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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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.


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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.

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Sam is a wonderful dog and would make any family a great pet.  Sam loves to play fetch or take a walk. But he is also happy to settle down and watch TV.  Sam is a mature boy at 7 years old. So, no wondering what he will be like as he matures, he is there and what you see is what you get.  Sam is a beautiful blue merle though the shelter he was pulled from shaved him down (he wandered from his home too many times since they just let him loose all of the time and they agreed to give him up). His coat is growing out, but is still fairly short.  Sam is a very quiet boy. Sam barks a bit when excited and playing. Otherwise, he is quiet.

The one word that describes Sam best is sweet.  He is just a sweet boy, fun loving but gentle. He gets along wonderfully with the four cats in his foster home. Though at times Sam puts up a fight over giving up a toy, he is never aggressive about it, just hangs on.  Sam and his foster mom have an ongoing disagreement regarding toys in the yard. She says no and Sam says yes. So, checking his mouth and removing toys prior to going outside is a multiple times a day occurrence.  Sam’s one flaw is that he resource guards chews (bone, antler, horn, hoof, yak stick) against the other animals. In his foster home, once the chews were picked up, Sam has been fantastic. As his foster mom has 2 to 3 other dogs, the chews are only available in crates, thus avoiding Sam’s resource guarding.  Sam love toys (just not as much as chews so he does not resource guard them). Sam especially loves squeaky plush toys. He has been de-squeaking one to two toys a day, he is a bit of an expert in this skill. He likes to chew and as there are no chews around, he is chewing the toys that are around.  He never eats any toy he rips into and never chews anything that isn’t a dog toy.

Sam is housebroken and is trusted loose with the other dogs and cats during the work day when no human is home.  Sam also goes to doggy daycare and does well there. Sam loves to play with other dogs, his little stub wagging away.  But, with is resource guarding, he is probably best as an only dog or with someone that understands and will manage this issue.

Sweet Sam would love a forever home of his own.
If already approved contact Amy.


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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.


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This pretty red merle is Sadie ARPH #13736, a busy, just turned five month old girl with a tail. She'll be on the larger side as she's just under 40 pounds now. She is up to date on vaccinations.  Although not old enough to be perfectly reliable, she's doing well in the house except for occasionally piddling when she gets excited.  Sadie is crate-trained and rides well in the car-once she's in there.  She won't get in on her own yet and needs to be put in.   They say girls just wanna have fun, and Sadie girl is no exception.  Play, play, PLAY!  She tries hard to get the other dogs AND the cats in her foster home to engage, but they're not cooperative. :)  She's had play dates with two other young dogs(an Aussie and a Rottie) and had a blast.  She'd love a friend who would be willing to join her.  Sadie loves to play fetch and will bring back whatever is thrown for her.  She enjoys her squeaky toys and chew bones. Sadie takes treats very gently and knows sit, down, and give paw.  She needs work on leash walking, come and her committed counter surfing.  This little girl is whip smart, learns quickly, and is VERY food motivated.  She might like agility, but she'll definitely need some sort of activity to keep her busy!  Her new home will need a traditionally fenced yard.  Sadie is fostered near Bath, PA and will be placed with a spay deposit and contract.  If you think you might be up for the challenge of this smart, active young girl and are already approved, please contact Kay.