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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 2, 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.

 

 

 

MAX

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 7
Rescued: CA
Fostered: Tijeras NM
Bio: Max is a sweet dog. He is getting along very well with all of the dogs in his foster home, one female collie, one male collie, and one female sheltie. He has learned to trust his foster mom,) and is coming around to trusting their teenage son and her husband. He is a bit skiddish, and still needs to work on being inside the house because this is new to him. He needs personal contact with people to help him with trust, but now he wags his tail like crazy when he sees his foster mom and will come running to her when she calls him. For more information about Max, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com

 

 

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

 

 

GRAY - A SHELTIE

Sex: Male
Color: Blue Merle
Variety: N/A
Age: 10-12
Rescued: Santa Fe NM
Fostered: Santa Fe NM
Bio: Gray was a mess when he was rescued from the Santa Fe shelter in May. Since then, he’s had plenty of medical attention, good food, and lots of baths for his skin condition. The result: He’s doing beautifully. Though his back legs aren’t strong, he runs/hops when he’s feeling playful or excited. He doesn’t hear so well but responds immediately to visual cues. His coat is becoming beautiful and soft. And he adores his humans. He’ll sleep beside your bed all night. No accidents in the house if he’s let outdoors at regular intervals. He plays well with other dogs, loves affection and happily gives kisses. This old fellow would make a lovely companion for someone who’s home most of the time. For more information about Gray, please contact Lee at leemore@mac.com

 

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MAX - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Rough
Age: 11
Rescued: Gilbert AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Max is 11 years young. He is in great shape and often prances like a young guy when it's time to run toward the back door for supper. He gets along well with cats and kids. He is fine with dogs but a little intimidate by big dogs. Max shows no signs of aggression especially when eating. He does not get on the furniture nor does he counter surf. He will scratch at the door when it's time to go outside. Max has a cute personality; he loves to "chat" or make chortling sounds to let you know he needs a hug. He sounds like a "wookie". He knows various commands and knows when the lights go off its time to sleep. Max would make a great family pet! For more information about Max, please contact Cindy Reel at reelracer@aol.com.

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FAITH - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety
: N/A
Age:
2-3
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered:
Phoenix AZ
Bio:
Faith is about a year and a half old very rambunctious, playful, and social young lady. Through a “generous” or liberal categorization as potentially collie she was brought into our program as a stray and in her emaciated state was at death’s door.  Through a fair amount of love and attention she is currently thriving, has gained a healthy amount of weight and is using her new found energy to make friends.  Given her unknown background and condition it is not surprising that she had no identified formal training.  Currently, she is house-trained but the other training items are basic at best.  Still, with her friendly personality and a little training focus we are sure she can be a well-behaved girl.  She has been very friendly with all dogs she meets and pretty much seeks out other dogs.  We are unsure about cats but suspect she would be very inquisitive.  Given her energy level and now fairly strong and unrestrained personality we think she would be best with older children that would not, for instance, be potentially knocked over, or can handle her on a leash.  She would be great in an active household that could give her a fair amount of exercise.

Faith is now spayed, been heartworm tested, current on shots, and microchipped. For more information about Faith, please contact Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

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SKIP

Skip is a 9 year old neutered sable male Rough Collie. He is a former cattle ranch dog that lived outdoors all of his life before his owner became unwell and could no longer keep him. When Skip was moved from the ranch to a farm, he chased the chickens (Who could blame him for running after new-found fat flightless birds!), and was sadly tied to a tree before he came to Collie rescue.

Skip is a big (70 lb) all muscle guy, who was not used to riding in a car. He still needs to be lifted up to get in, but is learning to be a less frightened traveler.

Skip was initially afraid to come indoors, but now loes living inside with his people, and uses the dog door to go in and out at will. He startles a littlewith loud noises or fast movements that resemble physical discipline (raised hand, etc.), so he would not do well with very young actie children. But he wouldbe a wonderful loving friend to an older child or anyone who is gentle. Skip is very affectionate toward his Foster Mom and adult family members. He will rest his head on any available lap in adoration, and has learned it is wonderful to be petted and hugged.

Skip is in top physical shape from his active ranch lifestyle. He loves to run and play, and can keep up with his very active 2 yr ol best Collie girlfriend. He loves to go on walks, and does not pull on the leash.

He has a mildly Alpha dog temperament. He will never pick fights with other dogs, but he will stand down other Alpha dogs who try to challenge the "Big Guy." He quickly learned to sit and lay down. He has taken to guarding the front door at night while the other dogs go to their beds. He is a very effective intruder alser dog. His size will make anyone with ill intent rethink coming into your yard or home.

He has not been cat tested, but given his history with chickens, he might find it hard to resist chasing kitties. Any self-respecting cat will quickly teach him to respect feline personal space.

If you are a gentle individual or a family (without chickens and very young children), Sip is the dog for you. He is ready to be your loyal loving friend and protector forever. A local (San Antonio or nearby) adoption is safest for Skip so he can be carefully introduced to a new dog friend or pack.

Contact Karen M at 210-591-3971 or karenlmarrs@yahoo.com to set up a time to meet Skip. If you are a qualified or previous SWCR adopter interested in Skip, please email Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com to assist you.

 
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. 
 

PRECIOUS

Sex: Female
Color: Double Dilute
Variety: Smooth
Age: 16 Weeks
Rescued: CA
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Precious, born March 28, 2015, is a mostly white smooth coated female collie who is deaf. She is the product of a Blue Merle to another Blue Merle Color Breeding which produces what is known as a double dilute collie. It is a double up on the Merling gene which can produce defects in the affected collies, such as blindness, deafness and in some cases the collies are born without eyes. They are otherwise as healthy as any other collie. Precious has good vision and was checked by a veterinary ophthalmologist. She has small blue eyes, and sees everything. She has fallen in the pool at our house a few times, just walked right in. Mostly this occurred in bright light, she seems better at detecting it now, but should not be left unsupervised around a pool. She is friendly and outgoing. She will follow you everywhere, but remember if you scold her or call her, she will not hear you, and I catch myself forgetting that at times. She needs someone willing to work with her special needs and train her to respond to hand signals. She seems very intelligent, I with a little commitment and some time, she will learn. She is good with all people, exhibits little fear, and likes other dogs, cats and chickens. She does not bark a lot, which is good, being deaf, she does not need to join in barking with the other dogs, and hence barks less. She eats well, and is crate trained, and sleeps thru the night in her crate. When she needs to go out she lets you know by barking or whining. She is not completely housebroken, but is good about going right away wherever you take her after she has spent time sleeping in her crate. I feel she will make a great addition to any family, and likes children.

Precious will be adopted by Lyn and John in Los Lunas NM when her transportation and vetting are complete.

precious
   

 

WRANGLER

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 5-6 months
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Wrangler will be adopted by Jeff and Karen in Gilbert AZ when he has been neutered.

   

 

BRUNO – A COLLIE/HUSKY MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Tan and Black
Variety: N/A
Age: 2-3
Bio: Meet Bruno. He is almost 3 years old. His owner, Justin, is in the military here at Holloman and has orders to leave soon. Justin would like help rehoming Bruno, a collie/husky...not sure what else is in there but he is s handsome boy. He is neutered and all his shots are current. He has not been around cats but was gentle with the family rabbit. He gets along with other dogs. Justin's wife runs a daycare out if their home and tells me that Bruno adores kids...watches over them and is very gentle. Justin tells me that Bruno is good in a car and on a leash but does not like clippers or scissors. Bruno is not officially in SWCR care yet, but we are hoping for an adopter to take him directly from his present home without the need of placing him in a foster home.

Bruno will be adopted by Janet in Los Alamos NM when he has completed his vetting.

 

 

SOUNDER

Sex: Male
Color: Blue Merle
Variety: Smooth
Age: 16 Weeks
Rescued: CA
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Sounder will be adopted by his foster, Howard, when he is old enough to be neutered.

 

 

QUINN

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age:
16 Weeks
Rescued: CA
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: Quinn, (The Celtic name meaning “wise”) is rarin’ to go. At 16 weeks he is all puppy with all the energy and willfulness that goes with that. He listens quite well. He is a sweet, non-aggressive but a highly extroverted and confident dog. He is housebroken and sleeps cuddled up next to puffy things on the floor. Never crated, he is still limited some access with a closed door or baby gate at night. He is very loyal and will follow room-to-room and will patiently wait for his meal to be fixed. He’s had his shots and one round of heartworm prevention. He had an accident with overly exhuberant play and a larger dog. No malice involved but he took a tooth from the other dog in his upper right lip. The few stitches needed are out and he is back to his handsome self. He loves to play, carry things and chase. He is a wonderful dog that loves people and other animals alike. He would be a very good agility candidate. Or, just he could just be with you as a pet-quality, gorgeous Smooth coat Collie.

Quinn will be adopted by Amanda and Scott in Corrales NM where he will join Annie (formerly Juliette).

 

 

PHOEBE

Sex: Female
Color: Double Dilute
Variety: Rough
Age: 16 weeks
Rescued: CA
Fostered: Santa Fe NM

This young collie pup is a Foster to Adopt to Anne in Santa Fe NM. She will be adopted when her vetting and spay have been completed.

   

 

LIVVY (TILLIE)

Livvy, a young sable and white smooth collie, is hopelessly cute, and in a Foster to Adopt home in Michigan.

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KADY

Kady was diagnosed with diabetes and possible 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 past two months. Kady has proven insulin resistant and her glucose numbers are out of control (in the 450s to high 550s) while on insulin twice daily.

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.

   

 

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
   

 

CASSIDY

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 4-5
Rescued: Tomball TX July 2014
Permanently Fostered: Rio Rancho NM
Bio: In October 2014, Cassidy, a Tomball collie, appeared healthy at adoption time became quite stiff, was in a lot of pain and could barely walk. After spending the night at the emergency hospital that ran a lot of tests, her internist vet diagnosed as Immune-mediated polyarthrisis IMPA). The treatment was prednisone and cyclosporine, and she seemed to respond to it initially. Every time the dosage was reduced, she would relapse.

Then some more problems came along. Her health issues now include a history of recurrent IMPA, leukocytosis, anemia, hypoalbuninemia and suspected systemic inflammatory response syndrome…what a list for such a young girl. Another overnight visit to the emergency hospital and many dollars later, she appears to be on the mend. But that can change in the future and symptoms may reappear. Since she is definitely a difficult case, SWCR asked her adoptive mother if we could take her back financially. So, Cassidy remains a permanent foster with her loving mom.

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HERSHEY

Sex: Male
Color: Tri Color
Variety: Rough
Age: 9
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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