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Registered throughout the UK as Border Collie Rescue Structure and Charitable Status - Registered Charity No 1128983 (UK). Charity No SC040796 (Scotland).
The Border Collie Rescue Society is a specialist canine breed rescue organisation based in the UK and covering the whole country. This section is about us and our work.
Border Collie Rescue is run and staffed by volunteers. It has always been a basic premise of this charity that those involved in helping the dogs should be doing so because they are driven by a love and respect of the breed rather than the expectations of payment for doing a job.
Part of our work involves assessing all the dogs we take in around sheep and other livestock to ascertain their working ability in order to be able to consider these factors before re-homing because we believe any Border Collie, but particularly a puppy, should always have a chance to work and fulfil its natural instincts.
If being a sheepdog is what it needs to do to have a happy and fulfilled life, we should find that out and faciltate it.
Knowledge of a Border Collies herding, chase and working inclinations also help us prevent a puppy or dog with these qualities ending up in homes where their instincts are frustrated, causing problems for people kind enough to offer a home to a rescue dog and causing problems for the dog in adapting to an unsuitable lifestyle.
 Links on this page provide information about our Objects, Mission Statement and Memorandum, about Border Collie Rescue, how we work and how you can adopt a Border Collie from us. There are also some videos lower down the page that illustrate aspects of our work.

General Information about Border Collie Rescue

Border Collie Rescue - How We Work

Objects and Mission Statement of Border Collie Rescue

Full Governing Memorandum of Border Collie Rescue

How to Adopt a Dog From Border Collie Rescue
Border Collie Rescue - Nicki Oliver - National Co-ordinator with mascot Mr Tod
Border Collie Rescue National Co-ordinator,  Nicki Oliver with BCR mascot Mr. Tod - Photo copyright and courtesy of Guzelian Ltd


A Day in the Life - a short video about work at the BCR centre

Two Stroke Tess - her story Macy and Tess - their story
Pip dreams of Electric Sheep
As the above video has no commentary or captions -
 Pip came into our care as a stray after being involved in a hit and run RTA which cost her one of her hind legs.
Once she had recovered and her previous owner had failed to make any attempt to reclaim her during the statutory period allowed, we were free to assess, re-train and re-home her.
It was very obvious that the cause of her 'accident' was due to her high chase drive that tempted her to run after fast moving cars. She showed herself to be a natural herder around our sheep - but - to re-home her as a sheepdog would not be that easy. Too much work and she would be liable to develop hip problems later in life - too little and she would become frustrated and start chasing other things again.
The compromise came up when we had an offer of a home for a dog that would help round up a few sheep occasionally, but be mainly involved in controlling several hundred free range hens, live in the farmhouse and accompany the owner on his egg delivery rounds.
This gave her a full and interesting life with daily 'herding' but not a huge amount of racing around involved, plus home comforts to ward off potential consequences of her disability.
So that's where she's ended up - that's what it's all about - the right home for the right dog - in a nutshell - that's what we do.

In Border Collie Rescue, we care for between 30 and 50 Border Collies in foster homes and at our assessment and re-habilitation centre at any given time. When we re-home a dog we always seem to have over 100 others waiting to take it's space.
Every week we get more than 160+ requests from pet owners asking us to re-home their Border Collie. That's 8000+ each year!
The majority of these are from people who have taken a Border Collie puppy from a farm and cannot cope with its natural developing instinctive behaviour - this is why so many Border Collies end up in dog rescue organisations around the world - they need to work.
A high proportion of these Border Collies have shown aggression towards a young child in the family and the parents are concerned about the welfare of their children, as well as the welfare of their dog.
Every week we take more than 40 requests for advice about behavioural problems from people who want to keep their pet Border Collie.
The majority of these are problems caused by boredom and frustration due to the unfulfilled herding instincts of the Border Collie.
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The border collie rescue society is a specialist canine welfare charity based in the uk to help the border collie dog breed and the working sheepdog.
Border Collie Rescue On Line is the official website of this breed rescue organisation.
The society stands against puppy farming, animal abuse, animal testing, animal cruelty and dog exploitation of any sort - we trust you all share our concerns