Before considering adoption PLEASE be honest with yourself as you ponder the possibilities………
Is an Australian Cattle Dog right for you? Temperament, health, size, nutrition, training, leadership, life expectancy are just some of the factors you will want to take into consideration. For more information about the breed please go to
It is well known, but vastly under practiced, that Australian Cattle Dogs require a respectful, firm, consistent, strong pack leader. The ACD is very intelligent as a breed by comparison to others.
Are you committed to a lasting relationship that could last 10-plus years? ACDs are known to live well into their teens! Consider your future and how your dog will fit the picture. Marriage, family planning, job changes, potential moves, etc. Do
you have time for adequate walks and play, for grooming, veterinary
visits, and daily care? What happens if your work or other time
commitments change? All of these factors impact your family and are some of the reasons these dogs have ended up in the shelters. It is of utmost importance to us that this will not impact their lives ever again.
This commitment requires your ACD to be part of your family 24/7. They will not be placed in homes that do not want or allow their dogs in their homes as an integral part of the family. Your ACD will require interaction inside and outside of the home to maintain a good level of happiness and socialization.
ACDR receives applications daily. While we are not a first come-first serve rescue, we will stop accepting applications once a dog has received 3 or more applications. We try our best to match the right dog with the right family. It is never a judgment against an applicant’s ability to provide a good home but rather if the dog is the right fit for that home.
When submitting your application, please understand that there may already be other applications in process. We try our best to keep the website updated on a daily basis with the most current status of the dogs.
If the dog you are interested in ends up pending before your application is received, don’t lose hope; we receive new dogs in every week! We are positive that we will be able to help you find a new family member just right for you. Think of ACDR as "D-Harmony," here to help you find the perfect furry companion.
1 ½ year old male ACD
Single and ready to mingle! Who can say no to a tall, dark, and handsome cuddle bug? Ozzie is looking for a fur-ever home of his own who can give him all the affection that he desires. He’s a petite and extremely athletic boy who weighs in at a compact 35 pounds. Ozzie is a fantastic running partner and a cuddling extraordinaire. He is a favorite at the dog park because of his friendliness and ability to leave all the other dogs in his dust playing the “chase game.” Ready to go for any hike you throw at him he loves dressing up for the occasion in a classy bandana.
A little shy around other dogs, he will warm up and find the perfect play buddy with a little time. Once he returns home, he is ready for a nap with his human. His favorite sleeping position is on his back with all four feet up in the air. If you are ready to add a very handsome best friend to your household come say hi to Ozzie and you will quickly fall in love.
Ozzie is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
He is currently located in Tucson AZ
8-10 month old female ACD mix
Nadine is a wonderful young lady! Nadine can be a bit timid at first but quickly becomes your best friend and is ready for fun and adventure! She on the higher end of the energy scale but not a trouble maker in the least! Nadine loves all her furfriends, kitties included and does well with children. Since she’s still under 1 year old she will need a home willing to continue her training so she can grow to be a confident and social lady. She is well on her way and looking for a busy family to share in many years of adventure and love.
Nadine is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
She is currently located in Buckeye, AZ
4-5 month old male ACD mix
Mickey is a strong, big boy. He will grow into his feet I am sure. He loves to play and sometimes is a little sassy. He plays constantly with Dotty, and our big dog Ember. He holds his own also. He loves his tummy rubbed and does let me hold him like a baby.
He is also crate trained and is not like sister with getting over the pen. He has only done that once. When he wants attention, he will come and push his nose on you to get your attention for some hugs. He shares with Dotty and others just fine. He sits by command to get treats and has also picked up on fetching by watching Ember his big foster sister.
Mickey is 80% housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
He is currently located in Glendale, AZ
10-12 month old female DEAF ACD mix
Just like the spice, this young lady is a rare and sweet little girl! Since coming to ACDR a few months ago she has blossomed into a joyful and confident young lady. Because she was deaf her previous people didn’t think she was any good or could learn anything so she was discarded. We felt differently and with time and tenderness Saffron has learned the joys of being a family member and how to make friends as well as a few basic hand signals. She is very eager to learn and explore but can still be shy with new things. She will need a home who is committed to continuing her education and confidence building by encouraging her to be all she can be regardless of whether or not she can hear.
In her foster home her favorite friend is a kitten that is around the same age as she is. They play all day! If there is a cat in Saffron’s new home it MUST like playing with dogs. She also likes her other furfriends and kids too! So if you like the finer things in life and want to add a rare spice to your home, Saffron is your girl!
Saffron is house broken, crate trained and fully vetted
She is currently located in Flagstaff, AZ
6-7 month old Terrier mix
It’s pretty obvious that Ramen isn’t an ACD or even a mix of. Ramen was a good will effort for another remote rescue we work with who didn’t have the funds or resources to help him with his special birth defect. Ramen was born with a sheath abnormality that exposed his “boy hood” to unnecessary peril! Top surgeons collaborated and things are now as they should be. It wasn’t life threatening but was definitely a liability and he would have been very hard to adopt out with his unique physique.
Ramen now looks like all the other boys! His surgery went very well and he is now healed up and ready for a forever family! Ramen is a lover boy who likes to have kind and friendly playmates and snuggles on the sofa. He is such a good boy! He easily entertains himself when the other older grumpy dogs won’t play with him, he hasn’t had any accidents in the house since forever and he has good house and people manners. Ramen will need an active home who is committed to his continued education and who will help him gain the confidence he will need to be a good furcitizen!
Ramen is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
He is currently located in Flagstaff, AZ
The Fur Monty
10-12 year old DEAF male ACD
The Fur Monty is a big and happy deaf cattle dog boy who is enjoying the good life. He's getting used to affectionate things like kisses, but he loves his whole body scratches! He's an older boy, so he doesn't feel the need to play all that much, but he does like to be with his people. He likes to lay where he can see all the action, and not have to make much effort to join in. He knows how to use a dog door, but would prefer his humans to get up and let him out! He's good with cats and chickens, and other little dogs. He loves meal times so much, he'll even do a little dance for his food! The Fur Monty might be an older boy, but he still has a whole lotta lovin' left to do!
Fur Monty is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted
He is currently located in Tucson, AZ
1 ½ year old female ACD mix
Skittles is an explosive little gal! Petite in size with a giant personality. She's high energy looking for a good outlet....running, hiking, and agility. She's still a work in progress but is sure to satisfy any high energy ACD savvy home. She does well with other confident, balanced dogs and would be OK with older children due to her energy level. Skittles will need a home dedicated in keeping her busy. She is proving to be quite athletic and would be a good agility prospect. NO cats though.
Skittles is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
She is currently located in Buckeye.
1 year old DEAF female ACD
Little Miss Curry is one spicy little dish! Smart as a whip and eager to please, this young lady is up for adventure! Curry, like all other deaf dogs, doesn't know she is missing something and, trust us, she makes up for it in attitude! She is fearless, bold and ready to take on the world. Curry loves all people she meets, young to old, and is a huge cuddler. When it comes to her furfriends she can be a bit choosy. Dogs her size and smaller are no issue and as long as the bigger dog is OK with her bigger attitude and doesn't challenge it she's OK with them as well. (Curry currently lives with 12 other dogs in an AC- savvy home and is doing great.) Red Curry will need a family who understands the breed and who will be dedicated to her mental and physical well being. Curry has proven to be a great hiking partner on and off leash. She has great check-in skills and never ventures far keeping you in sight at all times. She also enjoys agility type activities and could be a great little agility project! She's a spicy #5 and not for the faint of heart but for those who like their food and life on the spicy side she's guaranteed to fill your life with warmth and excitement!
Red Curry is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted.
She is currently located in Flagstaff, AZ.
4 year old female ACD mix
What a sweet little gal “Dori” is! A little shy at first she can quickly warm up and steal your heart. Tandori likes to be with her people, a true Velcro girl although she’s not the “in your face” type at all. Tandori does well with other dogs and plays with those of similar energy. We suspect she would do fine with cats as well due to her sweet nurturing nature. Small kids or a busy household may be a little much for this sweet girl but we’re sure she’d quickly become accustom to sleeping in bed with an older child. She loves snuggles and attention, and just look at that face, you just want to fall into those big brown eyes! Tandori also looks forward to adventure, walks nicely on leash and is sure to be your best friend in no time.
Tandori is housebroken, crate trained and fully vetted. She is currently located in Buckeye, AZ.
3 year old male Wheaton/Poodle mix
Yes, we realize Bo is NOT and ACD by any stretch of the imagination but sometimes ACDR can stand for Any Cute Dog Rescue and this boy’s cute! Bo’s owner was unexpectedly admitted to a nursing home before he could make arrangements for him and one of ACDR’s friends works at the kennel where he was staying. We just had to help!
Bo is a sweet boy who loves to cuddle! He is great with kids, and cats, but very cautious of other dogs right now, because he was attacked by 2 bigger dogs recently. So if you have any other dogs, just move slowly with him, it may take some time for him to be comfortable with other dogs again. Bo is partially blind, so he is a special needs dog. He walks well on leash and enjoys adventure. Bo would do best with a family with gentle kids or a quiet calm home where he could just relax and cuddle all day!
Bo is house broken, Crate trained and fully vetted.
He is currently located in Flagstaff, AZ
3-4 month-old male ACD mix
McConnell is great with other dogs and people and very social. He is comfortable on a leash and loves to play to with his toys.
Hairy is 90% house broken, crate trained and fully vetted
He is currently located in Phoenix, AZ