Border Collie Rescue - On Line - Criteria - Adopting Working/Service Dogs - Exceptions
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Exceptions to Criteria for adopting a Working or Service Dog

The Information on this page only applies to dogs being homed to professional training establishments
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.

Under certain circumstances, to pre-approved organisations or establishments, Border Collie Rescue will allow certain dogs to be taken on for training and subsequent allocation to a handler or home.

This is an exception to our normal adoption procedures and our policy of only homing dogs to a particular handler who has been matched to the dog then vetted and approved by the charity prior to the placement of the dog in the home.

Such establishments may include, amongst others, Police or Service dog training schools, organisations that take on dogs suitable for training to assist disabled people or organisations training in the detection or prediction of medical conditions.

Although we would always find it desirable to be part of the process of matching a dog to a handler or home, we understand that such organisations have their own professional and proven methods of matching the skills of individual dogs they have trained.

Such organisations can register an interest in being notified if suitable dogs are available from us. To do so, they can contact us and advise us of the qualities they are seeking in a dog for their purposes. We will consider these needs during assessment.

If such a dog becomes available we will contact the appropriate organisation and invite them to assess the dog, either at our centre or on their own facilities. If the dog proves suitable they can take it on. Should the dog fail their assessments or any part of its training, they may return it to our care for re-homing.

A dog gifted to Border Collie Rescue come to us on the understanding, given to the person parting with them, that we will be responsible for caring for the dog, should it need our support, for the rest of its life.

In entering into an arrangement where a dog is placed into a new home by a third party we would wish to act in partnership with that party and whoever the dog is placed with in order that we could continue to offer our support to the dog, or owner, if needed.

Consequently, organisations taking dogs will need to guarantee to us that they will adhere to the following provisos -

Dogs placed with them will not be used by them or placed by them -

  • Into homes where the dog is to be be kept on a chain when not working. 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 housed in an outdoor traditional freestanding kennel, enclosed or otherwise, other than for the purpose of holding 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.

  • To anyone under 18 years of age.

  • For the purposes of breeding or profit.

  • Outside of the UK.

and that-

Their training methods are reward based, using positive re-enforcement and not using punitive methods.
Dogs will be housed and kept to a standard compliant with UK animal welfare laws and regulations currently in force and as they are modified from time to time.
If for any reason a dog cannot be kept by them or any party they place the dog with, it will be returned to Border Collie Rescue.
and that the above provisions will be required by them of any party they place the dog with.

Border Collie Rescue will also seek the following conditions

  • Puppies under 6 months of age are only placed in homes where they can be trained to work Sheep.

  • An applicant taking on a young, untrained dog, must be in the position of being able to offer the appropriate training and time to develop the dogs potential.

  • Border Collie Rescue should be notified of a contact person and telephone number to use, if required, for up to date information about the dog, its whereabouts and its progress and such details to be updated should they change at any time, to include the contact details of the person with whom the dog is placed after completion of training.

  • Dogs must not be placed to live outside the UK. Border Collie Rescue should be informed if a dog is placed on the 'Passport for Pets' scheme and is to travel abroad or to work abroad.

  • 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 an older dog is to be placed in boarding kennels for a period exceeding 14 days Border Collie Rescue should be informed in advance.

  • No dog taken on from Border Collie Rescue can be taken to any country where quarantine restriction would apply on arrival in that country or upon its return to the UK

  • 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 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

  • Older Dogs placed by Border Collie Rescue must not be kept on chains or tethered in any way.

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 weekdays)
Please do not write to us or email us about such matters