Mini Aussie Rescue & Support (MARS)
Foster Homes Needed
We have had an increasing number of dogs in foster care in the past few months. As a result, we have maxed out all of our available foster homes. If we do not get some new foster homes, we may have to turn away dogs! Homes are especially needed in the Pacific Northwest and California; however, we would be happy to add foster homes anywhere in the country. If you or anyone you know could foster a dog, even for just a few days in an emergency situation, please complete our online Foster Home Application.
Pacific NW MARS is now able to accept recurring monthly donations! Several amounts are shown below. If you would like a different amount, please contact us and we'll add it to what we offer.
Seniors for Seniors
Pacific NW MARS is pleased to announce the Seniors for Seniors adoption program. MARS often gets in senior dogs that face challenges in finding a home. Senior citizens often want a dog that is calmer than the average Mini Aussie. Matching senior dog to senior citizen benefits both dog and guardian. As an added bonus, the adoption fee is greatly reduced when adopting a senior dog. Senior dogs often have difficulty finding a home. Applicants seeking to adopt a dog may not want an older dog because they do not want to adopt a pet and then have it die shortly thereafter. However, many senior dogs have years of healthy life ahead of them. Older dogs make great companions, especially for seniors. Older pets are usually already housebroken, often have some basic obedience training, and are calmer than younger dogs. Senior people are benefited by dog guardianship. Having a canine companion can mean lower blood pressure, fewer trips to the doctor, and less depression. Seniors with pets find it easier to make new friends, pets can help ease loneliness, and they also help people cope with loss. People with pets tend to be more active and take better care of themselves than people without pets. A dog can also help a senior feel more secure. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Feed a Dog a Day
Food is one of our our biggest expenses in rescue. It costs about $1.00 per day to feed a foster dog a high-quality kibble. If you'd like to help provide food for our rescue dogs, please consider donating $30.00 for a month of food for one dog. Of course, donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please email email@example.com for more information on donating to help Mini Aussies.
PNW MARS Amazon Store
Your purchases on Amazon.com can benefit Mini Aussies. Every time you click on this link, PNW MARS Amazon Store, a portion of your purchase price will go directly to help Mini Aussies in foster care. We have an assortment of positive-reinforcement training books that are arranged by topic.
The MARS E-Shop
You can help support Mini Aussies by purchasing dog-themed jewelry, magnets, customized collar ID tags, T-shirts, and other items from our MARS e-shop. All profits go to support our foster dogs. We often have specials, and we frequently add new items, so check us occasionally to see what we are offering. Click on MARS E-Shop to go directly to our e-shop.
Mini Aussie Fun Day
Our Fourth Annual MARS Fun Day will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Fido's Farm in Olympia, WA. We'll have herding evaluations, off-leash play areas, sheep for experienced herders, and a potluck. Fun Day is open to all breeds, and you do not need to be a MARS adopter to attend! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To register for the event, please submit a registration form, 2013 Fun Day Registration.
Clicker training is a fun, fast, and force-free method of training your dog. Clicker training is based on learning principles and focuses on rewarding specific behaviors rather than correcting a dog. If you are new to clicker training, this video gives a brief overview of it, An Introduction to Clicker Training. More online information on clicker training can be found at the following websites: Clicker Training Lessons; Clicker Training USA; ClickerSolutions; and Karen Pryor Clicker Training.
MARS promotes positive training techniques and supports positive trainers. MARS has no legal or monetary relationship with the trainers recommended below; they are a separate entity.
Olympia Area: Happy Dog Institute is a dog training and behavior consulting company located in Olympia, Washington. They use 100% positive reinforcement, reward-based methods. Happy Dog Institute creates happier dogs and happier people. They help solve behavior problems, cultivate and sustain bonds, socialize dogs and build confidence through positive reinforcement. They offer public classes, private training, behavior consulting, dog walking and more. Call 360-915-7130 or visit Happy Dog Institute.
Seattle Area: Companion Animal Solutions is a team consisting of a PhD level Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Veterinarian, and Certified Professional Dog Trainers. We offer private animal behavior consultations, in-home dog training, and group classes. We combine state-of-the-art science on animal behavior with with an absolute commitment to humane and compassionate methods. Confused about what service is best for you and your new best friend? Give us a call at 206-953-0703. We're happy to help you in the way that works best for you, your schedule, and your budget. Learn more about us at Companion Animal Solutions.
South King County: Pick of the Litter Dog Training offers a wide array of group classes at its Kent location, as well as personalized in-home lessons. Group classes are open enrollment; therefore, you can start at any time. In-home lessons are offered for behavior problems or obedience skills. Our trainers have formal education in animal learning and behavior, and are qualified to work with all types of behavior problems. The focus is on positive reinforcement by rewarding behaviors that we want to see repeated, especially ones that can replace unwanted behaviors. We have dozens of solutions for each problem, and training is customized for each dog. Treats and other rewards are used, but we also stress the need to achieve reliability without treats in real life situations. You can reach us by phone at 206-779-3552 or at Pick of the Litter Dog Training.
Is a Mini Aussie right for you?
Mini Aussies are exploding in popularity as more people discover these wonderful dogs. However, they are not for everyone. Mini Aussies can live 12 to 15 years, so getting a Mini Aussie is not a decision to be taken lightly. When placing a herding dog into a new home, it is important to carefully match the energy level of each Miniature Australian Shepherd with the right guardian. Some Mini Aussies might live comfortably in an apartment; however, many will be too active and require much more room than an apartment provides. Mini Aussies can be reserved with strangers, so it helps to socialize them with people outside their own families. While their coats are beautiful, they do shed. Consequently, they are not recommended for people allergic to dog fur and dander. Mini Aussies are extremely loving, devoted to their guardians, and incredibly smart. They are NOT a good choice for children because of their herding instincts. A Mini Aussie will want to be a part of your life. They are often called Velcro dogs because they will follow you everywhere. If you can provide lots of time, exercise, training and love, a Mini Aussie might be the right dog for you!
How do you apply to adopt a Mini Aussie?
Our volunteers know the dogs within their care and are skilled at working with applicants to select an appropriate canine companion to match individual lifestyles. If you are interested in adopting a MARS dog, please complete the online Adopter Information Form. Please review your application before submittal. All portions must be completed in their entirety. Due to the extremely high volume of email that is received each day, a volunteer will not respond to incomplete applications. Additionally, no response will be sent to requests to visit dogs. Our listings are always current, so if you see a dog listed on Petfinder, it is available for adoption. Please be patient and keep us informed if your plans change.
What comes with an adopted dog?
All dogs are microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines, and accompanied by all available vet records. Each dog comes with a martingale collar, nylon lead, stainless steel collar ID hang tag, and a Fido's Farm $25 Gift Certificate. Post-adoption support is also provided. In addition, all adopters will receive the following books by Dr Patricia McConnell: Love Has No Age Limit, How to be the Leader of the Pack and Have Your Dog Love You For It, and Way to Go: How to House Train a Dog of Any Age. Adopters may also receive one of the following books: The Feisty Fido, I'll be Home Soon, The Cautious Canine, Feeling Outnumbered?, and Play Together, Stay Together.
Can you visit the dogs?
There is no facility where you can stop in and visit the dogs. We are a volunteer-run, nationwide rescue organization with no permanent facilities. We have foster homes all over the United States. Please visit our website for more information about our available dogs, as well as general information about Mini Aussies.
Who are we?
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. We are organized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
How can you help?
If you can't adopt or foster but would like to help a Mini Aussie, please consider sponsoring a dog to help provide for food, vet expenses, and other needs. Please email email@example.com for more information on donating to help Mini Aussies.
Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. (MARS)
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