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SWCR Adoption Fees are $275 for puppies (younger than 12 months), $225 for adult dogs (12 months old to under 10 years), and $150 for seniors (10 years or older). The adoption fee helps cover shelter fees and medical expenses.  A home visit is required before an adoption may be approved.  Please contact an SWCR representative to request an adoption application.  For more information or to download the adoption application, go to our Adopting a Collie page.

Information last updated November 14, 2018

 

No match has been made yet for these dogs between SWCR and a qualified adopter.  A qualified adopter has completed an application and has had a successful home visit.

 
   

BUSTER – MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD (AKA MINI AUSSIE)

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: N/A
Age: 5
Rescued: Amarillo TX
Fostered: Amarillo TX
Bio: “We have an approximately 4 year old male sheltie at the Humane Society for you –please come get him soon as you can.” That call started Buster’s journey with SWCR, and had he not been rescued that morning, Buster likely would have been one of the shelter’s unfortunate statistics that same afternoon. So, Buster bounded out into the sunshine with a filthy matted coat, kennel cough, unneutered - but bright-eyed and ready for adventure!
The big question about Buster was, exactly what was the fluffy pup? He acted and looked a little bit like a Sheltie – but we suspected something else. A DNA test and contact with the MARS (Mini Aussie Rescue Support) group confirmed – Buster is a Miniature American Shepherd, AKA Mini Aussie! He fits the breed definition and is a “big mini”, being approx 18” tall at the shoulder and weighing about 40 lbs. He is a nicely bred mini Aussie and has a beautiful full tail! And he has a mini Aussie’s bright, sassy personality and high energy.
Buster is now fostered with several other neutered/spayed dogs – male sheltie, young male Border Collie, female Pittbull, and visiting young female Pyrenees mix. While he greatly enjoyed the company of the ladies, things weren’t so smooth at first with the Border Collie. An intelligent and sensitive boy, Buster was still recovering from his surgery and all the hormonal changes when some alarming behavioral challenges initiated. He also had tremendous separation anxiety from his previous abandonment. It brought out the worst in Buster. There were a few serious arguments with the Border Collie that required emergency veterinary care. Flash forward to today – and the foster happily reports that things are now smoothing out, and Buster’s behavior is becoming much more predictable and happy. He and the Border Collie mostly ignore each other but are showing signs now of wanting to play together! This change is a result of excellent veterinary care, pack management, training, calming supplements, quiet home environment, and recovery time. It is expected that while Buster will always have some anxiety, and will have the potential of wanting to assert his position as “top dog”, he is very manageable and will respond beautifully to positive training and an experienced forever home. The very best home would be one who loves and has experience with the Australian Shepherd breed and even with mini-Aussies. While Buster will form a tight bond with his own “person” – that person can be shared with a dog pack. He can thrive in a pack environment of friendly and more submissive dogs, and he seems to enjoy the company of others, particularly his good Sheltie and Pittbull friends. However, a solo dog environment would also be excellent, as long as Buster isn’t left all alone on a long workday.
That all being said, Buster has a HUGE mini Aussie personality! He vocalizes – almost like he is talking! He will bark excitedly when foster mom leaves or returns home, and he is still learning not to dash out the car/garage/household doors, all things that will gradually settle down. He also “clacks” his jaws – it’s like a teeth chattering, and he kind of vocalizes with that too! He is very friendly and wants to run right up to other dogs and people, particularly on the leash, and jump up for love. So, as his health continues to improve, Buster will be ready for some positive home manners and obedience training. He is very versatile, super intelligent and active, and would make a great family dog, hiking/jogging partner, agility or obedience dog, herding dog, or couch potato!
Buster has had all shots, is microchipped, had his teeth cleaned, and is neutered. He is still recovering from his last scrap with his Border Collie buddy (mostly just growing back hair now), but will soon be ready for his forever home! He is not cat tested, and with his curiosity and energy level, is strongly cautioned for cats. Also, he has greeted children and would likely do well with older children who can remind him of his manners and to not jump up. Like all well-managed pups, he should be fed separately and allowed to eat his meal (breakfast and dinner) in peace, without interference from people or other animals. His strong personality does mean that he needs to be managed with good obedience practices, but he is not a difficult dog by any means – in fact, he is a total delight! He cuddles with his foster mom and sleeps next to her and the other “bed potatoes.” He takes a treat nicely from a sit. He can handle being crated, but it isn’t his favorite thing and he will talk about it. Finally, Buster is a beauty – he is a show stopper with his bright brown eyes, gleaming fluffy black coat with brown patches and white ruff, and superstar personality! He just needs that right special family or person who can give him tons of TLC and guide him to a bright future. For more information about Buster, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@outlook.com

   

ATHENA

Sex: Female
Color: White
Variety: Rough
Age: 6
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Athena is a very personable strikingly attractive six year old believed purebred double dilute female. This means that she is the product of breeding two collies with the merle gene. While this often results in blind or deaf dogs,but we don’t think this effects Athena. She was removed from the Maricopa County Animal Control as a stray. She gets along well with all the other foster dogs and we think she would be curious but fine with cats. Athena should be great with kids as she is very gentle and respectful. She is well-behaved in the house and car. She often “talks” to you when you talk to her. Other times this changes to barking but she is responsive to correction. She is social with people. While social, we sometimes find her relaxing by herself in a quiet portion of the house. She shows well to those that meet her and has a true collie temperament.

While Athena is a great dog she does have a defective pancreas and suffers from pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. This means that she can’t process nutrients in her food and essentially food goes in and goes out without helping Athena. In fact, when we first got Athena she was at 36 pounds and skin and bones. You could easily see her backbone and hips. After testing we identified her problem, which she has probably suffered from for some time and could have been the reason she ended up at the pound. Since being diagnosed, Athena has been taking supplemental pancreatic enzymes and is on a prescription diet. She is now thriving and gaining weight. She is now over 50 pounds and could stand to gain at least another handful of pounds. So, she is now doing great and does not seem to have any ill effects other than chronic softer stools (which isn’t really a problem as she is very good with her housetraining). However, the supplement and prescription food is somewhat costly and this would need to be considered by any adopter. We are working to identify cheaper options but Athena’s condition is permanent. For more information about Athena, please contact Bill at bkferrell@cox.net

   

DEACON

Sex: Male
Color:
Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 1
Rescued: Albuquerque NM
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: Deacon seemed to have had a slow start in life by being left behind for basic dog things: easy commands, collar and leash training, food manners, and shy if not fearful back-aways. But, this boy has made such huge strides in those features as well as housebreaking and car rides, that he is proven to be a very quick study and a super huggy and loyal fellow. At one year, or so, this handsome guy has his whole life ahead. He is completely adaptable to athletic pursuits and total involvement in adventure. He gets along very well with other dogs and he has a very gentle but playful spirit.

His ideal adopter would have another dog and lots of time to work Deacon into the confident collie he would like to become. For more information about Deacon, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@outlook.com

   
 
 
These dogs have been matched with a qualified adopter and wait only for the final details of adoption to take place.  THEY ARE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE FOR A NEW ADOPTER TO CONSIDER. 

 

   

THOR – COLLIE MIX

Sex: Male
Color: White with Sable markings
Variety: Rough
Age: 5
Rescued: El Paso TX
Fostered: Tucson AZ

Thor will be adopted shortly by Suzan in Tucson AZ

   

RANGER

Sex: Male
Color: Blue Merle
Variety: Rough
Age: 4
Rescued: Santa Fe NM
Fostered: Sierra Vista AZ

He Is being for heartworm and will be adopted by Tony in Sierra Vista AZ when he is well.

   

SCOTTY

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 8
Rescued: Santa Fe NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM

Scotty is being treated for heartworm and will be adopted by John and Claudia in Port Townsend, WA when his vetting is completed.

   

TIA

Sex: Female
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 3
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Tia will be adopted by Lis and Terry, her foster family in Pheonix AZ

   
 
   
   

SORCHA

Sex: Female
Color: Blue Merle
Variety: Smooth
Age: 6
Fostered: Tejeras NM

   

DOUG

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 3

Doug is permantly incontinent

   

HERSHEY

Sex: Male
Color: Tri Color
Variety: Rough
Age: 11

Hershey has Gray Collie Syndrome

Hershey
   

LACI

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 13

Lacy is incontinent.

   

SANDY - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 8

Sandy has reoccuring seizures.

   
 
 
   

GYPSY – COLLIE/BORDER COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Tri
Variety: N/A
Age: 1
Rescued: Alamogordo NM
Fostered: El Paso TX

Gypsy has been limping/favoring a rear leg. X-Rays showed that Gypsy has a serious congenital malformation in the head of the femur (the ball that fits into the hip socket is flattened and does not fit or turn in the hip socket. This is why Gypsy limps and it is something she was most likely born with -- quite possibly the reason she was abandoned. Because Gypsy is not a heavy or large dog, Mark explained that she is a perfect candidate for an Osteotomy. Most of us are familiar with this procedure, but it is where the top of the femur is removed, and the femur is secured with tendons and ligaments. It provides mobility for the dog without pain or early onset arthritis. It also means that Gypsy won’t be a long distance runner. It is a procedure that is best done when a dog is young -- like this girl. Gypsy needs a Osteotomy operation – estimated cost $700-$1000.

 

   

FUDGE

Sex: Male
Color: Sable Headed White
Variety: Rough
Age: 7
Rescued: Payson AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Fudge has had collie nose for so long or other nasal injury that he has cartilage showing. Also, his teeth are aligned so badly that his incisors are going into his palate. This is probably going to be an expensive dental and not by our vet but a specialist. Our vet was unsure what would need to be done about the nasal cavity.

   

SUGAR

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 7
Rescued: Payson AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Sugar has several medical issues that need to be resolved prior to her adoption.

   

BELLA – SHELTIE

Sex: Female
Color: Tri
Variety: N/A
Age: 7
Rescued: Borger/Amarillo TX
Fostered: Amarillo TX
Preliminary Bio: Bella has been identified as heart worm and anaplasmosis positive and is now on medical hold with SWCR. She has been placed with a Foster to Adopt home and will not be available for adoption. Her dad, Brent, will take care of her in her forever home when she has completed her medical treatments.

 

BENJI

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 4 months
Rescued: Fulshear TX
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

Benji is being treated for a couple of skin issues. He has some more vetting to be accomplished before he will be ready for adoption.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTHWEST COLLIE RESCUE, CONTACT arlenestarkey@outlook.com

 
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