Adoption FAQs

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?

Yes, anyone can adopt our companions. We do have certain requirements though. We prefer adopters to be within a 5-hour radius of our adopters, but are open to the right homes outside that area. You must be able to get here to adopt (we do not ship/transport to you), you may be asked to supply photographs of your home, and if there is an issue and 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 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?

Certainly! We 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.

You are also welcome to fill out an application to adopt, and our foster homes or coordinators will be in touch. We always set up at least one meet&greet with perspective new homes, so you may get to know new companions.

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. If there’s a specific dog you are interested in, your application will go directly to that foster home.

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 medical care based on their current age, including but not limited to rabies, DHLPP, and bordetella (kennel cough). All dogs will also be microchipped, and come with their collar and tag. 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 your adopting, since puppies need more care and medical requirements. Our expenses also include many additional medical treatments, such as heart worms, 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.