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ACDRA was organized in 2002 as a joint venture between two breed clubs.

Members of both Bull Run Australian Cattle Dog Club and the North Atlantic Australian Cattle Dog Club had been rescuing cattle dogs for years. It was decided that rescue activities could be more efficient if there was a stand-alone rescue organization not encumbered by breed club activities. We were created to save our beloved cattle dogs from abuse, neglect and abandonment.


Although both clubs jointly founded ACDRA, independence for the new organization was built in to the startup agreement and now ACDRA stands on its own as an independent entity, working on its own merit and its own set of policies and procedures. The goal is to work in a 3-way partnership to create a stronger networking community to save the many cattle dogs in need.


Our Mission Statement

Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association (ACDRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized to facilitate the rescue and adoption of Australian Cattle Dogs in need. Our goal is to eliminate the stray, abandoned, and unwanted ACDs through spay/neuter, adoptions, and education. Through our network of members and foster homes, we rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Australian Cattle Dogs and ACD mixes from animal control groups, shelters, and owner surrenders.

Board of Directors


Mary Jo Rulffes



Alyson Abato

Vice President


Laura Luker



Christy Hammerman


Heidi Snyder
Board Member

Kristyn Stock
Board Member

Johan Stewart
Board Member

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