1 of 10's of thousands of charities dedicated to
tackling a particular issue, mitigating the issue and
eradicate the problems causing the issue. So what makes us special?
Why should anyone support us?By
we mean we are not associated or in any way
involved with any breeders, breeders
clubs, breeders associations,
breeding societies or influenced by commercial interests.
we mean the problem of homeless, mistreated, abused
and exploited Border
Collies. We are
devoted to the breed.
We are not paid. We
don't work for a wage at the end of the week. We, and anyone who
works for or with us, work
because we love the breed.
don't treat our dogs as 'goods and chattels', even if legally defined as
property. We don't work on the basis that
they are all the same and
treat them all in the same way and we don't rush them in and out as
quickly as possible.
They are individual beings. Initially
acquaintances when they come into our care but
then becoming our friends and enriching
our lives by doing so. We
get to know them and they us and from that knowledge we try to place
them in permanent homes that best suit their needs.
dogs we take in also become our colleagues. They help us by
controlling sheep when we assess other dogs that come into our care. Without their help
the work we have to do would be so much more difficult.
deserve respect - and lifelong protection. We offer both.
In any and all cases we do not see a dog as animal that is so
desperate it needs to be placed, as soon a possible, to virtually anyone who
can be persuaded to offer it a home.
Persuasion takes many forms
and the form most used in rescue is emotional. Photographs, emotive
stories and invitations to help a suffering dog. We don't do that.
We tell people the truth about the dogs we offer them. We do not
embellish or bend the facts to make a dog more attractive. We do not
want a dog to come back. We don't want dogs becoming boomerangs, in
and out of rescue with a donation made each time.
The dogs will
suffer and so will people taking dogs on, especially families with kids who can be heartbroken if their new dog
That is one reason why we don't advertise dogs. A dog that
looks attractive in a photo may not fit into the homes being offered
by the people who are attracted to it. We don't like having to say
When someone gifts their dog to us we guarantee to them that, to
the best of our ability, we will provide for their dog for the rest
of its life if the need arises. While they are in our care, dogs live good lives. They are not kenneled. They
are cared for.
They are treated kindly, individually, with affection
and respect. They get what they need and want for nothing.
in our care live the same sort of life they will live when we
re-home them. There is a difference. With us it is temporary.
respect of our primary object, dogs we take in are our clients and
it is from their point of view that we look for suitable homes.
That is another reason why we do not advertise dogs. We want to
choose the best home for a dog based on what it has told us about
itself while in our care.
We recognise that often the dog is not the only victim of the
situation which results in it coming into our care.
part with their dogs are usually very upset. Wouldn't you be? Things
happen. Life changes.
Circumstances are often outside of the
control of the people caught up in them.
If people contact us to ask us to take in their dog they
do not deserve to be told off for needing to part with it, to be made to feel small, inadequate, a
failure as a dog owner. They come to us for help and part of the help we provide is
Everyone parting with their dog deserve to be
treated as you would treat anyone needing help in any difficult
People that call us for help and advice do so
because they are trying to keep their dog with them rather than
having to part.
We listen and do what we can.
If their dog has
a behavioural issue they can call our advice line on Thursdays and
speak to an expert
We are here to help
people. It is part of the job description of every charity.
be our priority but we are here for the benefit of the public as
well as for the benefit of dogs.
We help where we can and if we
cannot help we try to put people in touch with someone who can.
recognise that in some cases people who apply to take on a dog have
an emotional need or specific reason for needing a companion or
working colleague. This needs careful consideration.
elderly and some do not have a lot of money. That is why we have no
We don't want people to donate until they are
sure a dog is the dog for them. That is why all our dogs start
with a four week trial period.
At the end of the four weeks, if the
dog is happy and the people are happy they seal the adoption with a
We can help financially in some cases if people
take a dog from us with medical liabilities. Sometimes we can cover
costs of medication, tests or treatment and we will always take
a dog back if circumstances change and it becomes difficult for
If people are temporarily unable to meet the costs of
keeping their dog we can provide small grants towards veterinary
treatment of food.
It does not have to be a dog the person took
from us - but it does have to be a Border Collie!
It's a big picture and
difficult to take in but to see it you just have to take that one step forward
and stand where we are.