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My name is RUSTY!

I'm being cared for by
Herd It Through The Grapevine

Facts about me

Australian Kelpie
Black - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Pet ID

My info

Small red x Not good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

"Rusty" is a female Australian Kelpie, around 4 years old. This gentle and very sweet girl has been sitting unnoticed at the Yolo County (Woodland, CA) Animal Shelter for quite a while. When we learned about her, we we couldn't believe she hasn't been adopted, except that no one knows that this gem is there!  She very much wants to please, and needs someone who appreciates how smart, devoted and loving Kelpies can be.
Rusty walks nicely on leash, as seen in the attached video. As a young adult working breed, she still likes to play and needs daily exercise, as seen in the second video link.

She would do best in a calm, adult-only home, where her person is active and can give her the physical and mental activity she needs. We recently learned that when she bonds with a person, she loves and prizes them so much that she will try to protect and guard them from others. She is also not be comfortable with the loud noises or sudden movements. For these reasons, she should not be in a home with children. As a girl with a soft personality, she is fine with other friendly, easy going dogs. She is not comfortable if a dog is pushy or in her face.

We don't know her past, but Rusty is much more comfortable meeting women than men. Once she learns that someone is fine and will not harm her, she will warm up and become your best friend. Rusty may initially not approach, especially men she doesn't know. She needs someone who understands her worry about new people and who will give her the space and time to observe and approach you when she is ready. Once she realizes who her new person is, she will blossom and offer all the love in her heart. Because of her desire to protect her person, she needs someone who has experience working with dogs to socialize her and teach her to expand her trust of others. Until she learns that she doesn't need to guard her person, Rusty would do best living with a single person in a quiet environment.

If you would like to meet Rusty or have questions about her, please contact Yolo County Animal Services: Email: or call (530) 668-5287 (choose a # option to speak with someone).

May 19, 2023, 7:24 pm

Herd It Through The Grapevine

Contact info
Pet ID
P.O. Box 9585, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

We ask potential adopters interested in one of our dogs to contact us or fill out our online adoption form, on our website: (click on "Adopt" tab).
We do our best to work with potential adopters to ensure that they find a dog that is a good fit for them. Our adoptable dogs are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed/neutered (unless very young puppies). We request a donation/fee when dogs are adopted, to help reimburse us for all the costs associated with our rescue and care for each dog (veterinary, care, food, transport, etc.). We have an adoption agreement/transfer form when dogs are adopted to a new owner. This includes requiring that a dog/puppy be spayed/neutered, if not already done.

Go meet their pets

We are a foster based rescue. As such, our dogs are located at different locations. Please contact us, by phone or email, if you are interested in meeting any of our dogs.

More about this rescue

Herding dogs are often misunderstood, due to their special nature (herding drive, high energy, and extreme intelligence). They are often surrendered or abandoned, and/or euthanized, when people realize they are unable to meet the needs of or handle these dogs.

Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.