Relinquishing Your Dog

  • Border Collies enter into rescue for many reasons. Some are found as strays or are left at shelters. Some come to us directly as owner-surrenders for various reasons: death, injury, or illness of the dog’s owner, divorce, allergies, moving, and behavioral issues.
  • We realize that relinquishing one’s dog can be a painful decision. If we can help you find a way to keep your Border Collie (by offering guidance on behavioral issues, training problems, etc.), we are more than happy to help.
  • We give priority to Border Collies that are being held in shelters, since they are in danger of euthanasia. We decide which dogs we can take on a case-by-case basis.

Steps to Relinquish:

  • Due to the fact we are a not-for-profit entity and our cost per dog far outweighs our adoption fee, a $50.00 donation is required on all owner surrenders.
  • Upon receipt into rescue, the dog will be spayed/neutered and brought up-to-date on vaccinations as needed. The dog will be heartworm tested and, when necessary, start heartworm treatment.
  • Please fill out the Relinquishment request form linked below.
  • All form submission requests must be followed by an email to with pictures of the dog. We need a minimum of 3 photos; a head shot and one from each side (dog standing) all taken at the dogs level from no more than five feet away.
  • If you do not have the ability to email photos, indicate that and an address will be provided for you to mail via US mail.
  • Our relinquishment representative will be in contact with you after receiving the form and pictures.
  • If approved, it is helpful if you can bring the dog to us.

After Relinquishment:

  • Sometimes the dogs are in rescue for weeks or even months before being placed. During that time, they live in foster homes where they are fed high-quality food and provide socialization and obedience training.
  • If we accept your dog into rescue, you will also sign our relinquishment agreement. You must understand that you have relinquished all rights to the dog and may not re-claim the dog once he/she has been placed in foster care or in a new home.

Click here for Relinquishment Request form.

Click here to request to be added to the “Other Dogs” page.

Request for Relinquishment

Please complete this form, then send an email to with pictures of the dog. We prefer a minimum of 3 photos: a head shot and one from each side while dog is standing; all taken at the dog’s level from no more than five feet away. If you do not have the ability to email …

Request for addition to Others Page

Please fill out the following information then send an email to with the following: At least one picture of the dog to be listed A short paragraph description of the dog with any potential issues, temperament, and any other pertinent information.  Please note the information in this description will be provided in the listing on …