Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Each dog is fostered in our private homes as part of our family.
We do rescue in addition to our day jobs, families, and other life activities
for the love of the dog.
We are always willing to assist with training issues in order for you
to keep your dog.
We strongly encourage applicants to write down questions they may have about Border Collies before the home visit, and discuss these questions with the volunteer. Please understand that the HV volunteer may not personally know any/many of the dogs in our program so may be unable to answer questions about specific dogs. Once the HV report is received by ARM-BCR, it may take a few days for us to collate & review all of the information and get back in touch with you.
Step 4: Matching and Meeting
Once an application is processed and approved, now comes the fun part! While it’s easy to fall in love with a picture, experience and common sense tells us that it is the dog's personality and temperament that determine whether it may make a great match for you. During the matching process an ARM-BCR representative will contact you to discuss specific dogs within our rescue. We work hard to match your desires with the traits and personalities of our dogs. Please understand that we only want what is best for our dogs, so if we don't think a specific dog is a good fit for you, we’re not passing judgment on you/your family but are drawing on years of experience with Border Collies, and more importantly, experience with the dogs in our program. “First Come First Served” doesn’t apply here as we match each dog in our program with the most appropriate home for him/her, whether that home comes next week or next year!
Once we’ve talked with you on which dog(s) might be a suitable fit, it is time to set up a meet! An ARM-BCR representative will contact you to arrange a meet with your household members, your current dog(s) and the rescued dog. We have experience introducing new dogs, so will help with the introductions of your dog to the rescued dog if applicable. During the meet, keep in mind that rescued Border Collies may be rather aloof or timid at first meeting. While we have seen meets where there is an “insta-bond” between the new dog and the adopter(s), many times that kind of bonding takes time. Please note that you will be required to travel to either the foster home or a mutually agreed on place to meet a foster dog.
The meet is a great time to get any/all questions answered on the dog’s temperament, likes/dislikes, and what will be helpful in establishing a wonderful relationship with your new dog!
Step 5: The Adoption
If both you and the ARM-BCR representative feel the dog is a great match for you, the adoption may be completed after the meet. An adoption contract must be completed, signed and the adoption fee paid to complete the adoption. Please review our contract before your meet; it is available on our website or we can e-mail you a copy of it to review before the meet. Please note that if at any time during your rescued dog’s life you cannot/no longer wish to keep it, it must be returned to ARM-BCR.
Step 6: Follow-up
To ensure a successful adoption, we have a network of volunteers happy to answer any questions or help you work through issues that may arise while your new dog is transitioning into your home, or ten years down the road! We are committed to each and every dog we rescue for the rest of his/her life, so please stay in touch with us as we love getting updates!
Remember that when you adopt a dog, you’re saving two lives: the life of the dog you adopt, and a shelter dog that needed his/her now empty spot in our program!
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.