NorthEast Ohio Collie Rescue

"We are alone,
absolutely alone on this chance planet;
and amid all the forms of life that surround us,
not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us."

~ Maurice Maeterlinck ~

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Yep, you guessed it! We STILL need foster homes. If you live in Northeast Ohio and have a little room in your home for a Collie in need, please consider becoming a foster home. Sure the hours are long and the pay... well, there isn't any, but the feeling you get helping to restore a dog's health and dignity, well that's priceless. If you would like more information on fostering please contact us.

Who We Are

Northeast Ohio Collie Rescue was founded in November of 1995 by a group of individuals interested in the welfare of the Collie. Many of the original members were and are involved with the Collie, breed organizations both local and national, many participate in obedience organizations as well as volunteering in pet therapy.

We are a not-for-profit organization (501c3), chartered in the state of Ohio. Our primary goal is to help Collies that need homes, to find homes. We work in cooperation with local animal shelters, providing referrals and foster care when possible, as well as assisting families in distress that can no longer keep their Collie.

Adopting a Friend

Interested in adopting a rescue Collie? The Collie's lifespan is about 12 years on the average, they are double coated long-haired dogs that love to hear themselves bark. The first step is to ask yourself, "Are you ready to accept the physical, financial and emotional responsibility for one of these Collies?" If so, GREAT! We need your help. The next step is to contact our group either by phone or email and obtain an application. The information that you provide us on the application will help us find the best possible match between the Collie and your family.

Next we will ask to pay a visit to your home and meet with you and your family directly; any questions that might still exist can be answered at this time. If the right Collie has been located we will arrange to bring the dog to your home for an introduction. This allows everyone to get to know each other and check the interactions between family and new dog as well as new dog and any existing companion animals.

If the adoption is approved (by mutual consent of all parties, including the dog) the adoption papers are filled out and the Collie becomes a member of your family. There is an adoption fee of $250, or $200 for mixed breed or senior dogs (9+ years old). This includes spay or neuter and basic immunizations including rabies and heartworm check. One final thought, our goal is not to sell pets to people, but rather to find homes for Collies. The needs of the dogs come first!

Things to Consider Before Getting a Collie!

  1. The Collie coat, especially the rough coated variety, will require regular brushing to maintain it's beauty. Be prepared to give your dog a thorough brushing at least once a week, with a daily touch- up.
  2. Collies are one of the Herding Breeds and will tend to chase cars, bikes, and joggers in an effort to restore the general order of his world. A fenced yard and walking on lead is strongly recommended!
  3. Collies fulfill their duties as watchdog by barking loudly at all unusual situations. Leaving your Collie chained out in the backyard all day while you are away at work will most assuredly make you well known among your neighbors!
  4. Collies are social animals and require regular contact with their human family. They respond best to training methods, which utilize "Positive Reinforcement". If you are looking for a dog to keep in the back yard, please visit the local gardening store and pick up one of those cement statues in the breed of your choice.
  5. Collies get along well with other animals, although initial introductions should be supervised.
  6. The Collie temperament does not permit them to attack on command. While they will protect their owner's family, they will not protect the owner's property! If you are looking for a guard dog, don't get a Collie!
  7. Collies live on the average of 12 years. Be prepared to make commitment of time, money and energy before you get a Collie

IMPORTANT! Why it takes longer to adopt from a rescue

People often become discouraged when dealing with rescues because they feel that they should be able to adopt an animal much more quickly than is typically the case with a rescue. The reason for the delay is due to the care we take in trying to find the right match between the companion animal and the adopter. We slow things down on purpose. The adoption application not only provides us with the information that we need to help facilitate that match, it also slows the applicant down and forces them to consider many of the important issues involved with owning a companion animal, or in our case, a Collie.

The home visit allows us to meet the person, or family and obtain a first hand impression of the type of environment that the Collie will be placed into. After the home visit has been completed and the references checked, we will begin the process of introducing prospective Collies to the person or family. When visiting with a Collie we spend as much time as needed to insure that both dog and adopter are comfortable with the arrangements. If one Collie doesn't work out, we try another. No one knows how a meeting is going to turn out based purely on the small bit of information and cute picture on a website, an email, or a conversation on the phone.

Does all of this take more time than going to a pet store? Absolutely! The reason many of the animals end up in rescue in the first place is because people purchased them on an impulse, without giving the matter the full consideration it deserved. We do not cater to impulses, we want to do our best to insure that the next home for one of our Collies is going to be a home for life. We ask that you be patient and work through the application process with us. It takes a little longer, but the results are much more gratifying!

Shetland Sheepdog Rescue

From time to time we receive inquiries about the Collie's smaller cousin, the Shetland Sheepdog, or more commonly known as the Sheltie. While the Sheltie may look at first to be a small version of the Collie, they are a completely different breed. They differ not only in size, but also in temperament and lifespan, the Sheltie being longer lived than the Collie. While we are no longer directly involved with Sheltie Rescue, we do maintain a close working relationship with the local Sheltie Rescue community. Northeast Ohio Shetland Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. would like to help you if you are seeking information about adopting a homeless Sheltie.

For more information about Shelties and Sheltie Rescue please contact the following:
Cindy Hazelett, 330-296-8257, Email:
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Paula Adams, 330-650-4846, Email:

Come Visit Us!

You can visit NorthEast Ohio Collie Rescue's official web site at!

Due to the small size and nature of our organization, we do not have a physical location in the conventional sense. Those dogs that are being fostered by our organization are cared for in private homes by our volunteers. This is done to help integrate the dog into what we hope will be a nurturing home environment. Please contact us by email at and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

NorthEast Ohio Collie Rescue
PO Box 1594
Elyria, OH 44036-1594


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