Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I go about adopting a particular dog that I saw on the web site?
- Do you adopt to people out-of-state?
- Is there a fee to adopt a rescue Border Collie? How much? What does that include?
- What is "microchipping"?
- Why was I not able to adopt a certain dog when I was the first one to submit an adoption application?
- Where do the dogs in rescue come from?
- Why do you have two different web pages of adoptable Border Collies?
- I am interested in fostering a rescue Border Collie. What does that entail?
- I have a Border Collie in my care that I need to find a home for. Can you help me?
- Why won't you take an aggressive Border Collie, or one that has bitten, into your rescue program?
The first step in the adoption process is for the potential adopter to complete an adoption application. The adoption application can be copied from our web page (highlight the application text with your mouse and press the "CTRL" and "C" keys at the same time) and pasted into an email (put your cursor inside the body of the email and press the "CTRL" and "V" keys at the same time), filled out, and emailed to Suzanne. Once the adoption application is approved, a meeting will be arranged with the potential adopter and the dog(s) they are interested in. Personal and vet references will be checked and a home visit completed prior to adoption. For out of state adoptions, a local rescue person will be recruited to complete the home visit.
While we occasionally do adopt dogs to other states, we prefer to adopt our dogs locally. Part of our purpose as a rescue group is to be there for families who adopt dogs, to help them with any problems or questions that might come up. We also require in our adoption contract that if the adopter ever has to give up the dog, for any reason, for the life of the dog, that the dog comes back to our rescue group. That can be difficult to accomplish when the dog is out of state. It is also a courtesy to other rescue groups that we refer potential adopters in their area to their rescue groups, as it is likely that an adopter can find a perfect match closer to them.
Have you checked a rescue group closer to you? We have a nationwide listing of Border Collie Rescue groups listed alphabetically by state.
Please let us know if you are unable to find a dog closer to you, and if you want to pursue an out of state adoption knowing of our concerns.
Our requested adoption donation is between $125 and $150. Prior to adoption, all of our rescues are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, have been tested for heartworm and are heartworm prevention, have had a check for intestinal parasites and treated if necessary, and have been treated with Frontline and microchipped. Some of our rescues require additional medical treatment (such as treatment for heartworm, hip surgery, etc.) or medical testing, which we provide. Most of our rescues are house trained and crate trained, or well on their way. We also begin with basic obedience.
Microchipping your pet is safe, permanent, and takes only seconds to administer. The tiny injectable "chip" contains a one-of-a-kind identification number that can't fall off, be rubbed off, or be removed like a collar and name tag!
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a rice-sized device encoded with a unique and unalterable identification number and is "read" by a scanner. The "chip" is implanted into the animal using a simple, relatively painless procedure similar to a routine vaccination. For most animals (dogs, cats) the chip is implanted just under the skin in the scruff of the neck. This procedure takes just seconds and does not require anesthesia. The chip will last throughout the life of the animal. Birds, exotic animals, and wildlife can also be chipped.
What is a scanner?
It works just like the scanner at the grocery store checkout! A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of the animal to read the chip. The animals feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him. The microchip sends its number back to the scanner.
Do I have to register my pet's microchip number?
Yes. You will list your name, address, telephone number, and your veterinarian's information, all of which will be placed in a secure national database. If you move, you should call the microchip company and update this information. This will make it much easier to trace you should you become separated from your pet. Registration takes just a few minutes, and the expense is minimal. If you do not register your pet, the animal can only be traced back to the organization that purchased the chip (Border Collie Rescue). In that case, we will try to contact you, but may not have your current residential information or be able to get to the dog quickly if the dog is out of state. Please complete the national registration!
More pets die each year as a result of being lost than from all diseases combined. Thanks to medical advances, we can usually protect pets from contagious disease, but we haven't had a truly safe and permanent means of protecting pets in the vent they are separated from their owners, until now. While we strongly endorse the use of external identification, the sad truth is that 90% of lost pets are never identified and recovered. A microchip is with your pet for life and can greatly increase the chance of recovery if a pet becomes lost.
Our goal is to match each rescue dog with the most appropriate home. The application process is not completed on a "first come, first serve" basis.
We concentrate our rescue efforts in the East Tennessee area, but we have also taken dogs from middle and west Tennessee and surrounding states. We put the needs of "at risk" dogs in the East Tennessee area first, such as those dogs in shelters or otherwise homeless Border Collies. We also take in, if we have foster space and no shelter dogs are in need of rescue, owner surrender Border Collies. We require that all stray Border Collies first go to their local animal shelter. If they are not reclaimed from the shelter after their mandatory hold time, Border Collie Rescue can intervene. We also take in dogs occasionally from other rescuers.
The Border Collie rescues pictured on our main adoptables page are dogs that are actually in our rescue program. We also have dogs posted on our second adoptables page as a courtesy to the people who are trying to re-home them. These are dogs that are currently in homes but need new homes, dogs that are in other rescue programs, dogs that are in shelters that we are not able to take into rescue immediately, etc. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue has not necessarily evaluated these dogs, and their adoption procedures and adoption fees may vary slightly from our program.
If you look at our web site, at the dogs available and the successful adoptions, you
will see how many dogs have been through our care and evaluation, and
there are many more we have had to turn away because we just do not have the space to put them all.
Fostering a Border Collie is a very important step towards successful adoption and a big commitment in time and effort. Below are some guidelines of the kind of thing that would be expected of you, and then a short description of the kind of dogs that we deal with. Hopefully this will help you to decide if this is something you would like to commit to.
Most of the dogs that come into our program are either from animal shelters (the majority) having been "at large" or having been turned in by their owners. They are often quite traumatized and sometimes have some issues to overcome before they are ready for a second chance in life.
As a foster parent, you would take into your care a dog that had, first of all, been evaluated by one of our experienced rescue members. The dog would have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms and put on preventative, and treated with Frontline for fleas and ticks. We would try as far as possible to place a dog with you that would be compatible with your family, your own dog, and your home situation.
Usually, if you do not have one, we would lend you a crate so that the dog could spend time inside
the house with you and your family. This is essential, not only to aid with
house training, but also to give the dog a secure place to which to retreat.
We would like you to socialize and evaluate the dog and keep in close touch with us - we will always be available for help and advice. If any problems arose that you could not deal with, such as unexpected fear biting, aggression, etc., we would certainly try to find an alternative
arrangement, but we do ask that you expect to follow through with your commitment until the dog is adopted, which can take any where from several weeks to several months.
The dog would be posted on the internet (on our web site, our Petfinder.com web site, and other web sites that feature rescue dogs), with a full description and pictures, and your name and email address or phone number would be linked to the dog, so that enquiries would go to you, or one of our rescue members could be listed as the contact until you felt comfortable doing so.
On our part, we would act as a backup and support, we would monitor all applications and follow up on references and/or home visits, and interview potential adopters if you
would like us to (otherwise we let foster parents be the judge on the right family for the dog in their care). All expenses, with the exception of food, will be borne by our rescue organization -
medical expenses, provision of a crate, etc.
As to the dogs involved: if you are more used to a Border Collie mix, we could try to place a mix with you as a foster. Most (but not all) of the mixes tend not to be so "intense" and work oriented (i.e., high energy!) as purebred Border Collies, although you are welcome to choose
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.
If you can foster the dog while we try to help you place it, we can put the dog's picture and description on our web site and our Petfinder.com web page. You can email us a picture, or if you need to mail one for us to scan and use, you can mail it to ETBCR, P.O. Box 77, Oliver Springs, TN 37840-0077. Photos with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned, otherwise they become property of East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue.
Dogs posted without pictures don't get much attention, so we ask that those people trying to place dogs send us
one or two clear pictures.
We have a questionnaire that we ask those people who need assistance with
placing a Border Collie in a new home fill out for us. That questionnaire
be emailed to Suzanne.
When we post and promote dogs for owners looking to relinquish their dogs to new homes or to people who have found dogs and need help placing them, we ask that you ask an adoption fee for the dog, take adoption applications for the dog, and have the adopter sign an adoption agreement. You are welcome to use our adoption application and agreement. If we are able to help you, we would be grateful for a donation to our rescue group to go toward the costs of maintaining our web site, classified advertising, our page in Critter magazine, telephone calls, printing and distributing flyers of our adoptable dogs, etc.
If we post your dog, we ask that the dog be spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, has had a heartworm test and is negative (or has been treated if positive) and be put on heartworm preventive, and have a fecal exam and treated for intestinal parasites if necessary. We can offer financial assistance for getting the above vet work done if needed.
If this is your own dog and you are experiencing problems, please check this web site first: Can we help you keep your pet?
We certainly sympathize with your situation, and it is one that will be hard to find a happy ending to. If you are noticing "serious aggressive behavior" towards kids and adults,
we would suggest you humanely and kindly euthanize the dog. It would be a significant risk to adopt it to someone else. If you are having problems, another family would as well.
If you have contacted several rescue organizations, most likely you are going to hear the same advice. Rescue groups just cannot take the liability of taking such a dog into a rescue program, and then adopting it out to a family it may harm. Speaking for our rescue group, we just do not take aggressive dogs. Have you contacted a behaviorist to evaluate the dog and give you a professional "diagnosis"?
In the meantime, we hope that you will take appropriate actions in assuring your family's safety. Unfortunately, with the large number of Border Collies being bred by inexperienced and backyard breeders looking to make quick money, we are seeing more dogs with aggressive behavior. It is not a good life for the dog, or for the people who must deal with it.
You will most likely have a difficult time finding someone to take a dog with such aggression, as there are many great dogs with wonderful temperaments out there who need homes. You might also be held liable if you give or sell the dog to another family, and it bites someone. Even if it goes to a family with adults only, chances are it will at some time come in contact with children.