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ACDR is an all volunteer foster home based rescue

arizona cattle dog rescueWe do not have a shelter or facility. A foster home is a volunteer who has opened up their home for a dog in need until that dog is adopted. Foster homes along with all our volunteers make the success of our organization possible!

Our foster homes are responsible for housing and caring for the foster ACD while in their care.  Most ACDs that come into our rescue need basic medical care such as vaccinations and spay/neuter. Our foster homes are NEVER responsible for the medical costs, but we ask that you care for your foster as you would your own pet, providing food, shelter, exercise, basic training and of course-lots of love! Some of our ACDs have never been in a home environment and need to be taught basic house manners, potty/crate trained, leash trained, etc.

The Application Process

The application and approval process to become a foster home is much like the adoption application process. Our process includes but is not limited to: Submitted Application, Interview, Home Visit and Reference Interviews. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply.


Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email then one of our volunteers will be in touch with you within 1-3 days. Please remember we are a volunteer-based rescue and at times it may take longer to contact you.

The purpose of this interview is to better acquaint ourselves with you and you with us. You will have an opportunity to learn more about what to expect in being a volunteer with ACDR and ask any questions you may have about us in general.

Our volunteers are located throughout the state so the phone call could come from a variety of area codes. Our volunteers will ALWAYS leave a message if able to and could also text or email you if needed.

The purpose of a home visit is to ensure that your environment is safe, secure and appropriate for a foster. Please note that we assess each home individually. We have fosters who live in apartments, rural and suburb homes as well as ranches. Each application is special in its own way and we assess them as such.

We require references for all volunteer applicants. The references you provide will be asked to share with our volunteer how they know you and know you as a pet owner in general.

Here are a few common questions and our answers:

Please let us know if you would like for us to further expand on any one of these questions or have different ones. We are happy to answer any question you may have.

ANYONE who has room in their hearts to help our ACD’s!!  We require you have a safe and secure environment and a life style conducive to an ACD’s needs. Prior experience with the breed is preferred as well

Every animal is different, but a Foster family can expect to have their ACD for as little as 2 weeks and up to 3 months or more, the average being 2-4 months.

We understand the individual needs of our foster families! We strive to meet the needs of our dogs AND volunteers. We want you to feel supported and respected so we will never expect you to do anything you are not comfortable with or able to perform.

We won’t lie; you do get attached to them! When you love and care for another creature you get attached, so it is reasonable to think that after several weeks of caring, training and loving your foster ACD you wouldn’t be able to part with them. However when you find their perfect forever home and you get to see the joy both human and dog bring to each other, it makes it all worth it! When you begin the first few can be hard but after each experience, you will find that the joy of match making far outweighs the loss. Many foster homes express this feeling like “the cherry on the top…. it’s the best part!”  You will not be alone, we have all been there and our team is filled with supportive and understanding volunteers eager to help.

A. Please EMAIL US. We will be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have.

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