Upcoming Events:

Sat., May. 10
ETBCR will be at PetCo in Farragut, TN with some of our adoptable dogs and information about Border Collie Rescue.
11am - 1pm
169 Brooklawn Street,
Farragut, TN 37934

Sat., May. 17
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ETBCR will not be at AgriFeed in April. We will be back the 3rd Saturday of May.

Questions about Upcoming Events? Contact Us!

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Donation Sites:

Purchases made from these businesses benefit ETBCR.

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So, here you are, right next to a new dog who just entered the house, and whose life history you know little or nothing about. Now what? How do you welcome an adult or adolescent dog into your home and incorporate this new individual into your family?

ETBCR is excited to offer for sale a booklet by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D and Karen London Ph.D that was voted "Best Soft Cover Guide of 2011" by the Dog Writers Association of America.


“Love has No Age Limit – Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home” is designed to help you ease the transition from "new dog" to "family member" by guiding you through the first steps of this new relationship. Find information on what to do as you enter the house, how to handle the first few days, what to do and what not to do as you get to know each other, and tips on everything from the car ride home to the first vet visit. It includes advice on training and a section on solving common behavioral problems to help prevent the most frequent dilemmas that people encounter when adopting a new dog.

By reading "Love Has No Age Limit" you will:

  • Understand how to let time and patience establish a new relationship
  • Know what to expect from your dog at 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months.
  • Know how to avoid overwhelming a new dog
  • Use positive training methods to get started on the right paw
  • Understand the difference between minor behavioral problems and more serious one.
  • The authors are Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists and professional dog trainers who have written numerous books on dog behavior and training. In addition, Patricia McConnell has a special affection for and bond with border collies, and has trained them to herd sheep on her farm and compete in sheepdog trials.

    This booklet is for everyone, from those who have just adopted their first dog to those who have been fostering and bringing dogs into their home for years.

    "Love Has No Age Limit" is available at the special price of $8.00, plus shipping. Please click on the "View Our Store" button and see the top of the page for ordering information


    Thanks to our phenomenal adopters, ETBCR has had an incredibly high adoption rate for many months running, and at several times had a situation that many Rescue Groups would envy. That is an "Adoptable Dogs" page that had far more "Adopted!" dogs than dogs awaiting their new forever homes. ETBCR has recently added more wonderful new dogs to our Adoptables pages, and, as always, we have several new dogs waiting in the wings to be posted after veterinary care and evaluation.

    Visit us on our Facebook page where many of the dogs currently being evaluated are first presented. If you are in the Knoxville area, come to see us at Petco on Kingston Pike in Farragut on the second Saturday of the month and at Agri-Feed on Middlebrook Pike on the third Saturday of the month where you can meet some of our adoptable dogs.

    Please do not let a small number of Adoptable Dogs on our Adoptables pages at any particular time, lull you into thinking that there aren't as many border collies out there looking for a new home, because that, unfortunately, is not true. ETBCR receives numerous requests every week from individuals, shelters, and other animal welfare groups asking if we can take dogs into our Rescue.

    Some of these requests are withdrawn when we are able to provide them with guidance on things to do so that they can keep their dog. Some of the requesters, who meet our core veterinary standards with their dogs and if their situations allow them to, will post their dog on on our "More Adoptable Dogs" page.

    ETBCR takes as many of these dogs as possible into our Rescue. However, much to our sincere regret, we are at times forced to decline taking dogs for the simple reason that we do not have a foster home for them. We literally have no place to keep them. If you have ever thought of fostering a border collie and would like more information, please click on ETBCR FAQ and scroll down to the fostering question, and contact Suzanne, Barbara or any of our Board members. We always need you, and there is no such thing as "too many foster homes". We thank you and the dogs thank you!

    2013 Border Collie Reunion

    Our reunion on September 22 was blessed with good weather, hard working volunteers and old friends and new, with owners and their rescued border collies in attendance from 14 years ago to the present day. We truly appreciate everyone who attended, and how rewarding it was for us to see so many happy and well cared for dogs with their proud owners. This was the highlight of the day, and brought back many memories.

    images/reunion1_2013.jpgTo keep everyone entertained, participants enjoyed a chance to try out their dogs on agility equipment, to join in canine games, and to watch experts demonstrating flyball, rally obedience and herding! There was plenty of opportunity to buy border collie themed items, to bid on our silent auction and to enjoy lunch.

    A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make this day a very special one. Below are some pictures taken by photographer Jennie Huettel, who spent the entire day capturing some wonderful shots. Please visit Mountain Mutt Media where you will be able to view the complete set of photographs taken during the day and which are available for purchase.




    Where the Money Goes


    We thought it would be interesting for all our followers and supporters to see just what we spend our money on in a typical year. It is clear what our major expense is, and without the help of all our loyal supporters, we would have no chance at all of saving the many dogs that come to us with major medical problems. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts - without your help, ETBCR just could not continue its work.

    Senior Dog Foster Program

    East TN Border Collie rescue has a foster program for Senior Dogs and we are looking for very special foster homes to help us.

    We have found that many nice, housetrained, loving family dogs, over the age of 8, are being turned into shelters: the reasons given may vary, but the bottom line is that it is usually because people do not want to deal with the health problems and costs associated with older dogs.

    The majority of them do not get adopted, because families are often unwilling to make the emotional commitment to a dog with a relatively short remaining lifespan.

    Our rescue group has already taken in several seniors, and although it takes longer to find them a permanent, loving home, we have, in the end, been extremely successful in finding the right situation for these older dogs.

    PLEASE NOTE : Our foster homes are nearly always full with a waiting list, and we are not able to take owner-release seniors except in cases of extreme hardship, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Often, there will be a waiting period before we can help.

    At this time, we are seeking FOSTER HOMES, who, when the need arises, would be willing to commit months, or even a year to their care, while we continue to seek an adoptive home. If you feel that fostering a senior dog would be right for your lifestyle (and most of these dogs are housetrained, mellow and happy with gentle exercise), please Contact Us.

    The Carolyn Stansberry Memorial Fund was set up specifically to help special needs and senior dogs, so the rescue program will be able to provide financial help as needed for routine age-related problems. Catastrophic illness issues will be dealt with if and when they arise.

    Carolyn Stansberry Memorial Fund

    The world of Border Collie Rescue has lost a great champion and devoted volunteer in the passing of Carolyn Stansberry on Sunday, November 18th, 2007, after a long illness.

    Carolyn was one of the founding members of East TN Border Collie Rescue, a cause she was passionate about.

    In order to honor and continue Carolyn's work to help special needs and senior border collies, we have established the CAROLYN STANSBERRY MEMORIAL FUND.

    See the Carolyn Stansberry Memorial Fund page to find out how you can donate to the fund in Carolyn's memory.

    How do we end euthanasia?

    Please read this article titled How Do We End Animal Euthanasia? by Michelle Williams, DVM.

    Do you have questions for which you can't find answers on our web site? Please check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.