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Can I drop my Border Collie off at an animal shelter?

by Adopt a Pet, | February 7, 2024


In most cases, you can’t simply drop your border collie off at an animal shelter. The majority of shelters do not accept walk-in or drop-offs. Instead, you’ll need to get in touch with the shelter through their website or over the phone to get more information.

What You Can Expect at a Shelter

Most of the time, the shelters will require that you call them and set up an appointment for surrendering your dog. They will also let you know what the cost of surrendering your dog will be. The price will vary based on the shelter along with other factors, such as the age of the dog. Typically, the costs run between $50 and $150.

The shelter will let you know more about the process of surrendering your border collie, as well. They will often want to know more about the dog’s temperament, as well as why you have to drop her off at the shelter. Ultimately, the shelters want you to be able to keep your dog, and you’ll find that most will try to provide you with some resources that can help with this.

For example, if you have to give up your dog because you aren’t able to spend time with them during the day, they could suggest a pet sitter or a doggy daycare. If the dog has behavior issues, they can suggest different types of training that could help with the issues.

If you still can’t keep your dog, they’ll give you a time that you can come to the shelter and complete the paperwork. When you surrender her, you’ll no longer have legal rights to your dog.

Shelters work to ensure that dogs get adopted, but it doesn’t always happen in the limited time that the dogs can stay at the shelter. Even though shelter workers would love to help all animals get adopted, many have a euthanasia policy for animals that have been in the shelter for a certain period.

Options Other than the Animal Shelter

There are several other options that you can try when you’re trying to find a new home for your border collie. First, consider people in your circle that might be looking to adopt a dog. A friend or family member might be considering adoption, and they might love the idea of taking your border collie into their home.

If you don’t know anyone who can adopt, you can find a new home for her on your own. Perhaps the easiest and safest way to do this is by using Rehome. This is a platform through Adopt-a-Pet.com that makes it possible to create a profile for your dog that’s similar to a social media profile. The information and images you post on the profile will let people know more about your dog and help them to fall in love with her. Then, you can choose which potential adopter will be the best fit for your dog. 

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