Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team
a 501(c)3 Organization
Registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and State of Ohio

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Who We Are

Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team is an all volunteer 501(c)3 Organization, who is newly formed, however this Team has many combined years working together in Rescue. The Founders of OCDRT have been active in ACD Rescue since 2003 along with backgrounds in the animal control fields, business ownership fields, non-profit fields, & all have been through the adoption process with other Rescues.
OCDRT is registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as an operating rescue, & is verified by the State of Ohio as a 501(c)3 Organization. We welcome you to join us in our mission of helping the homeless ACD's find their right forever home & with our continued support before & after adoption, we want to make sure our Adopters & Foster ACD's know
"You'll Never Walk Alone".

About The Rescue

Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team's foster homes are based in the Akron & Columbus Ohio areas. These foster homes have large yards fenced in for safe off leash play. Our foster dogs live in our homes with us and are treated like one of our own. While with us they learn housebreaking, crate training, general obedience, leash skills, house manners, socialization with new people, live with multiple dogs, traveling in a vehicle, and a few other things depending on the foster dog. Each foster dog continually socializes with humans & other dogs. All our fosters are completely vetted and evaluated for a minimum of 2-3 weeks to learn their likes/dislikes and what type of home they need, while in their foster homes. Once they have cleared their evaluation time period, all received applications will be processed to find the proper match.
OCDRT has an Alter Program open to all ACDs in Ohio. If you adopt an ACD from and Ohio shelter, or are an Ohio owner of an ACD, OCDRT will pay up to $100 directly to a vet clinic for their alter. For additional information please email info@ocdrescueteam.org

Breed & Adoption Information

Thank you very much for stopping by OCDRT's page and reading more about the breed and adoption.

Our goal is simple - lower the quantity of unwanted ACD's by placing the properly matched foster into the properly screened adoptive home. When our process is followed you are rewarded with the joy of having the right foster placed in your home.

There are many variables in what a rescue is & we want to tell you a bit about our Program. OCDRT takes in ACD's primarily from shelters & Owner Surrenders are considered on a case by case basis if we have room. If you want to surrender your ACD please contact us, maybe we can assist you with keeping your ACD in it's own home first. After OCDRT takes in an ACD, OCDRT then completes all the vetting, does evaluations, does necessary training, & when the ACD is ready, offers them for adoption to approved homes. ACD's who find themselves in the shelter may be there for any number of reasons and most often it is through no fault of their own. This breed is not for everyone, they are very cute as puppies but when they start to herd / mouth / bark / ignore their person to do what pleases them (sometimes they are simply deaf), many people become overwhelmed and give the puppy away or surrender them to a shelter. These behaviors are all normal ACD behaviors, however most people do not want to deal with the intelligence that comes along with this sometimes stubborn breed that will take over a home if allowed. ;

Our fosters are normally older pups or young adults. We are often asked if the adult will bond with it's new family, our answer is always 'YES!'. This breed is very velcro & will typically pick one person in the family to shadow but will interact with all in the family. When you adopt an adult you skip all the 'unknowns' that come with a puppy. The adults size, color, looks, temperament are known, a puppy is a blank slate in looks & temperament. Breeding and raising will determine what kind of adult that puppy will become. If you still think you want a puppy, please know we do not adopt our puppies out until they are 16 weeks of age so we can have them altered / vaccinated and start a very strong foundation in socialization & training. ACD's need tremendous amounts of each and they will test you nearly every day. ;

Prior to Adoption all our ACDs have been altered, received appropriate vaccinations / de-wormings, & are micro-chipped. Heart Worm checks are done on dogs over 6 months of age & our check includes tick borne diseases. Our adoption fee is $250. Our costs have been averaged and any remaining fee after each Adoption goes into a vetting fund so we are able to assist with special medical needs fosters also.  

At OCDRT all our foster dogs have lived in their foster home for at least 2 - 3 weeks. This lets us learn their temperament, likes and dislikes, and training level of the dog. This is critical in placing the dogs in the proper home. Placement mistakes where a dog needs to be returned are rare because of this procedure. It isn't fair to the dog or the new owner when a dog goes out and then is returned because it is not compatible with the lifestyle. OCDRT prides itself in knowing the ACD's before determining which home is a good match. We want both the Adopter and Foster to be compatible and happy. When an ACD is returned it is confusing to them and we want to avoid this, so bear with us during our evaluation period. 

Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team is dedicated to helping this specific breed, so please be honest in your answers to our questions and keep an open mind. We realize that ACDs are not the breed for everyone. We hope you have a better understanding of OCDRT's Program. If you would like more information on the ACD breed please read the following. 

Australian Cattle Dogs are a herding breed. They were bred to drive cattle all day in harsh conditions, & to make decisions on their own. This means they are very active most of the day physically& mentally. It is the rare ACD that doesn't need something to do all day, they do exist but most often those are the ACD's who keep their homes & don't find themselves in a shelter. If they do not have an outlet for their physical and mental activity, such as another compatible active dog or allowed to participate in their human's activities, they can become barkers, destructive, over-protective, or will wander off. ACD's can escape a 6' fence with ease if they wish, either by climbing or jumping. Invisible fencing will not stop an ACD on a mission either, nor will it stop strange dogs/animals/people from wandering onto your property, causing your ACD to defend their property and possibly hurting someone or your ACD being injured. Raised properly they can be great with your children, however this does not mean they will be great with your child's friends. If the children start to wrestle, chase, etc the ACD may see this play as 'their' child being in danger and it will trigger them to protect. They will also herd kids just like they were bred to herd livestock so it's very important any interaction is monitored and channeled into proper behavior. Herding any human is strictly off limits and not to be encouraged. Supervision is always a must between children and dogs. Baby gates & crates are a great way to keep harmony in the home when babies/toddlers are around, & as the children grow they need to be taught to interact properly with the animals in the home. Some can become aggressive/rude/bullies towards other dogs and will rarely back down from a fight if provoked. This is true of both sexes. It is paramount that an ACD is socialized continually for its entire lifetime. Even an adult ACD can be socialized properly to help them relearn proper social skills. We modify this behavior in nearly all the ACD's that come into OCDRT. As your companion they absolutely must have basic obedience, and know you are not to be challenged. If they feel you are not in control they will take over the household determining who can come and go, who can move, what they can be told to do, etc. They do not take to rough handling, and the corrections need to match the improper behavior, & will usually bend over backward for their "human" when worked with positive reinforcement & proper corrections.  

ACD's are smart, quick learners, that excel in obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving, disc, search & rescue, and herding trials. ACD's will push you to learn new ways of training and reading your companion. Their "wash and wear" coats need little maintenance. A brushing twice a week and tick or flea checks daily are about it. Baths should be given only when necessary to retain the oil in the coat. They are the right size for traveling, and will protect your vehicle and belongings without hesitation. They bond well with the family but usually will pick out their special "human". They expect honesty and fairness from you and will demand it. In the right home they are a wonderful, lifelong companion. 

Presenting both sides of an ACD is important because they excel at being amazing in the proper home and absolutely frustrating in the wrong home. These dogs can live to be fourteen (14) years old with ease. The World Record for longest lived dog was an ACD who lived to be 29 years old! We devote our time, money, heart and soul into our fosters but when we see them matched up with the proper family our heart sings with the joy they express.


Donations are greatly appreciated! Adoption fees alone do not cover all the medical bills involved with our fosters, since we do not turn away a foster due to medical needs. For a donation of $30 you can sponsor a foster ACD for a month. Once their initial vetting is done there are still monthly costs involved including: food, heartworm prevenative, flea prevention, de-wormer, toys, chews, treats, etc. You will get monthly emails & pictures updating you on your "sponsored foster" and be noted in their bio with a THANK YOU for your sponsorship. We are also signed up for Kuranda Bed donations! If you would like more information on either form of donation, please email us at info@OCDRescueteam.org for details. 

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Transporting an ACD is another great way to help out. We are asked to take in ACD's from Ohio and neighboring states, sometimes further if it is a special needs case. If you have reliable transportation, a cell phone, a crate, knowledge of handling dogs, and some time you can help get a dog to the safety of rescue and enjoy its company for an hour or two! It's a great way to help and meet these wonderful foster dogs. The Founders of OCDRT have all done many a transport and we always go home with a smile, knowing we just helped another ACD off to a great start. You also get to meet some really neat people and see the scenic highway. Does this sound like fun? Please email info@OCDRescueteam.org for more details.

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Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team
Creston, OH 44217
Email: Adoptions ~ acdrsqohio@gmail.com

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