*** 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!

Online Adoption Form 

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Adoptable Dogs


Bosco – Adoption Pending

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This sweet fella has been in a Utah shelter since August, and we were so happy to be able to finally get him into WBCR! We’ll post more info as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in Denver, 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 near Casper, WY

Duke

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Just arrived…one kid-loving 3 year old smoothie. Duke came to us as an owner surrender by someone who bought him to work stock and he wasn’t quite working out like they hoped, although he sure did enjoy playing with the grandkids! He’s a sweet energetic fellow who is playful with other dogs (check out the video of the day he met his foster sister!) but a no go with cats. And a definite YES for kids! 🙂 More info coming soon.

Duke Playing

Currently fostered in Boulder, CO


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

Finn – Adoption Pending

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This sweet youngster came to us from a rural Utah shelter. He’s friendly with people and good with other dogs….more info coming as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Kadence – Adoption Pending

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This sweet smooth coated girly is Kadence! She’s about 6 months old and was found running loose with her brother on a rural mountain trail in northern CO. Some good folks intervened and WBCR stepped up to help. Kadence is the definition of a loyal dog, she will do anything to please her person, and prefers to be right at your side.

Although she’s a little unsure about new people, once you win her heart, she’s all yours! She’s a bit more comfortable with new dogs, enjoys playing with some, and will likely love a doggy sibling of her own to play with and who can help continue to build her confidence. She’s also OK sharing a home with dog savvy cats! This girl is totally into toys, is a tugging fool, and has turned on to fetch, too. She’s really athletic, shows a bit of herdyness here and there, and is typical border collie smart as she picks up on tricks in an instant! She now enjoys getting out and about into the world…she especially loves to sniff and romp around in fields. She’s a higher energy girl who will need a good amount of physical and mental exercise daily to be at her best. Although we doubt she’d ever lived indoors, Kadence is now house trained, crate trained, and started on the basics. She was the more reserved of the two pups but thanks to her foster mom, she’s really started to blossom in her foster home!

This sweet and devoted pup is looking adopters who understand how to help the shyer members of the breed, who can channel her instincts and talents in appropriate ways, and who will continue to help this lovely youngsters confidence overall. If this sounds up your alley, Kadence will be the prize waiting at the end! 🙂

Kadence Video 1

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Kadence Video 3

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Koby

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Koby is a fantastic young character, a funny and good-natured boy. He came to us from a Utah shelter, and is a typical BC: athletic and energetic. He is also one of the more socially outgoing members of the breed, and is quite friendly with people, adults and children alike!!

Currently he lives with 6 and 11 year old kids in his foster home, and we think he could be an excellent family dog for an active family. He also lives with another young BC and a dachshund, loves to play with other dogs, and would be happiest with another playful dog in the home.

Koby is definitely too interested in cats or livestock to live safely or share a home with either. He loves to run and play, go for long walks, and enjoys chew toys too. He’s house trained and sleeps in his crate overnight.

Koby was originally surrendered to the shelter for escaping his yard and he is clearly well practiced in clearing or climbing fences, so he’ll need a situation where he’s not left unsupervised in a fenced area and where he can safely be contained using methods other than a fence, such as a cable tether in the yard or a covered kennel run, and a leash or long line out in the world, until his recall is more reliable. But with such a marvelous fun and friendly personality, he’s totally worth the extra effort!
Currently fostered outside Denver, CO


L Puppies

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These 9 adorable babes came to WBCR at barely 3 weeks old, found in central Idaho. They came in without a mama and so we do not know the mom or the dad. They will be 8 weeks old and ready for adoption starting January 7th.

Currently fostered in Fort Collins, Parker, and Florissant, CO


M Puppies

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These athletic and sporty little tykes came to WBCR from an Idaho shelter. They will be available for adoption January 7th. They came into the shelter as strays, so we don’t know anything about mom or dad. From L to R: Mayday, Maven, Maddux, Minnow, Moss, Mouse, and Murray.

Currently fostered in all over the region – Mayday and Moss are in Laramie, Murray and Minnow are in Loveland, Maven in is SLC, UT; Maddux is in Las Vegas, NV; and Mouse is in Albuquerque, NM.


Mav

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We are so pleased to be able to finally formally introduce this marvelously charismatic, sensitive, handsome young tricolor, Mav. This boy came to us from a Utah shelter as an overwhelmed adolescent who struggled to trust and who was very defensive about his space.

Fast forward 10 months, and thanks to the efforts of his incredible and dedicated foster family, the help of some very special foster sitters while his fosters were out of town, and the support and input of a behavior pro, Mav has learned to fully trust his human family and friends and has blossomed into the best kind of goofball; always ready for a walk, a romp with another dog, or a bunch of random sprints and leaps in the backyard.

In short: Mav is definitely an introvert and very slow to trust new people. Once you’ve won him over, he’s cuddly, attentive, and affectionate, but it takes time for him to trust, and Mav doesn’t want to be touched by anyone he doesn’t trust or hasn’t given consent to. People who are not in his trusted circle should not be touching him until he gives that consent.

But that’s just one side of him. On all other fronts, Mav is a pretty confident pup. He is really comfortable out on walks in the world and in new situations (he generally ignores people, but tries to say hello to ALL of the dogs). He is SUPER playful with other dogs and lives with 3 others in his foster home. He’s a moderate energy boy who shows some herdyness; he’s definitely too intrigued by cats and livestock to share a home peaceably with them, and given his sensitivities, Mav needs an adult-only household. He’s athletic, curious, learns new things quickly, and is filled with potential. He is house trained, crate trained, and has a sense of the basics.

Mav will prove a delightful companion for a patient BC lover who understands and appreciates the breed’s quirks, who have shy or fearful dog experience, and who live a relatively quiet life. The ideal family would be one who understands that he needs to be given time to warm up and that they can start building a fun interactive positive relationship with him through food. He needs to be thought of as a friendly introvert who doesn’t want to be touched by anyone he doesn’t trust or hasn’t given consent to. The ideal family is one who is also up for a happy, bright, funny, and playful young BC! Mav could be happy in a home with another playful dog, or as an only dog, and we intend to provide behavior support for any adopter via the BC-loving behavior pro who has met and worked with Mav so he can be set up for success.
Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Sis

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Adorable little smoothie Sis recently came back to WBCR after her owner’s work schedule dramatically changed and Sis was alone far too much. We’ll be posting more as we get to know her.

Currently fostered in Wheatland, WY


Sonic

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Looking for a little teenaged smoothie dynamo? Here he is! This young sportsman came to us from a Wyoming shelter….he’s social with people, looooooves to play with other dogs, and is oozing with potential. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered outside Lander, WY


Tex – Adoption Pending

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This flashy youngster came to us from a Wyoming shelter… we’ll post more about him as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in Parker, CO


Toby

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This handsome under year old male smoothie was originally from a Colorado ranch, where he suffered some sort of injury to a hind leg. He’s had surgery and is on the mend, and has been waiting a heck of a long time to come into WBCR. But he made it to a WBCR foster home just in time for the holidays! And is proving to be a incredibly nice pup, sweet and friendly with people and other dogs, who is going to make a very devoted companion for some lucky person. We’ll post more as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Yogi – Adoption Pending

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Fancy, Yogi, and Journi found themselves homeless after their owner passed away and her plans for their care didn’t pan out…all three were well-loved sports dogs and are well-adjusted, friendly pups and landed at WBCR. Fancy at 13 years old has multiple health issues that we are working to get to the bottom of. Yogi is also older but energetic and in excellent shape – he just had dental surgery and is feeling even better! Journi is the youngest of the three at 10 years old.

Currently fostered in Denver area, CO


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Fancy

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Fancy, Yogi, and Journi found themselves homeless after their owner passed away and her plans for their care didn’t pan out…all three were well-loved sports dogs and are well-adjusted, friendly pups and landed at WBCR. Fancy at 13 years old has multiple health issues that we are working to get to the bottom of. Yogi is also older but energetic and in excellent shape – he just had dental surgery and is feeling even better! Journi is the youngest of the three at 10 years old.

Currently fostered in Colorado Springs, CO


Gus

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This big, strapping, handsome lad is Gus. He was picked up as a stray in a central Wyoming town and never claimed. Some fellow rescuers took him in, got him neutered, tended to his disastrous mouth filled with broken and infected teeth (owww! 14 extractions!!!), and then transferred him to us. (Thanks a ton, you guys!)

This big softie is a quiet and sensitive boy, and thanks to his painful mouth and pacing a lot from being stressed, he came in pretty underweight….but he’s settling in to his foster home, now eating well and gaining some much-needed weight. He seems to be social with people and other dogs and we suspect he was a working dog….he is reeeeeally interested in the sheep at his foster home and he’s showing some good herding potential. But if it’s not a sheep, he’s not interested….in fact he’s pretty laid back around most everything else with just a few exceptions that really worry him which probably stem from what seems to be never living indoors before (big flights of stairs, slippery floors, certain sounds). We have no idea how old he is with that set of teeth, but best guess is a few years perhaps? He’s now house trained at his foster home, loves the crate, and walks nicely on a leash, trots nicely alongside a bike, and showing just a glimmer of goofily being interested in toys. 🙂 We’re just getting to know him and will post more as we learn it.

Currently fostered outside of Jackson, WY


Mira

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This beautiful little girl sat in a Utah shelter with an injured leg for many weeks before we heard about her and pulled a plan together to get her into WBCR in 24 hours. She is proving to be just the sweetest little thing – 25 pounds! – and we are working to get to the bottom of her leg injury. We’ll post more as we learn more.

Currently fostered outside Las Vegas, NV


Paddy

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This super timid teenager came to us from a Nebraska shelter…we’ll post more as we get to know him.

Currently fostered in Loveland, CO


Poppy

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This adorable, happy, bouncy young BC came to us from a Utah shelter. She seems to be social with people and other dogs. We’ll post more as we get to know her.

Headed to foster care in Denver, CO


Sprig

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This petite little girl came to us from a Utah shelter…we don’t know much about her past, but she is a very unsure and timid girl at the moment, and she’s not yet landed in long term foster care. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered in Utah


Tana

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Femaile

Just arrived…This beautiful girl came to WBCR from a Utah shelter. We’ll post more about her as we get to know her.

Currently temp fostered in UT


Ty

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Just arrived from a Utah shelter – this young BC chap is not only handsome but quite personable too! More info coming soon.

Currently fostered near SLC, UT


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