ADOPTING AN AUSSIE
Thank you for considering adopting an Aussie from rescue! Our dogs come to AROO in various ways: through owner surrenders; from pounds, shelters and puppy mills. When they enter our care, they leave their past behind and begin looking to their future. Some of our dogs may remain in foster homes for months, while they either learn or re-learn the basics of being a "good" dog. Since all of them have their own, unique stories, some dogs may need only a bit of love, kindness and attention before moving on to their forever homes. Some may need time and patience in order to trust people again. Some may require obedience training or socialization with people and other dogs. Some may require medical treatment.
All of our fosters are experienced dog owners themselves and are highly knowledgeable about this very special breed. They provide the Aussies in their homes with love, emotional stability and training.
Prior to adoption, the dogs are fully vetted. They receive comprehensive health checks, including heartworm, lyme and fecal testing; all required vaccinations, and if needed, de-worming. Except for young puppies, all adults are either spayed or neutered.
If you would like to adopt an Aussie, please follow the steps listed below.
STEPS TO ADOPTION:
1. Complete the online application and return to info@AROO.ca.
2. Ask your vet’s office to put a note on file that says AROO will be contacting them.
3. Let your references know that AROO will be contacting them. We’ll need from ten to fifteen minutes of their time to ask them some questions.
4. We will contact you to set up a home visit.
5. Once all of these steps have been successfully completed, you are approved to adopt!
NOTE: AROO carefully screens all adoption applications and, during the process, reserves the right to deny or refuse any adoption without explanation.
Please take the time to click onto the INFORMATION section on our homepage. We’ve posted links to: sites providing all you need to know about the Australian Shepherd as a breed; some of our favorite training schools; and Ottawa and area sports centers.
We recommend that all newly adopted dogs, regardless of age, be enrolled in doggie classes. They provide you with a structure as well as guidelines for working with your new dog. They also help in creating a bond between the two of you.
Our adoption fee is $400 for all dogs. As we are a not-for-profit organization, these funds go toward offsetting the medical costs and living expenses of the animals in our care. We gratefully accept any additional donation to help those Aussies still waiting for rescue.