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!
This adorable youngster came to us from a Utah shelter and arrived to her foster family a little overwhelmed. While we’re not clear about her past, it sounds like it wasn’t perhaps the best one. It’s taken some time for her to blossom, and indeed she has – into a wonderfully nice and well-rounded canine companion! She’s blown out all of her old coat, too, and is now sleek and glossy. This much more confident girl is ready for a family to call her own!
Bella has grown into a great companion dog – she likes being around “her people.” She watches you attentively throughout the day, and keeps you insight most of the time. She likes to be pet around her neck (and will ask for it by pushing her nose into your hands), and if really relaxed, she even asks for belly rubs. Bella asks nicely to get your attention by slowly placing her paw on your foot, leg, lap. This lovely pup is is also very friendly with all humans encountered so far. She loves walks and going places and exploring, and happily jumps in the car for an outing if you ask her to “load up.”
She’s discovered the joy of toys; toys that she can tear apart are her favorite. She also plays with balls (or pinecones) by tossing them in the air herself but really isn’t interested in fetch. She is able to “chill” through the day, then turn on again when it is walk time or to go play with one of her friends. Yep, she’s playful with well-matched dogs too, and can even find some fun at the dog park! We believe that with the “right” dog, she would fit into a family with another dog. They must be “play compatible” with her. In other words, the other dog must play the way she does – chase and be chased, pounce and wrestle, and roll around mouthing each other for fun. Like a lot of females of herding breeds, she has apparently not been successful in the past living with another female dog, so we won’t place her in a home with a female herding breed dog. An older dog may not enjoy playing like she does, but she can live peaceably with another non playful dog so her compatibility with an older dog is not necessarily out of the question.
Bella will chase squirrels and large birds out of the backyard and so living with cats safely is likely a no go for this girl.
Bella has lovely house manners as well. She’s house trained and crate trained, although sleeps on a dog bed. She will even put herself to bed if she is ready and her fosters aren’t! 🙂 She does not get on the furniture and as mentioned, loves to go for rides in the car. She is of course bright and is learning the basics but like most young dogs, still needs more practice working on skills around distractions. She will do best with adopters who are willing to continue with her education!
All in all Bella is just an all round winner, and whoever is lucky enough to make her a part of their family will be bringing home a real prize!
Currently fostered outside SLC, UT
This flashy, full of fun little BC arrived at WBCR from a Utah shelter. She is a most unique color – maybe a dilute sable, or a lilac merle? In some light she looks grey, in other light she looks strawberry blonde.
So yes clearly she’s beautiful, but even better, she’s not just a pretty face. She’s little (under 30 pounds), fast, excitable, and positively oozes dog sport potential. She’s verry quick to learn and verrrrry interested in all things moving (for better or for worse) but also quite attentive and eager to be someone’s partner…icing on the cake is she’s super friendly with people and playful with those dogs willing. This little dynamite girl, in the right hands, is going to light up some lucky person’s life!
Currently fostered in Colorado Springs, CO
Kadence – Adoption Pending
This youngster just arrived to WBCR after being found running loose in rural Colorado with her brother. They are about 6 months old and were never claimed. We’ll post more as we get to know them!
Currently fostered in Denver, CO
Kix – Adoption Pending
This youngster just arrived to WBCR after being found running loose in rural Colorado with his sister. They are about 6 months old and were never claimed. We’ll post more as we get to know them!
Currently fostered in Denver, CO
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
This adorable little smooth coat tricolor BC is Luc. He’s just 11 months old, a very soft, quiet, and sweet young guy that enjoys being around his people and loves other dogs. This boy is a special needs BC that will need an understanding home. He has some chronic respiratory issues, diagnosed as bronchitis and lower airway disease. While most times it has little effect on him, he needs a home where he can set the pace. Respiratory issues that are oftentimes minor for most dogs, may prove to be much bigger for Luc. More info coming soon.
Currently fostered outside SLC, UT
Meet Lyric! This cute little smoothie arrived to WBCR from a Utah shelter and we are just getting to know her. More info coming soon!
Currently fostered near Boulder, CO
Mav is a handsome young lad who has just arrived to WBCR from a Utah shelter. We’ll post more as we get to know him.
Currently fostered in SLC, UT
This beautiful red and white youngster is Penny! She came to WBCR as an owner surrender, bought by some older folks who found she was more than they could handle. We’re just getting to know her, but she so far proving to be a social and playful girl who will thrive in a home who can give her regular exercise and some boundaries! We’ll post more as we get to know her.
Currently fostered in Breckenridge, CO
Are you ready for cuteness overload??? We are so pleased to introduce the fabulous Pippi!
This delightful and beautiful little pixie is a happy and affectionate girl brimming with enthusiasm for life. All this in just a pint sized package – Pippi is just 29 pounds! Pippi is just a couple of years old; she came to us when her owner passed away and she landed in a Utah shelter. It didn’t take long for the shelter to notice Pippi was a little more uncoordinated than most dogs, and she’s been diagnosed with some sort of neurological deficit which manifests as lack of coordination sometimes.
The good news is, it doesn’t seem to be progressive – and the other good news is, it doesn’t slow her down one bit, as you can see here:
Pippi loves to go for walks, car rides, hikes, and play with toys, and is super snuggly and sweet in the house. She has all kinds of skills – she’s house trained and crate trained, has a very good recall when off leash and she walks on a leash nicely too. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ACD2XN52uhU
While she lives with other dogs in her foster home, shows no reactivity towards other dogs out on walks, and will even occasionally play with a dog, she will definitely be happiest as an only dog where she can have alll the toys and alllll the attention in the home. And this special little girl deserves it! Pippi is going to make some lucky person the companion of a lifetime.
Currently fostered near Laramie, WY
Ryker – Adoption Pending
This little fella is Ryker, and he came to WBCR from a Utah shelter, where he landed after being found as a stray. We’ll post more about him as we get to know him.
Currently fostered near Colorado Springs, CO
Just arrived…this boy has lived his whole life so far as an outside dog. More info coming soon…
Currently fostered in Lander, WY
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
Another fabulous dog from a Utah shelter! This is Sterling. He’s a marvelous and handsome rough-coated tricolored middle ager with a bobbed tail, and is just as sweet as can be. Good with people, dogs, and cats. More info coming soon!
Currently fostered near Vernal, UT
Buddy – Adoption Pending
This handsome classic rough coated BC was surrendered to a Colorado shelter, who then reached out to WBCR to help. He’s just about a year old, quite friendly and affectionate with people, and familiar with living indoors. Like many BCs he cannot live safely with cats, but he tested pretty well with other dogs at the shelter. We’ll post more about him as we get to know him!
Currently fostered outside Denver, CO
This wonderfully loving, friendly, and well adjusted senior came to us as an owner surrender from some folks who were moving. 🙁 He is hard at work being adored by his foster family at the moment, but we’ll post more about him as we get to know him!
Currently fostered in Colorado Springs, CO
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
Just arrived! This young smoothie landed in a Utah shelter after being hit by car and was never claimed. We got her all fixed up and she’s on the mend! We’ll post more about her as we get to know her.
Currently fostered near Durango, CO