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.

 

 

 

Kiitos ARPH #13584

Dallas, TX

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.

 

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.

 

Poncho ARPH #14065

La  Mesa, NM

Meet Poncho!!!

He is a 2-year-old, black tri Aussie.  Super cute and loads of wiggles.  He was an owner surrender due to finances.  He spent his life in an apartment with two small dogs.  He will be neutered soon, utd on all vet care and ready for an active family!!!

Even though he spent most of his life inside, Poncho is outgoing and does well in new situations.  His current foster home is with a dog trainer and she says that he will make a great dog for an active person.  He was not crate trained, but we are working on that and he does well with some whining right at first.  He is learning to walk on a leash and has been easy to train.  His current foster home has 7 dogs (big and small), 4 cats, chickens, sheep and various other animals.  He gets along fine with all the dogs and will back off very easily if one of the dogs growls at him because of personal space.  He is not at all interested in the cats or other farm animals.  He really likes people and has warmed up to the two kids (ages 7 and 9) in the house, but they are super dog savvy and have allowed him to take his time getting to know him.  He definitely likes to be with his "people" and would do well if he was in a home where someone worked from home or could take him with them.

According to his previous home, he could be destructive if left out when they were not home.  The foster home/dog trainer thinks that some of that will subside after he is neutered, but also if the crate training is continued and exercise needs are met.

Poncho is being fostered in the La Mesa, New Mexico area.

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

North Richland Hills, TX

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.

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.

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.

 

Coco ARPH #13785

Indiana

This cutie is a beautiful Red Tri with striking blue eyes and a birth date of 12/1/19. Her surrendering "older" owners reportedly dropped her off at the shelter saying she was just too much for them at their age. We have found Coco to be the typical energized Aussie pup. Coco loves to play with anything she can find...lo...l and is one lovable little girl. She is all puppy!

Coco is very athletic with an easy vertical jump of 5 feet . Coco likes playing with her ball and any other toy that she finds, gets along great with the resident Aussies in her foster home, and loves being around her humans. Her very favorite thing of all is playing in the water - a baby pool, bath, and the hose and then she is one happy girl. She is coming along nicely with her house training and sleeps through the night in an open crate in the bedroom and doesn’t move until morning. She knows her basic commands of sit, down, and stay.

Coco has the typical Aussie puppy mouthiness which can easily be redirected with toys and has been steadily improving in her foster home. She also needs to be crated when not directly supervised until she grows out of her puppy stage. Coco greets all the humans she meets with affection. An unknown as she is not being fostered with cats. Coco is being fostered in the Central Indiana Area.

This smart active girl would not do well crated all day. So, a home where the family is home during the day would work best. An Aussie experienced family commitment to formal puppy training classes and regular exercise including play activities are a must. A 6 foot privacy fence for safety is preferred. Dog savvy children 9 and over would be selectively considered due to her bounciness.

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

 


  Coco loves playing in the pool      Playing with ball in the house      Playing with ball and resident aussie    Playing with hose

 

Super Cooper ARPH #14208

Portland, OR

Meet Super Cooper! Cooper is an Australian Shepherd looking for a cat and dog free home. He would like to be your one and only furry friend and would do best as the only animal in the home. He is non-reactive on leash. Such a sweet and loving pup, Cooper adores people and wants to be with his person always!

Cooper is 6 years old. He has cataracts and hip dysplasia, so he will never be a PNW adventure dog; but he is very content to explore the neighborhood with you. Cooper needs a quiet home as he is sensitive to loud noises such as fireworks and gunshots. His previous home was near a gun range and it really stressed this poor pup out!

Cooper is neutered, fully vetted, and crate trained. He is 52 pounds perfect. He is located in the greater Portland, OR area.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricochet ARPH #14295

Krum, TX

Ricochet is located in Krum, 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.

Ricochet is brand new to our organization, so please check back for updates as we get to know him!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.