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!
Adoption Pending 7-21-22
Rio came to WBCR about a week ago by way of the Sangamon County (Illinois) Animal Control Center where he was an owner relinquishment due to financial and time limitations. A savvy shelter volunteer recognized him as BC despite his docked tail and sought out a breed specific rescue. He is recently neutered and UTD on vaccinations and is micro-chipped. Rio is about a year old, based upon the relinquishment papers, and vet examination. He LOVES people- all people- people he’s never met before, big burly guys at the dog park, girls playing soft ball, repairmen, older women. He doesn’t care. He is generous in his affection and NEEDS affection in return but is not pushy. Rio is still very much a puppy with puppy enthusiasm but he is smart and learns quickly.
Rio requires daily mental and physical exercise- we have been working on walking on a loose leash-which he tries to grab and take himself for a walk- and learning manners when greeting people as well as waiting and sitting before meals and going out the door. He learned to stay out of the kitchen- a rule in our house- in a day. He is not allowed on our furniture and he has not pushed to get up. He corrects with a simple “no” or “ah ah.” When on a leash, he will pick things off the ground- but does well with a leave it- and allows you to reach into his mouth to dig things out. He does like floppy toys and his bed- which he claimed within an hour of being in our house.
Because he is a young BC, Rio needs physical exercise, too. He enjoys chasing tennis balls and will bring them back to you, running with dogs at the dog park, and going for long walks. He gets along well with other dogs and though he runs with them- he does not try to herd or nip them. He is also interested in the chipmunks and squirrels in our yard but because he is on a leash has not gone after them. When he does show interest, a quick “ah ah leave it” calls off his focus. He is a very alert dog and doesn’t miss much.
Rio takes his cues from the older two dogs in the household so even though I don’t think he needs another dog, he would benefit from having another dog to show him how things are done or if he is left alone. We can see him watching the other dogs and then follow their lead, such as laying down for treats. He also respects the warnings from our leader-of-the-pack 12 year old who tolerates him, but sometimes Rio forgets and gets a quick reminder- he has learned from this and seems to recover quickly. When he first came here, he tried to jump over our dominate male who happened to be straddling a doorway, and Rio found out the hard way that this was a “bad move.”
Rio also has an off switch- so with plenty of exercise he relaxes and sleeps through the night. Right now, Rio’s recall is questionable so outside he needs to either be on leash or in a fenced yard. We are working on his recall and he does seem to be somewhat treat motivated but also responds to praise. We will see what happens over the 4th of July regarding the noise, but Rio didn’t show any responses other than interest to the coffee grinder- so we hope he tolerates the holiday. Rio did not do well in a crate and because he is housebroken and quiet, we have not pursued this further. He rides well in a car.
Rio is recovering from dermatitis for which he is being treated. He has some bald patches on his hips and he is currently on a limited term medication which is helping. I suspect that these patches will start to fill in now that he has been treated and is getting better food.