Newt has just completed a Good Manners Dog Obedience course and is ready to go into an intermediate dog training class so that he can earn his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. He walks well on a leash (besides a little pulling but we are working on that) and knows commands “sit”, “no”, "leave it", “down”, “watch me”, “heel” “easy” and “forward”. He also knows how to "load up" in his person’s car on command. He is an extremely smart, food motivated, focused, athletic boy with a high herding drive that has the potential to learn so much more. We believe he would excel at herding (no herding horses), agility or other dog sports with an experienced individual.
Newt would also make a great jogging/running partner. He loves walks, hiking and running off leash in the country with his person. He needs a daily exercise routine to burn off his extra energy. He would really love a home that will allow him to hang out on the couch and sleep in the bed with his person. In fact Newt himself requires that he be allowed to sleep in bed with his person or will keep them up at night barking until he gets his way. He does know when his person goes to bed that it is his bed time also.
Newt would do best as an only dog or in a home with another submissive dog that is his same height (14 inches from the withers) or shorter since he wants to be the tallest dog in the home. Newt can be aggressive towards dogs taller than himself in his home. He does well around larger dogs in public or when hiking or park type settings but he does not do well with larger dogs in his home. Since Newt has a high herding drive he doesn't do well with cats (No Cats). He also wouldn't do well in a home with other small animals or birds since his herding instinct is so strong that it sometimes turns into a prey drive. Newt enjoys being outdoors and requires a home with a fenced yard. He will NOT do well living in an apartment because he is very vocal and bark's quite loud often. In fact he barks to tell his foster mom to hurry up with his food when she is preparing it for him. He should always be supervised when outside because his little active mind is always looking for something to do which could lead him to mischief.
Newt’s house training has come a long ways since first coming into rescue. He wakes his foster mom up 2-3 times during the night/early morning hours to be let outside to potty. However if his foster mom does not get up to let him out in time he will have an accident. Newt is in a routine in which he is taken outside as soon as his foster mom gets out of bed in the morning, when he wakes her and immediately when she comes home after leaving the house. Newt requires a home that can give him a structured routine like he craves as most with other Miniature Australian Shepherds.
**PLEASE NOTE: At this time, TMAR has a lack of foster homes with children, Therefore we are unable to place our dogs in homes with young children under the age of 8 years old. We only have a few foster homes that volunteer their time and expertise. We also do not adopt to college students. It has been our experience in the past that most do not know where life will take them in the next few years and adopting a dog is a serious lifetime commitment for the dog.
Texas Mini Aussie Rescue’s (TMAR) purpose is to place homeless Miniature Australian Shepherds into loving forever homes suited to each individual dog’s needs. We take special care to match the right home with the right Mini Aussie, ensuring a lifetime of love for both the dog and the adopter. To ensure the best matches are made, we have a process that is effective in determining the best homes for our animals. Our adoption process may seem time consuming or unnecessarily complicated, but please understand that we have our dogs’ best interests at heart. We strive to find the best homes possible for each of our dogs, as well as find the right dog for you and your lifestyle.
Please understand that our organization is completely run by unpaid volunteers, who dedicate their free time to help these dogs aside from having full time employment and families to care for. If your references are unavailable, it will delay the process, since those must be checked before moving forward. The entire adoption process takes time; we are unwilling to sacrifice being thorough when the dog’s future is at stake. We thank you for your time and patience throughout our adoption process.
Steps 1 – Fill out an Adoption Application
The first step is to have you fill out an adoption application located on our websites Forms page at http://www.texasminiaussierescue.org/forms.html. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, training beliefs and background with animals. In addition please review our Adoption Contract also located on the Forms page.
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, TMAR has a lack of foster homes with children, Therefore we are unable to place our dogs in homes with young children under the age of 8 years old due to lacking foster homes with younger children.
Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review
Our application review volunteers will initially screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. If your application is incomplete we cannot process your application.
Step 3 – Veterinary References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if all your previous and/or current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations as well as current on heart worm prevention. Please contact your veterinarian(s) and give them permission to provide a reference to TMAR when one of our volunteers contacts them.
If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify the spay/neuter, vaccination and heart worm preventative status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be stopped and we will continue to process other applications until you can provide this information.
Step 4 – Landlord Approval Verified
If it is determined that you rent your home; your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have a dog in your home. If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 5 – Personal References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact your two personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you to be a responsible pet owner.
This is the portion of the process that can take the most amount of time. It is helpful if you contact your references and ask them to return our calls in a timely manner.
If our reference checking volunteers have any major concerns about adopting a dog to you, based on communication with your references, your application may be denied at this point in the process.
Step 6 – Home Visit and Applicant Interview
TMAR requires home visits to determine if the dog will be living in a safe environment. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, and your home environment along with determining which dog(s) in our program might be the best fit for your family. The home visit volunteer will do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and will advise on any areas of concern. All household members must be present for the home visit.
Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Since the majority of our volunteers are based in Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas other locations in Texas may be too difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit at this time. We will let you know ASAP if your application needs to be denied due to our inability to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit. We do not approve out of state adoptions nor do we ship our dogs.
If our home visit volunteers have any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 7 – Meeting between Approved Applicant & Available Dogs
TMAR does not have a shelter where the dogs can be visited. Our dogs are in foster homes. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our adoptable dogs until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you have been approved, a volunteer (usually the foster) will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. This meeting usually will occur at the fosters residence.
Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular dog. For some dogs we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the dog before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit for the dog. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the dog, does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, you may be denied adoption of that particular dog but you may be allowed to adopt another dog.
Step 8 – Adoption
When you have been approved to adopt a specific TMAR dog you will be required to sign an adoption contract and provide payment of the adoption fee. Please see the Adoption Contract on the Forms page by clicking HERE page.
The adoption fee for an adoptable Mini Aussie through TMAR is $300.00 which helps to cover veterinarian expenses in regards to spay/neuter surgery, rabies, vaccinations, microchip, exams, heart worm testing, heart worm preventative, flea and tick preventative and treatment for injuries or illnesses as well as any other care related expenses as needed. Each dog comes with its own matching collar, leash, harness (if available) and TMAR identification tag that is kept on the dog until the adopter is able to replace it with an identification tag of their own. Because veterinarian services and care are expensive the adoption fee is used towards helping TMAR continue to rescue more Mini Aussies in need. All of our dogs are fully vetted prior to becoming available for adoption.
We have a two week refund period meaning if you decide the dog is not a good fit for your home and you return him/her within the two week refund period we will return your adoption fee to you or possibly match you with another dog that is a better fit for your home. The adoption fee will be deposited upon receipt and refunded only if the adopted dog is returned within the two week refund period.
If at any time you are having issues with your adopted dog, please contact TMAR or email your contact person to inform us. A volunteer will be in touch with you asap.
Step 9 –Post Adoption Follow-up Visit
Our adoption contract contains a clause that allows one of our volunteers or a representative the ability to perform a follow-up visit. We may require such a visit to check on how the dog is doing in its new home or if we feel that the terms of the adoption contract are not being met. Texas Mini Aussie Rescue is committed to the life, health and well being of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog’s life. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the dog, we require, by contract that the dog be returned to us.
ATTENTION: Although we do our best to work with our adoptable Mini Aussies on correcting undesirable behaviors and learning a few basic commands, our dogs are not obedience trained nor do we present them as such, and we strongly urge our adopters to enroll in a training class within the first month of adoption. This will help to shape the behaviors that are important to you and your lifestyle and to encourage your adopted Mini Aussie to be the dog you want them to be.
Please keep in mind when inquiring about adopting a Mini Aussie that TMAR does not ship dogs to people sight unseen, adopt dogs out of state or in areas lacking TMAR approved volunteers and representatives. We also do not adopt to college students as it has been our experience in the past that most do not know where life will take them in the next few years and adoption of a dog is a lifetime commitment for the dog.
Adoptions are not on a first come first serve basis as our main goal is to match the Mini Aussies we've rescued with a forever family that is best suited to each dog’s individual personality and needs ensuring a lifetime of love for both the dog and the adopter.
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