Collie Rescue of Western PA Inc.

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Come visit Collie Rescue of Western Pennsylvania at the Ligonier Highland Games, Saturday, September 9, 2006 at Idlewild Park, Ligonier, Pa, and at the Collie Frolic, Saturday, September 23, 2006 at North Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Who We Are

Collie Rescue of Western Pennsylvania, Inc was established in March, 1986 to provide for the rescue and care of homeless purebred Collies. Our organization is comprised of experienced Collie breeders and fanciers, obedience trainers and competitors, and animal shelter volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to eliminating the suffering of unfortunate Collies which have lost their homes. These Collies come from animal shelters, owners who no longer want them, and people who have found them running at large. Collie Rescue operates in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Western Pennsylvania placing, on average, up to 50 Collies a year into new permanent homes. In addition to rescue work, Collie Rescue offers counseling on grooming, housetraining or behavior problems. We receive no funding, but operate on a membership basis and rely on the generous donations of our adopters, friends, and fellow fanciers to assist with the financial burden of rescuing. Our fundraising events include participating as vendors at dog shows, tag day, raffles, grooming, first aid and behavior seminars, and the on-going sale of our logo merchandise. Membership in Collie Rescue includes our quarterly newsletter and flyers of upcoming events. Annual membership dues are $25.00. Complete information regarding membership and our logo merchandise can be found on our website:

Adopting a friend

All the dogs are spayed or neutered, groomed, wormed, Heartworm tested, and receive DHLPP and Rabies shots. Prospective adopting families who wish to adopt a Collie from Collie Rescue will be interviewed and asked to complete an adoption application. Basic information is requested, such as why they want a Collie, their pet ownership history, current pet ownership information, number of children in the home and their ages, and whether there is a fenced yard for the dog. Temperament, sex and color preferences are noted. The prospective adopter's veterinarian's name is requested, and a call made to the office for a reference. Our goal is to achieve a successful match between the Collie and the adopting family. Naturally, we want a happy ending to every rescue story, and part of that process is selecting a suitable Collie to fit into the lifestyle and needs of the particular adopting family. The prospective adopter's signature is required on the Collie Rescue adoption contract, a copy of which may be reviewed prior to the adoption. An adoption donation is requested to help cover the expenses of the Collie. In most cases, the rescue Collie may be adopted and taken home immediately from the foster home. The adoption agreement is signed and the donation paid before the Collie is released from the custody of Collie Rescue. If the Collie does not work out as a satisfactory companion to the adopter, Collie Rescue requires that the Collie be returned to Collie Rescue. The adoption donation will be refunded if the Collie is returned within 30 days of adoption. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A 'MINIATURE COLLIE'. ADULT PUREBRED COLLIES STAND 22-26 INCHES AT THE SHOULDER AND WEIGH 50-90 POUNDS. THE SMALL DOG THAT RESEMBLES A COLLIE IS A SHETLAND SHEEPDOG (SHELTIE); A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BREED WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TEMPERAMENT.

Come Visit Us!

Collie Rescue of Western Pennsylvania operates as a network of foster homes. Although we have some kenneling available to us, we do not have a shelter where the public can come to see all the Collies available for adoption. Arrangements can easily be made to see each dog in its foster home.
Collie Rescue of Western PA Inc.
PO Box 97046

Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Phone: 412-364-5742

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