IMPORTANT: Potential adopters must first complete an adoption application and be approved before contacting any rep about available dogs.


Maryland has an ARPH license plate, contact aussieplates@yahoo.com for more info


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Are you looking for a BFF?  Meet Petunia!  This adorable little Aussie (she’s 34 lbs) is looking for her perfect home.  She’s young – only about 2.5 years.  She gets along great with dogs and cats.  She’s a cuddler, and a real people pleaser. 

Although she’s young, Super Sweet Petunia does well with moderate activity.  She LOVES to go on long walks and gets excited when she sees the leash!   She is also a good jogging partner and would likely excel at agility.  She is also very comfortable lounging on the sofa!

Petunia came to ARPH from West Virginia where she was likely a backyard breeder.  Through her foster family, she is learning how to be a dog – she’s enjoying it and gaining confidence every day.

She is shy and a bit skittish, but does not have an aggressive bone in her body.  When she came to her foster family she didn’t know what stairs were, wasn’t fully housebroken, didn’t know how to sit and had no idea what a “treat” was.  She used to be nervous riding in the family’s car and jeep, but jumps in and out like a pro!   Through lots of love, patience and guidance from her foster family brother, sister, two cats and a very dog friendly neighborhood, Petunia is doing great!

Petunia has brown soulful eyes that will melt your heart.  This special little Aussie is a real diamond in the “ruff”.  She needs a patient and loving human (and possibly a canine) to help her become an amazing dog.  The foundation is there – she just needs a little attention and focus.  She’ll repay you with unwavering loyalty and lots of cuddling!

She would do best in a home with lots of adult human contact, maybe someone that works from home, can bring her to their office, or is an active retiree.  She’s met several young kids and quite frankly, they  stress her out -- so limited exposure to young kids is ideal.  Petunia is also not a fan of heavy traffic, busses or loud trucks. 

Petunia currently lives with two Aussies an 8 year old male and a 13 year old female – she gets along great with both.  She follows the male’s every move and is especially respectful of the senior female.  And as much as the family’s two cats try to provoke her, she simply doesn’t take the bait!

She has been crated and will occasionally go in it to hang out, but after a couple of weeks in their home her foster family hasn’t felt the need to crate her on a regular basis.  Petunia does NOT do well crated all day.  Because she is still learning to be a dog, she has little interest in toys or balls.  And she’s not the kind of dog that you can let out in the back yard or open space to run – she enjoys and NEEDS to be on her leash with her human.

Petunia is being fostered in Virginia If you think
YOU could be HER BFF and are approved, please contact Karen for more information.


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Meet Billy – a seven year old Blue Merle Male with a lot of love to give.
Billy is currently being fostered in Alexandria, Virginia with a family that includes small children, another Aussie and cats. He is great with all people of all sizes (tall booming gregarious men, newborns, children running around, and he’s even toddler tested - he enjoyed being petted), dogs, and cats. He came into rescue because his previous owner said he wasn’t good with chickens – his foster family took him to a farm and Billy could not have cared less about any of the farm animals – including chickens!
Billy is house trained and does his business the moment he goes outside. He responds to and is learning about the leash and does pull which he and his foster mom are working on and has great recall when off-leash as he just wants to be by his foster mom’s side.
Billy is a messy eater as he often carries pieces of food with him to follow his foster mom to another room but anybody (including children/strangers) can take treats out of his mouth, pet him, fuss with his paws, or move his dish completely while his food is out.
He is on the heavier side, and this naturally makes him a bit lower in energy based on whatever his previous lifestyle was before but he has been joining his foster family for longer walks and hikes every day.
Billy likes to ride in the car. He travels and loads fine -- once he realized the car meant that he got to go somewhere fun and come back home each time rather than being transported to a different state!
Billy is not a fan of the crate – so when necessary he’s restricted to certain parts of the house – and settles down without issue. He likes to play ball, and is learning to play and enjoy play with the young Aussie that lives with him here - but he truly adores being by his foster mom’s side lazing in the grass when working in the garden or lounging as close as possible to her when she’s sitting or standing still.
Billy’s foster mom has seen physical improvement and eagerness in him since his stay at her home! He appears lighter, less stressed, and the Aussie that lives here has convinced him to chase him around the yards a bit for good exercise with and without toys on a few occasions.
Overall, Billy is a very laid back Aussie and a happy and attentive guy – very content, just hanging out with his human! But his foster mom thinks he would benefit from being in a home with another dog -- to help him learn how to be a dog, play, and get a little cardio to shed some pounds!
If you are approved to adopt through ARPH or interested in Billy, please contact
Karen for more information.


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Are you looking for a lovable boy that is always looking to please?  Then Bordeaux is the dog for you!  Bordeaux, aka Teddy Bear, is 10 years old (DOB 7/07) and came to ARPH through no fault of his own.  His previous owners had a change of lifestyle that he no longer fit into.

Bordeaux is a neutered large sized black tri Aussie.  He came into his foster home with some extra weight, but has been working hard to get his figure back.  Currently, he is approximately 74 lbs, but on his way to a svelte new figure. He is also waiting for his very pretty Aussie coat to grow back after being clipped. This precious boy is up to date with all of his shots, heart worm negative and received a clean bill of health from the vet.  He currently resides in an active house with his foster mom, dad and 3 young adults.  According to his previous owners he got along just fine with the 5 year old grandchild, but is not currently living with children.  Also, living with him in his foster house is another Aussie and two cats who he sometimes likes to chase.  Bordeaux is low energy, but LOVES walks and car rides.  

Bordeaux would do well with a home that had another dog and a mom and pop that would give him some exercise and LOTS of loving.  He is crate trained and alerts his foster mom when he needs to go outside to relieve himself.  He has done well working on commands like sit, stay, leave it, down, with me, come and off.  He has gotten much better walking on a leash and is learning how to walk on a two dog leash with his foster sister.  Mr. Teddy Bear is fine with ear cleaning and teeth brushing.

His best attribute is that he is willing to please, very social and a lovable teddy bear!   If you are relaxing outside or watching T.V. he will be right at your feet.  This love bug wants to have his belly rubbed when he lies down.  He is a true Velcro Aussie and is looking for his forever home.  Bordeaux is being fostered in northern CT. If already approved contact


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Meet Biggie! Biggie is a two-year-old male neutered goof of an Australian Shepherd. 

Biggie is an adorable BIG Aussie- he weighs approximately 88lbs, but could probably lose a few pounds. He is a beautiful dog with a full coat that is mostly white with some red merle markings on his back and legs, ice blue eyes, and a wagging nubbin of tail. His looks get a lot of attention from passer-bys when he walks in his foster neighborhood!

He is housebroken, and is not crate trained. He has not at all been destructive at his foster home. He is a smart, food-motivated dog, that has learned "sit" and "down" in response to hand signals while in fostercare. 

Biggie is a curious and enthusiastic dog who loves to do many things. At the top of his list are walks. Biggie walks beautifully on a leash, naturally at a "heel" position without pulling. He likes to walk slowly, taking in all the sights and smells. He also loves chasing after a ball in the backyard, and will carry the ball inside until you're ready to play again. 

One the biggest joys of caring for Biggie is how excited he gets when you see him. One of his favorite things to do when you walk in the door is to tuck between your legs and gaze lovingly up at you while he awaits your pets. He is a classic Aussie velcro dog.

He is friendly with all other dogs he's met in foster-care, and is patient and deferent with his older bossy foster-fursister. He's also friendly with strangers.

Biggie is a homozygous merle Australian Shepherd and is deaf. Due to this, he sometimes appears fearful on walks when taken by surprise by humans, dogs, or cars. He also doesn't know his own size and can run into unsuspecting human legs, tries to squeeze in tight spots between furniture, and sometimes doesn't realize that he's too big to be a lapdog. As a young Aussie, he is relatively high energy and needs daily walks and play sessions- as he does show evidence of obsessively licking his paws if bored.

Biggie will make a fabulous, loyal, playful and loving friend to his future forever home. He is currently being fostered in Pittsburgh. If you’re an approved ARPH adopter and interested in meeting Biggie or learning more, please contact  
Maribeth .