​How to Adopt



  1. Please read 'Do You Have What It Takes' on this page and the information under the 'About Border Collies' tab on this website.

  2. Fill out an application - this only shows that you are truly interested in adopting a dog - it is not binding. 

  3. The rescue reviews applications to identify available dogs that would be the best fit for your family based on vet/reference checks and a home visit. 

  4. Approved adopters can then meet their potential dog. If that dog is not deemed to be a good match, another dog can be suggested or the application will be kept on file for a future dog.

  5. Adoption is complete with payment and a signed adoption contract. Our adoption fee includes the spay/neuter surgery, microchip implant, heartworm and Lyme's test, rabies/distemper vaccinations (age-appropriate) and any illnesses treated.

Please note: Every effort is taken to make this process as efficient as possible but there are times that there may be delays to the schedules of our team of volunteers. 

Do You Have What It Takes?


Adopting a dog, specifically a Border Collie, is a big decision for you and your family.  Do you have what it takes?  Please read and consider the following:


If you come to adopt with an open heart to join hearts with another being and share a life with them, then there is a good chance you’ll find your canine friend. If you come to adopt expecting the perfect dog with no issues, then you will not be as likely to find your canine friend.


The dogs in rescue, by and large, are here because someone else has given up on them. For whatever reason, through their own fault or not, they are abandoned. Sometimes they have fear issues; sometimes they have never lived a normal loving life; and sometimes they are just fine and need another home because of problems their people are facing. Regardless of why they land in rescue, they need you to be committed in the right way.


Please expect to put time, energy and money into working with a rescue dog.


Change is not always easy for dogs. It is important to have patience and tolerance for understanding life from their perspective. They will not be perfect (but neither are you when you do something new).


You may endure problems in the beginning as the dog adjusts to a totally new life. Those problems might be chewing, peeing, pooping, barking, hiding or even growling. Some dogs may require a session or two with a trainer. 

There also may be medical issues that we cannot see which means you'll spend money you didn't expect to spend. You are not buying a new car, you are rescuing a living, breathing dog that needs care. We have given our hearts, souls and wallets to insure these dogs leave healthy, happy and ready for a new life but there are no guarantees. If you want perfect hips, perfect eyes and no problems, go to a reputable (not bargain) breeder who checks all this out.


If you come to adopt understanding that the love in the hearts of these dogs is tremendous and unparalleled when you connect with them, then you have the right perspective.


If you can imagine what it feels like to be misunderstood your whole life, not wanted and not cared for properly, then imagine what it is like for someone to finally care enough to put the time into giving you what you need. That is why rescue dogs bond so deeply and so strongly when they find their person. Finally, someone understands who they are and what they are here to give to people. 


Rescue is really about YOU being rescued. About YOU digging deeper into your heart to work through whatever comes up, to unconditionally love a dog who is willing to unconditionally love you. If we all have a chance in life to truly experience the joy of real love between two beings, then possibly the human race has a chance to be rescued. It takes effort and hard work sometimes, to find real joy.  That is what we are looking for in adopters - people who are adopting for the right reason. 

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