TO OUR ADOPTERS:As discussed during the adoption process – we
are committed to the GHF dogs FOR LIFE. They are welcome
back at the Farm – anytime, for any reason. If you find
yourself unable to care for your dog or changes in your home have
created an environment unsuitable for them,
please contact Lillie at firstname.lastname@example.org
DOGS ARE ACCEPTED IN THE PROGRAM
AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
WE ONLY BRING DOGS INTO GHF'S RESCUE
FROM THE NORTHEAST REGION: CT,
DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, & SE CANADA
Border Collies and Border Collie Mixes are
often relinquished to Glen Highland Farm. In fact, a high percentage
of the dogs available for adoption have come from home situations directly
into rescue without going into a shelter. If you are considering
giving up your dog, please understand that Border Collies do NOT do well
in the shelter environment.
They will often retreat and withdraw,
making them very unadoptable or they will become very high strung,
sometimes snarling and become what's known as 'kennel crazy', again making
them very unlikely to find a home. These are sensitive dogs who can
easily be over stimulated by chaos and commotion which, when they cannot
control it, affects their personality.
Rescue is an appropriate
solution to helping your dog transition into a new home. In fact,
rescue is one of the best ways for a Border Collie to find the right home,
suited to this specific breed. We are extremely cautious about
adopting dogs into well matched homes so we care for your dog as if he or
she was our own.
We want them to have a great life beyond what
you've given so far!
There are numerous reasons to give up your
dog - destructiveness, too much energy, nipping children, snarling, too
much to handle - these are typical descriptions of Border Collies coming
into rescue. While we want to help every dog in need, we evaluate
each one very carefully since we cannot handle aggression.
are volunteering our efforts, time and energy to help dogs find
appropriate homes but we are in no way, specialists in aggressive issues.
There are trainers available to help in this area and we will refer you to
those people. We do accept dogs of all ages and in fact, find
that older Border Collies are often more adoptable than the young ones.
So, please do not assume because you have an older dog, he or she will be
unable to find a new home.
The cost of care for the number of dogs here
is very high with food, medical, heartworm testing, preventative,
frontline for fleas & ticks, toys & bedding as well as the
overhead for lights, heating, cleaning and maintenance of the fields where
the dogs play and run, we average $350 per dog in taking any dog into the
rescue program. Only operational costs are quoted in this number.
Therefore, everyone who cares for this breed is part of the financial
solution that is needed - the adopter, the relinquisher and of course,
those who donate to the farm.
Glen Highland Farm accepts dogs from
shelters and directly from individuals, helping to keep Border Collies out
of shelters. There is no funding for what we do except through donations
from individuals. We cover whatever costs come up to care for your dog
during the time while here: heartworm & flea & tick preventative;
shots, spay/neuter; blood work; dental; surgery; toys; bedding & food.
We never turn a dog away from rescue if a donation is not given, BUT we
cannot rescue dogs without financial support from others.
Additionally, you must
provide detailed information about your dog's behavior which better helps
us more quickly help the dog. Once relinquished to Sweet Border
Collie Rescue, the dog is now ours to care for and cannot be returned.
Our general procedure is to talk with you
over the phone, then have the dog evaluated (by us, another rescue person
or a trainer), then the dog is transported to us in New York - we
appreciate your help, but we can handle transport needs, if the situation is warranted.
We are more than happy to keep you informed
as to when your dog has been placed. We love to share the good news!
But, we don't feel it's appropriate to connect the new adopter to you
because they need to feel the dog they are adopting is theirs now, with no
strings attached. We do, however, give new adopters the opportunity
to contact the former guardians, if they like. It is their choice.
Rescuers generally work together, a loosely
knit group where we all know each other. If one of us has no space, we
work hard to find an opening for your dog. Everyone is committed to
helping the dog so please understand that we will exercise every option to
find a solution as quickly as possible. Sometimes, time is the only
solution, so you may be required to keep the dog in your home until a spot
opens up to come into rescue. If you can be flexible enough to do
that, it can be invaluable to insuring your dog CAN come into the rescue
Any donations you'd like to make at the time
of surrender are welcome....dog's toys, bedding, food, collar, leash...we
will pass along whatever you provide to the new adopters.
Before surrendering your dog,
please consider contacting a trainer and/or behavior specialist who might
find a solution that allows your dog to remain in your family and for you
to enjoy this treasured companion. We are happy to recommend
trainers in your area.