How You Can Help
Border Collie Rescue
*** We are
great need of foster homes . If you're open to sharing your home with a
4-legged guest, please contact the folks listed below. ***
Thank you for visiting this page to help save these amazing, athletic dogs. What makes this breed the wonderful dogs that they are also makes them good candidates to be brought into shelters and rescues. A typical Border Collie is high energy and work
obsessed. These dogs are increasing in popularity because they are intelligent, attractive, and really cool to watch. Unfortunately,
a lot of folks don't fully realize the needs of these dogs until it is too late. Many are being bought as pets with no activities planned in their future. Eventually, the dog becomes a problem dog because it is bored and frustrated. It is then that the nipping, cat chasing, car chasing, child herding, house eating, yard digging, and biting problems occur.
Our goal is to educate potential owners about the breed. Help current owners with the dogs they have, and rescue them where needed. Many of the dogs we rescue are from area shelters. Brought in as strays or relinquished because the dog was too much for the owners to handle.
Once a dog is brought into rescue, it is given medical treatment when needed, such as shots, flea control,
spay/neuter and other various things that pop-up. The dog is then evaluated for
temperament and abilities. The goal is to match the dog to a home that is suitable for that type of dog. We get dogs that would be best in herding, flyball, and agility homes. Others would do well in active companion homes.
In Washington state alone, there can be from 100-150 Border Collies in a year in need of
rescuing. The numbers in Oregon and Idaho are even higher . The vast
majority of BC, unfortunately, go unrescued due to lack of resources and people to help. It is our goal to change this and not let the lives of these wonderful dogs be wasted. Here are some ways that you can
1) Make a donation
To make a tax-deductible 501(c)(3)donation, please send a check to :
Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 3523
Redmond, WA 98073-3523
Please memo on the check "Border Collie Rescue Fund".
There are other organizations just as worthy as SPDR, but who do not have
501(c)(3)status yets. Please see the "Who Are We"
page to contribute to any of those groups.
2) Actually Assist in the Rescue Border Collies!
There are several ways in which you can help rescue these dogs. We are starting a network of people across the state to save as many lives as we can.
We need help with the following:
Transportation--We need people from all over the northwest (WA,
OR, ID, MT, and BC) to occasionally transport dogs.
Fostering--Due to the large number of dogs coming into rescue and limited space, we could use a few more foster homes. If you are experienced with Border Collies, training dogs, and have a fenced yard, please become a fosterer.
- Please contact the person nearest to you from the "Who Are We"
Shelter checks--This is visiting your local shelter regularly to watch for BCs. This is by far the hardest of the jobs because there are many dogs in need that you will have to walk away from.
Oftentimes, there will not be room in our foster care system for dogs that
truly need rescuing.
We will need you to be registered with us as a rescuer before you begin pulling dogs from shelters. There are guidelines and policies that need to be followed when rescuing a dog.
- Transport a dog?
- Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items?**
- Donate MONEY?
- Donate a Kong? A nylabone? A hercules?
- Donate a crate?
- Donate an x-pen or baby gates?
- Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?
- Donate a leash?
- Donate a collar?
- Donate some treats or a bag of food?
- Donate a halti or promise collar or a gentle leader?
- Walk a dog?
- Groom a dog?
- Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
- Go to the local shelter and see if that dog is the breed the shelter says it
is or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the dog?
- Make a few phone calls?
- Mail out applications to people who've requested them?
- Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials
on responsible pet ownership?
- Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?
- Donate long distance calling cards?
- Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?
- Donate the use of a photocopier?
- Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet
- Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?
- Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fund raiser?
- Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?
- Donate heart worm pills?
- Donate a canine first aid kit?
- Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
- Be a Santi-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours or days?
- Clip coupons for dog food or treats?
- Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?
- Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes
commissions earned to a rescue group?
- Host rescue photos with an information link on your website?
- Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit?
- Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog?
- Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?
- Be volunteer to do rescue in your area?
- Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free ID tag and
instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed with your Club's
name and phone # to contact?
- Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?
- Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year
or some vaccinations?
- Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
- Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs
currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
- Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?
- Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?
- Help organize and run fundraising events?
- Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the
information into a database?
- Pay to tattoo a rescued dog?
- Pay to microchip a rescued dog?
- Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was
sick or marked in the house?
- Donate a bottle of Nature's Miracle or other cleaning products?
- Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a quarantine
area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination history and has been
in a shelter?
- Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can take the
dog to obedience class?
- Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?
- Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
- Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
- Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog?
- Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what those
foster dogs poop)
- Offer to test the foster dog with cats?
- Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming
- Bring the foster take-out so the foster doesn't have to cook dinner?
- Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone who
fosters dogs all the time?
- Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas,
- Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?
- Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized?
- Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify your
breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different types of
that breed may come in and the different colour combinations?
- Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising event?
- Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a grooming
- Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training
- Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
- Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your
- Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
- Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a
- Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue dogs?
- Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?
- Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?
- Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the chips, so if
your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to take responsibility for
- Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you are a
- Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and
donate one to Rescue?
- Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for
your dogs after you are gone - so Rescue won't have to?
- Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?
- Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?
- Donate other services if you run your own business?
- Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?
- Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to s/one driving a
- Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one?
- Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to be a
rescued dog's escort?
- Donate a doggy seatbelt?
- Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?
- Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs
that have been placed?
- Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs?
- Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube?
- Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?
- Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?
(ie. outdoor kennel material)
something not listed above to help rescue?
Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and
make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?
**gently-used dog equipment is always welcomed.
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