Please complete the adoption application before contacting us about an available Aussie.







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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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.



Lilly ARPH #14442

Severna Park, MD

Lilly is a typical two year old  Aussie ready for her next adventure in life.  She is spayed and up to date on vaccinations and preventatives, weighing 53lbs.  When she isn't wiggling her butt in excitement to see you, she is chasing her doggy foster siblings or snuggling with her foster humans.  She can be slightly timid but would thrive in a home that has another dog with a solid temperament.  Cats are unknown, so no cats, please.

We don't know how she is with younger children, so none under 12, please.  Lilly's best friend is her 12 year old human foster sister. She follows her everywhere and needs to sit as close as possible (sometimes ON her) to her when they snuggle on the couch.  She's a lap dog at heart that knows a couple commands (Sit, come, lie down), but we are convinced she will learn and do anything for a treat!  She is good on a leash, loves taking walks and is housebroken.  She is crate trained for nighttime and when her humans leave the house, but she has yet to destroy anything in her foster home. Lilly loves to be brushed and tolerates bathing, nail trimming and teeth brushing. She's willing to do anything to please her humans.

Lilly does like to let you know when the mailman comes, the UPS man comes, the neighbor walks their dog, or basically when anything outside moves, but she quiets right down with a call for her to come to you.  Her favorite reward is a squirt of whipped cream, as you can see from the video. 


Lilly is being fostered near Severna Park, MD, and anyone interested must be willing to travel to meet her.  She will need a traditionally fenced yard in a quiet home with a confident and patient owner who will be willing to continue her training and to help her increase in confidence.  If you think Lilly, this half Aussie/half couch potato is a good fit for your family and you have an approved application on file, please contact Amy at for more information.


Lacy ARPH #14428

South FL

Ms Lucretia St James AKA Lacy is a regal mother to some and a grandmother to many, but she is far beyond her days of any doggie shenanigans. Her tolerance for her fellow furry friends has waned recently and she much prefers a quiet solitary life with humankind. At 6 years old, she focuses all her attention on her human social circles, with a preference for a simple life filled with afternoons spent snuggling on the couch and plenty of belly rubs - provided she is your one and only. Silky smooth from years of coiffing, but possibly having had one too many bon bons in her glory days, Ms. Lacy is ready to give her whole heart to her next human companion.

Lacy is being fostered near Ft Lauderdale, FL.

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







Frankie ARPH #14427

South FL

Sir Franklin Dubois AKA Frankie is often known as the life of the party. He's a boisterous young man at 2 years old who loves everyone he encounters, human and animal kind alike. Often, the charming Mr. Dubois needs to be reminded of his manners as he has had a very strict upbringing and is just now hitting the social scene. Pardon him if he sometimes forgets himself! The life of the party, Frankie is the first one to show and the last one to leave. With a special affinity for older children, he does well with families, other pets, and any situation as long as he can romp, run and play. Lover of life and new adventures, Frankie is best suited for an active forever home!

He is located in the greater Ft Lauderdale, FL area.

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








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 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 for more information.


Poncho ARPH #14065

Seattle, WA

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 is up to date on all vet care and ready for an active family!!!

Poncho is outgoing, playful, and spirited; he does well in new situations as long as he is allowed to proceed at his own pace.  He is doing great on crate training.  He is working on his leash manners, and has been easy to train.  He is very food motivated.   He gets along well with other dogs.  He does well with confident cats, but will chase cats that run. He shows interest in other farm animals.  He really likes people and warmed up to the two kids (ages 7 and 9) in his former foster home, but they were super dog savvy and 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.

Poncho would do well with an active family – he is eager to run and love to be someone’s running partner! He is very smart and quick to learn, so he might do well in activities such as agility or herding – and if you’ve got a ball that needs to be fetched, Poncho is your man!

Poncho does not like to be left alone, and can be destructive if left out when no people are home, so continuing with crate training is a must till he settles in his new home.

Poncho is being fostered near Seattle, Washington area.

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





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 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 for more information.