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Chance – Adopted

You must complete an adoption application with WBCR before we will consider you for one of our Border Collies (under the “adoption” link). Then go to our PayPal link to pay the $15.00 application fee. One of our volunteers will check your references, and then another will come to your home to meet you & your family in person before the board will vote on your application. If you are approved, we will arrange a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. If you decide he/she is perfect for you and the board agrees, we will schedule a day for you to pick up your Border Collie, sign adoption paperwork, and pay the $350 minimum adoption donation. This whole process may take a month or more, as all WBCR members are volunteers and we’re committed to making a perfect match for our border collies. Thanks for your patience!

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Please contact Lori for more information on Chance10 Month Old Male (Caledonia, WI)Adopted!


September 22

We noticed that Chance had a limp, so we took him to the vet. We recently learned that Chance will be needing Osteochondrosis (or OCD) surgery for his shoulder. The recovery has been known to be very good. Many dogs even go on to doing dog sports after this surgery. So we marked him as being “Not yet ready for adoption” so Chance would have plenty of time to recover before we adopt him out. This surgery will cost the rescue about $4000-$4300, not including any follow-up visits. WBCR is accepting donations from anyone to help offset these costs. We do not expect the adopter to pay for this surgery. Stay tuned for more updates!

August 29

Chance is an approximately 10 month old male who came to WBCR as a stray. The wonderful folks who saved him said he showed up on their farm and they were unable to find his owners He appears to have had little training and he was quite thin. He also chased their chickens and nipped at their horses so they knew they couldn’t keep him even though he seemed to be a sweet guy. WBCR agreed to take him and we evaluated his temperament and had him vetted and moved him to foster care. He is now living with four other Border Collies, 5 indoor cats, 2 rabbits, a rat, a barn cat, a horse and 15 goats Chance was limping when found but our veterinarian’s through examination found it had resolved. There was a scab between his toes, so they feel it is likely that he may have had a sore/wound that caused limping until it began to heal. He has been neutered, vaccinated, tested negative for intestinal parasites, heartworms and tick borne diseases as well as being treated (just in case) for fleas.

Chance is a bit of a blank slate and we are starting from scratch training him. He is catching on to housebreaking quite well and is learning that his crate is a happy place. Chance is learning that reacting to his name earns him a reward and he does seem to be food motivated. Chance is learning about stairs and settling and other house rules. He is great with other dogs in the house and reads their signals well and is good natured about their sometimes stupid behaviors. While he enjoys playing with the other dogs he definitely loves people and likes to be with them. He is already quite bonded to the teenage daughters in his foster home and enjoys hanging out with them.

As of yet he has not shown much interest in the cats. He does look at the goats and horse but is easily redirected. Chance does react to loud noises like dump trucks driving by and vacuum cleaners but he is definitely getting braver as he gets comfortable in his foster home. His default is to run to the door to come in or to “melt” when he is unsure of something. For instance he is not at all sure how to get into the car and needs some persuasion. He is fine with being picked up and up in the car and rides quietly.

Chance is a sweet, smart, resilient guy with loads of potential to be a great family member. As he becomes more comfortable to do see some young busy Border Collie behaviors (looking for things to get into, chewing inappropriate things, etc.) so he does need someone interested to training and working his young brain and body. We will start working on getting him out some but he will also need some patient socialization too. He can be a bit shy with new people and in new situations but warms quickly and is loved by all who meet him.