Adoption FAQs

Do you need Australian Shepherd experience to adopt from CARS?

Our team of volunteers works tirelessly to help this beautiful breed, for they are beautiful but they are also a herding class dog. The applicant must have experience or education of the herding/working breed to adopt from Central Aussie Rescue & Support.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. You must be at least 21 years of age.

Do you adopt to renters?

Yes! We will consider an applicant who rents a house. We will need proof from the property owner that a dog can reside there and what the weight limit is.

Unfortunately, we can not consider apartments. Apartments and Aussies are not a good match.

We also do not adopt to people who live with their parents or relatives.

Do you require a fence?

While some Adoptable Aussies may require a fence or specific type of fence individually, CARS does not require fencing to adopt in general.

Do you adopt to out-of-area adopters?

We only approve applicants who live within two (2) hour driving distance of the Foster Home of the dog you are interested in. Foster bases are St.Louis, Missouri ,Columbia, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri. You must be able to get here to adopt (we do not ship/transport to you).

If there is an issue and if you are no longer able to keep your new companion, you are required to get them back to us (or cover costs in doing so).

Can you ship or transport a dog to me?

No, we will not ship or transport a dog to adopters. On some occasions, a foster parent may be willing to drive all or part of the way to you, but in most instances – especially out-of-area adopters – you need to come to us. This is for the safety and health of the dog.

Where are you located?

Central Aussie Rescue & Support is an all-foster rescue, meaning all dogs are located in our Foster homes. This allows us to fully evaluate and get to know our dogs before listing them. It also allows us to work on behavioral/training issues before adoption. We have foster homes across both states, but the majority of homes are in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

How much does it cost to adopt?

You can find all the costs of adoption on our How to Adopt page.

Can I see dogs in person before adopting?

Since we are an all foster based rescue we only do meet and greets with approved adopters. We welcome you to please to fill out an application to adopt.

We also try to go to as many events as possible, to gain awareness for our dogs as well as socialize them in public. See our Facebook page or Events Page for upcoming opportunities.

How long does it take to adopt?

The length of the adoption process varies, and most of the time is up to you. Once we receive your app, we will contact references and usually call you within a few days. We are all volunteers, so it depends on our schedules.

Once you are approved and an available dog has been matched with you, it just means meeting up and hopefully signing the adoption contract. Again, depending on schedules, this can be a day or a week. Most applicants have a new lovable companion within a week or so.

What is included in the adoption price?

All Central Aussie Rescue & Support dogs are spayed or neutered before adoption. They will be up to date on vaccinations and any medical care needed. The vaccinations, based on their current age, include Rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella (kennel cough). All dogs will also be micro-chipped, Heartworm tested and Fecal tested. Every foster dog comes with a new collar, tag, and a one month supply of preventatives.  Foster homes supply a small bag of food with each adoption, to help dogs adjust to their new home and diet.

Why is the adoption fee higher than my local shelter?

When you adopt a dog from a rescue, your adoption fees are going towards the cost of care your adopted dog has received while in care.  Most of the time, that includes all vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, monthly preventatives, food, and other expenses toward keeping animals. Which is why adoption fees are often adjusted based on the age of the dog you’re adopting since puppies need more care and medical requirements. Our expenses also include many additional medical treatments, such as heartworms, ailments, emergency procedures, etc.

Many shelters are government funded. This means expenses are reduced. Also, when an animal at a shelter becomes ill, or comes in with issues, the outcome is often euthanasia before treatment. This is to prevent the spread of disease in the shelter, and focus on adoptable animals. Rescues, on the other hand, are privately run without government assistance. We rely on our community veterinary centers, and often pay the same cost as the public.

To help us keep our adoption costs down, please consider donating.

Where do dogs come from?

One of our most common questions, especially with so many purebreds. Sometimes, dogs end up in local Animal Controls, and we rescue them before euthanasia. Other rescues and humane societies also contact us on occasion, since Australian Shepherds don’t do well in the shelter environment. Other times, owners contact us directly with a variety of reasons: family lifestyle change, moving, allergies, didn’t realize energy level or personality needs, can no longer care for…No matter the reason, we are here to help the Aussies.

Can you hold a dog for me?

This depends on the situation, so please ask, but most of the time we will not hold a dog for an inquiry. Applications are processed based on the order they come in, and the best fit for that dog. This is why we suggest your first step be filling out an application. We always have more Aussies coming up for adoption (unfortunately). If you are not ready to adopt yet – due to schedule, vacations, etc – we may have to adopt that specific dog to another applicant and then help you find a companion when you are ready.

Why does it look like you have no Aussies for adoption?

Thank you for asking! While sometimes we may only have 2 or 3 listed, the rescue may have several in the rescue that are adoptable. CARS has started a waiting list of approved adopters we don’t want to lose. We know what they are looking for in an Aussie and if that Aussie comes into the rescue we will contact them and do a meet and greet without posting that Aussie. Most of the time it ends in a happy forever after, so the Aussie does not need to be posted. We are always trying to make it fair for those who have been approved, the Aussies and new applicants.