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How to Adopt a dog from Border Collie Rescue

Coronavirus has affected some of the services we normally offer

At this time we are unable to offer dogs for adoption or take on new applicants

See our Covid 19 page for information about what we can and can't do during lockdown.

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If you are interested in adopting a Border Collie, either as a companion, a working dog or for any purpose or discipline, Border Collie Rescue may be able to help.

As a result of social changes due to Covid-19. we are experiencing a huge number of applications to adopt.

Under current circumstances we can only accept applications to adopt from people who live in a rural location and do not have children under the age of 8 years and where there is an adult at home for most of the time to give the dog companionship.
If all adults in the home are shift working or temporarily working from home and will return to a workplace in due course we are sorry but we could not accept an application under those circumstances.

Until further notice we are unable to carry out household visits in Scotland due to restrictions effective from 23/9/2020
Until these restrictions are lifted we are very sorry but we are unable to re-home dogs into Scotland and cannot take any further applications for the time being.
We can take in dogs under certain circumstances

There are travel restrictions and travel guidelines in Wales as well as strict lockdowns in certain areas of Wales, along with the new restrictions effective from 23/9/2020.
Until these restrictions are lifted we are very sorry but we are unable to re-home dogs into Wales and cannot take any further applications for the time being.
We can take in dogs under certain circumstances

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Border Collie Rescue works on the principle that the only way to be sure that the right Border Collie is offered to a particular home is to know and understand the character, temperament and needs of each individual Border Collie that comes into our care.

In 1995 we stopped keeping dogs in kennel environments and went over to a system of keeping them all foster homes.
We stopped parading dogs in front of people (so they could pick the one that took their fancy or tugged at their heartstrings) and went over to a system of only showing people Border Collies suited to their lifestyle and environment,  allowing those who applied to adopt a dog to make an informed decision rather than adopting one solely based on an emotional response.

We also stopped advertising individual dogs on our website and elsewhere.

Every Border Collie we take in is assessed before we offer it for re-homing.

We assess each dog we take in for physical and mental health, stamina, intelligence, training, control, character and temperament. In addition to these basic assessments we assess every dogs drive, needs and inclinations.
The information gleaned enables us to target our re-homing.

We are dealing with a breed designed to be a sheepdog so our first assessment for any dog is around livestock.
This provides us with information about the dogs level of instinct, its working drive and its ability for the job.

Because we get to know the Border Collies we are re-homing, it means we do not home potential sheepdogs into domestic homes where they are likely to cause problems when they become frustrated because they are unable to herd sheep.

Border Collies that show us they have a strong work ethic, but are not interested or capable of stock work are assessed for other work like SARDA, Sniffer dogs or other workings skills that are of assistance to humans.
Again, it means we do not home potential working dogs into a home where they will be a problem.

Dogs that show us they have no inclination and ability for any working area, but still exhibit a high degree of energy and need an active home are further assessed for interactive disciplines like Working Trials, Agility, Obedience and Flyball, thus ensuring such dogs go to a home where they are an asset rather than a liability.

We do not do this out of a mindset that is determined that all Border Collies should be sheepdogs or working dogs.
We use this system of assessments to make sure that we do not offer dogs with a strong work ethic and drive to people who are looking for a domestic companion.

If a Border Collie shows no inclinations or ability for any of the above and have the right temperament and character it can be safely offered as companions to an appropriate home.
Although most people come to us looking for a youngish dog, we take in dogs of all ages and have developed a program for re-homing older dogs over 10 years of age.

Because we care about the Border Collies entrusted to us and we care about the ethics and moral responsibilities of rescue, we only want our dogs to be re-homed once, so we consider it important for both the dog and the new home to get it right first time.

By taking the time and trouble to properly assess each individual Border Collie we are able to pass on accurate and honest information about the dog to applicants.

By taking the time and trouble to gather information on the homes being offered we are able to  offer suitable matches to applicants, taking the 'pot luck' out of re-homing and providing a responsible service to both the dogs and the people who apply to adopt one.

If you would like to offer a particular type of home to a rescued Border Collie, click on the appropriate link in the sliding menu on the left to find out more.

If you are interested in adopting a Border Collie from us,
please phone 0845 604 4941 during office hours.
(2 pm to 5 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays)

Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.