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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 January 19, 2015
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 that have Just Arrived into SWCR, but are not quite ready for adoption.


JAKE – Collie Mix?

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 2
Rescued: Hobbs NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Bio: Jake is very intelligent and waits to be asked for whatever you want from him. He is ready for a home and will make a wonderful hiking, jogging, obedience, or tv watching partner. He is just that smart.  He loves to play with other dogs but doesn't seem to know what toys are. He is a handsome boy who is extremely sensitive and listens / watches for directions.  He does not get on the furniture, and so far, has not counter-surfed.  He loves a cozy bed and human attention. For more information about Jake, please contact Kathy at katwallis1@msn.com




Sex: Female
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 2-3
Rescued: Hobbs NM
Fostered: Tijeras NM
Bio: She is a very sweet and loving dog. She would like nothing better than to cuddle on the couch with any member of the family, human or dog. Even better, a place by the wood burning stove. SHe has found her place in our "pack." Her favorite play pal is our smooth collie, Sorcha. They will wrestle all day long. She has been learning good manners, and will sit and stay on command. She has stopped aggressive behavior. At first when we brought her home she had some food aggression, but that has gone away, partially because we feed her in a separate room. She is completely house broken and is a fun dog to have around. Yes, she has a weird shave job to the top of her coat. We speculate that a child got ahold of a set of electronic clippers. It will grow back given a little time.   For more information about Remy, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.




Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 1-2
Rescued: Tombell TX
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: Zorro is dying to be a complete dog-he’s just not sure how to yet. He is lovable but has to be prompted. He s housebroken and very good on a harness/leash but he does need more skill building. He simply needs patience to build the trust. He’s already come a long way. He was brought up in horrible conditions but he has gone from completely withdrawn to now walking around the house and approaching for cautious affection. He is not aggressive and gets along with other dogs. (Unknown as to cats though.) He does well with people and small children. The fact that he is so young bodes well for his future. He will romp like a puppy and runs like a gazelle. And his natural athleticism would prove him to be a good agility or herding candidate. For more information about Zorro, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.




Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 8
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Bella still needs a little more treatment for Valley Fever, but she is doing well. Bio in progress. For more information about Bella, please contact Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net




Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety : N/A
Age: 8
Rescued: Stanley NM
Fostered: Edgewood NM
Bio: Bella’s foster mom transcribed Bella’s bio for her. Here is what Isabella had to say.

“ Hi my name is Isabella, Bella for short, and I'm 8 years old.  I'm a very good girl and have a sweet disposition.  I got taken to the groomer because my coat was so matted....lot's of bad hair days!  I feel so much better and my coat is growing back.  Regular brushing really helps!!   My foster mom and I are both on diets, I weigh in at 43 lbs.  She won't tell me how much she weighs. I am up to date on all my shots and recently had my teeth cleaned.  The doctor had to pull two because they were bad, but the rest are fine.

I'm really shy and a bit timid around people I don't know but I'm getting better about that.  It really helps if you stay put and let me come to you.    I love to walk on the leash.  Sometimes when I don't want to get up and out of my bed, my foster mom puts on my leash, then we go outside for breakfast.    I definitely do not like thunderstorms.  When a bad storm hit, I crawled into my foster mom's lap and stayed there ‘til the storm passed.  I still don't like storms, but I feel very safe in my bed which is where I head at the first roll of thunder. 

Come meet me soon!“ 

Bella is spayed and current on all her shots and is in good health. She is ready for her new forever home. For more information about Bella, contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com



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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. 



Sex: F
Color: White with S/W markings
Variety: Rough
Age: 5-6
Rescued: El Paso TX
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Bio: Shasta, rough sable and white collie, was discarded once she was no longer useful as a breeder, and left to starve or die in the desert near El Paso when rescued. She was covered with ticks, filthy, skinny, and was carrying a four pound cancerous mammary tumor that was weeping and ready to rupture. It was successfully removed, and later two more mammary tumors were removed. She is spayed, current on her shots, and HW negative. She also had a dental extraction and a good teeth cleaning. Shasta is now a Foster To Adopt with Carina in Gilbert AZ.




Livvy, a 4-6 months old sable and white smooth collie, is and hopelessly cute, and has some mange, mostly on her head. Livvy is in a Foster to Adopt home in Alamogorgo NM, and awaits a spay and further vetting.




Prince, a 2 year old sable and white smooth collie, has heartworms and will need extensive treatment over a long time. Prince is now in his FTA home being treated for his heartworm. He still needs to be neutered, but he is most likely already in his final home in Amarillo TX.




Ronnie, a 3 to 5 years old tri smooth collie, is a bit timid but warms up quickly. He is quickly learning his social skills, but still can be a little skiddish since his exposure to loving humans was non-existent when he arrived in SWCR land. He will probably be adopted by his Foster to Adopt family in Roswell NM.






Sex: Male
Color: Tri Color
Variety: Rough
Age: 5
Rescued: Phoenix AZ August 2011
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 5 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. He is housebroken, uses the doggie door, like to ride in cars and walks well on a leash. He gets along with other dogs, rabbits, and kids. We don’t know if he gets along with cats but would be shocked if he did not. He doesn't play ball or tug. Doesn't seem to want to play with other dogs, but he will roughhouse with his foster parents. 

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