The Aussie Rescue and Placement Hotline (ARPH) is an organization dedicated to helping with adoptions and finding new homes for Australian Shepherd dogs from all around the United States and Canada. The ARPH finds dogs from shelters and private owners who can no longer keep their pet. ARPH does not accept any dog that is not purebred Australian Shepherd, and will not accept any vicious dogs.
The Australian Shepherd, as the breed exists today, originated in the U.S.. The name evolved from Basque sheepherders who came from Australia to the U.S. in the 1800s. Australian Shepherds are intelligent, medium-sized dogs with strong herding and guarding instincts. They are considered good family dogs but have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise and stimulation to prevent destructive behaviors from developing.