Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected Australian Cattle Dogs throughout the state of Arizona. Whenever possible, we also assist ACDs who because of extenuating circumstances are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.
The Australian Cattle Dog has become quite popular in recent years. They are also know by many other names: Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Cattle Dog or simply Heeler. ALL of these names refer to one breed, the Australian Cattle Dog. Their intelligence, versatility and durability all lend to their popularity in several different positions, whether it be as a family companion to canine sports to professional jobs such as search and rescue and service dogs. The Australian Cattle Dog has truly made a name for itself in the last decade.
Because of their reputation for being a very smart dog, people believe that translates to ease of training. To train a cattle dog correctly one must provide intentional and consistent direction as well as plenty of physical and mental stimulation. The average dog owner has no idea of what they are up against when they get a cute cattle dog pup! This is why the average age for ACDs in shelters and in need of new homes is 1-2 years old.
Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a Foster-Home-based rescue with foster homes throughout all of Arizona. Our volunteers are well versed with cattle dogs and their needs. We work closely with our dogs to ensure they learn proper boundaries and are given the correct direction in which to use their brains and their bodies. We strive to place each dog in its optimum home where its individual needs will be met. In doing so we hope to guarantee our dogs will never be part of the “system” again and both people and pup will be able to live a full and happy life together!
In 2010, six long-time rescue workers and cattle dog lovers shared a dream of working with a rescue who put the dogs first, valued their volunteers and supported their adopters far beyond adoption day. On a Saturday afternoon, those 6 people became ACDR's founding members and Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue was born.
That dream quickly became a reality that we hold to this day. We have experienced much success over the years while holding true to the core values on which this rescue was founded. Best of all, we have grown to include many dedicated ACD enthusiasts who share our vision and together we hope to save cattle dogs for many years to come.