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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.