East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue

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Who We Are

Over the past few years, the Border Collie has become one of the most overbred and misunderstood breeds in this country. Its prominence in movies, TV shows and the press, and its unfortunate rating as "the most intelligent breed in the world" has made it a target for puppy mills, back-yard breeders, and thoughtless but well-meaning individuals who insist that they need to reproduce the family genius without giving a thought to the future well-being of the puppies. In the U.K., the Border Collie is the second most common breed to be turned into Rescue, even to the point where the British press has printed several articles about the situation recently. We fear that the same thing will happen here unless energetic steps are taken to educate the public about this most work-oriented breed.

Our Goals at East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue

*** To rescue and rehabilitate Border Collies that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or placed in a situation where it is no longer appropriate that they stay in their present home.

*** To find loving, permanent, and appropriate homes for these dogs, ensuring that the right match is made and our rescued Border Collies will have a second chance at a loving family for life.

*** To educate the public about the characteristics and needs of our special breed, making them aware that this is a highly motivated, work-oriented breed. A bored and neglected Border Collie will often become destructive, neurotic, and, because of its strong herding drive, potentially a nuisance around children.

*** To encourage spay/neuter of all family companion animals and to discourage irresponsible breeding practices.

*** To provide advice to Border Collie owners who are experiencing problems, in the hope that they can be persuaded to work with their dogs and ultimately keep them.

*** To work in harmony with other Rescue groups, always bearing in mind that the dogs needs come first.

Please visit our web site at: East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue

Adopting a Friend

The first step in adopting a Border Collie from our rescue group is to complete the adoption application located on our web site at: East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue - Adoption Application & Agreement Forms. You'll soon be contacted to start the adoption process!

Upcoming Events

We will be at PetCo (865-671-1864), 169 Brooklawn Street, Farragut, TN 37934, on the second Saturday of each month with some of our adoptable dogs and information about Border Collie Rescue. We will be there between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. (This is a monthly event for our rescue group.)

We will be at Agri Feed Pet Supply (865-584-3959), 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921, on the third Saturday of each month with some of our adoptable dogs and information about Border Collie Rescue. We will be there between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. (This is a monthly event for our rescue group.)

Won't you come visit with us at one or more of the above events and meet some of our available dogs? If you have any questions, please send us an email message.


East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue is facing a crisis situation; the need for rescue help has escalated dramatically over the past few months, and we are having to turn dogs down daily because we have so few foster home spaces available. Because of their very nature, Border Collies do not do well in a kennel situation where it is hard to evaluate and exercise them, and we rely very heavily on our foster program.

Won't you consider giving a temporary home to a Border Collie in need? We provide total support to all foster families, including all expenses incurred (apart from food, and this can be arranged if necessary), a daily back up support to help with problems and questions, and continued advice and help through the adoption process.

Fostering a Border Collie is both a rewarding and learning experience. We have an excellent section on fostering on our FAQ page. It means a commitment of anything from a few weeks to a few months, and almost always results in an adoption to a permanent home. Foster homes are expected to commit to their foster dog for their entire period in foster care, both because it is unsettling for the dog to be moved to a different location, and because we rarely have immediate space to relocate a dog. Please send us an email message if you are able to help. We really need you!

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East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue

Oliver Springs, TN 37840
Email: ETBCR Board of Directors
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