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Giving Up a Border Collie

Are you giving up a dog? Please do not contact us until you have read all of the information below.

Available foster homes/rescue spaces

We are a small group of volunteers who foster dogs in our own homes. We have no facility. Most of us have multiple dogs of our own, and therefore we can only take in a limited number of dogs at one time.

Contact the breeder first

If you got your dog directly from a breeder or kennel, or from another private party, your first step should be to call the breeder, kennel or private party, and ask them to take your dog back. If you are not willing to do this first, please be aware that we may not help you. If you have already done this, and the breeder has declined, please be prepared to tell us who the breeder is and supply us with their phone number. If you got your dog from a pet shop, we would like to know the name and address.

Priority of dogs in need

We must give preference to dogs that are in jeopardy. This usually means dogs from pounds or shelters. We will only consider taking a dog from an individual owner if we have the space in a foster home. If we have no room, we may agree to take your dog only if you pay for boarding your dog until a space in a foster home opens up. This could take up to a month or more. We may ask you to keep your dog until a space opens up.

Please do not think that if you turn your dog into a shelter it has a better chance of coming into rescue. Shelters routinely euthanize dogs if they are overcrowded or if the dog is deemed a poor prospect for placement, so you'd be risking your dog's life by doing this. Your best bet would be to contact us and keep your dog until a space opens up.


We will consider Border Collie mixes on a space availability basis and on our estimation of the placeability of the individual dog through our organization.

Medical records

You may be required to pay a relinquishing fee of between $75 and $150 to cover the costs that we will have for your dog if he/she:

  • is not spayed or neutered
  • is not up to date on vaccinations
  • is not current on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives
  • has no current medical records

We require copies of your dog's vet records at the time of relinquishment. If you do not have them available, you will be asked
to provide us with your vet's contact information so that we can request them.

Temperament evaluation

Before we accept a dog, it must be evaluated by one of our representatives. We cannot accept any dog that shows aggressive behavior toward humans or other dogs, or has a history of biting. You will be required to sign a relinquishing contract which indicates that you are aware of any behavioral problems your dog has exhibited while in your possession.

If your dog is aggressive, it is your responsibility to either find a behaviorist or trainer who can help you with this problem, or to have your dog euthanized yourself. It is not fair to a dog to be put to sleep among strangers, and it isn't fair to us to ask us to do this for you, which is what will have to happen if your dog shows aggression after you relinquish it. It is also not ethical, fair or humane to put our volunteers and/or the public at large in danger by not disclosing your dog's potentially dangerous behavior.

We are happy to recommend trainers/behaviorists in your area to help you with your dogs behavior problems. Please contact us for more information.

All NEBCR dogs are in foster care a minimum of 2 weeks, so that we can thoroughly evaluated their behavior. We will not place a dog directly from an owner's home.

PLEASE BE AWARE: In the Northeast today there are few farms left, and most farmers adopting a dog want one that can work for them, not one with a lot of behavior problems. Most towns and all cities have leash laws and dogs cannot be left to run free. Most people looking for a dog, even a Border Collie, live in the suburbs and want a pet. We try to place each dog in the most appropriate home for that dog. If your dog shows real herding potential, we will attempt to place it in a working situation, but that is not always possible. We also give preference to people that will be involved in dog sports, or at least who are active.

Please don't ask us to find a home for your dog "on a farm" or where it can "run free". Contrary to what many people believe, this will not meet your dog's needs. Border Collies require human attention as much as regular exercise.

If you should decide that you prefer to keep your dog,
we would be happy to help you in any way we can.

Important note

It is not our policy to provide relinquishing owners with specific information or the location of where your dog is fostered and eventually adopted. You will be required to sign a relinquishment agreement in which you give up the rights of ownership of your dog to the care of NEBCR, Inc. You will not have input as to who/where your dog is fostered or adopted, and you must trust that we will make all decisions in your dog's best interests, and based on our many years of experience in rescue and with Border Collies as a breed. We can provide you with general updates on your dog's well-being only. IF an adopter wishes to be in contact with you, we can pass along your information to them if you request it, but it will be up to them to contact you.

NEBCR's primary goal is to find the best possible homes for all dogs relinquished to our care.

If after having read this entire page you still wish to give up your dog, please contact us via:

email at or
phone our general contact line at 1-800-760-1JOY (1-800-760-1569) to arrange for evaluation of your dog for possible inclusion in our rescue program

PLEASE NOTE: we are an all volunteer organization, and do not have someone manning the phone lines 24/7. We will do our very best to get back to you as soon as possible. If you send us an email and do not hear back from someone in a few days, please check back with us to make sure your message has been received.

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