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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. Whenever possible, we also assist ACDs who because of extenuating circumstances are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.

We Are A Foster Home Based Rescue. All of our dogs live in foster homes where they are part of the family until they find their own forever family. We have foster homes throughout Arizona from Flagstaff to Tucson, from Paulden to Winslow and all in between.


The holidays are upon us and we here at ACDR would first like to thank all of our hardworking volunteers for a year filled with many great rescue and adoption stories! Because their hard work and dedication many lives have been positively changed forever!


As a way to recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteers we would like to give back in giving them some uninterrupted time with their families and friends. Rescue work often takes time away from the most important people in our lives. We want our volunteers to be able to spend this most special time of the year with those who have sacrificed with them.


ACDR will be “closed” to the public Dec 20th thru Jan 3rd.

We will not be processing applications, scheduling home visits or visits with the dogs during this time.  Applications will be kept on file and we will be processed in the order received.


Thank you for your understanding and patience during this very important time of year! All of us here at ACDR wish you and your family the Happiest of Holidays! We hope that you too take this time to spend with those who are most special in your lives!



Australian Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue/Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers or simply Cattle Dogs, are getting enough attention these days that a fair number of people are asking about them. Many people see how a well-trained ACD acts and immediately want one. The fact is they are not the easiest dogs to train: Australian Cattle Dogs require an air of toughness that many people are not ready or able to execute.

You will often hear that Australian Cattle Dogs are very stubborn dogs. While they can be difficult, "stubborn" isn't quite the right description. ACDs typically have very strong personalities, and they are often very dominant dogs. You have to establish who is boss and you have to maintain that status with clear and intentional training.

Australian Cattle Dogs are a social breed that NEEDS to be with "its people". This is not a breed to leave chained or penned in the back yard... Such isolation can and will lead to very serious personality problems!!

Australian Cattle Dogs are typically very confident in their own physical capabilities and throw themselves into everything with gusto and abandonment. Fortunately, their physical toughness matches their forceful, energetic, highly intelligent, and intently focused personalities

Because the ACD is an active breed, a firm commitment must be made to exercise, both physical and mental. ACDs make excellent running or biking companions although care must be taken not to over exert the young dog. Because of their intelligence, Australian Cattle Dogs are known to excel in dog sports such as Fly ball, Agility and Frisbee competition. The sky is the limit when your companion of choice is an ACD!!

About Us

We came together as a group in September of 2010, simply because we love Australian Cattle Dogs.  We have all been involved in rescue work in one way or another for years and wanted to join forces to help rescue these wonderful dogs. We are all dedicated and passionate about our mission and looking forward to our new endeavor. Thank you for wanting to be a part of this journey.

            Lorina Lopez, President                                          Sherry Cross, Vice President

            Randi Smelko, Treasurer                                            Ron Robertson, Director

           Robin Kingma, Secretary                  

**Photo credit and thanks to Tiffany Hughes-Wind Wolf Photography**

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