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


applicationPawprint SPONSOR


This cute little guy is Zane. He’s about 2 now and came into ARPH from a rural area. He is very good about being in a crate and relaxing there. Zane is a quiet dog, not at all barky  He has started to purr, not sure how else to describe it, he loudly makes rolling "r" type noises when he is excited/happy, it's very cute! 

Zane is a sweet boy who wants love and attention all of the time from his person. Sometimes he jumps up when he gets excited but is learning better manners from his foster home. He’s a smart boy but has a lot to learn yet. This boy was believed to be all aussie when he was taken into the program but over time in his foster home, we believe that he’s not purebred but don’t know what he may have in him. 

Zane loves other dogs and playing with them. He can play pushy but is happy in his play and would love to have a buddy to live with. Zane is fearful of new people and new dogs when he first meets them and can be reactive but he adjusts well over time with exposure and patience. He’s comfortable in different environments but needs calm and time to meet new people and dogs. This youngster is looking for a forever home with an
experienced owner who will help him work through his issues and help him mature into a more confident adult.  If already approved contact Amy.


applicationPawprint SPONSOR

Meet Marti, she is one amazing little girl! She’s a beautiful 4 year old red tri female Aussie, who was a breeder in a puppy mill. When Marti came into rescue with ARPH she was completely shut down. Her temporary foster likely gave her first bath and had her on grass and a leash for the first time. Everything was new to her. Marti she didn’t trust humans. She NEVER showed any aggression, but it was clear she was terrified of humans.

Through ARPH volunteers,... she moved from Ohio to Virginia where she has been learning how to be a dog. She gets along great with her foster brother and enjoys walks with her dog friends in the neighborhood. She is learning to play with toys and enjoys hanging out with the family watching tv. Her distrust of humans is subsiding, she will come over to people she has just met for a pet and a treat!

Marti is still shy, but she’s coming out of her shell nicely. She enjoys outings and walks well on a leash.
She’s on the smaller side, she’s just 40lbs.

Marti would do best in a home with another dog and owners that have lots patience and love to give her. She needs a family that can see what an amazing dog she will be and is willing to make that effort on her behalf. She’s a smart little girl and has done incredibly well in the short time she’s been with ARPH -- but she is still VERY shy.

We REALLY think that Marti would do well with an equally patient dog (or dogs) to show her the ropes, and humans that are around a lot and will continue to socialize her and work with her.

Marti is NOT a turnkey Aussie, so if you're looking for a bouncing velcro dog, she's NOT for you. BUT if you’re looking for an Aussie that is eager to learn and ready to love – Marti is your girl. She’s being fostered in Alexandria, VA.
If you’re an approved adopter, please contact Karen.


applicationPawprint SPONSOR

This ADORABLE little Aussie is Annie. She is being fostered in Richmond, Virginia.  Sweet Annie is now available for adoption. Annie is NOT blind or deaf -- although her coloring would suggest that. We think Annie is beautiful inside and out!   Annie is fully vetted and is healthy. She's  2.5 years old and on the smaller side -- about 40 pounds. Annie loves being with her human, but is a little shy. She could care less about her foster brother. Her foster mother thinks she'll do best in a quiet home, as an only dog (or with an equally laid back dog) -- maybe with a recent retiree or with someone that works from home. With lots of love and patience, she'll be a GREAT dog. She loves to snuggle and has wonderful manners both indoors and out!    Annie was an owner give up, because the owner didn't have time for her. If you have an approved application please contact Karen.

zelda collage

applicationPawprint SPONSOR


#13784 Zelda is a very happy bouncy girl. Her small bob tail is in perpetual motion. she sort of vibrates when she meets people. She does try to jump up on people but we are working on keeping 4 feet on the floor. Zelda is 3 years old. She came into ARPH at the end of October from her previous owners where she never had any training or socialization. Since she came to us, she has been cleaned up from a bad case of fleas, treated for Lyme disease and spayed. She feels so much better now.

Zelda loves attention and likes to be trained she loves the treats she gets when she gets rewarded. She does have a soft mouth so she doesn't grab treats real fast or your finger like some dogs. She seems to be house trained and she is very good in a crate. She does try to counter surf so she does need to be watched. Since Zelda didn’t get out much in her first few years, she takes a while to adjust to new things. She just needs to build her confidence as she learns about the world at large.

As far as other dogs, Zelda doesn’t seem to read their body language very well which may mean she was taken from her litter too early. her foster mom took her to an obedience class to see how she did and she got stressed when the other dogs were close. She would improve in this environment with more training. In her foster home, she is learning how to play a little with one of the males there and has improved in her dog interactions during her time in foster care. She will do best as an only dog or with 1 other male dog.

Zelda is so happy with people and is particularly drawn to men. When people meet her while she is out and about she makes a great impression. While Zelda is fine and calm with people of all ages, she will not be placed with children under 10 as she will react to being grabbed by grabbing back.

Zelda is ready for her forever home where she can continue to learn about the world at large and have her own person to share her love with. If already approved contact