How To Surrender/List Your Dog with NW Border Collie Rescue 

Unless you are working directly with one of our active rescuers, the web master will NOT be able to list dogs for independent parties. Thank you.

These are our general guidelines. Each independent rescuer's policy may vary slightly.


Now that we're beyond the liability issues, let's talk about finding a new home for your dog and how to go about it .  

  1. Be committed to doing this. If you are placing the dog yourself, or working with one of our rescuers who has evaluated your pet,  you must be willing to follow up on all emails and phone calls you receive from people interested in your dog (call the interested party collect if you need to. ) 

    Our volunteers put in an average of 20hrs. per week reviewing applications, checking shelters, responding to email, doing home visits, training foster dogs,  and returning phone calls.  We fully expect that you will do your part.  If you cannot commit to following up with all parties interested in your dog, please do not list here.     Anyone listing a dog on our site who fails to acknowledge phone calls and emails (if applicable)  will have their dog's listing pulled from the site.   

  2. Review  the animal biographies our web site. It will give you an idea of how to write up an advertisement.   Please note that the summaries which appear for each state (WA, OR) are just summaries.  You'll want to look at a particular dog's web page for all the dog's information. 

  3. Familiarize yourself with the  List of Common Questions and be prepared to answer them.

  4. Write up your dog's biography. 

  5. PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!!!!!  Did you know that we almost never receive inquiries about dogs that don't have pictures listed?   

  6. Cross-post your advertisements (printed or in email) in forums that pertain to dog sports, running, hiking, or other active human sports. 

    Remember to include a date on your fliers.  

    Post your  fliers in local feed stores or small sporting good stores.    

    If your BC is an active dog who is good with other people/dogs, you'll want to show him/her off at local agility trials, obedience demos, and flyball tournaments.  

    Make an "adopt me" vest and have your pet wear this vest to your local dog park  or sporting event.

    One of our rescuers who was recently visiting northern NH found a few dog adverts posted on a bulletin board outside a shop that specialized in snowshoe / cross-country ski gear.  Several of the little tabs with contact information were torn off. The ad was only a few days old, so that was a good sign.  Dog parks like Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA also have bulletin boards where you can post advertisements. 


  7. Charge a fee.     A truly interested dog owner realizes that any adoption fees are negligible compared to the costs of owning a dog.  If they can't afford $50  to cover an adoption fee, how are they going to afford food, medical costs, including vaccinations, obedience training, etc..,  ???  We recommend a fee of $50-$200 depending on age,  obedience level, etc..,  

  8. When you find a perspective owner, do a home visit and ask for references.  You wouldn't leave your child with a total stranger. Don't do that to your best friend either.

  9. Border collies listed on this site  must be spayed or neutered prior to placement.    

  10. All dogs will be listed  for 30 days.   Once that 30 days has expired, you must contact the web-master to extend the listing date if you have not yet found a new home for your pet.   You must contact the web master if you place your dog in less than 30 days or you will need to continue responding to email and phone inquiries. 

Here is some excellent information from 

Making the decision to find a new home for a pet is one of the most difficult decisions you can face as a pet guardian. If you are in this situation, it is critical for you to carefully consider the animal's needs. Have you done everything you can to make it possible for your pet to remain with you? If your pet is exhibiting behaviors that are unacceptable (chewing, urinating inside the house, barking), you and your pet may benefit from obedience training. Sometimes what appears to be a futile situation can actually be remedied with the help and guidance of knowledgeable pet trainers and behaviorists! Check with your local shelter for a list of reputable trainers and behaviorists in your area!

However, sometimes a pet is simply not the right fit for you and your home. For example, some animals do best in a home where they are the only animal. If they are forced to interact regularly with other animals, they may become terrified and withdrawn, or aggressive and difficult to handle. In a case like that, your pet may benefit from a new home.

If you've assessed your situation carefully and determined it is truly in your pet's best interest to place him or her in a new home, you have several options to consider:
Note: Whatever method or manner you choose to find a new home for your pet, we encourage you to spay or neuter your animal. This is an expense for an animal you don't plan to keep; however keep in mind that it prevents unwanted pregnancies, reduces behavior & health problems, and helps combat the companion animal overpopulation problem. Most metropolitan areas have low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Check with your local shelter for a list of shelters in your area.



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