Interested in adopting from EHDR?

We are not a pound or kennel facility so we don’t have a location or visiting hours. We operate out of private foster homes and schedule meet and greets for approved adopters.

 We require an application be filled out by anyone interested in meeting or adopting one of our dogs. We will conduct a reference check, veterinary check, and comprehensive application before adoption takes place.

Our adoption fees for dogs are:
Under 6 months: $350
7 months – 8 years: $300
9+ years: $200

Our adoption fee for adult dogs covers microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm test, flea/tick treatment, and any existing medical issues the dog needed treatment for. For puppies under 6 months an additional $50 is charged which covers a spay/neuter deposit. This will be paid toward the vet of your choosing for the procedure or will be paid to Prevent a Litter if you are located in Richmond, VA. We cover the puppy shots up until adoption.

Is a herding dog right for me?

The Herding Group is comprised of many different types of dogs varying in size, temperament, and function. Some of the more common herding breeds include: Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Australian Cattle Dogs. Herding dogs are characterized by their desire to please, high intelligence, great work ethic, and the strong bond they build with their owners. These breeds can make the perfect pet, but there are some considerations that need to be taken into account before adding one of these canine over-achievers into your home!

Herding dogs require both physical exercise and mental stimulation. This means that most of these breeds will not be happy in a lazy household! Throwing a ball in the backyard is a great form of exercise for the average dog, but a game of fetch isn’t enough for more herding breed dogs! Mental stimulation generally tires a herding breed out far more than physical exercise does. This can be achieved by training sessions, walks in new places, trick training, or even interactive toys.

Herding dogs also thrive on structure and routine. A bored herding dog will look for something to do while you’re gone, so crating in your absence is highly recommended. Simple things like having these dogs sit at doors or wait for their meals keep the intelligent herding dog from trying to train you! So, if you’re looking for a couch potato or a dog won’t need training, you might want to look at other breeds.

Still interested in a herding breed? We suggest that you sit down and think about how much time you will devote to the dog on an average day. Are you committed to taking your new pet to training classes after adoption? Do you have the time to dedicate to making sure your pups’ exercise needs are met? Are you able to provide a household environment in which basic manners are taught and enforced? If the answer to these questions is YES, then one of these dogs might be a good fit for you!

Still interested? Fill out an adoption application.