Border Collie Rescue/Texas

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): An Overview Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA, is a condition of the retina in the eye. PRA encompasses many diseases which all progress over time and eventually lead to blindness. The retina works in the eye much as the film in a camera works. It changes the light it receives into images which are then sent down the optic nerve to be interpreted by the brain. When a dog has PRA the retina either stops developing prematurely or the light receptors degenerate early in life. With this condition both eyes are equally affected. The different forms of PRA vary in the age at which they first develop and in the rate at which they progress. Cases can be early onset with rapid progression to late onset with slow progression or any combination of the sorts. Every case is different and definite age of onset or how quickly progression will occur can never be known for sure. Since PRA has been identified, numerous dog breeds have been found to have the disease. Some breeds that PRA is commonly found in are Irish Setters, Rough Collies, Miniature and Toy Poodles, Labrador Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels, American Cocker Spaniels, Portuguese Water Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Australian Cattle Dogs, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds. Causes of Progressive Retinal Atrophy PRA is an inherited disorder. This means it is passed down from parents to offspring. In many breeds there is now a test which can be done that allows breeders and owners to know if a dog is clear of the disease, a carrier of the disease, or affected by the disease. - See more at: All adoptions require an approved adoption application, a home visit by a BCR/TX representative, veterinary references and a $200.00 adoption fee.


Who We Are

Border Collie Rescue/Texas, a non-profit organization, is a group of volunteers mainly scattered throughout Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls) and Southwest Louisiana area (Lake Charles). A few members are now located in other states and continue to offer valuable support. We work tirelessly to assure our dogs get the veterinary care they need by raising funds and keeping abreast of medical and training issues to better enable us to work with our dogs and place them in homes where they will flourish. Most of our dogs come from shelters near the foster homes and foster space is almost always filled up. Our volunteers work closely together to maintain an excellent support system to foster homes and adopters. Our $200.00 adoption fee covers all recommended vaccinations, hip x-rays to screen for hip dysplasia, spaying/neutering, micro chipping, and any other medical care they may need, which often includes expensive heartworm treatment. Our commitment to the dogs is shown in the request for an approved adoption application, checks on all veterinary references, and a home visit done by one of the members. The home visit generally limits our adoptions to the Texas and South Louisiana areas and is a valuable part of the adoption process. The adoption fee rarely covers the full cost of medical care for the dog while it is in the foster program. Donations are always gratefully accepted. Border collies are an extremely active breed, bred to work all day. As puppies they can easily get into trouble when they try to herd children by nipping and biting at legs to move " the herd" in the direction the puppy thinks "the herd" needs to go. Most border collies carry this herding instinct even if their parents and grandparents were not used for this type of work. Border collies are not a dog to leave outside without attention or to allow to run loose. They require an owner that is active, willing to work with a border collie, and enjoys spending time with a dog that is smarter, is definitely faster , and has more energy, than you will ever imagine. If you are interested in more information on one of the dogs listed, please go to our website at / If you do not see a border collie to fit your family, please check out nearby shelters , rescue organizations, and humane societies. There are hundreds of border collies in need of good homes.

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Border Collie Rescue/Texas
P.O. Box 1338

La Porte, TX 77572

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