Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. (MARS)

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Here in the Mid-Atlantic area it seems our homeless Minis come in waves and our Foster Homes are full!!! If we dont add some additional Foster Homes, we may have to start turning away dogs!! These are great little dogs that, after their ordeals, deserve to spend time in Happy Foster Homes while waiting for their "Forever Families".
We are a National Breed Specialty Rescue and wed be happy to add Foster Homes anywhere in the country. We are especially needy in the Pacific Northwest and South Eastern states. If you or anyone you know could foster a dog, even for just a few days in an emergency situation, or provide any type of support - please email

Together we can make life a little better for these guys and even if you can't foster you can still support our Mini-Mission by shopping MARS online store

***If you ever hear of a Mini Aussie needing to be rescued, please email MARS at immediately***

Canine MDR1 Mutation Info Center.

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Our education project is approaching it's two year anniversary. Our website continues to receive many visitors and we regularly field email queries on MDR1 from around the world.


2013 Mini Aussie Calendars!

Mini Aussie Rescue & Support (MARS) has published 2 wall calendars for 2013:

-- The 9th Annual Original Miniature Australian Shepherd Calendar where the photos just get better and better!

-- The MARS Rescue Calendar featuring a dozen of the 300+ dogs MARS has rescued in the past four and one half years.

-- And our Mini Aussies in Action Calendar with terrific photos of Mini Aussies at work, play and competing in dog sports.

All funds raised from the 2013 Calendar sales will help MARS rescue even more Mini Aussies in the upcoming year. All three calendars are available at the MARS online store at So, help us by planning your year with photos of beautiful Mini Aussies watching over you!

Is a Mini Aussie Right for You?

Mini Aussies are exploding in popularity as more people discover these wonderful dogs. But they're not for everybody. And since Mini Aussies can live 12 to15 years, getting a Mini Aussie is not a decision to be taken lightly. Many of our dogs arrive due to owner relinquishment caused by a misunderstanding of general Aussie temperament.

As with any herding breed placement, it's important to carefully match the energy level of each Miniature Australian Shepherd with the right home. While some Mini Aussies might live comfortably in an apartment for example, many will be too active for that environment and require much more room to exercise. As Mini Aussies can be reserved with strangers, it helps to socialize them by exposing them to a variety of people and outside experiences. And because of their coat and shedding, they are not recommended for people allergic to dog fur and dander. Most Minis require at least weekly brushing.

Mini Aussies are extremely loving and devoted to their families, incredibly smart, and can do well with children and other pets. A Mini Aussie will want to be a part of your life: they're often called "velcro dogs" because they will follow you everywhere. While they are comfortable outside in many climates, they are not kennel dogs as isolation from humans negatively affect their personalities. But, if you can provide lots of time, exercise, training and love, a Mini Aussie might be the right dog for you!

Who We Are

MARS is the first rescue group devoted exclusively to Miniature Australian Shepherds. Our goal is caring for, evaluating, and finding new homes for Mini Aussies in need and educating people about these wonderful dogs. MARS assists Mini Aussies of all ages, large and small. We are an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations and fund-raising to support our efforts.

Adopting a friend

Individuals or families wishing to adopt a MARS dog should download an Adopter Packet from our website . Once the completed Adopter Packet forms have been submitted, we will try to match you with the best dog for your home, when one is available. If interested in a specific dog you MUST complete the Adopter Packet forms before receiving specific information about that dog. You will not be considered for any dog before we have your completed forms, and any delay in receipt may result in the placement of that dog with another. When your Adopter Packet forms have been processed, MARS will discuss your dog wishes with you. We consider adoption requests in the order they are received, but our priority is placing each dog with the person or family who is the best match for that dog. Because of this, it is possible someone submitting an adoption request after you could be a better match for a dog in which you are interested. Please be patient and keep us informed if your plans change.

Come Visit Our Web Site!

Since we are a nationwide rescue organization with no permanent facilities, we have foster homes all over the United States. We work very hard to place our dogs with the best match for them, regardless of the location. Please visit our website for more information about our adoptable dogs and Miniature Australian Shepherds in general

Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. (MARS)

New Cumberland, PA 17070

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