"Where Every Animal Is Special"
Border Collie Rescues
Please read the following information about our rescue program, then scroll down for more information about individual available dogs.
We feel a deep need to help this breed. Too often, uninformed owners turn these dogs over to rescue, shelters, or simply dump them because the owners did not adequately train the dog, or provide it with a job. We get calls about these dogs occasionally and welcome them into our home so they can be rehabilitated and adopted to a forever home. Sometimes these dogs just need their energy directed to an acceptable channel, and others need medical care. Rarely, the dogs have been abused or neglected and mostly need groceries, patience, and lots of love.
We are a Missouri State Department of Agriculture licensed dog rescue. This means that potential adopters can be assured that we:
Have worked with our veterinarian to design a written program of veterinary care.
Are required to keep extensive records for each rescue.
Are required to microchip each rescue so it can be identified in such a manner that it can be traced back to us.
Must spay or neuter all rescues before offering them for adoption.
Are inspected yearly.
Because our rescue dogs live in our home with our personal dogs, it is impossible to separate the expenses incurred by each dog; therefore, we are not a 501(c)3 (not for profit). As such, we are required by the State of Missouri to charge a 5.975% sales tax on all rescues adopted.
First, we evaluate the dog for their medical history and physical/emotional/mental health. Every dog must be spayed or neutered and be microchipped. They are heartworm testing and treated, if necessary. They are vaccinated, dewormed, and started on heartworm/flea/tick prevention. Any other medical care is of course provided when necessary. Our local vet is able to conduct most of the treatment, but we also use the University of Missouri and several specialists around the state when called for.
As soon as the dog comes into our home, we begin training. First, the dog is expected to live in the house quietly and obediently. This includes: rest quietly in a crate, walk on a leash, no jumping, sit politely for petting, and live peaceably with the other dogs. Some dogs come to us without any house training whatsoever, so this can be a difficult time.
After the dog is well on its way to being a good house pet, we start basic obedience training. We teach sit, down, short stays, and a recall, then start having fun. We tend to jump from sport to sport, introducing the dog to the basics of each.
If possible, Teri may take the dog to a 4-H show or two. Tora can occasionally take the dog to her house for a week or two for some varied training.
After the dog has completed all of its medical treatments and we feel it can successfully integrate into a new home, the dog is available for adoption. The dog is not "completely trained." Dog training is a continuous process that takes place over the entire life of the dog. Your house rules are likely different than ours and it may take some time for you to teach them to the dog. Our goal is to take a "throw-away" and turn it into a dog that you can turn into your family companion or athletic partner.
Adoption fees vary based on the dog and medical treatments.
Our Requests for the New Owner
As per our contract, we expect our new dog owners to provide a loving forever home. We expect owners to provide a quality food (please ask us for recommendations and consult with your veterinarian), shelter, veterinary care, training, and lots of love. Before getting your dog, you should make an appointment for a well-dog check with your veterinarian (our contract requires this initial visit to be within two working days of pickup). For all dogs, we HIGHLY recommend that you sign up and complete at least one round of training classes. Regardless of your personal ability to train dogs, structured, weekly classes offer much opportunity for support and socialization.
If you are, at any time or for any reason, unable to keep or properly care for the dog, we require that the puppy be returned to us. The dog is not to be sold, given away, traded, turned over to rescue/pound, euthanized, or otherwise disposed of without our knowledge. Although we do our very best to avoid situations where the new owners must give up their dog, we understand that lives and lifestyles change beyond our control and will make arrangements to get the dog.
We ask that you please contact us with any concerns, comments, or questions about the dog. We want to provide you with a well-started dog and help you train that dog to be your treasured companion.
We reserve the right to refuse sale to any potential adoption for any reason.
This is our adoption contract, please click to enlarge.
October 27, 2011
"River" went to her new home in Pullman, MI on August 11th where she will be a family companion.
June 4, 2011