More Adoptable Dogs

These dogs have not actually come into our rescue program, but they need homes nonetheless. We have posted their pictures and information as a courtesy to the individuals, shelters, and rescue groups who are trying to find homes for them.

If you have a Border Collie or BC mix that needs posting, ETBCR will be glad to post referral listings for individuals looking to find a home for Border Collies and obvious Border Collie mixes within a 400-mile radius of Knoxville, TN. Referral dogs must be spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, have had a negative heartworm test, and be on regular heartworm preventive. This will be verified by ETBCR representatives. For more information, please see our ETBCR FAQ.

* East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue has not evaluated the dogs below. *
This is a referral page only - ETBCR is not responsible for the placement of these dogs.


Bastion is a male Border Collie/Bernese Mountain Dog mix that has been dewormed, heartworm tested, and neutered. He is currently on Trifexis monthly for parasite and heartworm prevention.

Bastion has thicker fur than a typical Border Collie and a big, teddybear face. He is sturdy and super soft and weighs 60 lbs.

Bastion is sweet and gentle and affectionate (a cuddler), friendly with people and playful but not hyper. He is well behaved on a walk and even walks well with children. He especially wonderful with children. He is patient and gentle and loving with them. Bastion listens well and gets along great with other dogs and cats, even letting my tabby eat out of the same bowl with him! He loves to ride in the car. A classic Border Collie personality, Bastion nervous about storms and fireworks. He won't go outside if he hears these but is fine in the house. Of course, he is super smart and will need good training and plenty of stimulation. He will also need good grooming (wash and brush).

Bastion's rehoming fee is $125. Thank you for checking out our boy! Please, be in touch :)


Judo is a 1.5 year old heeler/aussie/?? Mix. I rescued him in April but have found that he is not the right fit for my 10 year old border collie. He is high energy and needs a very active family - he would thrive on a ranch/farm with horses/cattle and other younger dogs. He loves to swim, ride in the car and play with horses. He loves to cuddle at night with his head on your shoulder.

He is sweet, playful, loving and a great dog. He is sassy when talking to him which is really funny to watch. He could benefit from more training, he knows the basics, and needs someone that will utilize his intelligence. He needs someone experienced with herding dogs and that has authority. He is a great dog and I hate to let him go but know this is best for him. He is in Sevierville TN, UTD on shots, neutered and microchipped. For more info email


We adopted Summer a little more than a year and a half ago. Based on our experience and knowing where she came from she seems to be better suited for a home with possibly a couple or maybe a single woman. She's never been aggressive towards anyone but again she can be shy around strange people, men or children. Our home is teeming with kids all the time and this makes her nervous.

Summer weighs approximately 70 lbs. She has been spayed and is up to date on her shots. She is a very warm and gentle dog with a great temperament. She likes to be loved on whenever possible. She does not have an aggressive bone in her body. We have two other dogs that like to rough house but Summer tries to stay out of it. She is generally shy in nature and tries to avoid crowds or a noisy atmosphere. She spends much of her time in our bedroom where it's quiet. She likes to be with the family provided there's not a lot of hustle and bustle.

Summer is basically house trained. We take her out on a regular basis and she can hold it for quite some time. Being as submissive as she is she can become nervous and may not want to go out when you call. Treats usually do the trick. Though she has improved she will occasionally pee a small amount when approached by a strange person. You have to gradually approach her so she can get used to you. She seems to connect better with women than with men. I can go up to her without a problem but it took some time. I don't know if Summer was mistreated by a man earlier in her life.

She likes to go outside but for short periods which makes her a great indoor dog. She does like to talk walks provided it's not a congested area with a lot of noise and activity. Her previous foster parent was a single woman that had no problems with Summer being left inside while she was out. Summer had a sister that she was very close to. I think initially the separation was traumatic but she soon got through it.

Summer doesn't seem to have any problems with other dogs. She doesn't show any signs of submissiveness when in the company of strange dogs. She has no trouble with cats. She's a very loving pet with a gentle side.

If you want more information I would be glad to talk with you about Summer. Please contact Doug by email or by phone at 865-201-9855 for more information and with any questions.

Finding a new home for Summer has not been an easy decision. We've become very fond of her but I don't think she's truly comfortable being here. Hopefully we can find someone that can provide the right type of environment.


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Please read these beautiful thoughts from Grace about gratitude, on her experience with four Rescue Border Collies, and her touching true story, The Old Dog.