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Welcome to Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. (MARS)

MARS is the first rescue group devoted exclusively to Miniature Australian Shepherds.  Our goal is caring for, evaluating, and finding new homes for Mini Aussies in need and educating people about these wonderful dogs.  MARS assists Mini Aussies of all ages, large and small.  We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization that relies exclusively on donations and fundraising to support our efforts.

We invite you to learn more about our services and activities here on our website. If you'd like more information, please contact us. We are happy to support you.

About MARS

Mini Australian/American Shepherds have increased in popularity resulting in Mini Aussies turning up in shelters, on Craigslist, and with rescue groups across the United States. In response to the increasing number of dogs in need, MARS was created to develop a nationwide organization that supports Mini Aussies, their human families, and the many volunteers that want to help. In 2004, MARS was incorporated as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In January of 2005, MARS took in its first rescue Mini Aussie.  As a national group, we encourage cooperation between people in different areas who are helping Mini Aussies.  In the years that we've been rehoming Mini Aussies, we have placed over 1,000 dogs into forever homes.

MARS Mission Statement

Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. (MARS) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless, unwanted, abused or neglected Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs. MARS will rehabilitate and place lost, unwanted or needy Miniature Australian Shepherds into new homes; assist those individuals who have a need to surrender a Miniature Australian Shepherd; educate the public about Miniature Australian Shepherds; and promote responsible dog ownership and breeding.

Tax Deductible Donations

Tax Deductible Donations for West Coast MARS Dogs

Safe Holiday Food for Dogs

Our friends at Petfinder have a reminder about keeping your dog safe from harmful foods during the holiday season.  You can see their suggestions at Thanksgiving Holiday Meal for Dogs.


What will your dog get for Thanksgiving dinner?

Kibble, as always. (2)

Gourmet canned food. (0)

Dog-friendly table scraps (see Petfinder's list). (10)

Total votes: 12

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Mini Aussie Rescue & Support, Inc. Mini Aussie Rescue & Support
PO Box 636
Hillsboro, NH 03244

Please click on the Contact Tab to find your local MARS contact person.
MARS Lost Dog Hotline -

This phone number is only to be used for reporting MARS dogs that are missing or lost.

Please use the email addresses on the Contacts page for any other inquiry. We appreciate you honoring this request.

MARS Mini Aussie Memorials

The Mini Aussie Memorial is a way for you to recognize and remember a Mini Aussie.  The Memorial provides a way for friends and family to express sympathy for grieving pet owners.  A beloved Mini Aussie can be memorialized and comments can be made by those who knew and loved the dog. Click on the link below for more information.

    Mini Aussie Memorials

MARS Board of Directors

President:  Marla McCormick
Vice President:  Gary Terrill
Secretary:  Kathie Kiss
Treasurer:  Sharon Gilbert
Director:  William Murphy
Director/Regional Coordinator:  Trish Gedney
Director/Regional Coordinator:  Leslie Nichols

Replacement MARS ID Tags

MARS asks adopters to wear an ID tag with the toll-free MARS lost dog phone number.  If you have lost your dog's tag, you may order another one for $1.25 (to cover shipping).  Tags can be ordered at our e-shop, Replacement Collar ID Tags.