We are not a shelter or public facility, with regular business hours, where potential adopters can drop in at any time and go home with a dog of their choice. All of our animals are fostered in private homes, or at Cavorting K9s Retreat, which allows us to properly assess their temperament and behaviour, and understand the type of family that will best suit their needs.
We are a firm believer that it takes at least a month for the dog to learn the new home routine & get comfortable enough to be themselves. If, at any time during the 30 day trial period, it is determined that the dog is not a good fit to your family and lifestyle, the dog must be returned to AB Herding Dog Rescue. At that point, we will revisit any other applications received for that dog.
Please note that many of these herding breeds are transferred or surrendered to us because they exhibit
We rarely get a "couch potato" that is happy to just sit in the yard and watch the world go by. It is even rarer that we get puppies less than a year old or well-trained stock dogs.
It is more likely that we will get a dog that was found as a stray, was chasing livestock and in danger of being shot or would shut down when worked on livestock, was nipping the kids or smaller animals or chasing bicyclists/cars, is somewhat fearful of specific types of people, barked excessively or has resource guarding or separation anxiety issues or some other obsessive behaviour often left to manifest into a bigger problem that owners had difficulty dealing with. So before you fill out an adoption application, please be sure you are willing to work with the dog's known issues - those that are described in their history as well as any issues observed while in foster care.
We also take in dogs who have special or medical needs as well as active seniors. Once we take these seniors & special dogs into rescue, they are welcome to stay until the perfect match is found - that adopter willing to deal with their special needs or medical issues or that active senior looking for a companion to age gracefully with.
Until that perfect match is found, the dogs are welcome to romp around or even retire at the Retreat, where they are already comfortable.