*** 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


Bess – Adoption Pending

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Meet super sweet, super social, super adorable Bessie! This young lass came to WBCR from a shelter in Utah; we know nothing about her past. What we DO know is this girl is proving to be quite a lovely young, confident, optimistic and well-adjusted pup; we think she’s about a year old or so.

First and foremost, Bessie really enjoys people – her tail starts wagging in hopes of anyone saying hi, whether it be someone she knows or someone she’s meeting for the first time. She loves to be with her people, and yes, she’s a cuddlebug! She’s also quite a social butterfly with dogs as well, and really enjoys playing with the young male dog in her foster home (wrestling, running, tug, munching each other) but respects her other foster sibling who is not quite as playful. We think Bessie would love to have a well-matched canine sibling/playmate in her future.

She also loves outdoor adventures! Bessie would make a great companion for someone who lives an active outdoors-y lifestyle. Her fosters also believe she could flourish in agility as well as be a candidate for therapy work given her extremely gentle way with people. Bessie has been included in a van camping trip and hiking adventures with her foster family and is reported to have done quite well! In addition, she has been to dog friendly restaurants and stores with her fosters and done well in those likely new-to-her situations.

All this and brains too? You betcha! Bessie is quick to learn and enjoys it. Her fosters have been working with her and her recall is already quite good; her fosters believe she has potential to be recalled off any situation with training and will be able to enjoy off leash adventures. Given how strongly she will attach to her people, Bessie will definitely be happiest with adopters who can be with her the majority of the time, but who also have the patience and willingness to help her feel comfortable with occasional alone time, something every dog should be able to do (and Bessie can settle when alone in her foster home now).

All in all, Bessie is a wonderfully potential-filled pup who is sure to make some lucky adopter the canine sidekick of a lifetime!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Bett

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Meet Bett!

This pretty little girl landed in a CO shelter with a handful of BCs, most of whom were positively terrified and likely had little human contact in their lives. WBCR took in two of them – Bett and Rip. Thanks to the monumental efforts of dedicated foster families and our go-to behavior pros, both have made great strides in their months with us, and we are getting glimpses of who they are under all that fear. Just look at Bett enjoying her new toy and romping in the snow!

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This little lass has really begun to trust her foster mom, and is now very relaxed in the house and yard the majority of the time. She still has a ways to go, and given her fear of being restrained by a leash, we are not sure she will ever be truly comfortable on leashed walks. Over time she may, but currently she is not a good candidate for someone looking to take a pup along on adventures or for a busy household. But Bett IS going to make a wonderful candidate for someone with a securely fenced yard who is kind of a home body, who mainly wants a mellower companion rather than an adventure sidekick; someone who has a soft spot for the shy types, who enjoys watching a dog come into their own, who is quick to chuckle when a pup’s silly side shows itself, and who loves to help the wallflowers blossom!

Currently fostered near Laramie, WY


Bono

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Check out the new kid on the block, Bono! This boy spent many weeks in a very crowded Utah shelter, but that hasn’t dimmed his enthusiasm for life or love of people and dogs one bit. He’s even OK with cats! He’s a resilient, optimistic boy. Get your applications in now for Bono – which of course means “good”.

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Cricket

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Meet Cricket! This gorgeous, pocket sized year old smooth-coated BC came to us from a shelter with an unknown history. She’s not only a social butterfly with people, but is proving to be quite a little hot rod, and oooozes potential as a sport dog with huge speed and responsiveness for agility, disc, FastCAT, and maybe flyball! Like most adolescent herding dogs (and especially the ferraris!) she needs consistent information and “bumpers” to keep her on the straight and narrow, but with that information she shines and FLIES. Snap her up and get ready for a lifetime of fun, flashy, fantastic adventures!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO area


Faith 2 – Adoption Pending

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Not even 20 days into the new year and we took another leap of faith. This beautiful and super sweet BC mama was rescued in the nick of time by a good samaritan who got her out of the bitter outside Colorado temperatures during a January cold snap. And shortly after, she delivered a Lucky Seven. We also were able to rescue the dad, a handsome red and white, who is a wonderful dog as well! Her puppies and their daddy have all found families to call their own – now it’s this sweetheart’s turn!

Faith is proving to be a well-adjusted and social girl, friendly and quite mellow for a BC. She lives peaceably with other dogs and cats, too!

Currently fostered in Durango, CO


Gilligan – Adoption Pending

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Just arrived from a Wyoming shelter – more info coming soon! 🙂

Currently fostered in Colorado Springs, CO


Malin

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Our stunning, pint-sized lilac girl Malin continues to make leaps and bounds with the help of her village! She’s a little over a year old now, and has been blossoming in confidence with dogs and people. While she needs a little extra time and a special chair for meals (her favorite part of the day!), this process keeps her healthy and FAST! She likes other dogs, especially if they’re young and playful, as long as she gets a respectful introduction, and warms up very quickly to women. She takes more time to feel safe with men. She even seems to be cat-compatible with the same management we’d recommend for any adolescent BC!

Malin is ready for the next step on her adventure and is looking for a consistent long term foster situation OR perfect adopter to take her there! Both medical and behavior support are available to help smooth her way.

Currently fostered in Denver area, CO


Nye

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Meet endearing Nye. This boy came to us from an Idaho shelter with his two brothers; all were picked up as strays and Nye was by far the most timid of the bunch. His brothers have both progressed in confidence and been adopted – and now it’s Nye’s turn! Thanks to his outstanding foster mom, Nye has come a looooong way from the petrified youngster he was when he first arrived and is proving to be just the sweetest, most gentle lad who enjoys the small pleasures in life. He likes to sneak in a kiss when it’s least expected or stick his nose in his foster mom’s ear when she’s not looking. He also loves to lay in the sun and chew a stick or roll in the grass.

While super laid back, he still enjoys playing with dogs and is starting to play more with his human. He’s great at going for walks with groups of people and dogs and is frequently in the park. He loves the water (not sure if he can swim yet but he’ll play in a river) and has quite lovely leash manners. Although he’s most comfortable with those he knows, he’s now going up to more strangers for sniffs and snacks. While he’s growing in confidence and independence, he still checks in with his foster mom when out and about. He has a pretty good recall, even when a squirrel is involved! At home, he loves to lay by his foster mom’s feet or nap next to her on the couch. Nye really struggled with being home alone but has made great strides; he’s also not super comfortable with riding in a car, but we’ve got some ideas up our sleeve to help with that.

It sounds like Nye really looks to his older canine foster brother quite a bit, so he’s likely going to be happiest with another confident dog in the home who could be a playmate and good role model for him. How he is with cats is unknown but could be a possibility.

If you have a soft spot for the quiet, reserved, sensitive and soulful type of BC, Nye could be the boy for you!

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Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Ohto

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Are you looking for a fun, loving, happy, dorky and charming young BC who is up for anything and everything? Here he is! Ohto came to WBCR as a puppy with his sister Ooni, part of an accidental litter on an Idaho ranch. Yes, despite this unusual and striking coloring, he’s a Border Collie! Both he and his sister were suspected to be deaf, which isn’t unusual in white dogs. Turns out his sister isn’t, but Ohto is. But of course, that doesn’t slow down this boy one bit, and the bonus is he’s a very sound sleeper and isn’t worried about fireworks or gunshot! 🙂

Ohto is now a gangly teen and is a super friendly little guy with both strangers and other dogs alike. He grew up in a home with kiddos, and spent his first months in a foster home with 5 kids, so could definitely live with kids. First and foremost, he is a complete and total cuddle bug! This affectionate boy likes to almost occupy the same space as his person, always trying to be next to them touching them. Ohto also loves action! He enjoys hikes, snowshoeing, skiing and has tried coming along beside a bike with pretty good success. He looooves to tug, and sure won’t pass up something good to chew, and likes the challenge of puzzle toys and frozen Kongs. He isn’t a natural fetcher, he’s more of the herder when other dogs are fetching. He also loves to play with other dogs and is appropriate in the house when wrestling and quite happy running and chasing with the other dogs in the home outside. He is a herdy boy for sure and so not a great bet in a home with kitties unless they are super dog savvy. He is more on the moderate to moderate high end of energy and for a pup his age, has a great off switch in the house.

Ohto’s foster family has been working with him and he’s made great progress on all kinds of fronts. If left to his own devices without intervention, a few months ago Ohto began to shadow chase, which isn’t uncommon with BCs, especially deaf ones. He does this repetitive motion back and forth at fence lines or where shadow and light intersect. It’s more prevalent with something in his mouth. The good news is, he is now easily redirected to find a place and chew and not bounce around. Ohto also struggles some with being confined, although he’s made great strides on that front as well and he can now be crated with little fanfare when his foster mom leaves the house. He’s also learning all kinds of tricks and cues with hand signals! He has also become quite a good little traveler and will settle right down on the seat or in a crate until arriving at the destination. He’s taken quite a few 1/2 day rides without issue. Given that he’s deaf, when outside adventuring he’s comfortable being on a long line. We also have loads of fabulous deaf dog resources to point any adopter towards! 🙂

All in all Ohto is a charming and sweet, fun and loving adolescent BC. We think he’ll probably be happiest with another playful dog in the home and of course someone willing to put in a little extra effort to accommodate his being deaf. For the right family, Ohto is going to make some lucky person a most delightful partner in crime! 🙂

Currently fostered in Lander, WY


Parker

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Meet pint-sized Parker! At just 35 pounds and maybe barely a year old, this adorable and endearing little squirt came to us from a Utah shelter where he was nothing short of terrified. This boy has come a remarkably long way since he arrived with us and is now ready for a home of his own!

We know very little about Parker’s life before he got to us but it likely wasn’t a great experience. Considering how afraid he was initially, he adapted amazingly quickly to his foster home where he learned people could be trustworthy and the world could feel safe. He’s still a little reserved meeting new people, but once he knows you, he gives you his whole heart. 🙂 He bonded quickly with his foster family, both human and canine. He now regularly shows his sweetest smile, grinning with one side of his mouth anytime he is excited. He gets along well with other dogs and currently lives with three! He is very playful with those dogs who are game, and we think he’ll be happiest with a confident, playful dog in his new home to romp with and role model off of. Parker even gets along well with the family cat, realizing quickly who truly rules the roost.

Parker spends his day relaxing on the couch while his parents work from home, heading out with his foster siblings a few times daily to play in the back yard or take a walk. Any movement by the door to the garage elicits excitement with the hope of getting to take a ride in the car with mom or dad and one of the other dogs. Parker is a good athlete who loves to run, though he doesn’t currently seem interested in fetch. He’s just a moderate energy fella who will be happy with this level of exercise daily.

Parker came to WBCR with what appeared to be limited exposure to living with a family. He is taking quickly to basic training, sitting to go in or out of the house, learning to lie down on cue, and even starting on stay. The little guy figures things out very quickly, adapting to the patterns of the house. He is the only dog his fosters have had that figured out the handles on the patio door, quickly learning he could let himself out if his foster parents didn’t remember to lock the door!!! 🙂 In the few months that he’s been with WBCR, he has also learned that walks in the neighborhood are pretty fun too.

All in all, Parker is a true indomitable spirit and a joy to live with. He will be happiest in a quiet but active household where there’s another dog (or more) in the home. His confidence has grown immensely with his foster family, and we think he’ll continue to blossom with patient humans who have a soft spot for the shy ones, and who love to help them come fully into their own. Whoever brings this boy home will be rewarded with a delightful and devoted pup!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Sadie

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We’ve got a special place in our hearts for the golden oldies…and so when we heard about this girl, who is apparently 12 and found herself in a crowded Utah shelter, we knew we had to help. Thanks to some of our amazing and generous pilot volunteers, this freckle-faced super sweet senior scored a freedom flight to one of our most devoted senior-loving foster families. She has landed safely and is proving to be a pretty agreeable and easygoing girl. From her foster mom: “Everything is going great…she has been following me around like a shadow. Her tail has been wagging almost nonstop.” We are so happy to be a part of making this girl’s golden years the best of her life!

Currently fostered near Las Vegas, NV


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


Sonny

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This super nice young smoothie came to us from a Utah shelter in quite literally the nick of time. The shelter staff put out a plea for help because they found him such a super dog, and they are right! Sonny rolled right onto a plane to fly to safety, and then into foster care after that. He seems a well-adjusted fellow, friendly with people and other dogs. His BC intensity shows around a ball; he is quite a fetchaholic. Dog sport potential! Bonus is he’s got a great off switch and some skills too. This boy is gonna make some lucky BC lover very happy!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO area


Splash

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Little Splash is one of the S puppies who has come back to us because the resident dog in his new family turned out to be really unnerved by a puppy in the house. So, he is back looking for a family to call his own! We’ll post more about him as we get to know him.

Currently fostered near Frisco, CO


Trixie – Adoption Pending

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Looking for a dog who is so agreeable she’ll use a rock as a pillow if need be?? Here she is! Meet Trixie. 🙂 This adorable and agreeable little redheaded BC came to us from a shelter in rural Utah – we are unclear about her past, but it’s already obvious to us someone’s loss is gonna be someone else’s gain! Trixie is a gem – a really sweet, happy, agreeable and well-adjusted young lass. We think she’s probably under a year old.

Trixie loves being with her humans, whatever they are up to, and is quite an attentive kiddo! She also enjoys meeting new people and is quick to befriend strangers. She is wonderful around and really loves other dogs, especially those game to play – we think she’ll be happiest living with another playful dog in the home since one of her favorite things to do is wrestle with her BC foster brother. She also loves going for hikes and being active outside, so we think she’ll make a wonderful outdoor adventure partner. She doesn’t seem to have natural desire to fetch, but likes to follow around other dogs that are fetching. We’ve not yet tested her around cats but will soon. She loves toys (and has been known to cause their demise if given enough time), bones, the occasional ice cube and lots of play! But she’s also very happy to shut it down and take a good long nap! Despite her young age, Trixie is not too over the top energy-wise, and can be quite happy with moderate exercise. Right now she’s living in a condo with active folks and having zero problem with that lifestyle.

She’s a clever girl, too, who learns quickly. Within only a few short weeks of arriving at her foster she was already housetrained and had learned a number of tricks including sit and lie down. She’s started on crating. She’s particularly good in the car, and loves to look out the window and sleep.

All in all, this young gem has all the makings of a wonderful canine companion, and some lucky adopters are going to hit the jackpot by adopting her!

Currently fostered in Vail, CO


Whit

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Little Whit came to us from a rural NV shelter, where she arrived as one of a pair of BC girls who were picked up not long after a pair of similarly smooth coated BC boys were brought in, also picked up as strays. None of these 4 youngsters were claimed, and all were in danger of being euthanized for space….so we said yes to all of them. Whit headed to one of our longtime fosters, and like all 4 of these pups, proved to be a social and playful girl. However, her foster was perplexed by Whit’s mysterious but notable lack of housetraining progress. It seemed likely she had a UTI, so that’s the route we went….but that didn’t resolve it. It took quite a few more vet visits and exams before a solid conclusion was reached: Whit was diagnosed with a rare birth defect, an ectopic ureter. Basically, instead of her urine going directly from her right kidney to her bladder, it bypassed the bladder and just came out! So she leaked a bit of urine here and there all day long. In good news, we found out there is a surgical solution, and we found a surgeon up to the task. The total cost? $5800. But of course we said yes, because we knew the best chance she had at finding a family to call her own would be having this surgery.
In early September, Whit had the procedure done. She’s healed well and is now also on Proin (a medication for incontinence) and the verdict? No more leaking!!! So this delightful, happy little lass is now officially ready for a home of her own. From her foster mom: “She is so stinking cute and has the sweetest personality, good with both people and dogs. She loves to play with toys, chew on her canine foster brother, run all over with the other dogs (she shares her foster home with 4 others), and then will just lay down and take a nap. She gives all the dogs a lick each morning to say hi and has to have her pets from us before she gets the day started; she likes to snuggle too. She is good with the grandkids, 4 and 6. She is crate trained and has been sleeping in there at night; is ok on the leash; knows a few of the basics. Off leash on our property she comes to me when I call her. She is fine in the car and can be left alone at home and we are mostly over the steal something, chew on it then hide it phase! She could be a dog sport candidate or be someones active sidekick in adventure.” Whit is quite a fabulous BC package, and we are so excited to help her find her way to her next chapter in life.

Currently fostered outside Denver, CO


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Octane

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This lovely lass was in a Utah shelter for months before landing with WBCR and is shaping up to be quite a prize. More info coming soon!

Currently fostered in Longmont, CO


Rip

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Thanks to the unbelievably tremendous efforts of a whole bunch of dedicated, big hearted people – one in particular who lept into action to make it happen and devoted hours and hours to their cause in the last few days – three feral pups in a Colorado shelter escaped euthanasia by less than 24 hours. Two have landed safely with WBCR. Handsome Rip is a young male who is learning about the good life and starting to trust people.

Currently fostered near Durango, CO


Roxy

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Roxy is the mama to the Q puppies, 4 of which we were able to take in last September, and the remaining 2 we were also finally able to rescue from miserable conditions along with Roxy! She has tested as heartworm positive so will begin treatment for that soon. More info coming soon!

Currently fostered in Durango, CO


Teagan

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This flashy little tricolored female came to us as an owner surrender….victim of a divorce and subsequent unexpected life changes. She was a well-loved dog and it shows. She’s got all kinds of skills and is a BC through and through. We’ll post more about her as we get to know her.

Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY


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