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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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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Have you lost your shadow? Rather than asking Wendy to sew it on, Charlie would like to apply for the position!  He is a very friendly guy and only 2.5 years old, with so much love to give! He adores tennis balls, hiking, and cuddling. We hear he also loves to swim, though in this New England winter he has to settle for playing in the water bowl or trying to join in when someone is in the shower. He prefers sleeping on the bed with his people, and is good at finding his space on the end and settling down until morning. Though in his foster home we have also experimented with having him in the crate at night and he was fine with that as well. He is learning leash manners, but could use some additional training in that area, and is very good with other dogs. He met cats for the first time in his foster home, and was very interested in them, but not intensely so, so we believe he would be fine with kitty roommates as well. He is very food motivated, and enjoys training and learning new things. He would benefit from continued reward based training to boost his confidence in new situations.
He can be reserved or alarm bark when people first enter, but is usually very quick to warm up afterwards. The only exception is that little people make him nervous with their quick movements and unpredictable behavior. He really wants to like them, but there are times when his nerves and his herding instinct take over, so we are recommending he go to a home with no children under 10.

Do you think you or your family are the right fit to give this lovable young Aussie a new start? If you are an approved ARPH adopter and want to know more please reach out to Maria .