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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 March 26, 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.

 

   

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.

   

CONNOR – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 2
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Kathy Wallis at katwallis1@msn.com

   

LADY – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: White with Tri Markings
Variety: Smooth
Age:
10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

 

   

STEELY

Sex: Male
Color: Blue Merle
Variety: Smooth
Age: 11
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

   

LOGAN

Sex: Male
Color: White with Sable markings
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Las Vegas NM
Fostered: Tijeras NM
Bio: Logan is a very sweet, mild tempered senior that doesn’t know that he is a senior. Although he has pretty severe arthritis in his back legs/feet, when he is having a good day, he runs with our two year old smoothy. He gets along well with all of our dogs,as well as the humans in the family. He has become very attached to my 18 year old son, and tries to sneak into his room every night so he can sleep by him. I have had young children visit, 3 and 8 year old girls, and he found them fascinating. Although I know he has some old age pains, he is always ready to follow me around the house, tail wagging!
He has learned to navigate our double doggy door set-up, and he is fully housebroken. Such a sweetie!

   

 

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.

   
   
 
 
   
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. 

 

   

CODY

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Smooth
Age: 6
Rescued: Tucson AZ
Fostered: Tucson AZ
Bio: Cody is a lovely dog with good house manners and excellent housetraining. He is good with dogs including those who are reactive in greeting. So far he is good with small dogs, and accommodating of their needs. He is coming when called, riding well in the car. He did well being bathed yesterday, handling it really well.

His vet check went well. He does need a dental (one molar has an issue) and to be neutered before he is ready to be adopted.but could be normal given his previous activity level was fairly low.

Cody will be adopted by his foster mom, Xena, in Tucson AZ.

 

HERO – A COLLIE/SHEPHERD MIX

Sex: Male
Color: Tan
Variety: N/A
Age: 8 months
Rescued: Las Cruces NM
Fostered: Alamogordo NM
Coordinator: Kathy Wallis at katwallis1@msn.com

Hero will be adopted by the Pates, his foster family in Alamogordo NM

   

LACI

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

   

NICHOLAS

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 6-7
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Glendale AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

Nicholas is not available for adoption at this time for he is in a Foster to Adopt home. When his vetting is completed, SWCR expects that he will be adopted.

 
 
 
   

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. For more information about Rio, please contact Kathy at katwallis1@msn.com.

Rio is being treated for heartworm, and can be adopted when his treatment is complete.

   

BRANDI

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 12 1/2
Rescued: Yuma AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Brandi was given up by her owner when her owner had to go into a nursing home. We got Brandi with three other collies from the same household. Brandi is a gentle soul who still seems a bit disoriented in her foster home. She does seem more comfortable with people and other dogs around and so she knows she is not alone. Otherwise, she is prone to barking until you make your presence felt. She is currently in a household with several other dogs. While she has not really interacted with them we do believe she feels better with them around. She was used to a multidog household in her prior owner’s home. She is not very active and spends a fair amount of time napping. Her housetraining appears good and she will readily do her business when outside. She really does not like to be led places although is better with a leash. If prompted without it she will typically just “shut down”. Other than the vision issue she appears to be in good health. She is basically blind, has cognitive problems for which she is on medication, and has some obsessive behaviors

   

HONEY – A COLLIE MIX

Sex: Female
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 10
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Bio: Honey continues to do remarkably well in her foster home. As part of her treatment protocol, she recently went in for a chest X-ray to monitor whether any cancer had spread to her lungs. The X-ray revealed no evidence of any cancer. Her radiation-treated tumor however has returned. Honey will need more cancer treatment, and is presently being evaluated by the vets.

So, for the moment, Honey is back on Medical Hold.

   

AIDEN

Sex: Male
Color: Sable and White
Variety: Rough
Age: 9
Rescued: Phoenix AZ
Fostered: Phoenix AZ
Coordinator: Bill Ferrell at bkferrell@cox.net

On medical hold. He has a benign tumer. He is reportedly MDR1 mutant mutant . This can have anesthesia implications for either a neuter or dental. In his youth he bloated and has his stomach stapled to reduce the chance of a re-occurrence. This requires him to eat smaller quantities of food more frequently.

 

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.

That and additional testing have confirmed that she also has pitutary gland Cushing’s syndrome. but we will not know until we do some testing for that. She exhibits 8 of 10 Cushing’s clinical signs (some of which are also on the diabetes list as well). Testing for a dog with both diabetes and Cushing’s is tricky since findings of any test can be negatively influenced by the other, and “tricky” means many tests and many expenses just for the proper Cushing’s diagnosis. The good news is now that the proper Cushing’s diagnoses has been made, she can be stabilized and enjoy a great life on medication for years.

She is now on daily medications and feeling much better.

   

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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