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 better 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 or isolation 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.
During this Covid damndemic, we have had more applications come in than we have dogs available. To that end, we have numerous applications that have been approved & are just waiting for the right dog to come into rescue. Priority will be given to those approved applications before new applications (for the same dog) will be considered.
If you would like more information about a particular dog, or you would like to fill out an application & get the process started, please email us at:
These dogs are relatively "happy-go-lucky" with few, if any, issues to deal with. If they have an issue, it is generally a single behaviour that can be managed with reward based training using treats and/or toys.
We sometimes take in extremely fearful or reactive dogs, knowing that it may take them a while to become more confident and/or less worried. These dogs may never be available to the general public because of their fearful or reactive snapping. However, because they can be very good dogs in their known environments, an experienced dog owner or trainer will likely be able to work with the issues.
To that end, these dogs are not great prospects for a busy, highly interactive or social lifestyle. They may be good sport or working prospects for an adopter who can focus solely on the dog but not for a busy family or multi-dog household or a busy public environment, such as dog parks or group outings.
We also take in dogs who have special or medical needs as well as active seniors. Once we take these seniors &/or special needs 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.
These dogs are currently not yet ready for adoption or may be permanent fosters. They could be on hold for a variety of reasons, such as behavioural assessments, spay/neuter procedures or other medical reasons. Sometimes they just need the right home &/or a very specific type of adopter. Inquiries are welcome!