My name is Rufio!

Australian Shepherd Dog for adoption in Salt Lake City, Utah - Rufio
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Herding Haven

Facts about Rufio

  • Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Color: Merle
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
True to his namesake, Rufio is truly a "lost boy". An owner surrender to the shelter because he couldn't handle strangers coming into the house, Rufio has a hard time accepting people he doesn't know. Once he knows and trusts you he is a very playful and affectionate dog; but it takes time and patience to gain his trust. Rufio would do best in home without children and with someone who is experienced with this breed and the trust issues they often have. He is good with other dogs that don't threaten him or get in his face and lives peacefully with the resident cat. Rufio is crate-trained, walks well on a leash and loves to fetch an play with toys. He would do well in agility or flyball...something to engage his mind and body as well as build confidence. Ruffio is approximately 2 years old, neutered and up-to-date on his vaccinations. If you are interested in Rufio, please contact

About Herding Haven

About Our Rescue Group...

Herding Haven is a non-profit (501c3) organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs with special needs so that they may become more adoptable. The dogs in our rescue come largely from shelters where they have been deemed "unadoptable" to the general public due to physical disabilities, medical problems and/or behavioral issues. Herding Haven provides medical care, physical and behavioral rehabilitation and then works to very hard to find the dogs the perfect forever home.

Come Meet Our Pets...

All of the dogs in our rescue are in foster homes. Potential adopters will be put in touch with the dog's foster and will set up a meet-and-greet.

Our Adoption Process...

Potential adopters must complete the following:
1. complete an adoption applications (which includes a personal reference and a vet reference).
2. Have a meet and greet to determine "fit"
3. Undergo a home check
4. Complete a trial adoption (2-7 days0
5. Complete an adoption contrace
6. Pay an adoption fee ($100 for seniors, $125 adult dogs, $150 for puppies).