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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 February 13, 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 that have Just Arrived into SWCR, but are not quite ready for adoption.

 

   
   

 

BONNIE

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 5
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Bonnie is a delightful, affectionate, energetic rough coat collie that is estimated to be 5 years old. She is playful and loving; a very social young lady. She came to us underweight and fearful but through a fair amount of love and attention she is currently thriving and is making friends with both the people and pets in her foster home.  She is house-broken, crate and dog door trained, and knows a number of commands including “sit”, “down” and “stay”. Bonnie has learned to wait for a command before going outside, does not beg or “counter surf”, climb on furniture, chew, or dig in the yard. She is also good with cats, inquisitive but not in the least threatening.

Bonnie is friendly with our collie but sometimes reacts strongly to loud vehicles or unfamiliar dogs she meets while on walks. Her reaction appears to be fear related. She is receiving daily training during her walks to minimize this issue and she is making good progress. In addition, Bonnie is a bit of a barker when outside but she is learning to curb that impulsive.

With her eager-to-please personality and a little training focus she is making rapid progress toward being a very well-behaved girl.  Given her energy level we think she would be best with grade school or older children who could play or run with her, or who can handle her on a leash.  She would be great in an active household that could give her a fair amount of exercise.

Bonnie is spayed, is current on shots, and microchipped. For more information about Bonnie, please contact Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net or email or call Bonnie’s foster mom, Linn Rojewski, at lrojewski@cox.net or 602-451-1697.

 

bonnie
   

 

BELLA

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 8
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Bella is an 8 year female, rough coated collie, on the smaller side. She lost her right hind leg at the age of 5 months old from an injury when she fell out the back of a pickup truck, she gets around well but has arthritis in her back and left leg and will often scoot around when she tired or hurting, She is on medication for the arthritis.

Bella gets along great with other dogs and enjoys their companionship, we are unsure about cats but given her gentle nature we think she would do fine. She is house trained and will use a dog door, rides well in a car but may need help getting in and out depending on the height, she is used to getting on the couch and having free roam of the house. Bella will bark at strangers but is friendly otherwise, she has not been leash trained but should do well with some work. She is current on her vaccinations, is spayed and micro-chipped. For more information about Bella, please contact Cindy Reel at reelracer@aol.com.

 

bella
   

 

BAILEY - A SHELTIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: White
Variety: N/A
Age: 8-10
Rescued: Alamogordo NM
Fostered: Rio Rancho NM
Bio: Bailey is a Sheltie/Australian Shepard mix with a gentle spirit and has been a joy to care for. She is current on shots and doesn’t have heartworm and is in excellent health. She shows no sign of joint issues but has a hard time getting up due to her weight. Bailey was 60 lbs at last weigh in and doctor’s orders are to lose 20 lbs. We are working on this and she is getting healthier and more and more energy. She is good with other dogs and gentle children. She is food protective, so feeding her separately from other dogs would be advised.

She is smart and tries to self-correct. She does need to learn manners (sit, stay, greeting guests, no begging) but she is easily workable. She is house trained and has not had one accident and learned to use the dog door. What a joy she is to foster! She cuddles and loves hugs and will be an excellent companion to her future pack leader. Her temperament and energy level is low key but she does enjoy a walk. She is not an obsessive barker but will let you know when it is time to eat, come inside or tell off the Great Dane next door. I could not say enough good about her but can tell you she will be a great gift to her fur-ever mistress or master! For more information about Bailey, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.

   

 

FIONA

Sex: Female
Color:
Tri
Variety:
Rough
Age:
13-14
Rescued:
Phoenix 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

 

 

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.

max
 
 
 
   

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. 
 
   

EVAN

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Rough
Age: 6-8
Rescued: Albuquerque NM
Fostered: Tijeras NM
Bio:
Evan’s foster mother says “We have had Evan for only a few short weeks and already he has proven to be a loving and sweet companion to all of us. This includes my 17 year old son, my husband, me and two other collies and a sheltie. I gets along with everyone, is housebroken, comes when called, sits on command, but mostly loves to give you his paw for attention and affection. Besides loving the petting, he does like to play with us and especially my son and our young female smooth collie. When he arrived at our house, he was considerably underweight, but now he is eating twice a day, and is beginning to fill out. He has no aggressive tendencies, and is happiest inside by our sides on a nice soft dog bed.”

Evan will be adopted by Kathy and Max in Chino Valley AZ as soon as transportation can be worked out.

evan
   

EMME

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

Emme will be fostered by John and Julie in Phoenix AZ

   

IZZY  (IZZABELLA)

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 7
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Gilbert AZ

 

izzy
   

WYATT

Sex: Male
Color: White with Sable Markings
Variety: Rough
Age: 1 – 1/1/2
Rescued: Albuquerque NM
Fostered: Las Cruces NM
Bio:
Although still very much a puppy, Wyatt will make someone a great dog. He is very playful, and loving and really wants to please his human.  He thinks he should be a lap collie, but he is a bit large for that role.

He has no interest in horses or barn cats. He gets along well with other dogs, with whom he has learned to play tug of war.  He comes when he's called, can jump into a truck, walks nicely on leash, and will play fetch until he drops. He has learned to sit and wait for his milk bone treat.

This young boy has a lot to learn about life, but he is a joy. But be prepared to take on a puppy! And yes, his coat was so matted he has been shaved, but don't let that fool you. He really is a rough collie and his coat will grow back. He has a great deal of energy and would do well with a place to run around.  He is not totally housebroken but has adjusted well to sleeping in a crate at night. And obedience training would give him a lifetime of good manners.

He will be adopted by Kenny and Roberta in Albuquerque when he has completed his vetting for a mild case of heartworm.

wyatt
   

 

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.

 

 

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.

   
 
 
   

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.

gray
   

 

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: 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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