FOR INCOMING DOGS, PLEASE NOTE : Our foster homes are nearly always full with a waiting list, and we are not able to take owner-release border collies except in cases of extreme hardship, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Often, there will be a waiting period before we can help.
Nebraska Border Collie Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,
all volunteer organization dedicated to serving the immediate needs of Border Collies and Border Collie mixes in danger of harm or euthanasia, as well as educating the public to reduce the need for rescue in the future.
A Statement from Karen Battreall, President of Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, Inc.
"We rescue Border Collies that are surrendered to shelters, picked up as strays, or relinquished by those who can no longer care for them. Because of space and funding limitations, most shelters euthanize these dogs if they are not adopted within a short time.
However, we will take owner surrenders if space is available. We must have CURRENT medical records/ health certificate, which include: rabies, spay/neuter, heartworm check and dhlpp. If these records do not accompany your Border Collie upon surrender, then they will not be able to be taken into our rescue organization."
About the Dogs in Our Care
All of our dogs are spayed, neutered, vaccinated for DHLPP and rabies, hw tested, micro chipped, treated for fleas, and wormed.
They are also treated for any illness or injury. Most NBCR foster dogs are professionally groomed at least once while in rescue.
Our dogs are given monthly heartworm preventative and treated monthly with Frontline during flea/tick season. We feel giving heartworm (hw) preventative is important due to the region we live in. (mosquitoes transmit this parisite) Heartworm preventative is safer
for the dogs and less expensive, than treatment once the dog has heartworms.
We only use heartworm preventatives that DO NOT contain Ivermectin. Many herding breeds can carry a mutated gene that can be effected poorly by Ivermectin. Studies have shown that less than 5% of Border Collies may be effected, however since we do not know the pedigrees of BCs and mixes coming into rescue, we choose not to risk it. For more information about the MDR1 gene in herding breeds, please click here. (WA State University)
We temperament test all of our dogs and evaluate for energy level. Some dogs are herding tested. Our foster dogs are with us for a minimum two-week period so we may get to know them. Some dogs have been with us for as long as two years. Our rescue dogs live in private homes where they are housebroken and some even receive obedience training. We also take our dogs to many events where they receive extensive socializing.
For more information about NBCR's involvment in Border Collie rescue regionally and nation-wide click here
Identifying a Border Collie
If you are a shelter, all-breed rescue organization, or a good Samaritan that has picked up a stray dog and you are wondering if you've got a Border Collie...click here for a list with photos of different colors, coats, ear types, etc. for the breed. Border Collies were bred for their intelligence and herding abilities...they were not bred to look a certain way, so it can be difficult for some people to tell if they've got a BC
Are you ready for a Border Collie?
Border Collies have become a very popular breed. They are beautiful, loving, intelligent dogs that require a lot of time and training. This is not a breed for the every day dog owner. In fact, Border Collies require more time and commitment than most breeds, and it is for this reason that most often they are relinquished or abandoned.
Please do some research before you decide to get a Border Collie. Read books, search the web, and meet Border Collies if possible. Visit the "BC Info" page for additional information, and if you feel that you have the time, commitment and energy to give a Border Collie a lifetime of love and rewards then please visit our dogs that are available for adoption.
Nebraska Border Collie Rescue is not a facility open to the public. The rescue dogs are fostered at individuals' homes, therefore appointments must be made in advance and only AFTER the application and approval process have been completed.
In the meantime, take a look at our events page to see where you can "Meet & Greet" with NBCR rescue Border Collies. We do not adopt our Border Collies on site (at events).