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SWCR Adoption Fees are $275 for puppies (younger than 12 months), $225 for adult collies (12 months old to under 10 years), and $150 for seniors (10 years or older). The adoption fee helps cover shelter fees and medical expenses.  A home visit is required before an adoption may be approved.  Please contact an SWCR representative to request an adoption application.  For more information or to download the adoption application, go to our Adopting a Collie page.

Information last updated September 9, 2016

 

No match has been made yet for these dogs between SWCR and a qualified adopter.  A qualified adopter has completed an application and has had a successful home visit.

 
You might also want to view the collies or shelties that have Just Arrived into SWCR, but are not quite ready for adoption.

 

   

HONEY – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Honey continues to do remarkably well in her foster home. As part of her treatment protocol, she recently went in for a chest X-ray to monitor whether any cancer had spread to her lungs. The X-ray revealed no evidence of any cancer. Her radiation-treated tumor continues to shrink and her oncologist is very pleased with her progress. There is a good growth of hair over the treated area.

In monitoring Honey, one concern was identified. She had a grape-sized growth on her elbow and we were unsure whether it was cancerous. Many dogs develop calluses from lying on their elbows. But given her history, we decided to have the growth removed and biopsied. Thankfully the growth was benign. This good news, however, cost us an extra $650.

Due to the surgery and pre-surgical shaving, Honey kind of looks like she’s had a poodle trim on her front legs, as you can see in the photo below.
Honey's personality continues to impress everyone. She is a very happy girl and is always getting compliments. She really ramps up her enthusiasm around mealtime and when she thinks she is going somewhere. And, since Honey now is available for adoption, we hope she’ll find the forever home she’s been waiting for information about Honey. please contact Bill at bkferrell@cox.net

   

LAD – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age:
1 1/2
Rescued: Los Lunas NM
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Coordinator: Arlene Starkey at arlenestarkey@q.com

Bio: Initially he was quite skinny, but he has gained 7 pounds the first two weeks in his foster home. Heh as been vetted and given a clean bill of health, neutered, and is current on all his shots and also his heartworm medicine.

He seems quite intelligent and quickly learned to use the doggie door - no accidents in the house! He loves attention and it takes very little to get him excited and ready to play. At the shelter he was sharing a cage with another dog and they were getting along fine so his foster dad would say he will get along with other dogs. Probably another dog would make a great companion for him. Also, he would be great for a family to play with and a nice yard to play in.

His appetite is excellent and saying he enjoys eating doesn't really cover it. He gets so excited at meal time! He runs through the house then spins around a couple of times before flopping down on the ground. When he gets a bone, he will chew off the meat and then play with it for days. Then he has his "down" time. Right now he is sleeping next to his foster’s computer desk, just happy to be nearby. He is also a good watchdog and seldom barks unless he thinks he has a reason. For more information about Lad, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.

   

 

BROWNIE - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 10 1/2
Rescued: Los Alamos NM
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: Brownie is a gorgeous smooth Collie cross that is about 11 years old but you’d never know it. Her easy-care coat has coloring in multiple shades of gold with a speckled chest, collar and front legs. She is a bit underweight from being a short-time stray but she has a wonderful appetite and is gaining her weight back. She doesn’t get cross around the food bowl with humans or other dogs. She loves rides in the truck and is non-aggressively vocal with passersby but will quiet down when told to. She will sleep through the night anywhere in the house. And, she is completely housebroken. She is very good on a leash though her energy tugs a bit.

Brownie has boundless energy but listens well, loves to play keep-away and is highly social with animals and humans alike. She loves human contact and affection and doesn’t seem prone to run away. In fact, she will follow her people anywhere. For more information about Brownie, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.

 

   

 

BELLA

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 8
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Bella, Bella, Bella! This eight year old, full rough coat collie is as beautiful as her name implies.

At the age of five months, she lost her right hind leg after an injury caused by falling off the back of a pickup truck. She came to the Rescue at two years of age. She was adopted by her foster mom and remained with her until early 2016, when her mom needed to enter an assisted living facility. At that point, she was returned to the Rescue.

Since then she has been in foster care in a one dog/one cat household. Bella gets along well with the cat. However, on street walks, she does get quite excited when she sees cats. Bella loves to be with other dogs.

This lovely collie is so well-behaved. She is always ready for a road trip and is a model passenger.

Apparently she used a doggie door with her owner. Now, she goes to the door and waits.
She is house broken and has had no accidents.

Bella is an excellent watch dog. She is a pleasure to walk, and she enjoys her walks. She heels, halts, sits and stays. She is well-behaved in restaurants, hotels and stores.

This lovely girl is current on her shots. She is spayed and microchipped. She weighs under 60 pounds. Currently, she takes medication for arthritis of her back and left hind leg. When she is tired, she will scoot on her bottom.

Beautiful Bella loves children, dogs, cats, goats and people. She is a wonderful pet.

For more information about Bella, please contact Cindy Reel at reelracer@aol.com.

 

bella
 

LACI

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 11
Rescued: Yuma AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

   

 

BRANDI

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 12 1/2
Rescued: Yuma AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Brandi is a 12.5 year old rough collie that was given up by her owner when her owner had to go into a nursing home. We got Brandi with three other collies from the same household. Brandi is a gentle soul who still seems a bit disoriented in her foster home. She does seem more comfortable with people and other dogs around and so she knows she is not alone. Otherwise, she is prone to barking until you make your presence felt. She has displayed some minor separation anxiety. We do believe she has some sight impairment. She is currently in a household with several other dogs. While she has not really interacted with them we do believe she feels better with them around. She was used to a multidog household in her prior owner’s home. She is not very active and spends a fair amount of time napping. Her housetraining appears good and she will readily do her business when outside. She really does not like to be led places although is better with a leash. If prompted without it she will typically just “shut down”. Other than the vision issue she appears to be in good health. For more information about Brandi, please contact Bill at bkferrell@cox.net

 
 
 
 
   
 
These dogs have been matched with a qualified adopter and wait only for the final details of adoption to take place.  THEY ARE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE FOR A NEW ADOPTER TO CONSIDER. 

 

   
   

LEO


Sex
: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Farmington NM
Fostered: Farmington NM
Coordinator: Lee More at leemore@mac.com

   
 
 
   

JOJO

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 11
Rescued: Prescott AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

   

HONEY – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Honey condition is improving rapidly. SWCR thanks all the generous donors who made her treatment for cancer possible. We will continue to update her condition.

 

SANDY - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 9-10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Sandy is having recurrent seizures of undetermined nature (after serious vet specialist exams) and will remain on medical hold. She is not available for adoption at this time.

 

 

KADY

Kady was diagnosed with diabetes and Cushing’s syndrome based on a comprehensive blood test and several clinical symptoms…drinking a lot of water, peeing frequently, lethargy, large appetite, weight gain with no ability to control it, and more. The blood test illuminated some major issues…a high blood sugar count and severe liver damage, and some other stuff out of normal range. We elected to try to bring the diabetes under control with insulin over the first two months.

That and additional testing have confirmed that she also has pitutary gland Cushing’s syndrome. but we will not know until we do some testing for that. She exhibits 8 of 10 Cushing’s clinical signs (some of which are also on the diabetes list as well). Testing for a dog with both diabetes and Cushing’s is tricky since findings of any test can be negatively influenced by the other, and “tricky” means many tests and many expenses just for the proper Cushing’s diagnosis. The good news is now that the proper Cushing’s diagnoses has been made, she can be stabilized and enjoy a great life on medication for years.

She is now on daily medications and feeling much better.

   

 

BELLE - AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

Sex: Female
Color: Black, White and Tan
Variety: N/A
Age: 5
Rescued: Hobbs NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Coordinator: Kathy Wallis at katwallis1@msn.com

Belle is in need of some additional vetting before she can be adopted.

 

belle
   

 

HERSHEY

Sex: Male
Color: Tri Color
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ August 2011
Permanently Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Hershey is a very distinctive looking rough-coat collie who gets a lot of comments about his unusual color.  That is actually the result of his having Canine Cyclic Neutropenia (Gray Collie Syndrom). It is a genetic stem cell disorder that occurs in Collies. This disorder is caused by an abnormality of the stem cells in the bone marrow from which all blood cells are developed. The result is a cyclic fluctuation in blood cell numbers.

Hershey has a "spell" about once a month for two days where the number of neutrophils drop dramatically, then rebounds. During his spell, he is mopey, doesn't want to eat and he drools a lot. The rest of the time he acts like a normal dog. Affected dogs rarely live beyond 3 years of age and often die within the first few weeks. Hershey is about 6 years old so he is definitely different. We have consulted some specialists and some feedback suggests that since he has lived this long that he may live a relatively normal lifespan.  Symptoms of this condition are that the dogs are typically smaller, have gray noses, gray coloring, are prone to bacterial infections, bleeding issues, bad teeth, and have small eyes. Hershey is not on any treatments nor has he had any treatments in the past. He was on an antibiotic when we received him for swollen gums, but hasn't had any problems since.

His medical issues are a shame because he is just a laidback, sweet boy. He is very friendly and loves attention. He is usually quiet except when his foster parents come home, then he will bark. He would rather be inside then outside or wherever his foster parents are.

Hershey is now on permanent medical hold. He is too frail to be adopted.

Hershey
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHWEST COLLIE RESCUE, CONTACT arlenestarkey@q.com.

 

 
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