A Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler named Arroyo is available for adoption at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah...


Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler (medium coat)
Age: Adult
Size: Medium
Color: Brown/Chocolate
Sex: Male

Arroyo was found badly injured in a community not far from the Sanctuary. Since his rescue, his injuries have healed beautifully. Although he can be shy and fearful with strangers at first (especially with men), he warms up quickly with treats. Once he's comfortable with you, he's a very goofy dog who loves to cuddle and climb in your lap.

Arroyo was born in 2014. When it comes to doggie friends, he prefers females. Here at the Sanctuary, he is learning training cues like 'sit,' 'down,' 'stay,' 'touch' and 'go to your place.' He's also learning to walk on a loose leash, and he enjoys going for long walks so much that he would be an amazing hiker. Arroyo really loves to be with his people and will make someone a wonderful companion.

Sanctuary Visit Required

These animals require that the potential adopter come and meet them at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.

Available for Sleepover

This animal is available for an overnight outing. If you are staying in a hotel, check in advance to make sure they allow dogs or cats.

Adoption Pending

There is a pending adoption application for this animal. Sometimes adoptions often fall through so please keep checking.

No Dogs

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without dogs.

No Cats

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without cats and other small pets.

Special Needs

This animal has a special medical, physical, or behavioral need. Many times these are minor so please fill out the adoption survey and the adoption specialists will contact you with more information about any animals you are interested in.


This cat has tested positive for FIV. FIV-positive cats can live normal lives both in quality and duration. They are great pets! There is a misconception that cats with FIV cannot live with other cats. That’s simply not true. Learn the risks here.


This cat has tested positive for feline leukemia, or FeLV. FeLV-positive cats can live perfectly happy lives, and they deserve to do so. People who have FeLV-positive cats just need to be aware that they may have a shorter life span and that they need to be taken to a veterinarian as soon as a problem is noted. Read more here.


This cat has been declawed by previous owners.