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.

 

 

 

Gala ARPH #14044

Trophy Club, TX

Gala is located in Trophy Club, 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.

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

Gala is a beautiful 4-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 as youngster. 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, swimming, 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 especially 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 first sees them but is very 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 a friendly game of "bitey-face" and wrestling with the dogs in the foster home.

Gala’s perfect home would be an active pet 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. 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.

 

Olivia ARPH #14444

MD

Meet Olivia, a beautiful 7 year old,  55 or so pound, red merle Aussie. She is spayed, up to date on shots, and microchipped. Olivia (also goes by Lucy) finds herself in rescue through no fault of her own after her owner's death. She LOVES people! She has charmed the neighborhood in her foster home with her gentle manner and beautiful blue-speckled eyes. She has perfect house manners and will make a wonderful companion. She has been left alone both in her crate and loose in the house with no issues. She is not interested in playing with toys or balls but will enjoy a romp with her owner -- or a quiet snuggle on the couch. Olivia is very food motivated and will be easy to train -- she already knows quite a few commands and is very obedient and has good recall. Although Olivia lived with another dog in her prior home, she becomes defensive toward other dogs on her walks - so we believe she will do best as an only dog.  She should not be placed in a home with cats or small animals.  She seems to do well in a car. Olivia will do best in a home with a fenced yard and older children who are Aussie savvy. 

She is being fostered in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  If you are interested in seeing if this beautiful girl will fit in your home, please submit an application. If you have already been approved contact Amy.

 

 

 

Coco ARPH #14402

KY

Look into the blue eyes of 18-month-old Coco and you will see a heart full of love that she wants to give to her forever family! Coco is a beautiful 43-pound young loyal black tri with the sweetest personality.  She is definitely a Velcro Aussie who wants her person.  Her foster parents immediately bonded with her and were very much impressed with her friendliness and intelligence.  She has easily learned different commands with both verbal and hand signals such as sit, wait, no, and leave it.  Coco has great recall. She automatically sits while she waits for her bowl of food and, intuitively, she sits while waiting to go through a door to go outside instead of immediately running out.  She is fully house and crate trained and is willing to run to the crate on command with or without a treat!  As a young dog, she will need crate time while left alone, and she likes to sleep in her crate at night.  Coco loves to walk in the park with her foster brothers and then rest with them on the porch or inside the house.  She naturally walks in a heel position to be near her person and is polishing her leash skills.  She enjoys riding in the car and likes to look out the window when on the road.

Coco likes to play with other dogs but as a young dog sometimes needs to be reminded by her older foster brothers to give them space. But she is equally willing to just relax and chill out with them and her foster parents.  Coco reportedly lived with children and another puppy in her former home. Coco’s favorite toy is fetching a ball and returning it.  She also has discovered squeaky toys and loves them as well as her Kong. She loves to snuggle with her foster family and easily leans into their arms as she gazes at them with total trust.  She does have the natural Aussie reserve when meeting strangers, but when she realizes that someone can be trusted, she will readily start to cuddle and accept the love that she expects to receive!  She can get nervous in new situations outside her foster home, but patience and a reassuring "it's okay, you are safe" calms her.  With her intelligence and willingness to please, Coco will excel in anything she does as long as she can be with her family. As with most young dogs, patience plus a commitment to training will transform this precious girl into a family member who will give unconditional love.

Coco is looking for a loving, active home with a physical fenced in yard, a family who desires to have a loyal Velcro companion, and one with a commitment to obedience training (which is expected from all our adopters). A cat free home is best. Homes with Aussie experienced children 9 and over will be selectively considered.  Anyone who adds Coco to their family will be so lucky!

Coco is being fostered in the Northern Kentucky area. If you are an approved ARPH adopter with a current application on file and interested in learning more about Coco, 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.

 

  Coco fetching toys!

 

  Coco playing with squeaker toy

 

  Coco sitting to eat

 

  Coco hanging out with resident dogs while golfers pass by

 

  Retrieving ball in house play

 

  Coco in yard with other dogs

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Asta ARPH #14366

TX

Asta was roaming as a stray in rural Lousiana before she was rescued by a good samaritan. Unfortunately, she didn't have any identification and her owner couldn't be found. She is approximately 12 months old and weighs 40lbs. So far, she has proven good with other dogs and trust-worthy with cats. She has a nice play-style and is extremely affectionate with people.

From Asta's Foster Family:
"Asta is a very young and playful dog who is also sweet and very attached to people. She loves looking out the windows and sitting outside, but she also settles down on the sofa for hours of TV or video games. She’s a bit erratic on leash, but she loves going for a walk and a sniff around the neighborhood.

She loves chew toys and squeaky toys. She’s very easy to redirect with a toy when she takes an interest in, for example, a shoe. And while she has a tendency to hog all of the toys in the house (lying on them like a dragon with her treasures), she hasn’t shown any resource-guarding behaviors with other dogs or humans.

She’s not a big fan of the crate, but she will sleep through the night. She’s happy to see you every morning. Asta would be best with people who spend time with her and with dogs or cats who won’t mind if she’s a little bossy (male dogs only). She’d love to have her own humans to cuddle up with on the sofa and an interesting window to look out of."

Asta is located in Austin, 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.

 

 

 

Flynn ARPH #14445

MD

Meet Flynn. This sweet and silly 6 year old found himself with ARPH after the loss of his owner.  He loves people!  After a greeting with a deep bark, he will come to anyone for love.  He is a bigger boy at over 60 pounds, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and neutered.  He knows basic commands like come, sit, down, speak, paw and is very eager to learn with treat rewards.  He is a vocal boy who loves toys and can entertain himself with a squeaky toy.  Flynn enjoys playing with other dogs, but he could be an only dog.  He needs a home with no cats or small animals. He loves to run, so a fenced backyard would be preferred. We don't know how he would do with smaller children, so only homes with children 10 and up will be considered. He loves walks, but does pull some. A harness may be helpful for that.  He'll need someone patient to train him to enjoy walks because he is curious and loves meeting new people. He rides well in the car, is crate and house trained.  Flynn is an amazing dog who had a string of bad luck, through no fault of his own, and is now looking for his forever family. 

He is fostered in Anne Arundel County.  If you are interested in seeing if this big boy would fit in with your family, please submit an application. If you have already been approved contact Amy.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meg ARPH #14455

TX

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

Meg 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memphis ARPH #14457

TX

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

Memphis 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.