Want to adopt a Border Collie ?

What do you need to know before you adopt a Border Collie? We asked the experts!

Midwest Border Collie Rescue says:

The most important thing to remember about a Border Collie is that they need both
mental and physical stimulation and exercise.  A Border Collie can run for hours,
but mental challenges (agility, herding, obedience, trick training, nose work, jobs
around the house such as bringing in the paper, etc.) are what help a Border Collie
be a happy, content family member.

Not all Border Collies are intense working dogs, but many of them are. Their
intelligence is great, but people need to be willing to work with it.  A Border Collie
needs more than just a leash walk or occasional short game of fetch.  If they are
not challenged or they get bored they make up their own fun.  Border Collies also
need consistent expectations and rules. They are hard-working and honest dogs
who are great teammates. They do best with positive reinforcement.

Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, Inc. says:

Border collies are not dogs that can be left in the back yard to exercise.  They
need more than a walk around the block.  Also, training is imperative and they
MUST be corrected for bad behavior.  Ignoring bad behavior does not work.  NO
TEETH ON SKIN should be written in stone.

More about the Border Collie:

The Border Collie is also referred to as the ‘Scotch Sheep Dog’ in reference to its
place of origin. Those who share their homes with Border Collies and Border Collie
mixes often describe them as highly energetic, intelligent, sensitive and
demanding of attention and activity. This breed is not well suited for apartment life
nor for those who desire a lap dog type companion. The Border Collie is not always
accepting of small children, cats, dogs and other family pets as a tremendous
desire to herd has been bred into them for hundreds of years. This breed is best
and happiest when paired with people who have a very active lifestyle that
includes a great deal of outdoor activity.

Dog breeds that have the thick double coat such as Border Collies will shed
heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather.  This normally occurs
in the spring and fall when the coat will require frequent brushing and undercoat
raking to minimize shedding.  This is a highly intelligent and well balanced breed
that is happiest and most well behaved when given a ‘job’ to do or provided with
adequate physical activity.

Border Collies may be prone to PRA, which is a CEA ( Collie Eye Anomaly),
deafness, epilepsy or hip dysplasia. Border Collies can also be allergic to fleas or
sensitive to some drugs that are safe for other breeds. Make sure your veterinarian
is familiar with these sensitivities before they prescribe medication.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his
business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer,
though, is C: every two hours. When you’re house training a puppy, the general rule
of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been
alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Border Collie
puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every
four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the
puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date
on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on
leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-
grown dog, ideally from a Border Collie rescue that can help you find the right dog
for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Border Collie

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Border
Collie adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating
under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the
best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

•You CAN find purebred Border Collies for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue
•Border Collies and Border Collie puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior
to or different from those for sale.
•The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Border Collie for adoption in an animal
shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In
fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your
couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Border Collie puppy
for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you
in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But
what would happen to your wonderful Border Collie if, tragically, something
happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal
would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your
Border Collie would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with
wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose
owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  
Border Collie rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster
homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Border Collie
you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is
housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a
rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a
new Border Collie to their family!

Rescues and shelters near you

Russell Rescue of SE Louisiana
Ponchatoula, LA

Tangi Humane Society
Hammond, LA

Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control
Hammond, LA

Jerry's Jungle Rescue & Rehab, Inc.
Natalbany, LA

Greyhound Pets of America LA&MS
Folsom, LA

Looziana Basset Rescue, Inc.
Folsom, LA

St. Tammany Animal Resource Team
Madisonville, LA

St. Tammany Humane Society
Covington, LA

Don't Be Cruel Sanctuary
Albany, LA

Dont Be Cruel Sanctuary
Albany, LA

Swampy Paws Canine Rescue
Killian, LA

Dogwood Lane Rescue
Amite, LA

Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary
Roseland, LA

Mandeville, LA

Collie Rescue of Louisiana Inc.
Bush, LA

Border Collie Rescue Organizations

Below you'll find many Border Collie focused rescue organizations.

◦Western Border Collie Rescue - CO - Denver, CO
◦Come Bye Border Collie Rescue - IL - Highland, IL
◦MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue Illinois - IL - Naperville, IL
◦Border Collie Rescue - Phoenix - AZ - Phoenix, AZ
◦Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue, Inc. - OH - Minerva, OH
◦Border Collie Rescue and Referral Service - CA - Newbury Park, CA
◦Border Collie Rescue of Tampa Bay - FL - Pinellas Park, FL
◦Arizona Border Collie Rescue - AZ - Tempe, AZ
◦MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue - IN - Walton, IN
◦Border Collie Rescue California- CA - Phelan, CA
◦Midwest Border Collie Rescue - WI - Browntown, WI
◦Wyoming Border Collie Rescue - WY - Glenrock, WY
◦Southeast Border Collie Rescue - FL - Pensacola, FL
◦Starfish Border Collie Rescue - FL - Vero Beach, FL
◦Skyway Border Collie Rescue, Inc - FL - Palmetto, FL
◦Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue - PA - Gouldsboro, PA
◦Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, Inc. - NE - Bellevue, NE
◦The Foster Pages/ Border Collie Rescue - CA - Stockton, CA
◦Border Collie Rescue of the Ozarks - AR - Fayetteville, AR 72702
◦West Tennessee Border Collie Rescue - TN - Cordova, TN
◦East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue - TN - Oliver Springs, TN
◦Southeast Border Collie Rescue League Inc. - FL - Deland, FL
◦Brush Creek Border Collie Rescue - IL - Orangeville, IL
◦Mo-Kan Border Collie Rescue - MO - Independence, MO
◦Central Coast Border Collie Rescue - CA - Paso Robles, CA
◦Ewenity Farms Border Collie Haven - FL - Bradenton, FL
◦Border Collie Rescue of Northern California - CA - Castroville, CA
◦4-Corners Independent Border Collie Rescue - NM - Farmington, NM
◦Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue - WI - Wauwatosa, WI
◦Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue of SC - SC - All Cities, SC
◦MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue - KY - Goshen, KY
◦Midwest Border Collie Rescue - WI, IL, MN - Midwest (WI, IL, MN)
◦Border Animal Rescue - AZ - Bisbee, AZ
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