BORDER COLLIE - Rescue Resources
Year after year, hundreds of Border Collies are relinquished to shelters around the world. High energy levels, destructive behavior, inappropriate "herding" behaviors (car chasing, nipping children, running livestock etc.), aggression (perceived or real) are the most popular reasons people give up their border collies.
Thinking that a Border Collie will be a "nice pet for the family" is a serious mistake. For the most part, Border collies do NOT make good pets unless several criteria are met including training, loads of activity and early socialization. A Border Collie is an ultra smart dog, which, if bored, WILL invent a job for himself including stalking/chasing/nipping (biting) kids/other pets/livestock, un-renovating your house and car chasing.
READ: "What's Gone Wrong"
How Can I help?
Never, NEVER get a border collie (or any other dog!) on a whim. PLAN carefully - a dog is not a disposable toy. A DOG IS FOR LIFE.
Never, NEVER purchase a border collie (or any other dog!) from a pet shop. You are only supporting efforts of unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills. NO REPUTABLE BREEDER WOULD EVER SELL THEIR DOGS THROUGH A PET SHOP.
Support local rescue groups. Donations (food, dog supplies, monetary gifts), volunteering, transport and even, if you qualify - fostering are much needed. Support your local SPA /SPCA / Humane Society - THEY NEED MONEY SO BADLY!
If you are giving up a dog - please DO NOT relinquish to your local SPA/SPCA / Humane Society / Animal Control - tight budget constraints don't allow these shelters to keep dogs for very long, nor can they give them the behavior modification training that may be required. Too often, dogs are simply destroyed due to lack of space. Call your local border collie rescue network - (see links below)
If you are SURE a Border Collie is the right dog for you - consider a rescue ! So many wonderful dogs are looking for their forever home and can make wonderful active companions and competitive sport dogs (agility, obedience etc.).
If your mind is set on a puppy, thoroughly research breeders. Visit. Ask for referrals (from previous buyers, from local rescue organizations, breed clubs and organizations etc.) and go meet their dogs on site. Are the dogs well cared for? Do they get enough physical and mental exercise? Does the breeder do all the health checks? How often do they produce puppies? Beware of the “Commercial Breeder” or “Puppy Mill”. These breeders generally are breeding for one thing only - profit. The ABCA considers 30+ puppies produced per year a high volume breeder.
Multiple (even double digit) breeding females
Only crossing their own females to their own males
Multiple litters on the ground at once*
Older puppies that are still for sale
Classified Advertising on Craigslist, Kijiji, Puppyfind etc.
No questions asked of you (the buyer) except about money
Reluctance to provide proof of pedigree/registration, health clearances, working ability or temperament.
Producing "rare" colors, and charging more money for them
More than one "oops" litter / accidental breeding (this suggests poor management practices)
Photo Sport Potography
Above: Blaze, a rescue adopted at age 2 from Glen Highland Farm went on to become an Agility Champion and competed Nationally.
Left: Sweet Bronwynn was a Pat daughter (born from a litter prior to her coming to Creekside) who tragically ended up in a commercial breeding situation where she lived outside in harsh conditions - coming inside a shed only to whelp her litters. When she was sold after her useful breeding years were over she was missing half an ear due to frostbite. With help from some "Pat" fans, we got her to Creekside, where she was lovingly fostered until her adoption. Bronwynn spent 8 blissful years with Nancy until she went to the bridge at just shy of 15 years.
Rosie Animal Adoption (Montreal)
Petfinder (World wide, searchable by breed)
Canada's Guide to Dogs Rescue Pages (Canada wide)
Frontier Animal Society (Newport, VT)
Rescue Organizations for Border Collies / BC Crosses
New England Border Collie Rescue (New England, Northeast)
Ontario Border Collie Rescue (Ontario/Quebec)
Sweet Border Collie Rescue - Glen Highland Farm (Northeast and Eastern Canada)
Creekside Border Collies does not accept relinquished Border Collies directly.
We work with our favorite rescue organization to provide referrals, fostering and fundraising. Please contact one of the rescue organizations listed above if you have a Border collie for which you no longer can provide a home.
Do you currently have a "problem" Border Collie?
PLEASE consider training and lifestyle changes BEFORE you relinquish your dog!
Dog Walkers, Trainers and others who can help you give your Border Collie what it needs (Eastern Townships listings)
Daycare, Dog Walkers Listings (Canada wide)
Au Bonheur des Chiens Dog Park (Magog, North Hatley, Katevale)
Complexe Vision Canin - trainer and behaviorist, Sherbrooke. (819) 820-2727
Veterinary Behaviorists (North America)
CAPPDT Trainer Listing (Canada wide)
APDT Trainer Search (North America)