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.
Before you contact us, please contact your
dog's breeder. Ethical breeders will generally either take back your
dog or work with you to place him/her into a new home. If you
have not taken this step, chances are no one in rescue can help.
Please be prepared to give us the name of the breeder or pet shop from which
you purchased your pet.
If you have not yet tried,
please try to place the dog yourself. Details on how to do this
can be found by clicking here.
We are a small group of
individuals who tend to foster only one dog in our homes at a
time. As you can see from the sheer number of dogs listed
on our website, space is extremely limited. Purebred
BC's on death row in the local pounds have priority.
Your dog must be spayed or
neutered prior to us taking him into rescue. If you cannot
do this, there will be a minimum $125 surrender fee so that we can
have the surgery performed locally. The fee depends on the resources
available to our rescuers who are located throughout the NW region.
known people-aggressive dogs, or dogs with any history of aggressive behavior or
fear biting will be listed!!!
If your dog has a history of biting, and bites someone, you could be faced with
grave legal consequences. Click on the following link to print
out the form:
Request To List Non-Aggressive Dog on PNW Border Collie Rescue
The following link contains a very classy note on why another rescue organization cannot take dogs with a history of biting:
If you wish to
use our site to list your dog (because no foster homes are available),
please be advised that for liability reasons, we require that you provide us
with a written reference regarding your dog's temperament. A
reference from a local dog trainer, from which you have taken classes, would
be excellent. If you
cannot get the reference of a local pet authority (i.e. obedience, agility
instructor, etc..,) our rescuers would be happy to do an evaluation for you.
You will need to drive your dog to a local rescuers house or
mutually convenient meeting place to have your pet's temperament
evaluated. If your circumstances are extenuating, please
speak / email one of our rescuers.
Do not bring your dog to the
pound thinking you'll be able to get him/her into rescue
faster. Unfortunately, more than 90% of the dogs we're
contacted about in the pounds are euthanized because we just don't have
room. Idaho and Oregon have far more BC's in the shelters than
WA. Go to http://www.petfinder.org
to check out the statistics yourself. If you do drop off your
dog at a shelter due to dire circumstances, please notify the rescuers in your area
by clicking here. There is no guarantee
we will be able to help, but we will try.
We generally do not have farm
homes available for your active border collie. The truth of the matter
is that farmers looking for BC's are few and far between. We might be
contacted by a farmer once every few years. Most farmers who are
looking for BC's are looking for border collies from known top-hat breeders
and trialers that have dogs with proven herding instinct. Most homes
that adopt BC's are dog sports home (agility, flyball, obedience, etc..,) or
active human homes (runners, cyclists, etc..,)
agree with the terms above, you may contact any of
the rescuers near you listed on our Who Are We page.
Once again, please be aware that most of the rescuers
have very limited space and are not
currently able to
accept owner-surrenders. This is due to a
shortage of long-term foster homes and the incredible volume of dogs we get
called about EVERY day.
Many people contact us because they need to surrender their dog due to behavioral issues like jumping on children, torturing the neighbors with incessant barking, tearing down curtains, refusing to listen, herding cars, nipping at the heels of joggers, etc.., Please be aware that we don't have a lengthy list of people looking to take on a "project" dog. If you are hoping to "replace" your surrendered dog with a "good" dog, we urge you to consult a behaviorist who may be able to help. With a little training, you may realize that the dog you have is your dream dog. Please check out our Things to Do with your Dog page for a list of some trainers that have been recommended to us (or that we have worked with personally).
HOW TO PLACE YOUR BORDER COLLIE IN A NEW HOME
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 .
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.
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
yourself with the List
of Common Questions and be prepared to answer them.
your dog's biography.
PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!!!!! Did
you know that we almost never receive inquiries about dogs that don't have
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.
fee. A truly interested dog owner realizes that any
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..,
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
Border collies listed on this
site must be spayed or neutered prior to
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 Petfinder.org
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.
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