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The Border Collie Rescue Society is established for the future care and welfare of the breed.

The Society was incorporated as a charitable company (No 3037504) on 24th March 1995 under the registered name of Border Collie Rescue. It was set up as a strictly voluntary organisation, entirely staffed & run by unpaid Ďactive membersí and 'Helpers', sharing the workload Nationally.

Registered throughout the UK as Border Collie Rescue - Charity No 1128983 (UK) - Charity No SC040796 (Scotland)

Our commitment to the future of the breed extends beyond sanctuary and re-homing.

We believe that education and information is the key to the prevention of most, if not all, of the problems that we have to address daily - both with dogs we take in and with the many calls we get from the public for breed advice.

BCR is active in working to gain a greater understanding of the needs of the breed, especially in matters of care, good husbandry and welfare issues. What we learn we can pass on to others for the benefit of the breed as a whole.

It is not just a matter of understanding the physical requirements of the breed. It is also a matter of learning and understanding the breeds psychological needs.

Each year, many Border Collies are taken into rescue centres with behavioural problems due to a lack of understanding of their mental welfare needs. This is a sensitive and intelligent breed and requires knowledgeable handling. The best Border Collie is a sane one!

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Dogs learn very quickly from each other. In BCR we like to house dogs in social groups with a well balanced Alpha male and Bitch to set a good example and show timid newcomers how to trust and relate to humans.

We work to achieve a future where demand for our re-homing service is greatly reduced.

Our own experience, and the experience of other animal welfare charities we work with, has taught us that Border Collies do not fare well in kennel situations.

In most cases, keeping this breed in kennels is counter productive to their physical and mental welfare. Border Collies cannot be properly assessed under kennel conditions - so we use an alternative.

All dogs we take into our care are kept in foster homes and go through a period of observation and assessment in order to reveal their true character and show us if they have the need or instinct to work.

We need this information to responsibly re-home a dog.

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BCR Members, Helpers and rescue dogs at Hazel Brow Farm in Low Row, Swaledale, gathered for socialising and some puppy handling.    Hazel Brow fosters puppies for BCR in its visitor and educational centre.    The pups get well socialised and are handled by visiting children, giving them a good start in life but keeping them stimulated in a working environment.

If a dog shows us that it needs to work - either stock, or failing that, has potential for working in Search and Rescue - the Police, Prison Service or with Customs as a Sniffer dog - or to train to assist disabled people, Hearing dog or Guide dog - or other arena - we will look for a home for the dog in the appropriate working area so its drive and needs can be fulfilled.

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Flint (above left) came to us as a non-worker from good registered bloodlines. His problem was that would not train well enough to be controllable around sheep, but during assessment showed us that he had good 'eye' and plenty of instinctive drive coupled with a great interest in stock herding. After re-habilitation he was re-homed to a working farm in the Dales where he works daily and very enthusiastically!

It is only the dogs that show us that they donít want to work and are temperamentally suited to being pets or companions that we would, after full assessments, then offer to pet homes.

Floyd - Now Jed  - came in to Border Collie Rescue from a farm in Wales that had suffered the consequences of Foot and Mouth disease.

He came to us with a brother and sister. He was the only merle in the litter - his siblings all being standard marked black and white. In spite of the problems they faced, the farmers family had kept the dogs well exercised and cared for, but there was no stock contact for the growing dogs.

Floyd had very little stock herding instinct but did show us a need to be doing something with his life. He has been re-homed into an agility home. The other two are working stock.

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Dogs coming in with behavioural problems, trauma or injuries are settled cared for and re-habilitated before re-homing; while those with special needs or disabilities are kept in long term foster care until a suitable home, that can offer them what they need, comes along.

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Kane was a dog that came to us from a home where he had been bought as a puppy through a newspaper advert. He was dropped off to the home for £70 cash. The vendor disappeared.

He was very ill and were it not for the PDSA, would have died within a week. He was suffering from mange, distemper and a myriad of minor ailments when his owner handed him into our care.

It took a long time to turn the dog on the left into the dog on the right.

This is the evil of Puppy farming.

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We have a non-destruction policy and we will not put a healthy dog to sleep unless it is proven dangerous or its suffering cannot be alleviated.

All our dogs go out inoculated, wormed and with an insecticide shampoo to ensure there are no passengers on board. They also carry a disc with their reference number and our name and phone number on one side. The other side is left blank for the new owners details.

If the dog is lost and the finder cannot contact the owners they can contact us and we will look after the dog until we can contact the owner and they can reclaim it.

We like to keep in touch with our dogs, offering backup for new owners and their dogs.

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ROGER

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Border Collie Rescue is Dedicated to the Future of the Breed

People who wish to Adopt a dog from us, or who wish to Re-home their dog through us, may contact our HQ during our normal office hours - see the HQ Section of this site for current times.

Contact us on - 0845 6044941.

We will be happy to discuss each case individually and assist where we can.

At our head office we maintain a database of Rescue Centres, Veterinary practices, Dog trainers and Training classes, Behaviourists and Advisors that are either qualified or are approved by BCR as competent to advise. We also have a growing breed reference library.

Between them our 300 + members have over 4.5 millennium of accumulated experience of the breed and some are specialists in their field.

As an independent breed rescue organisation, comprising entirely of volunteers, we offer unbiased advice, free of trade and commercial influences.

We do not associate with, nor are we influenced by, any dog breeders association, as this may set up a conflict of interest.

Our motivation is purely for the benefit and future of the breed we exist to defend.

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Border Collie Rescue is a UK based charity, working Internationally to Rescue and Re-home Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs and promote a better understanding of the breed and its Welfare.

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