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Holiday Notice:

The holidays are upon us and we here at ACDR would first like to thank all of our hardworking volunteers for a year filled with many great rescue and adoption stories! Because their hard work and dedication many lives have been positively changed forever!
As a way to recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteers we would like to give back in giving them some uninterrupted time with their families and friends. Rescue work often takes time away from the most important people in our lives. We want our volunteers to be able to spend this most special time of the year with those who have sacrificed with them.
ACDR will be “closed” to the public Dec 18th thru Jan 1st. We will not be processing applications, scheduling home visits or visits with the dogs during this time.  Applications will be kept on file and we will be processed in the order received.
We will be periodically checking this email but our responses will be very limited. We are not able at this time to intake any new dogs as our foster homes are all currently full. If you have found a stray please contact your local shelter.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this very important time of year! All of us here at ACDR wish you and your family the Happiest of Holidays! We hope that you too take this time to spend with those who are most special in your lives!
We hope you are all well and enjoying the hoiday season!! 
Thank you,


Lorina Lopez

Our Mission:

Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected Australian Cattle Dogs throughout the state of Arizona. Whenever possible, we also assist ACDs who because of extenuating circumstances are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.

The Australian Cattle Dog has become quite popular in recent years. They are also known by many other names: Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Cattle Dog or simply Heeler. ALL of these names refer to one breed: the Australian Cattle Dog. Their intelligence, versatility and durability all lend to their popularity in several different positions, whether as a family companion to canine sports to professional jobs such as search and rescue and service dogs. The Australian Cattle Dog has truly made a name for itself in the last decade.

Because of their reputation for being a very smart dog, people believe that translates to ease of training. To train a cattle dog correctly one must provide intentional and consistent direction as well as plenty of physical and mental stimulation. The average dog owner has no idea of what they are up against when they get a cute cattle dog pup! This is why the average age for ACDs in shelters and in need of new homes is 1-2 years old.

Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a Foster-Home-based rescue with foster homes throughout all of Arizona. Our volunteers are well versed with cattle dogs and their needs. We work closely with our dogs to ensure they learn proper boundaries and are given the correct direction in which to use their brains and their bodies. We strive to place each dog in its optimal home where its individual needs will be met. In doing so we hope to guarantee our dogs will never be part of the “system” again and both people and pup will be able to live a full and happy life together!

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