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Australian Cattle Dog Rescue
Available Michigan Pups

Last Pup-Date: July 14, 2010

Here are the current available listings of our Blue and Red Heelers Pups (what we consider pups, up to one year of age) who are looking for only forever homes. Take your time, look at their pictures and read their biographies. Remember, that if you cannot adopt, you can still sponsor any of our rescues until they are adopted. Another way to help, is to open your home to foster an Australian Cattle Dog. Giving our pups a chance to live in a home and learn basic manners, helps to prepare our rescues for their new homes. Fostering can take from a few weeks to a few months which helps the human as well as the canine.

AuCaDo Rescue does not adopt out "little" Australian Cattle Dog Puppies, due to the fact that Heeler pups need the time with their siblings or with older Australian Cattle Dogs to learn from. They learn much more from their own kind than from us. Puppies learn bite control, and social skills with the litter that will help make them a better pet. The minimum age we feel is appropriate to adopt out, if we have pups, is around 11-12 weeks. Sure, there are places to find 5 or 6 week old pups. Did you know, that the law, is for pups to stay until they are 8 weeks old? Sometimes, because they are weaned too early, they grow up with behavior problems. It is quite possible that behavior problems are the number one reason that our breed ends up homeless.

Our pups are spayed/neutered before they are adopted, this is what the adoption fee is for. We will NOT adopt out an unaltered pup, please don't ask us to! Australian Cattle Dog or herding Breed experience is required for adopting a young pup from AuCaDo Rescue. We need to be sure that puppy adopters understand the breed, and will not give up on the puppy when they exhibit typical "naughty" Australian Cattle Dog puppy behaviors.

Are You Ready for a Puppy? Before you consider adopting a puppy, please keep in mind that puppies are a lot of work! You'll need to thoroughly puppy proof your house, bring him/her to puppy obedience classes, and socialize him/her with all sorts of people, places, & animals. The more time and energy you 'put into' a pup, the happier you'll be as they get older. Don't forget that older Australian Cattle Dogs (or older pups) are just as trainable as a puppy and you know what you are getting with a minimum of surprises.

Socializing: We can't emphasize enough just how crucial it will be to socialize your pup from the moment you adopt him/her. You'll need to expose your puppy to the world they will be expected to live in as an adult. This means socializing him/her to all sorts of people, places, dogs, noises, sights, situations, etc. Ideally, your pup will need to get introduced to 100 people (who aren't part of your immediate family) and 100 other dogs before they turn 18 weeks old. The puppy will have met some people/dogs during his/her stay at AuCaDo Rescue but you'll still need to work on socializing your pup every day. If you want to adopt an older pup, fear not! You can still socialize your pup, it's never too late. Start right away with socializing and proceed just as you would with a younger pup.

Housetraining: Up until 4-5 months of age, a puppy's bladder cannot physically "hold it" for more than a few hours at a time. Generally a puppy can "hold it" 1 hour more than a pup's age in months. For instance, a 2-month-old puppy should be able to hold his/her bladder for 3 hours while a 5-month-old pup can hold it for 6 hours. Of course, some puppies can hold it longer while others cannot. If you are away from home for more than six hours a day, a puppy would not be a good choice (unless you have someone who could come in and let the puppy outside to potty while you are gone).

Young children: Young puppies are generally not good matches for children under the age of 6 because all puppies nip when they play and have very sharp teeth. Pups 4 months and older should be fine with the wee ones though, so long as you know in advance that pups at this age are still going through the oral stage and like to 'mouth' things, they will nip on hands and feet at first when playing, need a lot of attention, and are very bouncy.

Chewing: All puppies/dogs chew (often until they are a year or more old), so make sure you buy plenty of doggie toys, bones, kongs, and have a great sense of humor! If taking care of a puppy sounds overwhelming to you, consider adopting an older pooch — they are often much, much easier and just as sweet!

Adopting a Pup vs Young Adult: We often hear adopters say "I only want a puppy, because the older dogs are damaged". I beg to differ. The older pups and young adults are going to give you an honest read into their personality. A puppy can be a roll of the dice, as they can turn out much differently than you might think. A puppy may even surprise you on how they look as they grow up, and not meet your expectations. All dogs, young and old, need daily training and any dog can learn. Don't sell the older dogs short, as they are very smart, which is most likely what you like about the breed. If you are interested in adopting one of our Australian Cattle Dog rescues, first please complete an adoption application. If you are out of the area, please send photos of your house/yard along with the application. We require the photos for out of state adoptions, which can be emailed to us. We also require a phone interview. If you do not hear back from us after submission of the application, please contact us. We think our rescues are all treasures and hope you will find your special friend with AuCaDo Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Michigan. Check out the listings also for availability in your area or to send out listings to friends and family.

Sponsor Your Favorite Foster
Would you like to help with rescue but are unable to foster? Please consider sponsoring one of the precious foster dogs on our website.
Most of our rescue cattle dogs have vet bills in excess of their adoption fee. Constant health care along with monthly heart worm and flea preventatives are costly. We are looking for Rescue Angels to sponsor our fosters monthly by either sending a check for $25 each month or making payments via paypal. By choosing a special foster that you will help by covering their additional vetting that their adoption fee will not cover, you are allowing us to continue our rescue efforts and save more cattle dogs. Your sponsored cattle dog's foster mom will send you an email with updates and new photos, telling you how they are progressing and enjoying their new life.
If you would like to make your sponsorship payment by mail, please send a check for $25 to:
AuCaDo Rescue Mid-Michigan
3861 Twelve Mile Rd.
Remus, MI 49340
or click on the paypal button beside the special foster that you would like to sponsor.

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Australian Cattle Dog or herding breed experience is required to Apply / Adopt our pups or specific adults as written in their bio. Our adoption fee covers the Spay / Neuter, Vaccinations (age appropriate), Microchipping, Heart Worm testing (6 months and up), HW preventative (year round) and Deworming. Please consider adopting a rescue with the basic medical already done.

"Larissa" is Deaf
Meet Larissa in Remus, MI

Thank You, AuCaDo Rescue Village, for helping Larissa
from Hammond, LA to MS to LA to TN to MI

7-12-10 Larissa, special needs blue heeler female, comes into rescue from Louisiana. She looks to be about 8 weeks old, and surrendered due to her being deaf. It took lots of people helping her to get from the owner (thanks Lin) to the airport where she met up with Jeff and flew in the cabin to Memphis, TN. She stayed over night in Memphis, then continued on with John in the cabin and landing in Grand Rapids, MI where we picked her up.

She has 2 other deaf puppies here and seems to like being with them. She will learn about a crate, for housebreaking and safety, at the moment she is not happy with it. Yet, she did spend a long time in her soft carry on crate.

Our adoption fee covers the spay / neutering, heart worm testing, rabies, distemper combo, microchipping and any other medical that a dog may need. Please consider a rescue that comes to you with all of the routine medical done. Deaf dog adoption require a fenced yard.

Click on Larissa's photo to see her photo album.

"Sparky" is Deaf
Meet Sparky in Remus, MI

Thank You, Jacque, for Sparky's transport

Thank You, Vicki, for helping Sparky get into rescue

Thank You, Sally & Simone, for Sponsoring Sparky's Collar

7-4-10 Sparky comes into rescue after a long plane ride up to Michigan from Tennessee.

Sparky is a deaf blue heeler male pup, coming from a TN shelter and brought into rescue due to his special needs. Sparky is 8 weeks old, neutered, and already well traveled. Sparky has such a charming personality, and is already learning that people are not his chew toys. He is friends with the other puppy Austen, and does get daily socializing with the "big" dogs in rescue too. Sparky is trying his best, which makes me happy with his progress.

Our adoption fee covers the spay / neutering, heart worm testing, rabies, distemper combo, microchipping and any other medical that a dog may need. Please consider a rescue that comes to you with all of the routine medical done. Deaf dog adoption require a fenced yard.

Click on Sparky's photo to see his photo album.

"Austen" is Deaf
Deposit is anticipated by Mail

Thank You, Jeanine, for fostering and transport of Austen

Thank You, Kelley, for 1 Month Sponsor

7-3-10 Austen, DOB 4-20-10, is a red heeler deaf female pup, coming into rescue looking for a special home. Austen needs some manners training and vetting before she will be able to go to her new home. Her placement will be considered carefully, due to her being taken away from her litter at too young of an age, and already having 3 homes that we know of.

Our adoption fee covers the spay / neutering, heart worm testing, rabies, distemper combo, microchipping and any other medical that a dog may need. Please consider a rescue that comes to you with all of the routine medical done. Deaf dog adoption require a fenced yard.

Click on Austen's photo to see her photo album.

"MS Pearl" is Deaf
Meet MS Pearl in Remus, MI

Thank You, Lin, for Temporary Fostering

Thank You, Sally & Simone, for
Sponsoring a Blue Collar for MS Pearl

Thank You, A.R.F. for Sponsoring MS Pearl

Thank You, Tracy, for 1 Month Sponsor
In Honor of Dozer

MS Pearl
3-25-10 MS (Mississippi) Pearl comes into rescue after a long plane ride up to Michigan.

We heard that this Alabama pup was in need back in January, yet the owner did not keep in contact or reply to our offers to help this pup. We finally offered to fly the pup here at our expense, since it seemed that she was in trouble. An extra 60 days went by, where we heard that the owner "gave" her away 2 different times where it didn't work out. All of this was not necessary, because the offer to take her in was there this whole time.

The pup was described as deaf and this is what they described in their email: "we are having a hard time with the puppy and she is being left alone all day with nothing or no one. My brother-in-law is tired of dealing with her and wants her gone."

The pup had no vetting, and in order to get her transported she needed a rabies vaccination and health certificate which her owner did not do for her. But, the owner did give her away again (third time that we know of) but this time to the right person who knew we were keeping a place open for her. This nice person got her vaccination vetting done, cared for her for 2 weeks, and took her to New Orleans to the airport. We are very thankful to her guardian angel.

MS Pearl appears to be about 6 months old, and while she was terrified during the plane ride, she is showing us she is quite a smart girl. Everything is brand new to her, she doesn't know a collar or a leash or a treat or a crate. She is showing us that while she may be that oyster in the way she was raised, inside she has the potential to be the beautiful Pearl.

Pearl is spayed now, as we waited for her to settle in before having that done. This girl LOVES the swimming pool (and MUD) so we are requesting that her new home has a wading pool for her to play in.

Pearl likes the dog pack, and is making friends. Our adoption fee covers the spay / neutering, heart worm testing, rabies, distemper combo, microchipping and any other medical that a dog may need. Please consider a rescue that comes to you with all of the routine medical done. Deaf dog adoption require a fenced yard.

Click on MS Pearl's photo to see her photo album.

I Support Pet Adoption

The pending adoptions have either gone to their new homes for a 2 week trial or have a deposit to hold the dog until they are ready to pick them up.

The most recent adoptions are listed here. Remember that you are saving two (or more) ACD's, the one you have adopted and the dog that takes their place here in rescue. Thank you for opening your home to a RESCUED Australian Cattle Dog.


Thank you, Jen & Mike, for helping with Transport

Ransom5-12-10 Ransom comes into rescue from an IN shelter, due to kennel frustration. Our first impression is that he needs some dog socialization, as he started barking at the other dogs when he arrived here in rescue. He is a red male, who is about 4.5 months old, as he just lost his baby teeth. His earliest release date is 5-26-10.

5-17-10 Ransom is fitting well into a pack situation, and his best friend is Fiddler who is about the same age. Ranson is people friendly, and needs work on his manners. He can walk on leash, but needs more training in leash manners. Ransom is crate trained too.

Click on Ransom's photo to see his photo album.

"Smokie" nka Bella

Thank You, Sally & Simone, for
Sponsoring a Red Collar for Smokie

Thank You, Jerry, for 1 Month Sponsor

Smokie3-4-2010 We were contacted on Monday about an ACD x BC female pup that was returned to the shelter 6 weeks after adoption. Her paperwork says she is 6 months old, good with kids and good with cats. We also tested her today on cats and other dogs, which she did well with. The paperwork says she was returned due to not being house broke, and from what I can see she doesn't know what a crate is. She tries to put her foot outside through the wire spacing, and throws a bit of a fit. I believe once she gets on a routine, and learns about crate training, the house training problem will be solved. Both her breeds are super smart !

Smokie is taller than the other ACD's her age. Along with the black body spots, and the shape of her head we are guessing that she also has Border Collie in her. We normally would not take in a mix when there are others waiting, but this girl is being given a second chance. Smokie is a very nice pup.

Click on Smokie's photo to see her photo album.


Thank you, Nick & Emily, for transporting Fido

Fiddler4-22-10 Fiddler (Fido) was brought into rescue, after hearing that 2 male sibling pups were purchased at 5 weeks of age. The pups are now 4-5 months old, with Fiddler showing bad behaviors while around his sibling. Fiddler has a docked tail, and is almost 5 months old, with new canines just starting to come in. Fiddler will be vetted in the next couple of weeks, while we work on leash training, socializing and basic manners.

Click on Fiddler's photo to see his photo album.

"Cash's Blue"

Thank you, Cash, Mac & Julie, for your help

Cash's Blue4-29-10 Cash's Blue was born June 19, 2009 and is a well put together youngster. He is a purebred blue heeler male who will be neutered before adoption. His vaccinations are current, which tells me that the family did care about his well being. The family wants for Blue to have a place to run and play, instead of spending so much time indoors and in his crate. Blue has made friends with Smokie and seems to like the interaction.

We are expecting a deposit in the mail prior to his release on 5-28-10.

Click on Cash's Blue photo to see his photo album.

"Molly Hannah"

Thank you, Tiffany & Tracy, for transporting Molly

Molly Hannah4-30-10 Molly Hannah comes into rescue from Indiana, as an owner surrender. Molly is 8 months old, and weighs under 30 pounds. She looks like she will be petite as an adult. She has a petite head, and bigger body, so she may need to lose a few pounds. Molly is a bit timid at first, yet we have to remember that she is new here. Molly spent the night with Dozer's family, received a bath, and seemed to like playing with Dozer.

Molly Hannah is becoming very people friendly, to the point where we are working on her keeping her feet off from people. She is "sorry" when she is corrected, she just tries too hard. We would rather have her overly friendly than really timid. She is starting to grow a bit, with her better nutrition, and is naturally fixing that over weight problem. Molly Hannah is ready for her new home.

Click on Molly Hannah's photo to see her photo album.

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