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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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Copper ARPH #14508

PA

Meet Copper! He is a beautiful, neutered 17 month old red tri and is up to date on vaccinations and preventatives. Though he's tall, he is lean and in great physical condition and weighs about 60 pounds. He gets along marvelously with the foster's resident dogs, both male and female. He loves to play "catch me" out in the yard or "who can open their mouth the widest" jaw wrestling with the youngest dog in his foster family. He enjoys chewing on the chewable toys but also does not dismember the fluffy toys too badly.

Copper was purchased from a breeder as a puppy and found himself living in a small house with a very small yard. Without any training, he turned out to be more dog than the young family could handle. Even though they tried their very best, they finally decided to surrender him to ARPH. He is housetrained and crate trained and seldom barks while crated.

Because he was raised as an "only dog", Copper needed to learn how to share with his foster siblings. He is still learning not to bark when another dog is getting attention but is doing very well with it. He is also learning his basic manners and how to walk on a leash without pulling. He is good about not jumping up on people and will only try if he is very excited.

Copper will put his paws up on the kitchen counter to have a look and would surely take anything that might be in his reach, so care must be taken to prevent counter-surfing. He is food motivated and loves training sessions with his foster mom. He is very gentle taking treats and gives up toys or other objects easily. Copper has abundant energy and needs lots of exercise and a place to run. A traditionally fenced yard is required. Currently he burns off his energy by running and playing with the other dogs in the fenced back yard of his foster home. While inside, he spends his time chewing on bones and snoozing beside his foster mom's desk chair while she is working.  Copper lived with a cat, but the cat wasn't fond of him.  A dog-savvy cat might be a possibility. He was raised with children, but even though he has learned some manners, he might knock younger children down in his enthusiasm. This boy will need a home committed to providing regular, consistent exercise as well as continued training.

Copper is fostered near State College, PA.  If you are already approved, please contact Kay.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Gatsby ARPH #13949

TX

Gatsby was recently returned to our organization after 6 years in his adoptive home after his mom... who loved him very, very much... fell ill and could no longer care for him. He is now approximately 8 years old and just the sweetest, tender-hearted boy.

Gatsby is reserved when meeting new strangers, but is brave enough to walk up to you, sniff your hand, and allow pets. He loves to lean into your legs for re-assurance or cuddle in your lap. He is perfect with other dogs and is good with cats. Small or young children may be too much for Gatsby, so a home without either is best. Gatsby is low energy and could even do well as an only dog.

A few years ago, Gatsby was diagnosed with discoid lupus. The only outward symptom he shows is the de-pigmentation and sensitivity on his nose. He is on a cheap daily medication that he takes like a pro.

Gatsby is located in Fort Worth, 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.

Please check back for more updates as we get to know Gatsby again.

 

 

 

Ryker ARPH #14453

TX

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

Ryker is located in Gainesville, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm ARPH #14458

TX

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolly ARPH #14454

OK

Dolly is DEAF.

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

Dolly is located in Tulsa, OK 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.