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Border Collie Rescue - On Line - Criteria - Companion Dog Adoption

Criteria for adopting a Companion dog.

The following information applies to applications for Companion and Interactive dogs

Border Collie Rescue can re-home dogs anywhere in the U.K. but we do not rehome into Ireland or overseas

Border Collie Rescue is set up to benefit dogs we rescue and provide sanctuary for. This is our primary consideration.
Dogs lead a normal life in foster homes while in our care. They are not kenneled as is more common in dog rescue.
Applicants are matched to dogs and priority is given to the needs of the dogs when selecting homes.

Border Collie Rescue will not normally place Companion or Interactive dog under the following circumstances - 

  • In homes where the dog is to be be kept on a chain. We have no objections to a dog being kept outside the house, as many BC's prefer this style of housing. A properly adapted outbuilding with attached run is most suitable if the dog is to live outside the house.

  • In homes where dogs are kept in an outdoor traditional kennel, other than for the purpose of housing the dog securely during the day, but not for the purpose of overnight sleeping accommodation or use in inclement weather. Dogs must always have access to a clean, dry, draught free sleeping area with adequate, suitable bedding in which they can keep themselves warm.

  • In homes where there are resident children of 8 years of age or under, if the dog is to reside in the house.

  • In homes that do not have their own private garden or yard which has direct access from the home. (shared gardens are not acceptable).

  • In tied accommodation where occupancy is dependent on employment.

  • In Flats above first floor level or any flat that does not have direct access to a private yard or garden.

  • In homes where all resident adults are in full time employment or where the dog is regularly left 'home alone' for long periods.

  • In City or Town centre environments. Quite sub-urban environments are considered, but preference is always given to rural homes that are more appropriate to the nature and temperament of the breed.

  • Anywhere within the M25 Boundary unless for Herding, Working or Interactive Skills

  • To anyone under 18 years of age.

  • For the purposes of breeding or profit.

We would like to point out the following conditions imposed for the safety and well being of all dogs we re-home - 

  • We cannot accept applications in joint names or on behalf of third parties.

  • Puppies under 9 months of age are not placed in Companion or Interactive homes

  • Dogs must always have access to a clean, dry, draught free sleeping area with adequate light, suitable bedding in which they can keep themselves warm and access to a secure space where they can move freely around.

  • Dogs re-homed by Border Collie Rescue are not allowed to be passed on or sold by the applicant to any third party, but must be returned to Border Collie Rescue if the applicant is unable to keep the dog.

  • Applicants must keep Border Collie Rescue informed of any change to their address during the time they have a dog from the organisation and any address at which the dog is to be kept for more than 21 days, if different from the normal registered address of the applicant - other than that of licensed boarding kennels for temporary accommodation during holiday periods or similar.
    If a dog is to be placed in boarding kennels for a period exceeding 14 days Border Collie Rescue should be informed in advance.

  • Dogs re-homed by Border Collie Rescue must not be destroyed by the applicant or on the instructions of the applicant without our prior consent, unless for reasons of health and then only upon the advice of a qualified veterinary practitioner.

  • Registration of a re-homed dog with a qualified veterinary practice and Annual Booster inoculations are a requirement of EVERY placing - if this becomes a problem, applicants must inform Border Collie Rescue.

  • Dogs must not be taken outside of the UK mainland on a permanent basis without the prior consent of Border Collie Rescue.
    A dog may be taken abroad for holidays providing it is to a country that is part of the pet passport program and the dog is fully compliant with vaccinations and demands of the program.
    If a dog is going to be taken abroad for a period of more than one month, Border Collie Rescue must be informed in advance.

  • Dogs cannot be used for any commercial purposes other than any agreed by Border Collie Rescue at the time of homing a dog to the applicant, without the prior consent of Border Collie Rescue

  • Dogs placed by Border Collie Rescue must not be kept on chains or tethered in any way unless a safe running line is used and then only on a temporary basis for a short period of time.

The submission of an application implies acceptance of the above conditions and criteria outlined on this page.
If you have any problems with any of the above - please do not apply.

If you are happy with these conditions, follow this link for details of our adoption process

If you are interested in adopting a Border Collie from us,
please phone 0845 604 4941 during office hours.
(2 pm to 5 pm Mondays to Thursdays)

Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.