Please read about our adoption process and our terms of adoption below. Please keep the information on this page as a reference for you during your adoption process. Please let us know if you have additional questions.
By sending us your completed application (electronically), you agree to the terms listed on this webpage.
Click Here for our adoption application: Adoption Application. Please fill out the application as completely as possible, and hit submit. Please do not hit the enter button, as that may cause issues with your submittal.
Please note that we can only accept an application electronically.
Q: How much does it cost to adopt from MABCR?
A: A $300.00 donation is required when you adopt a rescue Border Collie through MABCR. Adoption fees help to offset the medical care as well as the housing and feed needs of our dogs while they are in rescue. Fees are due at the time of adoption, no exceptions will be made. Some of our dogs require extra medical care or special rehabilitation, which will entail greater expense; we may ask for an additional donation to help cover these extra expenses (this will be noted prior to meeting the dog). Should an adopter wish further exams, tests or x-rays, we are happy to provide these at the expense of the adopter; fees to be pre-paid and are non-refundable.
Q: Is the dog spayed or neutered before I adopt?
A: Any animal adopted through MABCR will have been spayed or neutered prior to the adoption.
Q: Has the dog I am adopting been to the vet?
A: All dogs in rescue have been seen by a veternarian at least once during their intake process. Depending on the dog and situation, a dog may be seen multiple times. Each dog receives heartworm test/preventative when called for, as well as rabies, and DHLPP inoculations. All dogs are treated for parasites (multiple times if they are here for very long), and are given a general health screening. NOTE: X-rays, teeth cleanings and other non-emergency medical tests and services are not provided for unless requested by the adopter, and pre-paid and are non-refundable. As part of our placement contract, we require that once you have adopted a dog that you make an appointment with your personal vet within the first two weeks for a well visit. We recommend that you follow a regular inoculation program established by your veterinarian to guarantee your dog stays healthy. You will receive a medical history on your new dog (as best as can be determined or documented). Please be aware that most dogs do not come with fully documented medical records or histories.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract in order to adopt?
A: All adopters of rescued animals will be required to sign an Adoption Agreement. This contract is legal and binding. Please read it carefully (see below) prior to applying to adopt. We will not alter our contract in order to make placement of a dog.
Q:Why can't I just pick the dog I want to adopt from your site?
A: Each border collie has a different personality and different needs from their humans. While you may like the looks of one of our dogs, his/her personality may not suit you, and what you have to offer a dog. We have dogs that are high drive, or do not get along with cats, aren't good with kids, etc. We get to know our dogs and their quirks pretty well, so we know what will work. Our goal is to make a placement that is going to last. That is why we put so much effort into getting to know you, and offering you the right dog.
Since we do not know you personally, the information we gather from the Adoption Process will help us to match you with the right kind of Border Collie for your circumstances. We place Border Collies only into good, loving homes, and we screen prospective adopters thoroughly. Please know that this information is reviewed by a select few volunteers and is never made available to anyone outside of a very small staff of volunteers.
Q: I have an e-fence. Is that ok?
A: We do not place Border Collies who have not previously been trained to an electric fence, into homes where the primary mode of containment is an electric fence. Border Collies do not generally fare well with electric fences, and we will not knowingly place them in that situation
Q: How long does your application process take?
A: There are many variables in processing an application. If your application is complete- that is the best first step. We do our best to process applications as quickly as possible, however, we are a volunteer organization and sometimes it does take longer than we'd like. Expect that your application will take 2-3 weeks to process. Once your application is approved, you should be prepared to meet (and hopefully adopt) a dog fairly quickly. If we do not have an appropriate dog for your home, there is no way to guess when we will have an appropriate dog. In the event we do not have an appropriuate dog, we will keep your application active until you tell us otherwise.
Q: Should I fill out an application to get the process started even if we are not sure we are ready to adopt?
A: No, you shouldn't. Please be sure that you are ready for the commitment it takes to own a dog before you complete your application. Owning a dog or adding another dog to your family will change your life. We can help you prepare, but we cannot be sure that you are ready, only you can determine that. The application process takes resources from our volunteers, so please be 100% sure before you proceed.
Q: Why does everyone have to be home at the time of the homevisit?
A: It is important that our volunteer get a full picture of your home environment, and that includes everyone who lives with you. We check the yard, fencing, where the dog will be kept, as well as chat with the members of your family about their expectations.
Q: Does it matter that I applied with several rescues?
A: If you have applied with other rescue organizations or are considering another breed of dog, please let us know at the time of application as this will help facilitate the application process with MABCR.
Keep this cover information and the "Terms of Adoption" page for your reference. Please fill out the application form. By sending us the following application (electronically) you agree to the terms listed within this document.
Please note that we can only accept this application via e-mail.
Terms of Adoption
July 2012: Meeting Charley on the farm last July was life changing for me. He's my first dog, and yet I can't imagine how I ever made it through four decades without one. I am grateful for what you do and the ways in which you change lives for the four-legged and two-legged alike. (Thor & Charley)
You can help rescued Border Collies immediately by making a tax deductible donation to Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue (MABCR) through PayPal. All donations to Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue go towards caring for rescued Border Collies! You can direct your donation to the Fearing-Lowder Medical Fund or to our general fund. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted.