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Standard terms for Adopting a dog from Border Collie Rescue

During the trial period you must update us weekly on progress and advise us immediately of any problems.


1)     I will maintain the dog in proper quarters, with adequate and suitable bedding, diet, exercise and stimulation and should it appear ill, or is injured at any time, I will immediately seek and follow the advice of a qualified veterinary surgeon and apply remedial treatment to the dog according to that advice and diagnosis. I also understand the importance of inoculations and I will ensure the dog receives its annual booster inoculations at the appropriate times and undertake to apply worming and parasite treatment on a regular basis to prevent such infections occurring.

2)     Should I become unable to keep the dog, for any reason, I will return the dog to Border Collie Rescue by prior appointment and I will not part with possession of the dog to any other person or organisation. I undertake to keep BorderCollie Rescue informed of my current address at all times and, should I move, to notify Border Collie Rescue of my new address and contact details, in writing, at least 7 days prior to the move. I undertake to ensure that the dog will live, with me, at the address I have registered with Border Collie Rescue.

3)     I will allow any authorised BCR representative, at any reasonable time, access to my property to inspect the dog and the dogs living quarters and I agree to feed, keep and house the dog to the charities satisfaction and if conditions prove to be unsatisfactory, I agree to Border Collie Rescue removing the dog from my care.

4)     I agree to exercise the dog regularly, maintaining appropriate weight and condition: not to chain the dog except when absolutely necessary, where a running line shall be used: not to leave the dog alone for extended periods; not to use the dog for breeding or commercial purposes without the prior written consent of Border Collie Rescue and at all times to comply with current welfare legislation as may from time to time apply.

5)     I will undertake to ensure the dog wears a disc bearing my details as currently required by law. I will also ensure these details include the dogs BCR reference number and the main BCR contact number. Micro chip details will always include BCR main contact number as 1st contact and my own as 2nd contact.

6)     If the dog becomes lost or missing I will notify the Dog Wardens and BCR within 24 hrs. If I suspect the dog has been stolen I will additionally notify the Police and give the incident number to BCR within 24 hrs.

7)     I understand this dog is being adopted by me as guardian and keeper for as long as I am able to keep it, and will remain under the supervision of Border Collie Rescue for the rest of its life. I will allow BCR to reclaim the dog if the terms of this agreement are not being reasonably adhered to or if I am found in breach of animal welfare laws.


8)     I declare I am over 18 years of age and as the keeper of this dog I accept full legal responsibility for it.

9)     I understand this dog is healthy and not suffering any infection or disability known to BCR and undisclosed to me however `I also understand that BCR cannot guarantee the dog is not incubating an infection or suffering from a problem unknown at this time and the charity cannot be held liable for treatment beyond this date.

10)   I understand that dogs are adopted and not sold, but on adoption I will make a non refundable donation towards the operational costs of Border Collie Rescue. I am offering a donation of £_____ __:_____p

Other conditions may apply from time to time or in individual cases.

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.

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