A word about our adoption process...

We are often asked about our adoption process, how long it takes and "will I get the dog I want".  Please understand that our mission is to place the right dog in the right home.  Not all border collies are the same and we work hard to match the needs of the dog to the home that can best meet those needs.  We have criteria that we generally live by in adopting.  There is some flexibility depending on the dog but generally:

1.  We require fencing.    If we say "fence required" please do not apply until you have a solid fence (no invisible fence) in place.  

2.  We generally will not adopt to families with children under the age of 6.  Border collies are herding dogs and that intense drive that makes them so appealing to us, also can make them unsuitable as companions for small children .  

3.  If we indicate "border collie experience preferred" it is because we have a dog that we know will be a challenge for someone that is not acquainted with the characteristics of the breed.  Many border collies are intense, intelligent and energetic dogs and sometimes they can be too much for someone that is new to the breed. 


Our Adoptable Boys

but first....

Meet this loving sweet boy Andy! This beautiful red tri purebred Border Collie is a high energy one year old that LOVES to run, swim and retrieve ball.  Always smiling Andy is happiest being with his person, being worked and being loved on. He came from a deplorable hoarding situation in MS and while he has progressed far he still is cautious of a few things. Because of this his adopters will need to be patient and give him a minute to adjust to his new surroundings.

Hee will do best with an active home, no small children (he has a herd drive) and a Border Collie savvy adopter. As with all adoptions, we require a physically fenced yard.

Andy is housetrained, neutered, UTD on all vaccines and is HW negative and on preventative. His adoption fee is $275  .Please complete an application  at  or call Karen at (615) 617-9177 if you would like to adopt Andy or would like more info.


Meet Toby ! This handsome, purebred border collie boy is something special. We think Toby is between 1 and 2 yrs old. He weighs about 35 lbs.
We rescued him from a middle TN animal shelter as soon as we saw him. Let us tell you what his foster says about him...
Toby is a very loving and sweet boy and not too high energy (for a border collie). Like most bc’s, he is briefly shy when meeting new people but he is quickly overcoming that. He may bark at someone new but warms up quickly.
He gets along great with other dogs and does not try to dominate others. True to his breed, he does have some herding instinct and will sometimes try to herd or redirect other dogs in his foster home. It is not at all aggressive and when corrected by other dogs, he will back off.
He would do best with another dog to play with but would be ok as an only dog if given enough exercise. He does love to chew on different toys and bones. He is not yet a big ball or frisbee boy but does delight in chasing the other dogs while they play ball or frisbee. He is still learning the joys of toys.
Toby is housebroken and crate trained. He is getting better every day about coming when called and responds well to whistling for him to come if in a distance. He walks ok on a leash but will need continued training.
Toby is not suitable for apartment living because he is an active boy and barks at a lot of different noises. As with all of our dogs, a fenced in yard is required.
He is still enough of a puppy that he will chew on anything. He should not be left unattended for extended periods. He will not do well being crated or cooped up all day so a home where someone would be home more or a very active home is a must.
Toby is very curious of cats and will chase them but does not try to harm them. If he is told “no kitties” he re-directs. If an adopter with cats doesn’t want to deal with that, they should not consider adopting Toby.
Toby is neutered, up to date on shots & on heartworm prevention. His adoption fee is $275.
To apply please do an online application at www.bordercollierescuewesttn.org