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We are in URGENT need of foster homes in Illinois and Indiana! If you are not in a position to make a lifelong commitment by adopting a dog, please consider being a temporary foster home.

To see a brochure about ARPH fostering CLICK HERE

To fill out a foster application, which is the first step in fostering CLICK HERE

For specific questions about ARPH fostering in IL and IN please contact our reps below
IL/IN - Missy Cramer Click to Email Missy
IL/IN - Wynne Ton Click To Email Wynne


Thanks for all those who stopped and saw us at the Arlington Park Pet Expo
More events coming in the Spring and Summer!


Over 130 Aussies found new homes in 2009 through the combined efforts of the Illinois and Indiana Chapters of ARPH!

To learn more about the Illinois Chapter of ARPH, including volunteering, fostering and adopting, please follow the links on this page or contact one of our reps, Missy or Wynne.

Who We Are

Australian Shepherd Rescue and Placement Helpline, Inc (ARPH) is a not for profit adoption referral organization dedicated to placing Australian Shepherds that have been abandoned, neglected, or whose present home cannot or will not keep them any longer, into caring loving and permanent homes. We are also dedicated to helping Aussie owners find ways to keep their Aussies, rather than give them up. ARPH is the official rescue organization for the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). We have over 400 volunteers throughout the US and Canada. Our volunteers receive no compensation for their dedicated efforts, except for the deep personal satisfaction of a successful adoption.

Adopting a friend

Adopters must complete an adoption application which can be found at our primary web site: Potential adopters undergo an extensive screening process. There is an adoption fee of $200, unless stated otherwise. Our Aussies are spayed/neutered prior to adoption (in almost all cases). They are also current on vaccines. In addition, many of our foster dogs have had basic obedience training and are house-trained and or crate-trained. Occasionally, puppies end up in rescue, but most of the Aussies are 6 months and up. There are many advantages to adopting an adult dog, one of which is that it's personality and temperament are more likely to be known. Australian Shepherds end up in rescue for many reasons, including: * too energetic * not good with children * their owners had a new baby * their owners don't have time * allergies in the family * family moves * owner's illness or death * too protective. Our Aussies have gone onto lead happy lives as loving companions. They are also found doing therapy work, obedience, agility, tracking and flyball.

You can visit us on-line at

Help an Aussie by Donating a Thundershirt!

Many times foster dogs have been through a number of changes before coming into rescue and show signs of being anxious and nervous. Thundershirt is a proven solution for dog anxiety, fearfulness, over-excitement and training. Thundershirts can be very helpful when working with rescue dogs such as the Aussies in ARPH and through a program with Thundershirt it is now possible to have a Thundershirt donated to Aussies in foster care.

Donate a Thundershirt!
Australian Shepherd Rescue and Placement Helpline-

Phone: 1-877 ARPH-779


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