- How do I adopt a dog?
If you live in California, please go
to the home page and click on Adopt. We do not adopt out of state. Fill out the Adoption
Application completely and click on submit. Your application
will be sent directly to Kim and all rescue representatives.
- When can I expect to hear from you when I send an adoption application?
While we receive the adoption application
the day it is submitted, it may take a week or more before
we get back to you. We receive more than 800 emails a day
and sometimes don't have time to respond immediately. Please
be patient and send Kim an email if you haven't received
a response within 5-7 days..
- How much does it cost to adopt an Aussie from NCAR?
NCAR is a non-profit organization that
relies completely on donations from people like you. We
ask a minimum of $400 per adopted dog, but will not turn
away a good home. Our dogs have been examined by a Vet,
are current on their vaccinations, altered, heartworm negative
and often micro-chipped. We also get our seniors examined including a full blood panel and sometimes teeth cleaning Puppies are adopted with a spay/neuter contract and refundable $250 spay/neuter deposit. Altering paid by adopter, and deposit will be refunded upon written proof of altering. Minimum puppy adoption donation $250.
- Where do the rescued Aussies come from?
Most of our Aussies come from shelters throughout northern California. Some come from owners who are no longer able to care properly for their dog. Since foster space is very limited, only the Aussies with the greatest need (such as shelter dogs in danger of being put to sleep) are fostered.
- How do I know if the dog I adopt is healthy?
Prior to adoption, each Aussie in foster
care is examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, brought up to date on shots
and is tested for heartworm. If there are other problems,
NCAR will do it's best to treat them. Each new owner is
given a full account of the dog's health history, but if
there is an on-going problem, the family will be informed
and it will be their decision whether or not to adopt the
- Will an adult Aussie bond to the family? Isn't a puppy going to bond better than an adult Aussie?
It is a fallacy that a raising a puppy creates a better bond than adopting an adult Aussie. Any Aussie, no matter what the age, is capable of forming a tight and lasting bond to its new family.
- What if I want a puppy?
NCAR (and most Aussie rescue groups)
seldom have puppies for adoption. But then again, adopting
an adult Aussie is advantageous as usually they are beyond
the teething stage and are able to be a full-fledged member
of the family immediately. We do have puppies occasionally, both purebred and mixed. See #3 above for donation.
- Can an adult Aussie be trained?
The old saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" just isn't true. Any Aussie, no matter what the age, is capable of learning. It may require more patience but rescued dogs are eager to learn.
- What if the Aussie just doesn't fit into the family?
Our primary goal is to match each rescue Aussie with its perfect 'forever' home. We rely on experience and intuition to guide us, but sometimes mistakes are made. We follow up for the first week or so and then rely on the adoptive owners to let us know how the dog is adapting. Often, for the first week or two, a rescue dog is on its best behavior (known as the "honeymoon" period), and only later does a problem develop. Many problems can be easily solved, but if a dog is causing distress or fear in a household, we will take him back immediately.