*** 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 FormAdoption Contract

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Adoptable Dogs


Bella

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Female

This sweet girl came to us from a Utah shelter. We’ll post more about her as we get to know her.

Currently fostered in SLC, UT


Cam

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Male

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

Echo

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Female
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

J Puppies

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4 Male, 2 Female

Meet the J puppies! These little kiddos arrived to WBCR with their super sweet mama Mylie. Four boys and two girls. They will be ready for adoption March 12th.

Currently fostered near Denver, CO


Koby

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Male

Meet Koby! This adorable liver and white BC boy came to us from a Utah shelter. He’s just a delightfully happy dog, friendly with people, playful with other dogs, and has lived/is living peacefully with kids in his foster home. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered outside Denver, CO


Mav

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Male

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


Pippi

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Female

Meet Pippi! This is one bouncy, friendly, happy girl. She loves people, playing with other dogs. She found herself in a Utah shelter after her owner passed away. Pippi is showing some signs of neurological issues…she gets around well but there’s some wobblyness we are working to get to the bottom of. More info coming soon.

Currently fostered in Vernal, UT


Rue – Adoption Pending

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Female

If you are looking for a remarkably well adjusted little BC – here she is! This adorable smooth coat youngster is Rue, and she is a huge love bug who is enjoys being loved by just about anyone! Hard to believe she spent nearly half a year in a Utah shelter. This happy spirit adores life bouncing through her day. She’s a dog who is consistently happy regardless of the situation around her and never wants to be left out.

This girl is not only super social with people but is quite dog-savvy as well. She is happy and playful with other playful dogs, and will respect boundaries if communicated clearly by other neutral dogs. Last but not least, Rue loves toys of all shapes and sizes and her toy drive is quite high. She would likely make a great sport dog. She has the classic BC stare and stalk as soon as a toy is near your feet and she will not lose focus for anything while actively playing. Cats are an unknown. Rue is a moderate energy dog. She will require daily exercise, but she does great with a relaxing walk and some fetch time. This girl will need guidance on how to settle down, specifically after she is tired, but has made great progress when provided clear boundaries.

This all-round super girl will do well with many different types of living situations given she gets daily exercise and mental stimulation. All this and nice manners too? Yup! This girl is cratetrained and almost totally housetrained. She walks really nicely on a leash, not pulling even with passing bunnies, dogs, or humans!!! And she responds to her name and will happily come back for a snack.

If you’re looking for a naturally athletic, sweet, and social border collie, Rue could be a great fit for you!
Currently fostered in Denver, CO


Ryker

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Male

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


Sedge

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Just arrived…this boy has lived his whole life so far as an outside dog. More info coming soon…

Currently fostered in Lander, WY


Teddy – Adoption Pending

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Meet Teddy! This flashy little youngster came to us as an owner surrender from a family who loved him very much, but were severely allergic. He is a total doll, and is allllll puppy, and all the puppy behavior that goes with puppydom. But he is a joy to have around and brings laughter wherever he goes. This little party animal is too busy most of the time to be much of a snuggler but he is starting to figure out that snuggling is a good thing when he’s tired. He’s a touch timid when meeting new people and dogs out in the world but loves to meet new people at home. He enjoys toys, fetch, and playing tug, and tries to get his older doggy foster brother to play and sometimes can. He is crate trained and sleeps through the night in it with a treat to say good night; he’s been left in the crate during the day for short periods of time and doesn’t seem to mind. He rides well in the car but isn’t quite ready to jump out, heights are not his thing and he will put on the brakes until you lift him out. Everyone who meets him thinks he is the cutest dog on the planet – those ears! Teddy will need an adopter with the time, energy, and patience to raise a puppy. He is going to make some lucky person an outstanding canine companion!

Currently fostered in Denver, CO

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Dogs Not Yet Ready for Adoption


Kadence

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Female

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

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Male

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


Lucan

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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


Lyric

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Female

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


Sis

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Female

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


Sterling

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Male

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


Ty

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Male

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


Viv

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Female

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


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