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 Quince (Keen-say)! This beautiful black and white purebred Border Collie is a high energy one year old that LOVES to run and play with other dogs.  He is just as comfortable living outdoors as he indoors.  Always smiling Quince is happiest being with his person, being worked and being loved on. Being very athletic and constantly checking in with his human, Quince is cat and chicken friendly, he really wants to be sure all the animals on our farm are where they need to be. We believe he would excel at herding. 


He came from a shelter where he was brought in as a stray.  We know very little about his back ground. We believe he may have been a stud and wasn’t socialized as a puppy.  Quince is an alpha and wants to be in charge.  Initially he was unsure about being handled and was leery of strangers. He has grown very comfortable and gentle with his foster family and he tolerates strangers well as long as they allow Quince to meet them when he is ready.


He seems to be more comfortable with men than women. He is very smart and eager to please. He has a strong personality and will need to know who is in charge.  Because of this his adopters will need to be patient and give him a minute to adjust to his new surroundings. He doesn't seem to be affected by storms or noise as some BC's are. 


He will do best with an active home, no small children, as he has a herd drive and reactive mannerism, at least one other active dog and a Border Collie savvy adopter. As with all adoptions, we require a physically fenced yard.


Quince is house trained, crate trained, neutered, knows basic commands, UTD on all vaccines and is HW negative and on preventative  His adoption fee is $275.  Applications are available at www.bordercollierescuewesttn.org