PersimmonAustralian Cattle Dogs have always found themselves in shelters, as many people do not do proper research on the breed before acquiring an ACD. The need to have a network for them in Ohio is great. While Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team may be a newly formed group (mid 2014), this team has many years involved in rescue dating back to 2003. OCDRT Board Members backgrounds in animal control fields, business ownership fields, & the pet industry; all have been through the adoption process with other Rescues.

OCDRT takes in ACDs 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 its own home first. After OCDRT takes in an ACD, OCDRT then completes all the vetting, does evaluations, does necessary training and when the ACD is ready, offers them for adoption to approved homes via the adoption process. ACDs 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 its new family and our answer is always ‘YES!’ This breed is very loyal and 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 adult’s size, color, looks and temperament are known; a puppy is a blank slate. Breeding and how the pup is raised/socialized 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 and training. ACDs need tremendous amounts of each and they will test you nearly every day.


It is OCDRT’s goal to prevent ACDs from ending up in a shelter or looking for a new home, due to reasons that can be avoided, including issues that can present with an intact dog. Temperament is a huge issue with unaltered animals including dog aggression, item guarding, territory aggression, human aggression, etc due to hormones overruling the majority of their decisions. Medical issues are another issue with unaltered animals including every type of sexual organ cancer or malfunction. Running away or wandering off to follow their hormonal instinct is a huge reason they are found as strays and if they were displaying temperament issues in their home, they are never claimed. Many medical issues are very expensive to treat and manage so they are surrendered to a shelter or dumped or just not treated and left to suffer with their condition. Pregnancy is another issue, wanted or unwanted it is very expensive to properly care for a pregnant female and all the pups until they are 8 weeks of age and able to leave the litter and Mom. With all this to consider, OCDRT feels by assisting with alters, many reasons for re-homing an ACD can be avoided.

With the above issues in mind, Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team has implemented an Alter Program specifically for ACDs in Ohio. In order to request alter assistance you must adhere to the following terms:
1) must be an Australian Cattle Dog – confirmed by the OCDRT Board
2) must live in Ohio – confirmed by the OCDRT Board
OCDRT will pay up to $100, towards the alter only, directly to the Veterinary Clinic where the alter procedure will be completed. This program will only be active as funding allows.
If you want to request assistance, please email info@OCDRescueteam.org with:
1) your shelter paperwork, if adopted
2) photos of your ACD – both sides and front
3) documentation showing you live in Ohio (utility bill)
4) vet clinic information including date of scheduled surgery
You will receive an email from OCDRT after the Board has reviewed your request.

We are a 501(c)3 so we are here to assist the public in our mission to help the breed of our choice, the Australian Cattle Dog. When someone makes a donation to our group, you are supporting this much needed fund, along with veterinary care and monthly expenses of our foster ACDs! Thank You!

OCDRT appreciates your support!