Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue
Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue

Consider Your Options

No one likes to give up their dog. It can be a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking experience. If, however, you can no longer care for your Border Collie, it is important that you research and understand your options.

1. GLBCR's primary service (and often the only service we're able to provide) is a listing on our Other Available page:
  • You will submit a form and photos describing your dog.

  • GLBCR will post your dog's picture, a brief description provided by you, and your contact information.

  • Any resulting adoption is a private adoption between you and the adoption party. GLBCR is happy, however, to offer advice about reviewing applicants and establishing the terms of the adoption.

  • Because Border Collies can become quite distressed by transition, this option allows your dog to remain in a familiar environment while you look for its new home.

  • Staying in familiar surroundings means that your dog will be more relaxed when meeting potential adopters and thus more likely to "put on its best face."

  • Many dogs are adopted from the Other Available page long before they could have come into our rescue program.

2. GLBCR's foster program:

  • Because we are 100% foster-home-based organization covering several states, space in our private foster homes is extremely limited.

  • After submitting a Owner Request form, a volunteer will contact you to collect more information

  • Re-homing your Border Collie takes time and effort; GLBCR volunteers spend time each week reviewing applications, answering e-mail, making phone calls, transporting and evaluating BCs, and training BCs in our care. We rely on you, therefore, to invest a similar commitment.

  • If your dog is accepted for space in our rescue, he/she will be listed on the Other Available page until foster space opens up. To generate positive interest in your dog, we will need several flattering photos and a detailed description.

  • You will be notified when an appropriate foster space is identified, at which time we will ask for your assistance in transporting your dog toward it's foster home.

  • You will be required to sign a form relinquishing all ownership and rights to your dog.

  • If accepted into our foster program, your Border Collie is cared for in our fosters' private homes until placement in his/her forever home, whether it takes a few weeks or many months.

  • Once placed, we provide ongoing training and behavioral support for the life of the dog, as well as the promise to step in should the dog ever need to be relinquished again.

  • Because we are a not-for-profit organization whose costs far exceed our adoption fees we require a $150 donation for the relinquishment of your Border Collie to our organization. We believe $150 is a small price for that peace of mind. We also understand, however, that there may be extenuating financial circumstances. If that is the case, please do not hesitate to let us know.

To proceed with rehoming your Border Collie through GLBCR's Foster Program or via a courtesy listing on our Other Available page, please visit this page.

3. Surrender to a shelter: If you consider surrendering your Border Collie to a shelter rather than wait for rehoming, please remember the following:

  • Humane societies and shelters were founded to take care of stray and abused animals. They were never intended as a drop-off location for unwanted pets. Shelters don't want to euthanize perfectly adoptable animals; however, they often have no choice. Most shelters are required by law to keep stray animals for a minimum number of days. The same is not true of owner-relinquishments; your dog may well be euthanized the same day you relinquish it.

  • Border Collies do NOT generally do well in a shelter environment. BCs are sensitive dogs who are easily overstimulated by commotion. Unable to control the chaos, their behavior can be affected. They may retreat and withdraw, becoming depressed, or they may become high strung, aggressive, and "kennel crazy." These behaviors make them appear unadoptable and can lead to them being euthanized.

  • You may also want to visit this page.