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 handsome classic rough-coated chap is Berkeley. He’s just arrived as an owner surrender from some folks who bought him as a pup but feel they can’t meet his BC needs. That being said, they did a wonderful job with him. He is now 3 years old, friendly and social with people and dogs, tested OK with cats, and is just a well-adjusted and level-headed fella! Lots of skills. So far all we can say that might need work is he may need to lose a few pounds… other than that, this boy is looking like he’s gonna be a real prize and is gonna make some really lucky person a really fabulous canine companion.
Currently fostered in Denver, CO
This little lass is Bonnie! She came to WBCR from a Utah shelter. Only about 7 months old and sweet as pie. More info coming soon.
Currently fostered near Denver, CO
Dallas – Adoption Pending
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 Denver, CO
This gorgeous merle boy came to us having been mostly just tied up in a yard for his first two years. Fortunately, we were able to bring him into WBCR and now he has a chance to fulfill all his potential – and Sly has a LOT of potential! 🙂 He’s sensitive, bright, athletic, and higher energy…this pup is a TOTAL toy boy and loves to play Frisbee, ball, tug, you name it, and could have dog sport potential. He also shows some herding instinct. Cats are an unknown but probably a no, and he isn’t a candidate for homes with children, either. This youngster is really enjoying going for hikes and bike rides, and has even made his camping AND paddle boarding debut! We think he’d love being someone’s outdoor adventure partner.
Like many BCs, this boy really loves to be nearby his person and a part of all they do. Sly is a little unsure about new people but is gaining confidence on this front every day and is doing much better with greeting strangers although it still takes him some time to warm up. He’s even more unsure about new dogs, but he’s now fully integrated into a household with two other BCs and he’s met another dog here and there too – so far he’s done best with older females and confident dogs. He’s got some great skills already – totally house trained, crate trained, is comfortable riding in the car…he will bark sometimes at new things that worry him. Sly will definitely need someone committed to continuing his basic manners education as well as adopters who will work to build his confidence and direct his energies. If you have some breed experience and are willing to devote some time and energy to helping a pup oozing with potential blossom – Sly may be the one for you!
Currently fostered outside of Jackson, WY
This young sportsman is Speck, and he came to WBCR from a Utah shelter. He’s just about 5 months old and reportedly an outgoing and confident little lad, friendly with dogs and people, brimming with potential. More info coming soon.
Currently fostered near SLC, UT
Update January 2021:
Well this little guy is still his optimistic self, and as cute as ever, but his mobility has decreased quite a bit. Long walks and short hikes are no longer proving feasible for True, and he is going to need a more specific situation than in the past to be sure his needs are met. In short, his ideal family would:
Have a home with few or no stairs
Have a home with carpet and/or many rugs, and be willing to add yoga mats or carpet runners on bare wood so he can comfortably move across slippery floor areas
Be able to lift 35-40 pounds from the floor, in case he needs to be carried
Pursue regular chiropractic/pt/massage care so True can feel his best
Live in a socially stimulating environment such as a busy household with lots of people and human attention – a family with kids, with people who work from home and/or someone who can take him to a busy work environment regularly. Since True’s best outlet for his energy right now is interacting with people, and this is his first love, a busy social environment is important.
Ideally, already have a playful dog(s) who especially enjoy playing chew face while laying down – this is True’s favorite, and one of the only ways he can play with other dogs. He also enjoys hanging out with other animals too, and one of his best pals is a cat. (His other pal is a potbellied pig, but resident pigs are not required!)
Have lots of toys and things to chew on. He loves toys and he loves to chew on bones!
Therapy work opportunity and interest a plus, but right now all therapy work is on hold due to the pandemic…
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
Holy smokes, folks, hold onto your hats and your hearts…then check out this new arrival, the blue tornado! Ash came to us just a week ago just about as terrified as they come…she was an untouchable, very big flight risk who didn’t even want to come out of a crate. We’ve never seen such a big change in a dog in such a short amount of time. One week later we are seeing who this girl really is: one very busy, super tough and physically capable, very clever and super funny 9 month old mischievous imp of a pup who loves to have a laugh. And really, it’s hard not to laugh along with her. Miss Big Ears is dying to play with the other dogs in her foster home, who are currently holding out on her much to her dismay, and she’s already figured out how to sneak in to have some fun with the sheep. Yes, her foster mom is shoring up the defenses so that won’t happen again, but we do know she is from working lines and landed with some good samaritans (who then reached out to us) as a ranch reject, so we won’t be surprised if she works stock well. We have no doubt this little coyote is going to need a lot of work both helping her gain experience and confidence out in the world, especially around men, as well as to rein her in some on the home front, but boy oh boy if you are looking for an amazing go-getter of a young BC, she is here.
Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY
This beautiful girl just came to us from a Utah shelter. Not only is she a knockout in the looks department, so far she’s proving to be a lovely little lady, friendly with people and good with other dogs. More info coming soon!
Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY
This freckle-faced, itty bitty little tricolor is Dottie, weighing in at barely 30 pounds at 2 years old! She came to us from a Wyoming ranch, where she was a working dog until she got banged up by some cows, which resulted in a broken leg. Dottie is all healed up now and the vet expects no lasting physical damage, but she’s not all too keen on cows anymore, so her owner reached out to us. Dottie is a lovely little pixie, friendly with people, and had a kitty pal at the ranch. Like a lot of female BCs, she’s good with other dogs who don’t get up into her space but doesn’t appreciate those who do. She’s got some good skills too – crate trained and some basic manners. She comes from pretty reputable working lines and between that and her build, Dottie could be a great sheepherding or dog sport candidate. We hope to test her on sheep after she recovers from her spay. She’s just arrived into foster care and is learning about indoor living. We look forward to getting to know her and we’ll post more as we do!
Currently fostered outside Jackson, WY
Just arrived! This handsome fellow came to us as an owner surrender due to a move. We’ll post more as we get to know him.
Currently fostered in Durango, CO
This beautiful red and white girl is Nala! She has just arrived and came to us an owner surrender due to her discomfort with the young grandchild in the home. We’ll post more about Nala as we get to know her!
Currently fostered in Wheatland, WY
Meet Twig! What she lacks in size she makes up for in enthusiasm. This little smooth coat pixie just rolled into WBCR from a Utah shelter -bright, happy, and ready to take on the world! More info coming soon.