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Congratulations to Abby and Hunter for finding their forever homes.

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 April 23, 2014
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.



Sex: Male
Color: Tri
: Smoth
Age: 10 months
Rescued: Lubbock TX March 2014
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: When we rescued Duke, a smooth collie mix (perhaps more mix than collie), each of his ribs was visible beneath his skin. He was desperately hungry.

He’d also aggressively snapped at dogs who came near his food or competed with him for attention — which was why he was hours away from being taken to a shelter and euthanized.

And yet … Duke had, we were told, played nicely with a big dog at his boarding kennel. He loved being around people. He was smart and eager to please. So one of our long-time fosters, David Pearson in Albuquerque, agreed to give him a try.

Duke was given his own separate space. He was kept away from David’s elderly collie Princess. The two were fed separately.

When Duke was first allowed in the living room, he headed straight for the couch. “Every dog who has ever lived here loved that couch,” David wrote. He put up with Princess being petted as long as he was petted as well. Soon he was playing happily and “even got Princess to be his ‘cheerleader’ as he raced around the house. He is full of energy, always smiling.”

It helped that Duke was eating plenty of good food and soon gained back the weight he lost to starvation. Even so, his house manners were fine: no accidents in the house, no barking without a reason. He also proved very teachable, and quickly learned “sit, “stay” and “come."

Within this comfort zone, he’s become a happy, friendly guy who adores David and even shares the couch with Princess. But outside the zone, problems remain. If he’s walked near an aggressive dog, for example, he’ll respond in kind.

Duke needs a dog-savvy adopter and some professional training to achieve his full potential. He probably would do best as an only dog, or in a home with a mellow, non-threatening dog like Princess. He’ strong and enthusiastic, so no young children.

We’re glad we gave him a second chance. He has so much to give. Can you take him to the next level? If so, please contact Arlene Starkey at arlenestarkey@q.com or 505-892-8538.





duke and princess




Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 4-6
Rescued: El Paso TX April 2013
Fostered: Santa Fe NM
Bio: Danny is a special needs dog, in that he is blind (we were told that he has been blind from birth). His disability does not stop him from thoroughly enjoying life and being a wonderful guy.

This is the initial report from Danny's foster mom: Danny is able to navigate the house very well, especially when he is calm. When he gets excited and wants to play or go for a walk he tends to bump into things, although he quickly rights himself and continues on. Danny is quite adept at the doggie door and moves freely from inside to out when the foster family is home. He enjoys sniffing the yard and has been seen trying to initiate play with the two resident collies and the border collie mix. So far only the most submissive collie has been seen playing with him. The resident dogs get along fine with Danny, they're just not sure of his signals yet. Danny enjoys toys and is often seen entertaining himself with soft toys. He throws one up in the air, finds it again and then thrashes it from side to side. With a little coaxing from the foster mom, Danny and one of the resident collies will play tug-of-war with a soft toy. 

Since Danny is a big, active dog, the foster mom has found the most effective way to exercise Danny is to take him on daily jogs. Using a short lead, Danny is able to hear and feel his foster mom as they jog on a road that isn't heavily traveled. Danny also enjoys going on trail hikes with the resident dogs, although they are slower walks because there are more obstacles to help Danny navigate. Danny is very good on lead when he is calm. And, it appears that Danny has been taught the basic commands "sit" and "leave it."

Danny is one special guy, and we feel he will be the happiest in a home with no dogs, or one very easy-going dog. This boy loves human interaction and can't get enough pets and hugs. He thrives on routines - being led outside first thing in the morning, eating his meals in a separate room (since foster home has resident dogs), walking/jogging on the left, taking treats in a particular spot, etc. As to be expected with a dog who is vision impaired, Danny has shown behaviors that a prospective adopter must take into consideration. He displays food guarding behaviors with the resident dogs and once with the foster dad. Danny also marks in the house, although that has lessened a bit since his arrival at his foster home. We're hoping the marking will end as Danny becomes totally comfortable navigating the home. He tends to mark corners to help him find his way.

Danny is up to date on shots, neutered, heartworm negative, and apparently a very healthy guy. For more information on this amazing, special collie, please contact Lee at at leemore@mac.com








Sex: Female
Color: White with Blue Merle markings
Variety: Smooth
Age: 2
Rescued: Abilene TX July 2012
Fostered: Abilene TX
Bio: Have you ever wanted a smart, energetic, athletic collie who loved only you?  Who was affectionate, loyal and loved to go with you for walks and hikes?  Well, her name is Violet. And she desperately needs a home.

She's been at her foster home for nearly a year and can't stay there any longer. That's because she needs to be an only dog. No cats, no small children. Violet has so much potential. She has so much love to give.  All she wants is a person of her own, just as some people want a dog of their own, a companion, a soulmate.

Violet is two years old, healthy, spayed, and up-to-date on shots. She's a striking blue merle smooth girl, with one blue eye and one brown eye. Could you be the person she's been waiting for? 

Please contact SWCR's Lee More at leemore@mac.com, or 505 989-3530, for further information.



Hello!  I am Hannah, 5 years old, and a mixed breed. I have been spayed, vaccinated and micro chipped. I do doggie dances when I’m going to eat or go on a walk.  I will play with children of all ages.  My behavior is the best when I am the only pet because I like attention.  Please take me home with you and give me tender, loving care, and I will return it.

For more information about Hannah, please contact CJ Hackett at 575-437-8700.
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. 

KIRBY - a puppy, a Sheltie or a Collie

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough?
Age: 6 months
Rescued: Las Cruces NM February 2013
Fostered: El Paso TX
Coordinator: Bettina Ross at

On medical hold to cure his mange.




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.