*** NOTE:  Because WBCR is a small organization with few volunteers, we only adopt to families in Wyoming, Colorado, and immediately surrounding states.

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The Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in a rescued Border Collie! Please review the application process below before submitting your application. Please remember that every person working with WBCR is a volunteer, doing rescue in his/her “spare” time, so the first part of our adoption process (our reference checks and home visit) can take 2-3 weeks or longer depending on the dogs in our program. If you’re unwilling to wait that long, we hope that you’ll consider adopting a shelter dog in need, where the wait is much shorter.

Step 1:  Do your homework!

If you’re considering/looking for your first Border Collie, please do your homework FIRST! While we think Border Collies are the greatest dogs on the planet, we equally believe that they’re not the dog for everyone. Please read our “About BC’s” page to begin learning more about Border Collies, their temperaments, needs and whether a BC is the right dog for you. 

Step 2:  Complete & Submit an Application

Please answer all questions completely; incomplete applications will not be processed. Our initial review of your completed application will help us decide whether we may have a dog for you. We know our application is long and detailed, but this information is very important to help us determine if you might be an ideal home for a certain dog in the program. The more information you give us, the easier it will be to do that. Please remember that our top priority is to serve the dogs, and to find the most suitable home for each of the dogs in our rescue. While we enjoy meeting border collie loving applicants, the interests of the dog come first.  We don’t have many dogs in our program, which means a waiting game for many qualified applicants.

Step 3:  Reference Checks

Once we receive and review your completed application, it’s assigned to a volunteer for reference checks – we will call the references listed on your application, so you’re welcome to let them know that we’ll be contacting them. This initial step typically takes 1-2 weeks, so please be patient!

Step 4:  Home Visit

Once the reference checks are complete & approved, a WBCR volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment and determine which dog(s) in our program might be a great fit. The HV volunteer will discuss what personality traits you’re looking for as well as general breed traits and what to expect when bringing a Border Collie home. He/she will also do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and to advise on any areas of concern. All household members must be present for the home visit. Please understand that the HV volunteer may not personally know any/many of the dogs in our program so may be unable to answer questions about specific dogs. Once the HV report is received by WBCR, it may take a few days for us to collate & review all of the information and get back in touch with you.

Step 5:  Matching/Phone Interview

Once an application is processed and approved, now comes the fun part! While it’s easy to fall in love with a picture, it is the dog’s personality & temperament that determine whether it may make a great match for you. During the matching process, a WBCR adoption coordinator will contact you to discuss specific dogs within our rescue. We strongly encourage applicants to write down questions they may have about Border Collies, and discuss these questions with the assigned coordinator. We work hard to match your desires with the traits and personalities of our dogs.

Please understand that we only want what is best for our dogs, so if we don’t think a specific dog is a good fit for you, we’re not passing judgment on you/your family but are drawing on years of experience with Border Collies, and, more importantly, experience with the dogs in our program. “First Come First Served” doesn’t apply here as we match each dog in our program with the most appropriate home for him/her, whether that home comes next week or next year!

Step 6:  Meet(s)

Once we’ve talked with you on which dogs might be a suitable fit, it is time to set up a meet/meets! Your adoption coordinator will facilitate arranging a meet with your household members, your current dog(s) and the rescued dog. We have experience introducing new dogs, so will help with the introductions of your dog to the rescued dog if applicable. During the meet, keep in mind that rescued Border Collies may be rather aloof/timid at first meeting. While we have seen many meets where there is an “insta-bond” between the new dog and the adopter(s), many times that kind of bonding takes time. The meet is a great time to get any/all questions answered on the dog’s temperament, likes/dislikes, and what will be helpful in establishing a wonderful relationship with your new dog!

Step 7:  The Adoption

If both you and the WBCR representative feel the dog is a great match for you, the adoption may be completed after the meet. An adoption contract must be completed, signed and the adoption fee paid to complete the adoption. Please review our contract before your meet; it is available on our website or by clicking here. Please note that if at any time during your rescued dog’s life you cannot/no longer wish to keep it, he or she is required to be returned to WBCR.

Step 8:  Follow-up

To ensure a successful adoption, we have a network of volunteers happy to answer any questions/help you work through issues that may arise while your new dog is transitioning into your home, or ten years down the road! We are committed to each and every dog we rescue for the rest of his/her life, so please stay in touch with us. Plus, we love getting updates!

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Adoptable Dogs


Bett – Adoption Pending

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Just arrived from a Utah shelter, this cute little smooth coat girl is happy and friendly and good with other dogs. We’ll post more about her as we get to know her.

Currently fostered near SLC, UT


Bodi – Adoption Pending

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This little cutie is Bodi, and he just came back to WBCR after many years. He first arrived into the rescue as a puppy with his sister Bitsy, and was adopted. Unfortunately, his life has taken a turn with the family’s birth of a baby. Now that she’s a toddler, he has learned she is something to be afraid of. And so, 8 year old Bodi is coming back to WBCR. He’s social with people and loves to go for walks and play fetch. More info on this little fella coming soon!

Currently fostered in Boulder, CO


Bracken – Updated Bio!

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Update: Our beautiful Bracken has made great progress. She came back to WBCR in November an anxious, needy, easily overwhelmed girl…it’s now March and she is proving to be really quite a lovely companion, and we’re starting to see signs of the spark she had as a puppy, plus even a bit of her silly side! This sensitive girl mostly just wants to do what’s right and cause no trouble (unlike her brother, who is rather mischievous…) She’s not a super high energy pup, maybe moderate, and she loves to go for walks and bike rides, play with her dog friends, and she plays fetch nicely too. She is quite attentive to her people, is affectionate but doesn’t demand it, is food motivated for sure and is eager to learn. She has a fantastic off switch and settles wonderfully in the house, curling up in a dog bed or on the couch quietly. She’s house trained and crate trained and rides in the car crated or loose well. She’s lost some extra pounds she was carrying and gained muscle; she’s now a lean, slightly built athlete, just a year and a half old. She came back to us afraid of all people other than her immediate family, but she’s since made a handful of new humans friends, has gotten a lot more experience being around dogs of all kinds, and we’ve found she can live peaceably with cats, too. She’s also made great strides with impulse control. She’d probably love to live with a playful confident male dog and needs an experienced Border Collie person who has the know-how to help her continue to learn humans can be trusted and actually be pretty cool. For the right person, this girl is going to be an absolute prize.

Beautiful Bracken – one of the B Bunch puppies who were adopted out just a year ago – has come back to WBCR. Her adopters were unable to give her the help she needed to learn new people are nothing to be worried about. Bracken is back with her original fosters and making great strides on all kinds of fronts: confidence, impulse control, and manners. We are happy to report that we are getting glimpses of the bright and bold pup she was as a tiny youngster, and she has been having a wonderful time playing with the brother her foster mom adopted and learning to trot alongside a bike. We look forward to helping build Bracken’s confidence around strangers. We’ll post more updates and progress reports as we have them.

Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY

Callin – Adoption Pending

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This classic girl was at the same Utah shelter as Kira that is currently closed to the public. She’s just arrived – we’ll post more about her as we get to know her.

Currently fostered near of Grand Junction, CO


Cam

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Cam is one of the Utah Four who came to us late last year, rescued from living on chains out in the Utah desert. Cam was adopted in December but has come back to the rescue after finding his adoptive home and it’s unexpectedly kid filled neighborhood just a wee bit too much. In an effort to help him as much as possible, Cam has spent the past three weeks in board and train with an experienced positive reinforcement trainer from Noble Beast in Denver and has made very good progress…we are looking for a foster and/or adoptive family who will continue to help him make strides towards being the confident BC we think he can be! His trainer has this to say: “Cam is really a lovely dog. For a savvy handler who’s willing to manage him appropriately, he will be an absolute joy. He’s SO funny and responsive and bright. His dog skills are impeccable – he’s gotten every dog in my house to play at least once, and they really never play with guests. He cuddles and snuggles with the best of them! He just needs some support and guidance about the larger world, but his base temperament is quite amazing.” Cam will need a savvy BC home who is willing to continue with addressing his reactivity, utilize trainer support, and is a no go as far as living with cats or kids…but if you are looking for a charming young BC oozing with potential, Cam might be the one for you.
Currently fostered in Denver, CO

Daisy 2

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Beautiful Daisy is back looking for a family. She was adopted a few months ago, but is struggling with the situation. Like many female Border Collies, Daisy is not very comfortable with meeting new dogs, and definitely not comfortable with dogs rushing into her space. Unfortunately, the small mountain town where she was adopted has dogs running loose much more than anticipated, and even when out on leashed walks Daisy is finding dogs running up into her face far more frequently than she is up for. She is likely going to be happier either in a very quiet setting, or in a situation where nearby dogs are generally leashed.

For those of you who don’t remember this lovely lassie, she is social with adults, warms up pretty quickly to strangers, and will devote herself to her adult humans. Like many BCs, little children concern and worry her; homes with kids over 12 would be OK. Like many female BCs, she has a big sense of personal space and needs slow and calculated introductions to new dogs, so is not a candidate for dog parks or off leash areas where dogs might run up into her face. She has also made friends with felines and lives peaceably with chickens, might we add! Like many BCs, Daisy first and foremost loves to be with her people. She loves to play fetch and frisbee, and go on outdoor adventures like hiking and swimming – fetching in water is her greatest happiness. She is now 10, but is no slouch and is totally game for long walks and hikes and can still go miles. She has a complete “off switch” inside and is at her best with regular outside activity and walks, but is no longer a high energy girl – probably are on the moderate-low end of the spectrum. This from her family: “Daisy is happy to follow you from room to room, lay at your feet or on a nearby dog bed while you read or watch TV. She’ll occasionally ask for pets, but is pretty chill inside. She’s never had people food and doesn’t beg at the table, doesn’t get on the bed or couch (but would if she was allowed to). She still enjoys playing fetch and going on walks. I walk her at least 1-2 miles every day and on the weekends she gets at least 4 miles per day. Also a few ball throws and frisbee tosses; she’ll normally start laying down for me after about 3-5 tosses, but with other people she will go for much longer. If we miss a day of play or walks she doesn’t complain; she is really most happy just being with her people. She loves… LOVES … (can I emphasize this more?!!) to swim and play fetch doing so. Hike to lake with her and play fetch in the water; other dogs can be swimming next to her and she will not even notice.”

No surprise, Daisy is also filled to the gills with skills. She’s house trained, crate trained, and more. This from her family: Daisy has always been easy to train and has always had near perfect recall. She knows how to sit, stay, down, rollover, bang! play dead, come; all of these with verbal cues and hand signals. Our trainer had me working on basic leash work; getting her to heel and watching me for every move; so she would follow with out prompting or feeling the leash. We worked a lot on u-turns “With Me!”, “Come Front” (sit in front of me, facing me), and “Behind” (go sit behind me, looking at the back of my legs), “Smell it”, “Touch” (touch her nose to an object/hand). Daisy is definitely beginning to lose her hearing, but is quite responsive to hand signals as well as a whistle. Her mind remains sharp and Daisy would be happy to learn more! She’s had a dental, where they discovered her kidneys were beginning to have issues, so Daisy is on a special diet (Hill’s k/d) for that.

Daisy is just what most of us are looking for in a BC: the desire to be with and engage with her people, the smarts…but the not so over the top energy level. If you are looking for the already trained, mellower BC package, Daisy may be the one for you.


Coco

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Aussie lovers, hold onto your hearts! Coco is a young beautiful red tricolor who is a confident and outgoing girl. She’s housetrained, cratetrained, and loves to play fetch. She unsurprisingly can be a bit of a bossy female, but is sharing her foster home with a couple other dogs and is starting to play with them. We’ll post more on this bobtailed girl as soon as we can.

Currently fostered outside Casper, WY


Dallas

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Dynamite Dallas! This fabulous girl is starting to show us who she is. The jury is still out, since she’s been so busy being a mom, but she sure seems lively and bright, social and playful; we bet she’s maybe a year old. She’s starting to turn on to toys…probably a no for cats. We’ll post more on this girl as we get to know her.

Currently fostered near Casper, WY


Duke – Adoption Pending

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Meet Duke! This handsome fella is just a youngster – not quite a year old – and a just a total prize. He’s friendly and social with people and other dogs, fine with cats, agreeable and on the mellower side too. He came to us in a roundabout way, via another Wyoming rescue, who didn’t think they had the resources to help him. Lucky for us, we had a nearby foster family who were able to take him in and meet his needs. Duke is now ready for a family to call his own!

This pup is a social boy, he really enjoys being close to his people and is very affectionate. He gets along well with other dogs…and he loves to play if they are game! He doesn’t seem to mind cats, either. Although he’s remarkably calm and just happy to hang out for such a young dog, he is athletic and slender, with really long legs. He can run like the wind, his long legs are great in deep snow. Duke loves to be outside and he really enjoys walks. His fosters have been taking him cross country skijoring…and he is a natural! He would be the perfect choice for an active outdoor adventure buddy. That being said, Duke is not a go go go kinda guy and only needs a good chunk of exercise daily to be at his best. He is a pro at relaxing and chilling out in the house once his needs have been met.

Although Duke is a kind of a goofy pup, he’s no dummy, and will be a fun pup to train. He is already well-mannered and is familiar with a few of the basics. He stays out of the kitchen while people are cooking, stays off of the furniture, doesn’t pull too terribly on walks, and also rides in the car well. He will need continued training, especially with coming when called. Duke will also need help learning to be comfortable left alone. We believe he lived in an outdoor kennel in his original home, and then was passed on to some folks who only had him two days before surrendering him to the local shelter as he broke out of a crate they had put him in (even though they had not crate trained him) and had quite a party when they were not home. It seems that he mostly suffers from confinement issues – he can also easily jump a fence if temptations are outside it, like other playful dogs. 🙂 Like any young dog, Duke is curious and could get into trouble if left unattended or confined alone in a crate. His fosters have been working on crate training with him and he is doing really well. He has recently learned that it is his safe place and often goes in there on his own to relax and chew on his bone. They are still working on slowly increasing time spent with the door closed. With some effort on the part of an adopter, we think Duke can learn to be alone happily, but it’s going to take some time and effort.

But that time and effort will be well worth it! All in all, Duke has all the makings of an outstanding canine companion. If you are looking for super nice, sweet, fun level-headed kiddo with the brains but not the intensity of the typical BC to share life’s adventures with, Duke may be the one for you!

Currently fostered near Jackson, WY


Echo

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Beautiful Echo, like True, is a holdover from before WBCR closed in 2016. Like True, she remained with a foster family all this time. She is now ready and looking for her forever home, where she can be cherished. Echo is a special girl who will require a special family: she is fearful and reactive towards unfamiliar people, and like many female BCs, can be touchy with other dogs, although with careful management she peaceably cohabitates with several other dogs in her foster home. She loves her human friends and she is a total ball-a-holic. She’s got all kind of skills – housetrained, crate-trained, basic manners – and she’s not a super high energy girl at all. Echo will require a savvy, experienced owner and a quiet situation, but we know the right family is out there for this glamorous girl!
Currently fostered near Casper, WY

Kira – Adoption Pending

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This little lass came to us from a Utah shelter currently closed to the public, surrendered for chasing chickens. She’s a super sweet and super submissive girl who will need some help building confidence! She’s ok with other dogs (kinda scared…) and cats too. We’ll post more as we get to know her.

Currently fostered near Grand Junction, CO


Mack – Adoption Pending

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This 4 1/2 month old squirt just arrived, surrendered to us by some older folks who were just overwhelmed by him. We’ll post more as we get to know him.

Will be fostered in Golden, CO


Pip – Updated Bio!

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Ah, Pip! Such a fabulously flashy fellow, he is brimming with character to match his good looks. Pip came to us from Colorado shelter, and was bounced from home to home before coming to WBCR. About two years old, this classically marked, flashy gold and white BC (please note – he has a docked tail) is a playful, funny, and lively fellow.

But there’s more than just a handsome devil with Pip. Much like a child entering kindergarten without the expected skills to navigate through the system, Pip entered his previous homes without the skills to fit in. Through no fault of his own, there were no people who understood and so Pip got lost in a shuffle, resulting in his already shaky skills deteriorating.

Enter WBCR. Through trial and error, commitment and love, Pip has been given a chance to be who he is while learning valuable skills. Although the path hasn’t been without its twists and turns, Pip is finding out that home life can be pleasant and safe.

Think again about the kindergartener who needs extra support and some differentiation to be successful. While the other kids can run helter-skelter at recess and then calm themselves upon coming back to the classroom, there is sometimes that little one who struggles with this basic expectation. With the right support, he/she can have just as much fun at recess, but the type of activity and length of participation might look a bit different from the “regular” kids.

This is our Pip! With the right balance of moderate exercise, lots of enrichment activities, routine, structure, positive reinforcement and oh-so-much love, this boy just blossoms!

We have found that slow and steady, short and sweet are keys to success with Pip. What might be a great long walk for most dogs might be too much stimulation for Pip. An exciting outing for an “average” dog might be way more than Pip can handle. He needs for his person to pick up on his cues and be willing to make adjustments when necessary.

Some of Pip’s favorite things are enrichment activities. A towel with food sprinkled on it and rolled up tightly is a big hit. He also enjoys his puzzle toys and eating meals from a Kong. The more mental games, the better! Pip is a great fetcher and catcher. He does choose to stop playing and just observe the backyard world at times. A few months ago he couldn’t calm himself enough to be an observer, but now he is great at it in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Like many BCs, Pip needs careful and well-managed introductions to strangers and new dogs – but once he knows and loves them it’s game on! Pip adores play and toys with both people (he fetches!) and other dogs (goofing around!) but will definitely do best with adopters who will set clear and fair and consistent boundaries, and who can rein him in – he can be a lot of dog!

Like most BCs, Pip also loves to learn and the sky’s the limit with this eager beaver. As Pip continues to have positive experiences and loving support, he will continue to grow and blossom into the dog we know he can be.

Currently fostered near Denver, CO

Pippi – Adoption Pending

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Just arrived to WBCR from New Mexico – Pippi is about 8 months old and just a super sweet pup! More info coming soon.

Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY


Rascal – Adoption Pending

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This adorable fella is Rascal! He’s a classic black and white rough coat BC. He’s also a really friendly and social guy with people – and really playful with other dogs too! Hard to believe he’s supposed to be about 10 years old. His elderly owner went into assisted living and Rascal cannot live safely with the family’s cats. Felines definitely a no for this boy! We will post more about Rascal as we get to know him.

Currently fostered outside Denver, CO


Skye

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Just arrived from a Utah shelter, Skye is a young smooth coated female who seems pretty social with people and other dogs. We’ll post more as we get to know her.

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Taz

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Just arrived! Taz came to us from a Utah shelter who suspected he is hearing impaired or fully deaf. Does he care? Nope! This young lad is happy and energetic, friendly with people and playful with other dogs. He is settling in to foster care and we look forward to getting to know him. In case you were curious, deaf dogs can learn just as much and as well as hearing dogs!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


True

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This is True. He’s an incredibly special little Border Collie. Born with deformed front legs and an irrepressible spirit, his smile can light up a room. True loves nothing more than meeting people and spreading happiness. Being a shop or office dog would probably be his dream come true. He adores kids, is great with other dogs, gets along with cats, potbellied pigs and livestock, and has become a registered therapy dog. He enjoys walks, occasional hikes, and loves toys and the snow. He thinks visiting his foster mom’s brother’s family, with two kids and lots of people coming and going, is fabulously fun. True’s perfect family is out there, and if you are looking for an incredibly special little guy who brings joy to everyone he meets, we’d love to hear from you.

Currently fostered near Jackson, WY


Tux

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This handsome little smoothie is Tux! About 2 years old, he’s originally from a Wyoming ranch who believed he would not work. Tux now finds himself looking for a BC loving family to call his own. He likely wasn’t socialized much as a pup, and how he was treated in the
past is unknown, so he’s somewhat nervous meeting new people and definitely leery of anyone holding a stick or throwing things – so no, he doesn’t play fetch and will run from anyone throwing things. That being said, once he warms up to someone he’s a dedicated and affectionate pup. He loooooves other dogs, is super playful with canines and will be happiest with a confident playful other dog in the home. Tux also loves being outside so could be a fabulous outdoor adventure buddy for hikers, bikers, and skiers. Lo and behold, he’s also turned on to stock, and so may be a herding candidate. Tux is a higher energy pup who will need a good chunk of daily exercise and playtime to be at his best. This cutie also has a handful of skills – he’s cratetrained and housetrained and familiar with some of the basics, but he’ll need more guidance and direction to be the best he can be, as well as humans who will work to build his confidence. He’s of course really bright and eager to learn, and brimming with potential. In the right hands, Tux will prove to be an outstanding companion.

Currently fostered outside Loveland, CO


Vixen – Adoption Pending

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This beautiful, classic senior girl has just arrived, surrendered by a family who were moving and didn’t think they could take her along. She is as sweet as the day is long, gets along with other dogs, and really enjoys going for walks. A wonderful mellower BC companion! More info coming soon.

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


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Dogs Not Yet Ready for Adoption


Benji

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This super scared boy just arrived from a Utah shelter. He’s about 4. We will post more about him as we get to know him!

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Kat

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This gorgeous classic rough-coated girl just arrived to us from a Utah shelter – she’s super social with people. We’ll post more as we get to know her.

Currently fostered in Boulder, CO


Kit

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Just arrived – cute little tri-colored Kit! This boy was in the same Utah shelter as Kat, but he’s little more reserved with people than she is. We’ll post more as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in Vernal, UT


Loki

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This flashy mostly white split face BC came to WBCR as a failed ranch cattle dog. He is super social and friendly and really playful with other dogs! We’ll post more as we get to know him.

Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY


Pearl

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This sweet young little tricolor girl came to WBCR from a Utah shelter. She came in as a stray so we don’t know much about her past. She was initially very timid at the shelter, but has learned people are a great thing! She’s doing well in foster care and we’ll post more as we get to know her.

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Ringo

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This strikingly handsome fella is under a year old and came to WBCR from New Mexico. He’s quite timid of people, but gets along well with dogs and probably cats, too. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY


Ryder

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This handsome classic rough coat is just a year or so old. Bought as a pup, he just wasn’t a good fit for the family who bought him. They reached out to us to help and Ryder has just arrived. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Wiley

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Just arrived …this handsome red boy sat in a Utah shelter for a month, totally overwhelmed, before we heard about him. Thanks to some fabulous pilot volunteers, he has landed in a WBCR foster home in Colorado. We’ll post more as we get to know him.

Currently fostered outside of Denver, CO


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