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 try and get some basics into the dogs.


All 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 first step in adopting from ARPH is to complete an adoption application. Once the application is received it is sent to the rep in your area. That rep will be responsible for having your application screened. Vet references are usually called first. When we contact your vet we ask about current and past pets (both dogs and cats). We ask if all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, seen on a yearly basis and whether dogs are on heartworm preventative. Personal references are called next and finally a home visit is set up. The purpose of the home visit is not to check out your housekeeping, but to meet you, your family, and any pets you may have. It also allows us to see what kind of Aussie would fit best in your home. This careful screening process helps to ensure that each rescued Australian Shepherd is placed in a loving, safe, and permanent home. ARPH is looking for homes which have adequate time, energy, and resources for the dogs. We look for homes that can provide a safe and secure environment for the Aussie. It is our goal for this to be a permanent placement.


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.


Once you've been approved, you may start contacting reps about the available dogs in the program. 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.