koda is looking for a forever home who will give him the love, direction and exercise that all dogs deserve. He is more on the submissive side. Koda would do well as an only dog or in a home or with another polite dog and an experienced Aussie handler. A household with structure and not a lot of commotion would be best. Homes without young children under 12 and a physically fenced in yard are requirements

Koda is being fostered in the Central Indiana area. If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Koda, please contact [email protected]. If you are not but are interested in becoming an approved ARPH adopter, please submit an adoption application. Please refrain from contacting members of our organization or asking about specific dogs/potential matches until after your screening process has been completed and approved.

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Once ARPH receives your application, we will contact you by email. If you do not respond to our email, we will not continue with the processing of your application. Please be patient--it may be several days or a week or so before you hear back from one of our volunteers. Most ARPH Volunteers have jobs, as well as families and their own dogs to tend. This is a labor of love for us all, and we work very hard to be responsive as possible to potential adopters and Aussies in need. Please note that after you have submitted an adoption application, you should receive a confirmation screen. Please also know that the Indiana/Illinois chapter receives ONLY the applicants who live in our territory.

 

  Koda taking a ride in the golfcart

 

 Koda loves self back-scratches

 

 

 

Malcolm ARPH #14458

TX

"Hi! My name is Malcolm…like Malcolm in the Middle …. but foster mom calls me Malky. I came from a puppy mill when I was just 3 months old. I’m 6 months going on 7 months now. I’ve learned a lot but still have a lot of things I need to learn (leash walking is not my strong suit and I’m too enthusiastic when meeting other dogs) so my new home will definitely want to sign me up for training. And it will be a good way for me to bond with you.

I am housebroken (but in a new place, I may regress a bit while I get familiar with the “lay of the land”). I am also crate trained. I can be a bit vocal when you come to let me out as I am excited to be part of the action of your life. I’m trying really hard to get the hang of being quiet and waiting for the crate door to be opened and not barging out. That is SOOO hard (!!!) but I’m doing better. Treats help a lot. I love treats! They are the BEST! Oh, and toys. I love toys! Especially ones that crinkle when I chomp them. But for some reason they don’t last long and I find little bits of crinkly stuff all around me. Like they exploded or something.

I wasn’t too sure about riding in a car. But I’ve gotten better since most of the time there is something fun or new to do when we stop and get out. I’ve been to several stores (I’m small so I ride in a cart), a training facility, and a couple parks in addition to going to the veterinarian.

There is an older dog in the house (Lilly) and she helps keep me on the straight and narrow. Sometimes I think she is a little too hard with her correction when I do something she doesn’t like. Then I’ll scream like I am dying so foster mom will baby me …. LOL!! But she does help me feel more comfortable when new people are around. I can get growly/barky and protective of the house but if she is around and happy about the people, I know I can be too (but still may not want you to pet me yet). I try to get her to play and sometimes she will …. like in the kiddie pool, catching water from the hose, or just rolling on the floor doing bitey face. I wouldn’t mind if there was a playmate in my new home. We went swimming in a real pool the other day and we had a blast. I was pretty fearless, if I do say so myself, for never having been swimming before. I jumped right in to get a toy and I’m a fast swimmer. I could possibly be a dock jumping dog! Maybe even agility!

When I’m out of the house (like on walks or in stores), I don’t bark at people or dogs but I am interested in what is going on around me. There are some scary things out there I haven’t seen before so I may be a little scared at something new. But giving me treats and not forcing me to approach it will help me learn about the world and make it a positive experience.

I’m really good at making foster mom laugh. Sometimes she laughs so hard, water comes out of her eyes. That is usually when I’m having zoomies out in the yard and then running through the kiddie pool. Or pretending I am a dolphin in the kiddie pool and spray water at her. Or when I carry a rock around the yard. I also make her smile when I come to get snuggles. I’m really good at those too. And belly rubs are my specialty. I have a glorious tail but I still do full butt wiggles and make myself into a circle (foster mom says I’m a donut when I do that). It might take a little while for me to make you laugh and smile while I adjust to your home but I know I can do it because I’m smart.

Hope to find my forever home soon!
Love, Malcolm"

Hi, this is Malcolm’s foster mom. Malcolm is a great puppy who needs to gain some more self-confidence. He was with a lot of other dogs at the puppy mill but very little exposure to just a couple people. He is currently growling/barking at strangers coming into the house (not out on walks or in stores). Once he knows someone, he is less likely to react but will still be a bit nervous until he becomes comfortable with them. Taking that process slow and easy will be necessary. Because he is crate trained, you can easily limit his exposure to brief periods when people come to the house and then crate him in another room. He is being fostered in a home with no men, children, or cats but he has met all of those. Still a home without children or cats is probably best. And a confident dog in the home would be beneficial. He will not be a large dog. Probably no more than 35lbs (if that).

Malcolm is located in Bedford, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet him in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

Dudley ARPH #14452

TX

Dudley was picked up by animal control as a 3.5-4 month old stray puppy and was never reclaimed by his owner. He is vetted appropriate for his age and has been introduced to leash-walking, house-breaking, and crate-training.

Dudley was born with a congenital eye-defect. He has seen a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and they are monitoring his case. There is likely nothing to be done about the malformed right eye, but his left eye also has an iris coloboma and will need to continue to be monitored. If he can make it through the growing stage without any further issue, then he will likely get to keep that eye... but there is a very small chance that he will need to have it removed. We can talk more in-depth with interested applicants after our screening process is complete.

Here is what his foster mom has to say about Dudley:
"Dudley is between 5 and 6 months old now and is a very active puppy! He is easy to train and learns very quickly.

Because he is so smart he requires a lot of mental enrichment so he gets several training sessions each day. Sniffing is a great enrichment activity, as this will sharpen his sense of smell and is something he enjoys. Because his vision impairment has a small possibility to become worse over time, I’m focusing on teaching him verbal cues as much as possible to prepare him for a life with limited vision.

Dudley has typical herding behaviors of nipping at your heels and especially bedroom slippers. He also loves to jump up and I work on changing these behaviors every day. He will do best with someone who can continue this training.

Dudley knows how to go into his crate, but sometimes misses the entry due to his limited vision, and he is happy to spend time resting there. He will sleep through the night in his crate without needing to go potty and he is very good at letting you know when he does need to go out. He still has an occasional accident in his crate, but those are becoming more infrequent and he will benefit from someone who has the flexibility in their schedule to let him out when he needs to go.

Dudley rides well in the car (safely inside a crate) and loves to go to new places. He is a confident puppy.
Dudley is very friendly with new people and gets along well with dogs. He is still very much a puppy and so he sometimes oversteps when playing with other dogs, but he backs off once they tell him to knock it off.

Dudley gets around well, but will occasionally bump into something because he doesn’t see it. This is more likely to happen in low light situations, but this has not affected his confidence in any way.

Overall, Dudley is a sweet puppy and can be gentle and affectionate. He can be mouthy, as is typical for his age, but is *in no way* aggressive, and this shows up when he is overly excited or when he first wakes up from sleep.

Of the thousands of dogs I have trained, I have never worked with a dog that learned as fast as Dudley does. Yes, he is still a puppy and shows that every day by jumping up and nipping at heels, although he is getting better every day and he will require consistent training to overcome those annoying behaviors.

He is a very special dog and I would personally love to see him go to a special home.”

Dudley is located in Justin, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet him in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

Harley ARPH #14423

NY

This little girl is just as sweet as she is pretty. Harley is a 3.5 year old (1/17/19) red merle beauty weighing approximately 41 pounds. She absolutely LOVES people and is very happy to settle in for some hugs and snuggling. Harley does well with other dogs and likes playtime with her foster siblings. She would not mind a MALE doggy playmate to share in the fun. She has a typical exuberant Aussie play style so will need playmates that enjoy that kind of play as well as an owner who understands the herding behavior. She would also do well as an only dog with someone who would provide stimulation to keep her busy.

Harley has been crate trained and settles in her crate nicely. Her foster mom is working on not barging out of the crate as well as "down", "stay" and other commands. We are looking for a home that enjoys training and is willing to continue work on these commands. A home that plans on training classes is a must for this pretty girl to help her reach her potential. Agility, Rally Nosework or Therapy work are all areas that she may enjoy. She can be a bit of a puller on the leash so may need a no pull harness to help her in this area. 

Harley grew up in a home with a cat and children. Homes with children over the age of 9 will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon the dog experience of the applicants. A physical fence is required. Preference will be given to those who have previously owned a herding dog. Harley was surrendered to rescue due to financial issues her former family was having. She is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. Harley is being fostered in the Hudson Valley area of NY. If you have an approved application contact Pat at [email protected]

 Harley playing with the girls

 

 More playtime

Suzi Q ARPH #14403

IN

Meet Suzi Q!

Suzi Q is a 54-pound female black tri who just turned 9 years old with a birthdate of 3/16/13. She has the cutest little “black boots” on her back legs and such loving eyes. Suzi Q came from a country life where she slept in a barn because she was delegated as an “outside dog” since a 12-week-old puppy. She stayed on her very rural property, and she would at times get to play with two other smaller dogs in the family who lived in the house when they were let out on the property. Her surrendering owners became too feeble to take care of her any longer, and the family sought help from ARPH to rehome Suzi Q so that she could have a better life. Suzi Q is now living the good life inside her foster home and being part of the family.  She is loving it!

Suzi Q is very quick to learn and has adapted very well to her new routines.  She is a real lover, very loyal and is generous with her sweet kisses. She enjoys meeting new people and seems rather indifferent when meeting strange dogs. Suzi Q knows sit, up, off, down and stay. She has great house manners. She has excellent recall. She also enjoys riding in the car. She had her very first ever grooming visit and was such a good trooper as they worked to rid her coat of matting. She also did very well at her vet visit. The vet thought she appeared younger than 9 with her bright eyes, white teeth, and strong musculature. She has a little hind end arthritis but that is to be expected. All her blood work came back showing a healthy girl. She sleeps on a dog bed on the floor beside foster dad’s side of the bed. 

Suzi Q is always up and ready for any kind of fun! She likes to wrestle particularly with one of the resident dogs. She is strong but does not pull on the leash. She gets along great with the other male dogs in her foster home as well as the visiting dogs from extended family members. She absolutely loves to run around the yard and chase squirrels. She also loves to retrieve balls and frisbees. She settles very nicely, and her favorite indoor activity is chewing a buffalo knuckle bone while listening to the TV with her human. She is left loose in the house while the foster family runs quick errands and does very well. She will alert bark if strangers approach the house.

Suzi Q will make a wonderful companion for some lucky person or couple. Suzi Q is looking for a home who will give her the attention that she so deserves. She would do well as an only dog or a home with another polite dog. She has not grown up or been fostered with children so only Aussie experienced homes without children will be considered. Because of her strong chasing drive, we suspect that she would not do well with cats. However, she can be cat tested.  She would do best with a home where she would not be left for long periods of time on a routine basis.💕

Suzi Q is being fostered in the Central Indiana area. If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Suzi Q, please contact [email protected]. If you are not but are interested in becoming an approved ARPH adopter, please submit an adoption application. Please refrain from contacting members of our organization or asking about specific dogs/potential matches until after your screening process has been completed and approved.

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Once ARPH receives your application, we will contact you by email. If you do not respond to our email, we will not continue with the processing of your application. Please be patient--it may be several days or a week or so before you hear back from one of our volunteers. Most ARPH Volunteers have jobs, as well as families and their own dogs to tend. This is a labor of love for us all, and we work very hard to be responsive as possible to potential adopters and Aussies in need. Please note that after you have submitted an adoption application, you should receive a confirmation screen. Please also know that the Indiana/Illinois chapter receives ONLY the applicants who live in our territory.

 

  Meet Suzi Q

 

  Chasing Ball

 

  Chasing Ball 2

 

 

 

Apollo ARPH #14406

IN

This handsome boy is Apollo!  He is available for an approved loving home to add him to their family!

 

Apollo a 2-year-old Red Merle with a docked tail and weighs around 70 pounds. Apollo is a very happy boy and is always flashing a huge smile! He came into ARPH via a shelter due to some apparent landlord issues with his former family. Apollo is a sweetheart of a boy who is housetrained and is ready-made knowing his basic commands. Foster Dad says, "Apollo is a pretty chilled. He is respectful with the other dogs in the home when they have bones or toys. He gets along with the other dogs incredibly well and takes his ques from them. He eats at a great pace, and he loves playing tug." Apollo also loves retrieving balls as well as just relaxing chewing on his Benebone or playing with his toys. He is good at entertaining himself.

 

Apollo is average energy, likes to go for walks, but then likes to get back home and hang out on the couch with his humans. He is good with entertaining himself with his favorite toys as well as doing a few Zoombies when he has some energy to expend. Apollo sleeps at night on a dog bed at the foot of his foster family’s bed. He will go readily into a crate when family is running short errands. He really tries to please and is an easy dog to train.

 

Foster mom says, “Apollo loves meeting new people especially if they have treats for him. However, he can be cautious when meeting new people in ‘his home’. After a couple of treats he will warm right up to you! He is a very chill dog and is happy being with his human with whatever they are doing.”     

 

 

Apollo would be fine in a home with or without other dogs. He does seem to be too interested in the felines, so a cat free home is best. Approved homes with children 9 or over would be selectively considered. A physical fenced in yard where Apollo can safely run and play is required.

 

Apollo is being fostered in the Central Indiana area.  If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Apollo, please contact [email protected]. If you are not but are interested in becoming an approved ARPH adopter, please submit an adoption application. Please refrain from contacting members of our organization or asking about specific dogs/potential matches until after your screening process has been completed and approved.

Once ARPH receives your application, we will contact you by email. If you do not respond to our email, we will not continue with the processing of your application. Please be patient--it may be several days or a week or so before you hear back from one of our volunteers. Most ARPH volunteers have jobs, as well as families and their own dogs in which to tend. This is a labor of love for us all, and we work very hard to be responsive as possible to potential adopters and Aussies in need. Please note that after you have submitted an adoption application, you should receive a confirmation screen. Please also know that the Indiana/Illinois chapter receives ONLY the application of applicants who live in our territory.

  Apollo taking treats

 

 Apollo waiting for food

 

 

  Apollo likes belly rubs

 

 Playing in yard

 

 

 

Nala ARPH #14369

TX

Nala is still new to the program and we are still getting to know her. Please check back for future updates!

Nala is located in Fort Worth, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabella ARPH #14371

TX

Arabella is still new to the program and we are still getting to know her. Please check back for future updates!

Arabella is located in Bryan, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smokey ARPH #14451

TX

Smokey is still new to the program and we are still getting to know him. Please check back for future updates!

Smokey is located in Sanger, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet him in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacey ARPH #14450

TX

Lacey is still new to the program and we are still getting to know her. Please check back for future updates!

Lacey is located in North Richland Hills, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy ARPH #14456

TX

Mandy is still new to the program and we are still getting to know her. Please check back for future updates!

Mandy is located in Burleson, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josephine (Phinie) ARPH #14463

TX

Josephine (Phinie) is still new to the program and we are still getting to know her. Please check back for future updates!

Phinie is located in Burleson, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenai ARPH #14462

TX

Kenai is still new to the program and we are still getting to know him. Please check back for future updates!

Smokey is located in North Richland Hills, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet him in person within 10 days of application approval if you want to adopt. We do need the entire party to be involved when meeting available dogs, including every family member and dog(s) that currently live in your home.