A Australian Shepherd named Opie has been adopted at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah...



Breed: Australian Shepherd (medium coat)
Primary Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: Adult
Size: Large
Color: Red
Sex: Male

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Sanctuary visit required

A very smart boy, Opie excels at his training. He loves to go hiking with his backpack on, because having this little job to do helps focus his energy. He also enjoys swimming and playing fetch.

Because of his high energy, Opie cannot live with cats. He does well with female dogs, though sometimes he can play a bit rough. Although Opie is on meds to help with anxiety, he still has a difficult time with medical exams.

Opie will likely be a bit calmer in a stable home environment, but will need someone who is sensitive to how he feels, and willing to continue working with him.

Opie is part of our Single Pets* program! That means that he is eligible for a free flight home and waived adoption fee!

*Single pets do best as the only dog or cat in the home.

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.