Patch arrived at NCCR on 10/29/23, returned due to not getting along well with kids and cats in his home. He is an approximately 3-year-old neutered male Australian Shepherd mix. Patch is house trained, loves to play with toys and run around in the yard, and is learning to come when called. He gets along well with some other dogs, but can be selective with his canine companions. Australian Shepherds are herding dogs, and have a natural tendency to chase and herd other animals and even children, and will often nip whatever, or whomever, they’re chasing. This breed needs a job to do to keep them mentally and physically active. A bored Aussie can develop unwanted behaviors and become destructive if they don’t receive the exercise and enrichment they require to thrive. Patch walks very well on a leash and is well behaved in his kennel. He is very smart and learns fast. He has been friendly and playful with everyone he has met at the shelter so far. Patch would thrive with a family that has the time to give him the mental & physical enrichment he needs and the attention and companionship he loves!

If you think you might be interested in adopting, your first step should be to complete an  Adoption Application.  *After you have completed your application, you will get a confirmation that we have received your application. It takes a lot of time to process the applications, so we ask for your patience while we do so. If you see that the dog you were interested in has been adopted it means there were many applications for that dog and we did not get as far as processing your application before a home was found. We welcome you to apply again if you see another dog that interests you.   If you have a question, please email your question to It is much easier and quicker for us to respond by email as we receive many phone calls each day.

We do adopt out of state, however we do not transport or ship dogs. Potential adopter must be able and willing to travel to the Rescue to meet the dog they are interested in.

*PLEASE double check all of the phone numbers that you provide as if they are incorrect, we will be unable to process your application. Please also let your references know that someone from NCCR will be calling them. Most adoption team members call from their personal phone so advise your references that there may be an unknown number or a private number calling them.

Patch is sponsored by Lenore Goold, Heath Forster, Roberta Gray, Victor and Gloria Armes, and Ann Odell. Thank you everyone!

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