All our dogs are located in or near Canberra, Australia.

ARF dogs are microchipped, desexed, C5 vaccinated, wormed and health-checked.
To help cover these costs, ARF asks for an adoption fee of $350 (incl GST) per dog
(or $150 (incl GST) for dogs over 8 years old). ARF puppies are available at the special
price of $400 (including GST) which includes microchipping, desexing, vaccination and
fully paid up training classes.

If you can’t find your new best friend here, complete the dog wanted form linked below.
Dog Wanted Form

Hendrix

Sep 19, 2018


Breed: Staffy mix Size: Large Age: about 12 months  
Contact: Nerida, nerida.winters@ozemail.com.au, 0406 264 536
Activity: Moderate

Hendrix is not quite ready for rehoming but will be soon – watch this space!

The poor lad is undergoing lengthy rehabilitation including 8 weeks in a crate after surgery to a severely injured leg.  He has been an absolute angel and will soon be out and about though clearly taking things a little easy to begin with.

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Hendrix is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

Aussie Bloke looking for love

Hendrix free from the pound

Hendrix free from the pound

My name is Hendrix and I am a good looking young bloke looking for love. I may not be able to play the guitar like Jimi but I can assure you I will make your heart sing and I am certainly one of a kind.

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I like nothing better than being outdoors with my family and observing or being part of the daily activities. I enjoy cars whilst I am not into Summernats, I do enjoy trips in the Ute in fact road trips anywhere make me very happy.

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I like to socialise with others, 4 legged or 2 legged I am not fussy. I love everyone and love nothing better than having a play with other furry friends and hanging with the humans. In fact I get so happy when my people come home that I can’t help but sing (more like a yodel) to them! I do jump up sometimes but am getting better with that every day I just sometimes cannot contain my happiness.

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I might be a big boy but I have a special toy that I snuggle up to every night when I go to bed.

I love having fun and am a bit of a goofball so would love a home that is active and will keep me busy with them.

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I consider myself to be a foodie! When I say that I mean I LOVE food. Essentially if you want to teach me anything I work for anything that I can eat!

I am a loyal loving man that has so much to give fun, laughter and lots of cuddles. Most importantly I am looking for a forever family to call my very own.

So swipe right for me!

Lua

Oct 24, 2018


Breed: Scruffster Size: Large Age: about 6 months  
Contact: Rachael, Rachael@pups4fun.com.au
Activity: moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

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Lua has been assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

UPDATE: Lua’s carer has been inundated with great applications so Lua is on hold while she discusses these with her carer and chooses which home will suit her best.

Young Lua is a hilarious character who just loves to hear you laughing at her antics, and being a gangly pup opens her up to plenty of opportunities to do just that! She will wiggle herself into your heart as she hops around, bent in the shape of a ‘C’ waiting for you to pat her, during which she will (if given the chance) tickle your face with her adorable whiskers.

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She loves to hoon around with a “toy” (aka anything that looks interesting and isn’t nailed down well enough), throwing it to herself while she skids along. She has great toileting manners, and sleeps through the night in her crate. She also LOVES puzzles, and being a smart girl, needs that brain exercised well! This makes her a great training prospect – a keen little learner!

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She is delighted about spending time with her people, though she is also happy to keep herself busy and is quite a self sufficient girl. She seems to love other dogs as well, though as yet hasn’t had the chance to meet many. She is terribly playful, so would love a similarly minded doggy housemate or regular play dates who can handle her rough-and-ready boofy style. She has yet to meet cats and other small animals.

While she can be a little wary, Lua is still curious about new things, and would benefit from further “life experience” and adventures. She has a cruisey air about her and with lots of practice out-and-about she could be a great dog-friendly cafe companion or market buddy.

Lua is looking for a home where she will be included in much of the goings on, and continue her training and life exposure to help her become the exemplary canine citizen and beloved family member she is destined to be.

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Oka

Nov 29, 2018


Breed: Canberra premium blend Size: Large Age: about 10 months  
Contact: Jill, jillbr2@bigpond.com
Activity: Moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Oka is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and will be desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST) once her quarantine and vet work are completed.

UPDATE 10 December  

Oka has found herself a lovely new home (even the cats tolerate her !) and will be moving in next weekend so she is settled for Christmas

 

 

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Oka is a young female crossbreed, around 10 months of age. She has been given the name OKA because of her beautiful yellow ochre colour, especially on her face.

She’s a very dog and person friendly youngster. She has settled well with her foster dog siblings, just wanting to get on with everybody and play. She can be a bit exuberant when first greeting her humans, and is very fond of children, even toddlers. Her enthusiasm needs to be controlled a bit still , but she is learning that “four on the floor” gets the attention.

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She does not appear to have been very familiar with households and all their machines and furnishings, but she is adapting well. She is confident enough to explore new things and has quickly learned about dog doors.

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She appears to be naturally house trained, unless it happens to be pouring with rain! She has a nice sit, and will wait politely for dinner, though it is best to make sure she is separated from the other dogs at meal time. She shows signs of being easy to train, with treats, and appears to be easy on the lead, though there is a lot of training still to be done. She settles well on her own bed at night, with her human nearby, and has not had to go out at night.

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She can chill with the best of them after a morning walk and play. She has been left alone, once, for a few hours and separated from the other dogs. While she was fine after, she apparently complained a bit about the separation. She may be better housed with another dog, or have people home a lot of the time, at least until she is a bit older and more secure about her situation.

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So Oka is a very friendly, easy to get on with dog, with an athletic build, lovely long legs and great training potential.

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Sasha

Oct 19, 2018


Breed: Boxer mix Size: Medium Age: 5 years  
Contact: Karina, ksdogs15@gmail.com
Activity: moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Sasha is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

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Sasha is a playful, affectionate and friendly dog. Her ideal day is snuggled up with her humans, binge watching the latest show on Netflix – at least until she falls asleep and starts snoring!

Sasha is an independent lady who has no problems being left alone during the day if she gets daily mental stimulation through training and exercise through play. She even puts herself to bed which makes her one in a million!

Sasha’s motivations in life are food and affection. As a result of this, Sasha has been easy to train and already knows sit, shake and wait. We’re also teaching her to go and stay on her mat, wait before going through doors and ‘leave it’ – which is great when you accidentally drop some food on the ground!

When growing up, Sasha didn’t have much to do so is now very stimulated when outside her home and yard. She does get stressed easily in new environments and has started some intensive training to help teach her how to calm herself down, walk next to you on the lead, and walk past a dog without reacting. We are only at the beginning of this process but she’s a very smart young lady and we have no doubt she’ll pick it up with gusto. In the meantime, any home for Sasha will need to be willing to commit to continuing the training and ideally will have previous experience in this area.

Sasha is very human-oriented and her playful and happy mannerisms are a delight to come home to after a hard day at work and can turn any day into a playful, fun day. Sasha often approaches people (even strangers) with a beautiful full body wag and immediate cuddles. When excited, she often jumps up on people so she would not be ideal in a home with small children. While she has only playful intentions, she is still undergoing training to get her out of this habit.

Sasha’s delightful nature makes it hard not to fall in love with her. If you let her onto the couch she’ll snuggle right up to you – and if not, she likes to keep your feet warm! Make no mistake, she knows how to give puppy dog eyes that would melt anyone’s heart.

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Cuddles please?

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Still with that camera?

Sasha’s ideal home would be an adult family where she can rule the roost as your only pet. If you are interested, please send me an email. Be warned, you may fall in love with her at first sight (we did)!

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Bean

Oct 19, 2018


Breed: Australian cattle dog mix Size: Medium Age: 3 to 4 years  
Contact: Mel, editsense@gmail.com, 0411 444 104 (outside business hours)
Activity: Moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

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Bean is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

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Little Bean is a sweet and very special dog, who is looking for a very special home.

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When she arrived, more than a year ago, Bean was the most terrified dog I have ever seen. She didn’t eat for days, couldn’t bear human touch, and huddled in the furthest corner of her crate. My heart broke for her every day.

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Over the past few months, we have worked on building trust, building her confidence, and showing her that the world is not such a scary place.

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Her progress has been very slow, but she now trusts and loves the people closest to her. With us, she is the sweetest and most affectionate dog, who loves cuddles, and asks for extra pats with a gentle dab of her paw.

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Bean loves other dogs, and has happily welcomed a dozen or so foster dogs and boarders who have come through the doors while she has been in care—always with great manners, and always with a joyful greeting. And each one of these friends has helped her feel a little safer through play.

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Bean has learned to enjoy car rides, because they lead to bushwalks, which are her favourite thing ever. Out there in the scrub, she is a happy and carefree dog. She loves to jump in the river to cool off, to smell all the wonderful bush sniffs, and to climb rocks.

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Each time one of the off-lead dogs comes close to her, she will give them a little sniff, to welcome them back, even if they were only gone five seconds!

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But people remain terrifying for Bean. If we see someone out on a walk, she panics, and just wants to run away. We have been working on this, and she recovers much faster after the encounter, but her gut response hasn’t changed.

She is also scared of visitors, and will shake in fear, and wants to run away and hide. We help her through this by making sure the visitors don’t pay attention to her, and letting her be in her crate where she feels safe.

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Bean is not an average pet, and I don’t expect she will ever be a ‘normal’ dog. But she would make a wonderful a loyal companion to someone who is patient, understands that it will take her time to bond, accepts her for who she is, but continues to help her tackle her fears.

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She is looking for a quiet home, in a quiet location, preferably on a property, as the noises and busyness of suburbia are still a source of stress for her. If there are children, they will need to be a bit older.

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And she will definitely need another friendly and playful dog, to give her some guidance, and encourage her to play, which always makes her feel happier.

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Bean loves to learn (when not scared), and can sit, drop, shake, high-five, wave, touch, and spin. She walks really nicely on the lead (except when she is in a panic), is toilet trained, is crate trained, sleeps quietly at night, and is generally a lovely dog to snuggle with at home.

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Over the year or so, Bean and I have worked closely together, and I love her dearly. Sadly, my home in suburbia is not the best place for her. I want Bean to have the best life she possibly can, and, should the right family come along, I will provide her new home with whatever support I can to help settle her in, and for the rest of her life, if needed.

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Her new family will need to understand that Bean will need time to trust them, and will need a few meetings over some weeks for her to get to know them before she can move in.

At only 14 kilos, Bean is on the smaller side of medium.

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