We are always seeking foster homes (esp. in Pueblo, Fremont and El Paso Counties, and even the Denver area and northern Colorado). We also always need transport help and other volunteers. Visit our website at www.CollieSheltieRescue.org for more information.
Who We Are
Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. We help collies, collie-mixes, shelties, and sheltie-mixes (as well as the occasional other breeds that needs our help too). RMCSR was founded in 1970 by Dawn and Harry Amick. We help dogs that come from not only Colorado, but Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, the Dakotas, Wyoming and New Mexico. Rescue dogs receive complete vet care while in our program -- including vaccinations, spay/neuter, dental care, bloodwork, worming, special diets, even homeopathic care as needed. All dogs live in foster homes with loving families, who help gauge a dog's personality and behavior in order to help make the right match with an adoptive home. Interested adopters need to go to our website at www.CollieSheltieRescue.org to read the Adoption Information section and to submit an Adoption Application. Wherever you live, if you can provide a loving, caring, responsible home to one of our wonderful rescue dogs, we would love to hear from you.
Adopting a friend
Please go to our website at www.CollieSheltieRescue.org and read our Adoption Information section for important information on our adoption policies. An example of our Adoption Contract is linked to this section, as is our Adoption Application.
CONSIDERATIONS AND GUIDELINES:
Collies and Shelties want to be with "their people" and are meant to be inside dogs. They would be miserable left outside. We are seeking adopters who want their dog to be an indoor family member.
Our rescue Collies and Shelties are NOT guard dogs. They are meant to be members of a family.
We do require a fenced yard in most cases. (It may be possible for an adult or senior sheltie to do fine in a townhouse/apartment environment, where all outside activities take place on a leash.) For any of our dogs, we do not approve invisible fences, dog runs or tie out chains.
If you live out of the area (as many of our adopters do), please know that we gladly do long-distance adoptions but we do not ship dogs. We require interested adopters to come and meet the dog. We communicate very thoroughly with persons whom we believe will adopt from us, and by the time a prospective adopter comes to meet a dog, most concerns have been addressed.
The dog may never be allowed off a leash unless it is in a secure area.
Collies and Shelties must be on heartworm preventative, and must be placed on Interceptor. (Heartguard has proven toxic and even fatal to these breeds.)
The dog must wear ID tags at all times.
If you cannot keep the dog, it must be returned to RMCSR.
We do not adopt out dogs that will be given as gifts.
Adults in the household of the prospective adopter are the people who need to apply. Occasionally, we get applications from children and teens on behalf of their families. We realize that having a dog is a decision for the entire family, but we need to hear from parents.
If you have other pets, they need to be spayed/neutered if you adopt from us. Your other pets must also be up to date on vet care.
If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of its life, then please rethink your decision to adopt a dog. Adoption is for the rest of the dog's life and rescue dogs have already had enough turmoil in their lives.
Both collies and shelties can be barkers. If this will be an issue for you or your neighbors, please give this consideration.
These breeds do shed. These are double-coated, long-haired breeds. Their coats need a fair amount of care. A good brushing at least once a week and a bath periodically is needed.
Shelties can be shy with strangers.
Collies and shelties can be herding dogs, so this is something to keep in mind if you have young children or cats.
If you are considering a puppy, the adoptive home we seek is one where there are no children under 6 years old; the family members are active and up to the rigors and challenges of having a young dog; and someone can devote the time it takes to training and raising a pup.
Our Promise to Them … and to You.
Lassie hasn't come into our rescue yet. For that matter, neither has a single Westminster champion. Perfect dogs without a single flaw don't exist any more than a person without a single flaw does.
We get the dogs that are no longer wanted -- for whatever reason. Maybe these collies and shelties once were well loved and had a real home, but their owner died, moved or simply could not afford to keep them anymore. Or maybe these dogs were not loved at all (but you bet the dog tried to love the owner back anyway.)
We don't get the perfectly trained, immaculately groomed, well socialized dog. What we get is potential on four paws, dogs just waiting for a chance to be all that they can be.
Some come from shelters where they all but shut down, expecting every moment to take the walk that other dogs took and never came back from. Others were abandoned and left to fend for themselves but somehow miraculously made it to us. Many have never eaten good food, slept comfortably on a dog bed, gone to the vet for regular care, been inside a house before or simply been loved.
Our little band of RMCSR volunteers give everything we've got to help the dogs entrusted to our care. We don't give up on them. Ever.
When you come to RMCSR to adopt, please remember that our rescue dogs are not "bargains" just because they do not come with AKC papers. For that matter, they are not objects of pity either. As we see it, our rescue dogs are just themselves -- pure and simple. They are unique individuals and precious in their own way, deserving of the best life that a dog can be granted.
So as you think about adopting one of our rescue collies or shelties, think with your head and your heart. We promise that whatever you give of yourself will be given back a-hundredfold by your adopted dog.
Come Visit Us!
We do not have a shelter or kennel. All of our rescue dogs live in our homes as fosters. Therefore, we correspond with interested adopters and talk with them on the phone at length to best determine a good match. You may be interested in just one dog or you may want to come to Pueblo to meet a few dogs that seem a good match. We need to chat with you in order to gauge the best match and help make arrangements for you to meet our dogs. If you see a face and a wagging tail that seem to steal your heart, contact us! Our rescue dogs all want one thing -- a forever home of their very own!
Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc.
234 S. Hacienda del Sol Dr.
Pueblo West, CO 81007
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