Available ARPH Dogs in the South West Region

 

ARPH's South West region includes: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.  We may not have a Representative in each location. Please check our Contact Page to see our list of Representatives.

Our organization requires prospective adopters to complete a simple, yet necessary, approval process prior to meeting with dogs in our program. This includes:

*Completion of Adoption Application
*Veterinarian Check
*Reference Checks
*Home Visit

Our ultimate goal is to screen and counsel potential homes to the best of our ability in an attempt to find the most perfect match and fit for your lifestyle. Please keep in mind that color and appearance of the available dog is last on our priority list.

Please refrain from contacting one of our Reps until your screening process has been completed and approved. We do not discuss specific dogs within our program or potential matches until AFTER you have been approved.

**Our organization requires a fee of $300 to adopt.**

 

 

     





 
 
Gala ARPH #14044


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.

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.

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.


     



 
 
Brighton ARPH #14289



Brighton is located in North Richland Hills, 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.

Brighton is a 4-year old, 35lb double merle female that is completely deaf. While she has some vision impairments, she can still see plenty well enough to lead a very normal life! She has been assessed by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, and all of her records will be provided at the time of adoption. Her future family will need to be prepared to have her eyes examined annually with a Veterinary Ophthalmologist.

Brighton is a DIVA! She is silly, sweet, and adores people while also having quite a developed personality. She loves to get the zoomies, snuggle, "talk to you" through play-growls, and be with you all the time. She is housebroken & crate-trained, but could still use some work on a leash. She does better after she has an established routine & route (for example, going on the same path each time.)

Brighton tolerates other dogs, but she does not need them in her life to be happy, as she can be jealous when other dogs get attention. She prefers to be the boss, and loves having a loyal subject that will dote upon her and let her wear the pants in the relationship. Her ideal home would be as an only dog, or with a complacent, settled male dog that is indifferent about her diva lifestyle! Brighton is fine with cats.

Brighton's favorite past times are napping on the couch, sunbathing, playing with her people, and being your best pal.

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.


     



 
 
 Kiitos ARPH #13584



This handsome boy is a low energy dog who loves every person he meets. He loves going for his daily walk, and walks beautiful on a leash. His favorite past-time is getting to smell all the smells and greet everyone he passes. He is a calm and easy going dog that is happy to spend time inside with his person, looking lovingly into your eyes. He is housebroken and crate trained, but is also trustworthy in the house uncrated. He rides well in the car and actually rather enjoys road trips.

Some of you may remember him back when we first rescued him from a shelter in 2016 with a large, 2# tumor attached to his paw. After having that surgically removed and assessed at Texas A&M (benign growth), he then went through heartworm treatment and later found a home in early 2017.

However, his story unfortunately didn't stop there. 4 months after he was adopted, his single mom experienced a terrible car wreck and was rushed to intensive care, temporarily going into a coma. Fortunately, a thoughtful neighbor knew about the situation and went over, every day, to take care of Kiitos, who was stranded alone at his house. We only became aware of the situation when the neighbor decided to call us from the info on his ARPH ID tag. We quickly went and picked him up and kept him in temporary foster care until his mom was able to be released from the hospital several weeks later... at which point, they were reunited.

Sadly, in the spring of 2018, we began receiving repeated calls from good samaritans that Kiitos was running loose... and despite every attempt to continue making it work, his adopter was no longer able to physically care for him and he was returned.

So... after all this... Kiitos is now, once again, searching for his final and permanent home.

He is now approximately 10 yrs old, and keeps getting passed over due to his age. We just hope that he can FINALLY find some stability in his life. He is so full of love and affection that he would prefer to have all the attention to himself as an only dog, but we will consider a home with other dogs on an individual basis. Originally, he was not a fan of felines, but over time, he has proven trustworthy with any indoor cat that is dog-savvy.

Kiitos is located in Dallas, TX and it is required that you travel there to meet him 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.


     

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