Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue
Adoption Process

  1. Questions you should Ask!!!

  2. Application

  3. Home Visit

  4. Preparing for your puppy's homecoming

  5. Adoption and Adoption Agreement  

  6. Follow-up

Border Collies come in many types of personalities, sizes, and colors. Most are high energy in need of something to do that stimulates them mentally and physically. They are best placed into working, sports, or active companion homes.  It is our goal to find permanent homes for these misplaced "wonder dogs", and to make the best match possible for the dogs and the people that would like to adopt a rescue Border Collie.  Make sure you've read the following articles before proceeding:


How To Adopt a Dog

1. Questions: Remember, NEVER adopt a dog from anyone without finding out as much as you can about it's history. Here are some extremely Important Questions   when adopting ANY dog from ANY rescue organization.    

Please also see our disclaimer below.

2. The Application: The first step  for adopting one of our rescues is to fill out an application. The application is a starting place from which the rescuer might ask more questions based on the information given. To fill out an application click on Click on APPLICATION to submit an application for adoption.    You should receive a written response to your application within 10 days.    

Some of our volunteers require additional applications that have been tailored for their particular organizations.   The person you are working with regarding the adoption of a particular dog will advise you.   

3. The Home Visit:  The next step is for the rescuer  to make a home visit, meet the potential adopters,  and discuss what type of dog would be best suited for the home. If this is not possible due to long distance, then a video or photos will be needed for viewing, and a phone conversation will be necessary.  A rescue representative from another organization may be contacted to do a home visit if the organization/person listing the dog you are interested in is not local (ie. within 50 miles of some one who can do a home visit).

The purpose of the home visit is to guarantee safety/security of fences, gates and escape routes (easily found by new dogs).   We look for holes in fences, gaps at the bottom or between posts, as well as posts or slats that are rotting and weak.  All climbing devices next to or near the fence that would allow a dog to go up and over the fence (woodpiles, stored boxes or children's play houses) need to be moved away from fence lines.   Any potentially dangerous or deadly items (fertilizers, insect repellent, yard tools and cleansers) need to be moved away from the dog's level of access.  

Any problems we notice would be pointed out at the time of the home visit, and suggestions would be offered for needed corrections.   Home visits are not for rating applicants' decorating skills or tidiness.

If your fencing needs repair, please complete those repairs PRIOR to scheduling your home visit.   If you have woodpiles or other climbable items against your fence, please MOVE them away from the fence PRIOR to scheduling your home visit.   If you are planning to construct fencing or a kennel run, please have it completed PRIOR to scheduling your home visit.

Invisible (electronic) fences alone are not a preferred method of keeping a dog confined, as they have been proven to be unsafe in many instances.

Why do we require the home visit?   Many of our dogs have previously been "lost" or  "strays", who ended up at shelters.    Occasionally, but only rarely, is a home without a fence approved for a dog adoption.   It can take several months for a dog to completely bond with its new family, and until bonded strongly, most dogs will take advantage of any opportunity to escape and run off.   Even with close observation and awareness, dogs can slip through the smallest cracks and be gone.  It is imperative that the newly adopted dog be safely and securely confined.

No dog will be released to an applicant until a home visit has been completed and approved.   However, due to the sheer number of applications we have been receiving since we went online,  it is likely the home visit will be done after the applicant has met a dog that they are interested in adopting.   Please be patient.   We are a small group of volunteers.  Like many of you, we have busy lives.   In addition to working full time, raising our families, and caring for our own dogs, we also:

All applicants need to stay in constant contact with the person they are working with to adopt a dog.  This could include email and/or non-local phone calls (ie. you live in Puyallup and are adopting a dog from Bellingham).   It is the applicant's responsibility to check the web site regularly and to send us email should they find a suitable dog elsewhere.

Due to the needs of this particular breed we do reserve the right to reject applicants. Should an application be denied, either before or after the home visit, the applicant will be notified why the application was denied. 

4. The Adoption:  If and when a match is found and the home visit is completed,  the next step is the actual adoption.    

Please remember, in cases where we have multiple applicants for the same dog, the rescuer will choose the BEST match )from their personal perspective.)  These adoptions may take longer than usual given the logistics of multiple home visits and ongoing communications with all parties.  Even if a potential applicant can offer a dog a great home,  there may be personality differences that distinguish one home over another.  For example, a hyper-active BC/Kelpie mix might be equally suited for an agility home or a home with a marathon runner.   Things like number of days running/doing agility, hours left alone, chemistry with other pets, etc.., all come into play.    We do the best we can to find every dog his/her best match.    

5. Follow-up:  After a dog is placed with you, there will be some follow-up contacts to ensure everyone is adjusting well to the new and exciting environment.

Thank you for considering a rescue dog.


Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue simply provides a forum to help place homeless border collies using information provided by others. The information contained in this site is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness, or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue web site, nor any persons or companies that donate resources to make this web site possible, be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information in this site or for any consequential, special, or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. The Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue  Rescue web site is independent of any particular rescue organization or shelter, does not directly represent them, and does not necessarily state any of their official policies. Please consult individual organizations for all details.

Certain links at this site connect to other web sites maintained by third parties over whom the Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue  web site has no control. The Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue web site makes no representations as to the accuracy or any other aspect of information contained in other web sites, or adoption procedures of individuals or organizations using this service.


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