Adoption


Please complete the adoption application before contacting us about an available Aussie.

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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.

 

 

 

Gala ARPH #14044

Bedford, TX

Gala came to us with 24 other aussies, including her mother and brother, when a producer went out of business.

Gala is a beautiful 2.5 year-old black tri female who has been in foster care far too long. She is a great size at just 38 lbs. She is crate trained, housebroken, and is very loving with her “family”. She is smart, learns quickly, is biddable, is energetic but does have an off switch.

In September 2019 she had a freak accident and broke two vertebrae in her back. She had surgery to repair the break. Being the determined and optimistic girl that she is, she has recovered nicely and her happy personality has not been affected. We continue to do physical therapy to strengthen her back legs but they may always be less than perfect and she probably will never move with the grace and beauty that she did before the injury. However, that does not keep her from being a normal dog. She can still run like the wind, play fetch, swim, hike, and do things like nose work that do not require any jumping.

Gala has been through a lot of training. Probably far more than most foster dogs would get as she needed a mental outlet for her energy. She has been through puppy training, manners classes, agility, dock jumping, and nose work. While she can no longer do things that require jumping, she is able to participate in traditional obedience, rally, and nose work.

Her favorite things are playing fetch, running, and swimming. Running while squeaking a toy at the same time is the best! When she is playing with a toy, she trots around with it in her mouth, squeaking it to beat the band and proud as punch. She is also very food motivated and will do almost anything for food!

Gala wasn’t extremely interested in human touch when she was very young (she came to ARPH at just 5 weeks old) but as she has matured, she has figured out that belly rubs and massages are good things. She really is a happy girl and her nubbin and grin show that. She does give kisses (too many sometimes) and has even learned to snuggle.

Even though Gala has been exposed to a multitude of different people, places, and experiences, she is still unsure about new people and dogs she hasn't seen before. She is somewhat sensitive to people and dogs staring at her as well as some movement (people moving from sitting to standing, dogs running). She does bark at other dogs when she sees them but is friendly with dogs once she meets them. She does take some time to warm up to people (Treats help immensely!), but we know that she is very capable of bonding with people in a new home as she has made “vacation” visits to other foster homes and when given time to adjust to the new environment, she did well. She has shown no aggression with any people or dogs. And she loves playing bitey face and wrestling with the dogs in the foster home.

Gala’s perfect home would be an active home along the lines of walking, hiking, swimming, or ongoing training. The injury has slowed her down only a little; she still has plenty of spunk and energy. Being injured did not turn her into a couch potato. So, while she may not have the physical abilities she did before, she will still need plenty of physical and mental exercise. It will be important to keep her weight down. They will also need to be prepared to deal with any issues with the hardware in her back and the possibility of arthritis in the future. A home with another dog that is easy going (but not a push over) might be helpful with continuing to improve her confidence. She has done well in homes with multiple dogs (even small dogs). A home without children is best but a home with older children (12 and above) who behave appropriately around dogs might be okay. Adopters will need to be patient and understanding and continue working with her reserve with people, strange dogs & situations, and the barking that sometimes goes along with those. She will initially bond with a favorite person in the home but will eventually adjust to (and seek out) all occupants.

Gala deserves to be in her forever home. She has improved so much in the time she has been with ARPH. Someone just needs to be willing to give her a chance, even though she doesn't necessarily make a great first impression.

Gala is located in Bedford, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person to adopt, no exceptions. 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.

Please submit an adoption application if you are interested in any of our dogs. If you have already been approved, please contact Kim at [email protected] for more information.

 

Buddy ARPH #14416

IN

Buddy is a just turned 5-year-old happy Black Tri with a docked tail and a birthdate of 10/18/16. His former owner surrendered Buddy to ARPH due to serious health issues which left him unable to provide Buddy's care. Buddy has only known one home. Prior to rescue, he was regularly crated for long periods up to 12 hours daily. Buddy also grew up with a 14-year-old boy whose parents shared joint custody. When the boy was at his dad's, he would help care for Buddy, and they shared a bed at night. Buddy is very social and is enjoying the attention and care from his foster parents. He is also loving the Aussie companionship in the home and taking canine cues from them. Buddy came into rescue underweight. He needs to gain muscle mass which he lost from his prior over crating.  He is now at 40 pounds and needs to gain a few pounds. Buddy is a sweetheart and loves to give kisses. He is a great car passenger and likes to put his snout out the window to capture the smells when traveling. Buddy has good house manners and politely eats alongside the resident dogs. He is learning that toys can be fun. Buddy did very well at the vet's office with the vet writing in her notes, " a very social dog." He has great recall, knows to sit and wait before meals, and is working on "down" and "stay." Buddy loves to run and jump and is somewhat like a puppy in a 5-year-old body with his exuberance  Foster mom says he is the world's best cuddler. He is not being fostered with cats but could be cat tested. This precious boy is being fostered in Central Indiana.

Buddy is seeking a home where he can get the love, time and attention that he deserves with regular walks (which he loves), limited crating, and ample play time.  We always expect our adopters to partake in at least basic obedience training for communication and bonding. A physical fenced in yard is a requirement and another playful stable dog is a plus. Homes with children 9 and over could be selectively considered.

If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Buddy, please contact [email protected]. If you are not but are interested in becoming an approved ARPH adopter, please submit an adoption application. Emails cannot be considered until there is an adoption application on file.

   Buddy playing with toy

   Walking

   Buddy excited to meet foster home's parents

   Playing with resident dog

 

 

 

Beauty ARPH #14294

Gainesville, TX

Beauty is located in Gainesville, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet her in person to adopt, no exceptions. 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.

Beauty is a 9yo spayed female that came to us after two different members of her human family passed away. She was very loved and struggled with their loss by going on a hunger strike. Fortunately, she is now doing well and is getting used to life in foster care.

Unfortunately, she tested heartworm positive, so she will be with us for several months as we take care of that issue. Please check back for future updates!

Please submit an adoption application if you are interested in any of our dogs. If you have already been approved, please contact Laura at [email protected] for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Sasha ARPH #14398

WA/OR

Sasha is 1-year-old spayed Black Tri Aussie. Her Ice Blue eyes will melt your heart. This little girl would be a great hiking buddy or sport dog; her foster home jokes that she is half Tigger. Sasha is outgoing, playful and full of energy. She does well in new situations as long as she is allowed to proceed at her own pace. She is working on her leash manners. She gets along well with other dogs. She is crate trained; getting better with her housetraining skills; she is a little standoffish with new people but warms up quickly. She is reactive when she meets new people but settles down nicely once comfortable.

Please submit an adoption application if you are interested in any of our dogs. We do vet, reference and in home checks on all potential adopters. If you are interested in learning more about Sasha, please contact [email protected] or submit an adoption application.

 

 

 

Zeus Blue ARPH #14394

WA

Zeus Blue is an adorable 56 pound 16 month old neutered male blue merle Aussie...with a tail! He gets along well with other dogs and loves people (sometimes a bit too roughly). He's still a goofball puppy in a big body and is mouthy and will push boundaries, so needs an experienced herding breed owner who can set and hold those. He knows sit and down, is getting pretty good at wait, and is walking nicely on leash. He is easily redirected from distractions on walks.

Zeus crates well and is house trained. He is located in the south sound area of Washington state. Photos by Jo Arlow Photography, Olympia.

Please submit an adoption application if you are interested in any of our dogs. If you have already been approved, please contact Jan at [email protected] for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronan ARPH #14420

IN

Ronan is an approximate 1 ½ year old 44-pound Black Tri with a docked tail. A Good Samaritan found him wandering on a country road in Southern Indiana. She opened her car door, and Ronan jumped right into the backseat. Exhaustive measures were employed by the Good Samaritan to find his owner, but no one came to claim him. She so wanted to keep him but did not have the resources. So, the shelter released him to ARPH so that we could get him vetted and help Ronan find a loving experienced Aussie home to call his own.

Ronan is a sweet boy who likes to give kisses. He loves to play with other dogs. He will bring the resident dog in the foster home his chews and toys so that they can jointly lie down and chew on them together. One of his cute behaviors is that when foster parents talk to him, Ronan will tilt his head as if he is trying his best to understand what is being said to him.

Ronan does well on a leash but could use some brushing up on heeling. Ronan also makes a wonderful running partner. He is progressively doing better walking pass distractions such as other dogs, bicycles, and people on the busy Monan walk path. Ronan did great on multiple visits to the vet and enjoys being brushed. He is housetrained and knows some basic commands such as sit, stay, and place. He is learning about toys and balls as it is obvious that he never has played with them prior to his rescue. He does lie quietly but drools as a car passenger and needs more positive experiences so that he connects car rides as a positive experience. He is doing well with short periods of crating. He likes to chase cats so a feline free home is best.

Ronan is being fostered in Central Indiana. He is looking for an Aussie experienced home. Like most Aussies, particularly teenagers, he needs a savvy home that sets rules and boundaries so that Ronan is set up for success.  A cat free home is a must.  The adopter’s commitment to obedience training to promote communication and bonding is a requirement for all our younger dogs. A physical fence is a requirement for the dog’s safety.  Homes with children 9 and over selectively considered. This precious boy is being fostered in Central Indiana.

If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Ronan, please contact [email protected]. If you are not but are interested in becoming an approved ARPH adopter, please submit an adoption application. Emails cannot be considered until there is an adoption application on file.

 

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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 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 applicants that live in our territory.

   Ronan with resident dog in foster home

   Playing in the water

   Ronan giving paw

   Ronan playing in the yard

 

 

 

Mia ARPH #14396

WA/OR

This sweet 4-year-old girl is the perfect combination of bouncy and calm. Always up for a walk or a game of fetch she is equally happy to settle at your feet. She would prefer to be in your lap if possible and will soak up all the love you’re willing to give her. Her tail goes a mile a minute when you pet her and she wiggles from the tip of her nose to the tip of her thumping tail. Mia has perfect house manners and is crate trained. She prefers people to dogs although she would be okay with a dog that will respect her space and not push her to play.  She seems slightly nervous about the cat in her foster home, and was not a fan of him washing her face, but they are peacefully coexisting and she mostly ignores him. She’s spayed, up to date on her shots, and pining for a forever home where she can be the center of your world.

Please submit an adoption application if you are interested in any of our dogs. We do vet, reference and in-home checks on all potential adopters. If you are interested in learning more about Mia, please contact [email protected] or submit an adoption application.

 

Reba ARPH #14502

PA

Meet Reba! This sweet 6 year old found herself with ARPH after the loss of her owner when other family members were unable to care for her.  If that wasn't bad enough, Reba suffers from epilepsy, which fortunately is controlled by medication costing around $30 monthly.  She is on the moderate end of the energy scale, although that may change when she loses some weight. Reba is a little pudgy at 58 pounds, but her foster home has started her on the road to a healthier weight. She loves going for walks and playing ball in the yard, although she needs a little guidance in how to bring it back again. She is always willing to play but also settles down nicely once playtime is over. She is housebroken, crate-trained, rides well in the car, and is learning to walk nicely on leash.

Reba does have a tendency to guard some resources so will need an experienced owner.  A traditionally fenced yard is a must; no electronic or invisible fences will be considered.  Reba is very willing to meet new people and is very happy to sit and be petted for as long as her new friend wants to!  She's never lived with other dogs, cats, or children, so an adult-only home with no other pets would be best for her.  She loves stuffies and will shake and toss them around.

If you are looking for a sweet, quiet companion, Reba may be your girl.  She is fostered in southeast PA.

If you are interested in learning more about Reba, please contact Kay at [email protected] or submit an adoption application.

Reba outside

 

Reba playing inside