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Information about Border Collie Rescue

Border Collie Rescue is a specialist canine breed rescue charity registered in the UK and also in Scotland.
The organisation has its HQ in the north of England and covers the whole of the UK.

Nicki and Tod
Nicki Oliver with BCR mascot Mr. Tod.
Photo copyright and courtesy of
Guzelian Ltd

This section is about us and our work.

Border Collie Rescue is run and staffed by volunteers.
It has always been a basic premise of this charity that those involved in helping the dogs should be doing so because they are driven by a love and respect of the breed rather than the expectations of payment for doing a job.

Part of our work involves assessing all the dogs we take in around sheep and other livestock to ascertain their working ability in order to be able to consider these factors before re-homing because we believe any Border Collie, but particularly a puppy, should always have a chance to work and fulfill its natural instincts.
If being a sheepdog is what it needs to do to have a happy and fulfilled life, we should find that out and facilitate it.

Knowledge of a Border Collies herding, chase and working inclinations help us prevent a puppy or dog with these qualities ending up in homes where their instincts are frustrated, causing problems for people kind enough to offer a home  and issues for the dog in adapting to an unsuitable lifestyle.

Links on the left provide information about our Objects, Mission Statement and Memorandum, about Border Collie Rescue, how we work and how you can adopt a Border Collie from us.

There are also some videos lower down the page that illustrate aspects of our work.


In Border Collie Rescue, we care for between 30 and 50 Border Collies in foster homes and at our assessment and re-habilitation centre at any given time.
When a dog is adopted we always seem to have dozens of others waiting to take it's space.

Every week we get more than 100+ requests from pet owners asking us to re-home their Border Collie. That's 5000+ each year!

The majority of these are from people who have taken a Border Collie puppy from a farm and cannot cope with its natural developing instinctive behaviour - this is why so many Border Collies end up in dog rescue organisations around the world - they need to work.

A high proportion of these Border Collies have shown aggression towards a young child in the family and the parents are concerned about the welfare of their children, as well as the welfare of their dog.

Every week we take more than 30 requests for advice about behavioural problems from people who want to keep their pet Border Collie.
The majority of these are problems caused by boredom and frustration due to the unfulfilled herding instincts of the Border Collie.

Video - A Day In the Life - video about a day at the BCR York Rehab centre.

Video - Pip Dreams of Electric Sheep - A film about a dog involved in a hit and run RTA

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