Basic Guidelines & Criteria for Adopting

It is your responsibility to carefully review these guidelines and criteria before submitting an application. If you lack the patience to review them thoroughly, you lack the patience for a herding dog.

  1. All CHAR dogs will be indoor companions. Aussies are highly intelligent and highly social dogs. They are used to being part of “a pack” and should be kept indoors with you and your family. We have also rescued numerous dogs that were neglected and left outside. They come to us for a better life, and we are trying to find them a home as a family member, not as an outdoor “watchdog”. We will not, under any circumstances, adopt to anyone who intends to keep their dog outdoors unattended.
  2. THE PROCESS: Our adoption process intentionally includes several steps and cannot be completed in one day. Expect this process to take 3-6 weeks from the time you submit an application to the time you receive an approval. Once approved, we will begin the matching process (see adoption steps for details).
  3. HOME INSPECTION: We require a home visit for all potential adopters. This is NOT a white glove inspection!! We simply want to meet the members of your family, as well as your current pets so that we can make sure the dog is a good fit for your family. This helps us to avoid returned dogs because there is a personality clash in the household.
  4. WE DO NOT SHIP: While we will gladly accept applications from outside of our immediate operating area, car transport must be arranged between yourself and a CHAR representative. In some rare cases, we may agree to meet you half way or use a professional transport, but if you are wishing to adopt a dog that is located hundreds of miles away, please make sure you are okay driving that distance before applying. We are happy to provide you with information on rescues located closer to your state.
  5. 10-15 Year Commitment: You must be willing to make a 10 to 15 year commitment to the dog. Our dogs have often already had a difficult start to their lives, and our mission is to place our rescues in their Forever Homes. If for an unseen, unavoidable reason you are unable to keep your dog in the future, it must be returned to CHAR. You may not rehome a CHAR dog on your own.
  6. NOISE: Aussies can be vocal dogs although not all are. Please take your proximity to your neighbors into consideration as they may not be understanding of a new family member who is vocal.
  7. NO GIFTS: We do not adopt out dogs to be given as gifts. CHAR has a rigorous screening process and we intend for the adopter to be the final caregiver for the dog they adopt.
  8. AGE OF ADOPTERS: We cannot adopt a dog to anyone under the age of 18 years old. If at any point in the application review process we come to feel that the intended primary caretaker of a dog is under the age of 18, we will terminate the process immediately.
  9. ROOMMATES AND/OR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: Each application is processed for the individual who completes the form. Aside from married couples or couples in long-term partnerships, we will not consider any situations where “co-adopting” is taking place. It is the responsibility of the adopter to ensure that all roommates/housemates, significant others, family members, etc. are clear on who exactly will claim ownership of the adopted dog. If a split occurs, the dog must remain in the custody of the official adopter, or be returned to CHAR.
  10. NEW PETS IN THE HOME: We require a minimum of 6 months to have passed since the addition of any new dogs or puppies in the home, before an applicant may adopt dog from our rescue. This is to give time for your new pet to settle in and become a part of the family. This wait period is suggested for all new pets, but will only be required by us if the new pet is a dog.
  11. SECURE YARD: We prefer that you have a fenced in yard, however we understand this is not always possible. If this is not an option, we must ensure adopter is committed to multiple daily leash walks in all kinds of weather (snow, heat, ice, pouring rain, etc.). We will look at this requirement on a case-by-case basis. Your dog MUST be kept on a leash unless it is in a secure area.
  12. RENTAL APPROVAL: If you are living in a rental property, you must provide written proof of landlord approval and payment of any required pet deposit
  13. GROOMING COMMITMENT: Aussies tend to have thick, multi-coat fur. They require weekly brushing, as well as the occasional bathing. You may want to set regular grooming appointments and take this cost into consideration.
  14. VET CARE: All current pets in the household must be spayed/neutered and current on all shots and vaccinations. Veterinarian references are verified as part of our screening process. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE APPROVED IF THESE CONDITIONS ARE NOT MET. Our adoption contract as well as our Puppy Adoption Addendum legally binds you to provide the dog with proper veterinary care, including a yearly wellness exam, up-to-date required vaccinations, and emergency care if necessary. You must also agree to keep the dog on monthly heartworm prevention and well as flea treatment.
  15. ADOPTION OF PUPPIES: We have a few special rules about adopting puppies from our rescue. Please read our puppy adoption information here as well as our Puppy Adoption Addendum.
  16. We often receive multiple applications interested in the same dog or puppy. As these dogs can be neither cloned nor chopped into pieces, only one applicant can adopt a dog. Please prepare yourselves and your family members for the possibility that you may not be selected to adopt the dog you are interested in.
  17. We reserve the right to deny an application without explanation.