Name: Freddie
Age: 5-7 years old
Breed: Mini Aussie
Gender: Male

Freddie is a very sweet 5-7 year old Aussie boy. On the smaller side, coming in at only 45 pounds, he is the perfect constant companion. He spent his entire first part of his life outside, before coming to CHAR. He was covered in tight matts over 85% of his body. He had to be shaved for two hours to free him from them. He was a perfect gentleman the whole time! He is fully potty trained and can be left out in the house all by himself. Since he is out of his teen years, you don’t have to worry about coming home to chewed up shoes! Freddie LOVES his dog bed & bones.

Freddie is a bit anxious with new dogs. He IS friendly with proper introduction and time for everyone to relax and meet. He would do best in a home either as an only dog, or with a dog who does not compete for attention. He is 110% a Velcro dog and sees himself as the canine male alpha of the home. He will follow you around the entire house (bathroom included!). However, he does not get up on furniture or jump up on people – he is the PERFECT gentleman! He does well with dog savvy cats and ignores them.

For an “older” dog, he can keep up with the youngest of them! He loves balls and to go for walks (learning leash skills quickly). He is on the higher end of energy level, but once he has had a good long walk/hike, or play session, he will curl up at your feet for movie night. He does NOT handle a crate well, as it increases his anxiety. He rides very well in the car.

Freddie loves his people – all people, actually. He has yet to meet a human that he did not instantly love. He LOVES (respectful) children and has even done well with the toddlers and babies he has met. He does sometimes display a little resource guarding over his foster mom towards the other alpha male dog in the home (never towards a human). He has gotten MUCH better since arriving and we strongly believe that this will disappear once his is secure and confident in his new home.

Freddie has so much love to give and would love a family to call his own. He is such a good dog and deserves to spend the latter half of his life with a family inside a loving home.

Freddie is heart worm positive and is currently undergoing heartworm treatment. He will be ready for adoption around the end of January. He is neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. He is currently fostered in Greenville, SC and his adoption fee is $250.



Name: Macbeth
Age: 1 1/2 years old
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Gender: Male

My name is Macbeth, but my people call me “Mac Mac” and “Macaroni” sometimes. I think I am around one-and-a-half years old now. Even though my name hearkens to a Shakespearean tragedy, I am not one to get down on my past, as I have lots of spirit, and I hope you can make my future even brighter! My humble beginnings aren’t the happiest, as I spent the first 7 months in a kennel with my siblings, but then I had a glimmer of hope as some very nice people took us in after we had been dropped off at a shelter.

My new life was starting, but my heart was set for adventure, as I’m an avid travel enthusiast after spending SO much time locked up. I decided to go out on my own for a summer sabbatical and lived life carefree like the three musketeers with my raccoon and large kitty friend! My foster mom was able to see me from a distance, and was keeping me well fed while I was taking the time to find myself. I had a mishap with a car that left me pretty banged up and I decided that full time life in the great outdoors was not for me. So I sought refuge in a barn and was again brought in by some really nice people and have now resumed life as a pampered indoor pup.

My legs are all healed up and I get to go on walks and play outside (in the safety of the fence) again! I still love being outside so I want to have my own yard. It needs to be fenced so that I don’t have the urge to go on another adventure on my own. I also really like other dogs so it’d be nice to make some more friends of my own kind. I can be very shy at first, but if you give me a chance I will make a great companion for you and your family. I need a family that will understand my introverted and nervous personality and help bring me out of my shell. It may be a process, but some stuff happened to me that I can’t seem to forget about. Even though I can’t talk to you, I am the best snuggler and a really great listener. I don’t mind sitting there for hours while you tell me your story. I hope to meet my forever family soon!

Macbeth is up to date on vaccines, neutered, and microchipped. He is currently fostered in Charlotte, NC and his adoption fee is $300. He will need a home with at least one other friendly dog (he has also met and done well with cats) and a fenced in yard. He would likely do best in a more low-key home without a lot of coming and going. He is still considered a flight risk and will need a diligent family to ensure he does not go on another walk-about. At present, Macbeth does not have any lingering issues from his injuries, but may suffer from arthritis as he ages.

We are not accepting new applications at this time – as we hope to have a pre-approved applicant who will be a good fit for this sweet boy. If you are an approved adopter and are interested in Macbeth, please contact the adoption committee!



Name: Obi-Wan
Age: 2 year
Breed: Mini-Aussie/Sheltie mix
Gender: Male
Weight: 8 lbs

Hey! My name is Obi-Wan. I’m a 2-year-old black-tri Miniature American Shepherd. I’m almost 8 pounds now and love to eat, play, and work for treats.

So, let me tell you a little about me. I’m the total package. Adorable, well-groomed, little yet fierce, athletic, and loyal.

But first, we have to get to know each other and I take my time with that because I’m worth it. Okay, and also new people are scary. They want to touch me right away and I’m not ready to move so fast. So, what’s a guy to do? I bark but they keep coming. It’s like no one wants to listen to the little guy but I have a lot to say if someone would just listen.

When I met my foster mom for the first time, she ignored me and I appreciated that. She got me right away. It took me about 30 minutes to get her but now she is the coolest person I know.  She says she’s going to get rid of me (adopted she calls it) and that eventually I’ll think someone else is even cooler, but I’m nervous about that. She’s yet to disappoint me so I’m going to try to have faith.

Now, once we are cool with each other, that’s when the real Obi comes out.

Are you looking for a couch potato? NOT IT!

I am feisty and full of energy. My foster sissy is a border collie and she doesn’t even hold a candle to my drive and speed. When we play fetch, I always win and she’s left eating my dust. I love to play whatever you want to play. I’m learning something called flyball right now. There’s a ball and I get it and run back with it and then the tug drops and it’s then there’s a tug party! The tugging is the best part. The ball is fun too but I could tug all day long.

You might be thinking, but you are so little Obi! How do you have so much energy?

I was born this way! Nothing keeps me down. Sometimes my foster mom will say that I have no self-preservation and we need to sit and catch our breath but that’s torture. There are toys to squeak, balls to catch, frisbees to toss, and squirrels, bunnies, cats (gently!), and other dogs to herd! Waiting is awful but she makes me do it even if I protest.

My foster mom said I have to tell you these other things too, but imma also explain my position and hopefully, you will understand.

So…my mouth. It likes to touch hands and feet. And toys too, and the moving vacuum. Oh, the vacuum. I could bite her for days. Anyway, I digress…so sometimes hands and feet get in the way of toys or other things and I can’t help myself. It’s confusing and I’m still trying to figure it all out. What is okay to bite and what isn’t? There’s a fine line and get blurred. We all have issues.

I also like to be the center of attention (not the worst thing!) and I can be a little pushy about that. I’m learning about boundaries and trying really hard. I live with 5 other dogs right now and they get a lot of attention too. And I need attention. And what if my foster humans run out of attention. It’s a lot to worry about.

And that brings me to this last little thing.

I have anxiety. I said it. A lot of us little Aussies have this issue. But I’m told that it doesn’t make me “bad”. I just need people who can understand me and be patient. Then I will reward you with the best kisses and cuddles in the world + total and complete trust and loyalty for the rest of my days.

Maybe my foster mom is right and an even cooler mom and/or dad is out there right now reading this. Could it be you? If you are interested in meeting and ignoring each other, reach out to CHAR and they will hook us up.

Obi Wan is available for adoption to an experienced home. He requires patience, on-going training, some type of fitness/sport regime, and a friend to play with. Obi takes time to open up to new people and does exhibit fearful tendencies (barking/lunging) with new people, this makes him unsuitable for a home with children.

Obi gets along with other dogs and cats. He does show a strong herding instinct and will chase cats if they give chase but he’s never hurt them. He’s a lot of “all bark, no bite”.

He is very mouthy and will mouth hands and feet. He needs help working on impulse control and boundaries.

Obi is crate and house trained. He is neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on vaccines.

Overall, Obi is a high energy herding dog that needs an output for his energy and some training for his reactivity to new people. He has the potential to be a great little dog.



Name: Fenrir
Age: 3 – 5 years old
Breed: Australian  Shepherd
Gender: Male

Everyone meet Fenrir, Finn to his closest pals!  Fenrir is a 3 to 5-year-old, male Australian Shepherd looking for a low-key home to call his own.  For such a young guy, Fenrir is surprisingly laid back and is just as happy to chase a tennis ball as he is to curl up for a weekend of Netflix binging and belly rubs.  He does enjoy a good walk – and is diligently working on his leash manners.

Fenrir has quickly picked up on simple commands and has nearly mastered sit, “get in your bed” (crate time!) and is mostly housetrained.  He is a quirky fellow and needs to be watched when out for a potty break – lest you want to step in a piddle puddle in your socks.  He also prefers to eat off a plate – he spent the first few days in foster refusing to eat (even the stinkiest of cat foods) until he had his dinner served on a plate instead of in a bowl.

Fenrir does take treats a little rough if not reminded, so we do not recommend him to a home with children under 8.  He can be a little shy to start, but warms up quickly.  He’s done great with the dogs his met and happily ignores the kitties in his foster home.

Fenrir is UTD on vaccines, microchipped, and is neutered.  He is currently fostered in Columbia, SC and his adoption fee is $300.



Name: Darwin
Age: 7 months (November 2018)
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Gender: Male

Darwin is a 7-month-old, mid to high energy, bi-colored Australian Shepherd, who is a super sweet, happy and smart boy looking for a family to call his own!

Darwin is a confident pup, who is very respectful of other dogs (including his grumpy older foster brother), but will stand his ground when pushed. He is happiest when playing with/chewing on his other foster brother (not the grumpy one) or being outside either on walks or in the running around the backyard with his foster brothers. Outside is the best, especially chasing leaves! On his solo walks, Darwin walks well on a leash, but in a group, he does pull a bit to outpace his foster siblings. Even better than being outside for Darwin is dinner and snacks — that’s when his bunny tendencies come out as he hops to his crate for mealtime. Darwin is incredibly food motivated, which makes training easy. However, if you are without snacks, Darwin does exhibit some “selective hearing” in his responsiveness to commands. His foster family is working hard on teaching him that four paws on the ground means more ear scratches (the best thing ever) and other commands like “drop it” (the worst). Darwin loves people and, in true Velcro form, is never far from you. In the times when he is tired, Darwin settles down nicely for snuggles or with an antler or bone to chew.

Darwin is house-broken and crate trained, and would do well to a family who would continue his training as he shows a lot of promise! Darwin would love a home with another dog to play with and also show him how he can be the best dog he can be. His previous home did have children and cats, and he did very well with them, but has not interacted with either in his foster home. However, given his bunny-like tendencies, enthusiastic treat eating, and 50 lb (and growing!) size, he may be best with a home with older children. Darwin would love an active family with a fenced yard to call his own, or an outdoorsy adopter willing to take him on lots of adventures (car rides are the best!).

Darwin is up to date on vaccines, neutered, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $325 and he is currently fostered in Greensboro, NC.