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SWCR Adoption Fees are $275 for puppies (younger than 12 months), $225 for adult collies (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 August 18, 2017

 

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.

 
You might also want to view the collies or shelties that have Just Arrived into SWCR, but are not quite ready for adoption.

 

   

 

LOGAN – A MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: N/A
Age: 3
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Bio: Logan gets along great with other dogs and cats, loves people, is leash trained, housebroken, crate trained, rides great in the car, but doesn't know anything about toys or commands. Wherever Logan lived before he was rescued, he found himself infested with ticks and fleas, which was addressed at the shelter that cared for him. Logan has been on medication to treat ehrlichiosis and will continue his treatment after testing Ehrlichia positive from the tick infestation. Once he is cleared by the vet, he will be ready for a new life and family. He is ready to be adopted. For more information about Logan, please contact Kathy at katwallis1@msn.com.

 

   

BROWNIE - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 10 1/2
Rescued: Los Alamos NM
Fostered: Albuquerque NM
Bio: Brownie is a gorgeous smooth Collie cross that is about 11 years old but you’d never know it. Her easy-care coat has coloring in multiple shades of gold with a speckled chest, collar and front legs. She is a bit underweight from being a short-time stray but she has a wonderful appetite and is gaining her weight back. She doesn’t get cross around the food bowl with humans or other dogs. She loves rides in the truck and is non-aggressively vocal with a passersby but will quiet down when told to. She will sleep through the night anywhere in the house. And, she is completely housebroken. She is very good on a leash though her energy tugs a bit.

Brownie has boundless energy but listens well, loves to play keep-away and is highly social with animals and humans alike. She loves human contact and affection and doesn’t seem prone to run away. In fact, she will follow her people anywhere. For more information about Brownie, please contact Arlene at arlenestarkey@q.com.

   

 

BEN

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 14
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Ben is a pleasant, lumbering type guy who enjoys attention and will typically follow you around the house. He gets along fine with the multiple other dogs in the household. We are unsure about cats but we don’t expect them to be a problem. Not a very active boy and spends a fair part of the day sleeping and dreaming. He will express his opinion by barking but this is not a problem and he has been “bark softened”. Unfortunately, he has not been good about his housetraining. He seems to be in relatively good health for his age and is on tramadol for the typical senior aches and pains.

For more information about Ben, please contact Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

   

 

JOJO

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 11
Rescued: Prescott AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: JoJo is a sweet, easy-going, gentleman who loves to be near his people. He is affectionate, gentle for his size, and likes nothing more than getting his ears scratched or his tummy rubbed. He gives what his foster family calls "Collie hugs" when he comes and leans against you and literally wraps his body around your legs.

JoJo does not play with toys or with other dogs although he will stand and bark when another dog is at play. He will chase a laser light with great enthusiasm and it is one way that we exercise him. JoJo also loves to go for walks and behaves very well on a lead. He does like to bark at the garbage trucks and other neighborhood dogs.

JoJo is housebroken, knows how to use a dog door, rides well in a car, and does not beg (much) or counter-surf. He does not get into mischief, nor does he chew or dig. Although he would prefer to sleep on couches or on his human’s bed he is perfectly content on a dog bed or on a rug on the floor. He is excellent with children of all ages and is even fine with our dog-savvy cat.

JoJo does have a medical condition associated with his bowels, that requires a special diet of a venison based kibble and rice and ground beef. He is on Proin for incontinence and it seems to be doing the trick. He is also on a maintenance dose of Meloxicam, a probiotic and glucosamine. He is up to date on shots and is neutered. For more information about Jojo, please contact Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net.

   

LACI

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 11
Rescued: Yuma AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

 
 

Farm Collies Needing New Homes

A farm Collie isn’t a recognized breed by AKC. It is considered a landrace breed. SWCR has used “farm collie” in the past to indicate a dog is mostly collie, but with no AKC recognition. If you are interested in either of these dogs, please contact Mari Roberson, marison70@gmail.com, or 505-695-3129 in Jemez NM. If you are a qualified SWCR adopter (home visit completed) or have applied to SWCR for a collie in the recent past, please make that known to Mari so SWCR can assist you further in placing either Bear or Dio.

Bear and Dio, two farm collies, were just returned to the previous owner due to the adoption family having extreme financial issues, and they wanted to do the right thing before things got any more dismal. They really loved these boys and it was a super hard decision for them to make.

 

Bear

A 9 months old [DOB 10/26/16], is a bi black and white, neutered and comes with shot records. He is loving and sweet. He was raised with two small girls and an inside cat. He is a cuddle bug and enjoys doing whatever it is that you want to do. He also rides in the care very nicely, iis housebroken and crate trained. He's been taken out on walks a lot. He was taken to the groomer but he does NOT enjoy being brushed by strangers.

Dio

A 9 months old [DOB 10/26/16], Bear’s sibling, is a sable and white, neutered and comes with all shot records. Dio is very loving and sweet. He also was raised with two small girls and an inside cat. He loves being with you. He'll lie at your feet if you're relaxing or he's ready to hit the road if you are. He's flexible! His former family has taken him to the groomer before and they said he did great. He isis housebroken and crate trained. He's been taken out on walks a lot and rides in the car very nicely.

 
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. 

 

LC - SHELTIE

Sex: Female
Color: Tri
Variety: N/A
Age: 10
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Coordinator: Kathy Wallis at katwallis1@msn.com
Bio: LC is a petite sheltie that is a sweet girl but in spite of the best efforts of her family, remains shy. She he gets along well with other dogs, loves her afternoon walks on a leash, enjoys car rides, likes a soft bed and uses a dog door. She is housebroken.

Although LC is quiet and cooperative, she is timid and doesn't usually seek out affection on her own. She can be picked up, held and groomed and such, but she does not actively engage to ask for such attention. it is possible that at some point in her early years, she was the victim of neglect, abuse, or something similar which affected her spirit and caused her to be somewhat withdrawn. She does not bite or snap and has never shown any type of aggression or intolerance in the years that we have known her.

LC will be Fostered To Adopt by Debbie and Ron in Phoenix AZ.

   

RIO – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Male/Neutered
Color: Sable and White
Variety: N/A
Age: 2
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Bio: Rio is a social little collie mix. He is neutered and is now heartworm free (but Dr. Miller wants to do a follow up recheck in February). Although his foster mom adores him, Rio has "claimed" her and has begun to growl at the resident dog and his foster dad if anyone gets too close when Rio is with "mom". Rio is good with other dogs, is leash trained, likes car rides, but we don't know how he is with cats just yet. He is crate trained, but really isn't too fond of a crate. Rio is on the small side, at about 35 pounds, but very cute. Rio has an adopter pending.

   

TARIC

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Rough
Age: 6 1/2 months
Rescued: Glendale AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Cindy Reel at reelracer@aol.com

Taric is now Foster to Adopt with a family in Tucson until his vetting is complete.

   
   
 
 
 

DOUG

Sex: Male
Color: Tri
Variety: Smooth
Age: 6 months
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

Doug has been identified as having a spinal injury and will be undergoing vet evaluation and further treatment before he is ready to be adopted

 

SANDY - A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 9-10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ

Sandy is having recurrent seizures of undetermined nature (after serious vet specialist exams) and will remain on medical hold. She is not available for adoption at this time.

 

KADY

Kady was diagnosed with diabetes and Cushing’s syndrome based on a comprehensive blood test and several clinical symptoms…drinking a lot of water, peeing frequently, lethargy, large appetite, weight gain with no ability to control it, and more. The blood test illuminated some major issues…a high blood sugar count and severe liver damage, and some other stuff out of normal range. We elected to try to bring the diabetes under control with insulin over the first two months.And having confirmed the Cushing's, she takes medication for that as well. Kady is a happy 11 year old, enjoying her life.

Still, managing both of these medical issues is a bit tricky day to day. So she will remain in a loving permanent foster home.

HERSHEY

Sex: Male
Color: Tri Color
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ August 2011
Permanently Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Hershey is a very distinctive looking rough-coat collie who gets a lot of comments about his unusual color.  That is actually the result of his having Canine Cyclic Neutropenia (Gray Collie Syndrom). It is a genetic stem cell disorder that occurs in Collies. This disorder is caused by an abnormality of the stem cells in the bone marrow from which all blood cells are developed. The result is a cyclic fluctuation in blood cell numbers.

Hershey has a "spell" about once a month for two days where the number of neutrophils drop dramatically, then rebounds. During his spell, he is mopey, doesn't want to eat and he drools a lot. The rest of the time he acts like a normal dog. Affected dogs rarely live beyond 3 years of age and often die within the first few weeks. Hershey is about 6 years old so he is definitely different. We have consulted some specialists and some feedback suggests that since he has lived this long that he may live a relatively normal lifespan.  Symptoms of this condition are that the dogs are typically smaller, have gray noses, gray coloring, are prone to bacterial infections, bleeding issues, bad teeth, and have small eyes. Hershey is not on any treatments nor has he had any treatments in the past. He was on an antibiotic when we received him for swollen gums, but hasn't had any problems since.

His medical issues are a shame because he is just a laidback, sweet boy. He is very friendly and loves attention. He is usually quiet except when his foster parents come home, then he will bark. He would rather be inside then outside or wherever his foster parents are.

Hershey is now on permanent medical hold. He is too frail to be adopted.

Hershey
 

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

 

 
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