Available ARPH Dogs in the South West Region


ARPH's South West region includes: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.  We may not have a Representative in each location. Please check our Contact Page to see our list of Representatives.

Our organization requires prospective adopters to complete a simple, yet necessary, approval process prior to meeting with dogs in our program. This includes:

*Completion of Adoption Application
*Veterinarian Check
*Reference Checks
*Home Visit

Our ultimate goal is to screen and counsel potential homes to the best of our ability in an attempt to find the most perfect match and fit for your lifestyle. Please keep in mind that color and appearance of the available dog is last on our priority list.

Please refrain from contacting one of our Rep's until your screening process has been completed and approved. We do not discuss specific dogs within our program or potential matches until AFTER you have been approved.

**Our organization requires a donation of $300 to adopt.**




Gala ARPH #14044

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-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 repetitive 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 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 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. As with any break, adopters should be prepared for her possibly developing arthritis at the break site 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 cat free 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.

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.


Kiitos ARPH #13584

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.

Kiitos is an approximately 6-7yo fully-vetted red merle male with a sweet, easy-going demeanor. He originally came to our program with a large 2# (benign) growth on one of his paws that was surgically removed, and then he was treated for heartworms prior to being adopted. However, he recently returned to our organization after a year in his adoptive home due to a debilitating life-injury that rendered his adopter unable to physically care for him. Basically, this poor sweet guy has been through a lot, and deserves the happiness and stability of his FINAL forever home!

He is a low to medium 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.

He is not good with cats and although he gets along with dogs he really prefers humans so would do best as an only dog.

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.

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