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We are regularly asked to take in older dogs. Unfortunately not many people come to us specifically asking for an older dog and this means they can be difficult to re-home.
With dogs over 10 years of age, the longer they spend in a rescue and the older they get and the less chance they have of finding a permanent home. O.K. - so a dog in our rescue, especially an older one, is not going to be kept banged up in kennels. It will live in a home where it is fostered and will get the best life we can offer, however it is not the same as having a permanent home of its own.
Any dog in foster care will get its share of the time and attention available. It won't get all the attention it would get in a permanent home. It won't get all the attention it deserves because it is one of many dogs. Dogs have short lives and every year that passes is a greater proportion of their whole lives. We want them to have as much quality time as possible - in permanent homes of their own.
Dogs in foster homes will change as they are re-homed and new dogs take their place. It is the nature of rescue that new dogs come and go.
A permanent home offers stability and continuity that a rescue foster home cannot.
There are two main concerns expressed by people who are considering an older dog. One is the fact that they may not have the dog for very long and the other the possibility of mounting veterinary costs that owning an older dog may entail.
There is no guarantee about the former, however under certain circumstances we can assist with the latter though our 'Oldies Scheme'
Taking on an older dog can bring special rewards to those altruistic enough to want to help them. They may often be rather set in their ways but they also often emanate an ease with the world around them and can be less demanding than their younger brethren.
Many older Border Collies, particularly retired farm dogs have an air of worldly experience and grace about them. They are content with the simple things in life and express their gratitude in many ways for anything 'extra' life throws their direction.
Some folk contact us offering a home to 'any' dog that needs help. Their motivation is driven by a desire to help a dog rather than a desire to have a dog. Some of these folk are seeking a challenge, others are just offering a home to the most needy.
We need more homes like these for the dogs that are most deserving - Oldies. Please contact us if you will consider adopting an older dog, and if the potential cost is the only concern to you, consider long term fostering on a one to one basis or adoption under our 'Oldies Scheme'.
Insurance for Older Dogs
We would advise everyone to get their pet insured. Some insurance companies will not insure dogs over a certain age. The PDSA does accept older dogs. For details of the PDSA insurance scheme use the links below.
Download PDSA Policy wording document (.pdf)                    Visit PDSA Pet Insurance website
If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, please contact us on 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.


For more information about our criteria for adopting older dogs and the adoption process use the link below.

Criteria and Information on how to adopt an Older dog from Border Collie Rescue

For information about our program for assisted fostering of older dogs

The Collielaw retirement scheme

For more information about our normal adoption criteria and process go to the next page in this section using the link below.

Criteria on adopting a Companion dog from Border Collie Rescue

Other relevant information
We do not sell dogs - we offer dogs for adoption, to remain in their new homes permanently, but with the assurance that if anything goes wrong we will want to take the dog back and look after its interests. In an uncertain world this can be a reassuring safely net for people who care about their dogs.
Dogs offered for adoption are fully vaccinated, wormed, parasite treated and microchipped. Where appropriate they are neutered or spayed. In any circumstances we do not allow dogs to be bred from or used for breeding purposes and annual booster vaccinations must be maintained by the new owner to protect the dog from infectious disease.
Adoption is a formal agreement between us and an applicant that they will give a home to a dog and look after it properly for the rest of its life, however we are aware that life sometimes throws up problems and part of the arrangement is that we will always take a dog back, at any time, if the new home is unable to keep it - for any reason.
The full terms and conditions of our adoption agreement can be read here - opens in a new window
If you are interested in taking on a dog as a Companion, please contact us on 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process..
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